Posted November 17, 2012 by Julie W in Games

5 Wii U Games To Consider At Launch



As the Wii U launches, some may be wondering what games to get with it.  The Wii U has a decent selection on day one, that will only get better as the months go by, as games like Pikmin 3 and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate make their debut on store shelves.  If you were one of the lucky ones to get your hands on the pre-orders that are seemingly sold out everywhere, you may wonder what game to pick up on day one.  With a nice selection of titles coming out on November 18th, opinions will vary.

Here’s a list of 5 games to consider, after getting your hands on the Wii U.  This list is in no particular order of anticipation.


Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

It’s good to see a familiar face on a launch day of a console. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the sequel to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.  And though this title is not exclusive to the Wii U, it is the first console it is actually making an appearance on.  This game will feature a four player split screen.  What sets the Wii U version apart from the rest is that it will feature a mini-game that allows up to 5 players to partake in the fun, by utilizing the Wii U GamePad.

Screenshots of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, here.


New Super Mario Bros. U

Of course it seems pretty cliche to put a mainstream Mario game on a Wii U list, but this game is worth being noted.  After trying a demo of New Super Mario Brothers U, I could see that the GamePad is really what sets this game apart from all the other Mario games.  As the player behind the GamePad, you can create Boost Blocks or knock over enemies.  Just tap the Gamepad, and act as a support role as the other players trudge through the levels.

This also allows the game to be 5 players as well.  Four players use the Wii remotes, while the 5th uses the GamePad.  This makes this a must have for family play time.  Also, it’s a good way to get that gamer you know who hates platformers to join in on a Mario title.  You can always give them the support role with the GamePad, instead of 2D platforming.


Darksiders II

Despite this game already released for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, this is still a game easy to recommend for Wii U purchasers.  This game is unique in its own right, as it is really the only game of its style coming out for the Wii U at launch. It gives those who love that Zelda play style, something to enjoy on the new Nintendo console.

For anyone looking to see the capabilities of the GamePad in an action adventure title with dungeons, Darksiders II will be a great example of what the future of the Wii U holds.  You can manage your items, check out the dungeon maps, or set up your abilities using the GamePad.



It’s hard to say if ZombiU will end up being a hyped up title that ends up disappointing, but one can’t help but be curious.  ZombiU will focus on exploring all the potential of the GamePad.  It’s the one title on this list that is meant to scare you.  It’s good to see a more mature game as part of Nintendo’s lineup for launch titles.

Using the GamePad, you control a survivor for as long as you can.  If you die, the death is permanent and you take over a new survivor.  The previous character, that has become zombified will become an enemy that you can defeat and loot.


Scribblenauts Unlimited

It’s good to see a Scribblenauts game at launch because it just seems so fitting for the new GamePad.  In Scribblenauts you draw whatever comes to your imagination to be brought to life in the 2D puzzle platformer.

Scribblenauts Unlimited will feature not only HD, hand drawn scenery, but an open world unlike the previous titles.  The best part?  Scribblenauts Unlimited has multiplayer, allowing the additional player to drop in and out of the game and control objects.


Until the large masses begin to play all the titles available for the Wii U, it will be hard to judge which the best out there is.  The Wii U is set to launch November 18th.  As everyone’s play preferences are different, this list is subject to an array of different opinions.

Which Wii U game do you think is worth the purchase on launch day with the console?


Julie W

Julie W
Editor in Chief / Site Owner - Playing games since the Sega Master System and Atari, Julie has a love for games of all kinds; although her main focus in gaming is RPGs, RTS, and simulation. If she's not writing or playing a video game, Julie is baking nerdy cakes, playing piano, or illustrating.