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Is The Wii U Starved For Games In Q1?

Published on December 7, 2012 by

Now the Wii U has been launched and we’ve all enjoyed the awesome multiplayer in Nintendo Land and the platforming bliss of New Super Mario Bros U, it’s time to look to the future. Next quarter to be specific. While it’s no secret that the Nintendo 3DS blundered things when it came to offering truly worthwhile software in it’s first six or so months of release, after hearing Nintendo claim they’d learned their lesson and wouldn’t be making the same mistake again with the Wii U it comes as a little surprising to see the console’s line-up for January through March.

Let’s kick off with January. SiNG PARTY and Marvel Avengers. Starting the new year with what is essentially a karaoke game with pointless Wii U integration and a so-so fighter are not going to bring in the crowd.

Things look slightly better for February starting with Scribblenauts Unlimited on the 8th and NBA 2K13 the week after. However the big (and perhaps most anticipated launch) comes in the form of Rayman Legends rounding off the month. Let’s just say if it weren’t for Rayman, February would be a fairly forgettable month too.

March again looks okay… I guess, with Monster Hunter and LEGO City leading the charge. However bear in mind Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is merely a HD upgrade to a nearly three year old game and LEGO City may fail to live up to expectations. Game & Wario is also expected some time in the early year but do we need ANOTHER mini-game collection? Perhaps I’m just being negative and who knows, LEGO and Wario may in fact be a fantastic games, it’s just hard to get too excited when we’ve seen very little on either so far. Aliens Colonial Marines and Need for Speed are decent additions in terms of third party support too but again where’s the rest?

Meanwhile Xbox 360, PC and PS3 are getting the likes of Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, a new Gears of War, a new God of War, DMC, Crysis 3, a new Metal Gear plus plenty more. If Nintendo aren’t securing big titles like these it needs to back up what appears to be a severely lacking line-up with titles of their own. The fact Pikmin 3 isn’t making it till Q2 doesn’t help matters either.

It seems others share a similar opinion of gaming forums with comments ranging from “Nintendo got me good!” to “If I’d have known this was the line-up, I’d have held off getting the console.” Harsh but it’s not tough to see where they’re coming from.

I’m a big Nintendo fan and it’s disappointing that it’s getting to the point where I have to write something like this to get my point across. I’m excited for Rayman and will likely give Aliens and Scribblenauts a go, but that’s about as far as it goes. To put things in perspective, I’ll likely be picking up around ten titles on my Xbox 360.  Sure the Wii U has just launched so perhaps it’s expected that the line-up isn’t as en It’s hard to see what “lessons” Nintendo have learned from their 3DS launch looking at this release list, and hopefully their hiding a few surprises to change my mind.

Do I regret buying a Wii U? No, it’s great fun and I expect plenty of good things from it in the future. Maybe I just expected too much, too soon from the company. What do you guys think? Is this an okay line-up?

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