Tomorrow, it begins. The basic revolution, the Wii U, will finally succeed the Wii as Nintendo’s flagship console. It brings forth a tablet-like controller, a stronger emphasis on online features, and most of all, Nintendo games in HD.
New hardware is always exciting when it launches. There’s this electric feeling in the air. I remember being excited when the Xbox 360 and PS3 launched with their new toys and games, even if I didn’t obtain them for a few years. But of course, it’s all about the games. And with Wii U, you never want to count Nintendo out. Even though I’ve discussed my discretion’s about its’ chances, there are great games sure to come out, as they always do. Herein, I confide what five I’m the most interested in.
My Top 5 Games on Wii U
These games just remind me of why we need Nintendo in our gaming lives. Their games are always top notch, oozing in quality, and heaps of replay value. I’ve been playing all five, constantly rotating between the five, and I don’t know when I’m going to stop. I’m loving the gamepad, comes in handy when my brother wants to watch the TV, no interruption to the gaming.
New Super Mario Bros U
Yes, the fourth entry in Mario’s sub-series looks exactly like all the other ones visually. But, in recent days, my opinion of U has shot back up in the sky again. This entry has an advantage over past games: a greatly difficult Challenge Mode. With the ability to surprise and induce laughs over a crude beat-your-arse difficulty, this reinforces a Mario game friendly to folks like me, who have played many a Mario over the years. Plus, seeing Mario’s world in HD for the first time is surprisingly eerie, worth the price of admission.
LEGO City Undercover
I’ve never been a LEGO game fan, being outside the usual demographic. But this open world adventure looks unique among a sea of LEGO games. Not based on a pre-existing property as they have often been, City will swoop in with a sharp sense of humor, probable tight control, and memorable new characters. Yes, for a game clearly on Wii U to reinforce its family friendliness, LEGO City looks cool.
At E3, Nintendo blundered the reveal of Wii U’s answer to Wii Sports in a demonstration most boring and confusing. As it’s gotten closer to zero hour, Nintendo Land has actually revealed its surprising depth and fun factor. What I’m looking most forward to are the Animal Crossing, Mario, and Metroid-themed attractions. How can you not be happy when you’re playing patchwork-looking events while earning achievements and decor for the game’s plaza? I won’t stop smiling (whoops, E3 2008 flashbacks!)
Rayman Legends: Oh yeah, how could you not have this on your radar? Origins is one of my favorite games I played in 2012, so the upcoming sequel looks like a gorgeous expansion on the immense fun of before. The gorgeous visuals, infectious music-based levels, and snappy personality make it one of the surest bets on Wii U so far. And it’s an exclusive for crying out loud!
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
The 3DS has become a haven for fighters, from Street Fighter 4 to Dead or Alive. They have this unique advantage over their console brothers: the ability to see move lists performed on the touch screen. This is helpful for me, not so hot at competitive fighters, to master complex move inputs. Tekken on Wii U has this feature as well, and it’d surely play well with that new-fangled GamePad. Just be sure to buy it on disc instead of downloaded, as the digital form eats up an insane 16 gigabytes!
There you go, this proves that I can warm up to new consoles when the software on systems I have would suffice. I’m very interested if Nintendo can foster good will and successful sales with the Wii U. Lightning is very hard to strike twice, but with good software, you can forget all the woes in the world.