Nintendo's been a bit funny about this whole "launch window" thing. They've decided that the first few months after the Wii U launches will be deemed as the "launch window." Here, in their own words, is that definition.
Launch window is defined as the period beginning Nov. 18, 2012, and ending March 31, 2013.
So, those games you've been reading about (and some that I've been exceptionally excited for) might not be available to purchase on November 18th. They'll be out before the end of March, obviously, but they won't necessarily be sitting on the shelf when you walk out of your retail shop with the Wii U in hand. There are launch day games, and then there are launch window games.
Here are the games that will launch on November 18th with the Wii U.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II
- Skylanders Giants
- TRANSFORMERS PRIME
- Wipeout 3
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 13
- TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 Wii U Edition
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor's Edge
- Nintendo Land
- SiNG PARTY
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
- WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Hyper
- Darksiders II
- Assassin's Creed III
- ESPN Sports Connection
- Just Dance 4
- Rabbids Land
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
- Game Party Champions
Everything else will launch sometime before the end of March. The big titles missing the launch day are games like Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101 and Rayman Legends.
Still, we'll be able to enjoy the likes of ZombiU, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U. Those three games alone are strong contenders for the holiday season, regardless of surrounding the launch of a new console.
Has this delayed your need for the Wii U? Or, are you just fine with what's being offered on day one?
Nintendo Announces 23 Games Launching with Wii U on Nov. 18
An Additional 29 Games Are Planned Through the End of March
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REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo is unleashing the largest launch-day video game lineup in its history for its new Wii U™ home console. When Wii U launches in the Americas on Nov. 18, 23 games from Nintendo and its third-party publishing partners will be ready to play as well. These include Nintendo-published games like Nintendo Land™, New Super Mario Bros.™ U, SiNG PARTY™ and NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor's Edge, as well as third-party powerhouses like ZombiU™ from Ubisoft, Call of Duty®: Black Ops II from Activision Publishing, Inc., Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney Interactive, EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13 from Electronic Arts and Scribblenauts™ Unlimited from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
"We're making sure that Wii U owners will have great games to play from the moment they open the box, and that a steady stream of fun new games is always on the way," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and COO. "We have something for everyone, from new franchises to creative new approaches to familiar favorites."
The high-definition Wii U system is available in two versions in the Americas, and each comes with a touch-screen Wii U GamePad controller. The Basic Set will be offered in white at a suggested retail price of $299.99 in the United States, while the Deluxe Set, which includes higher storage capacity, additional accessories and Nintendo Land, will be offered in black at a suggested retail price of $349.99 in the United States.
Wii U owners who connect their systems to the Internet also unlock a vast array of features to enhance their gaming, social and entertainment experiences. This includes features such as Nintendo eShop, which allows users to buy and download games directly to their systems, and Miiverse™, an online gaming community that lets players interact in new ways and share playing tips. Wii U owners in the United States and Canada will also have access to Nintendo TVii, which lets users access multiple sources of entertainment through a convenient GamePad interface.
Below is a list of upcoming Wii U games for launch day and beyond.
|505 Games||Funky Barn||Launch Window*|
|2K Sports||NBA 2K13||Launch Window|
|Activision Publishing, Inc.||Call of Duty®: Black Ops II||Nov. 18|
|Skylanders Giants™||Nov. 18|
|TRANSFORMERS PRIME™||Nov. 18|
|Wipeout 3||Nov. 18|
|007™ Legends||Launch Window|
|Cabela's® Dangerous Hunts 2013||Launch Window|
|Rapala® Pro Bass Fishing||Launch Window|
|Broken Rules||Chasing Aurora||November|
|Pwnee Studios||Cloudberry Kingdom||November|
|D3Publisher||Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game||Launch Window|
|Ben 10 Omniverse™||Launch Window|
|Family Party: 30 Great Games®: Obstacle Arcade||Launch Window|
|Disney Interactive||Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two||Nov. 18|
|Electronic Arts||EA SPORTS™ FIFA Soccer 13||Nov. 18|
|Madden NFL 13||November|
|Mass Effect™ 3||Launch Window|
|Frozenbyte||Trine 2™: Director's Cut||November|
|Gaijin Games||Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien||January|
|WayForward||Mighty Switch Force HD||November|
|NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.||TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™ 2 Wii U Edition||Nov. 18|
|TANK! TANK! TANK!™||November|
|Nintendo||New Super Mario Bros. U||Nov. 18|
|NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor's Edge||Nov. 18|
|Nintendo Land||Nov. 18|
|SiNG PARTY||Nov. 18|
|Game & Wario™||Launch Window|
|LEGO® City: Undercover||Launch Window|
|Pikmin™ 3||Launch Window|
|Wii Fit™ U||Launch Window|
|The Wonderful 101™||Launch Window|
|SEGA||Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™||Nov. 18|
|Aliens: Colonial Marines™||Launch Window|
|Shin'en||Nano Assault Neo||November|
|Tecmo Koei America Corporation||WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper||Nov. 18|
|THQ||Darksiders® II||Nov. 18|
|JEOPARDY! ®||Launch Window|
|Wheel of Fortune®||Launch Window|
|Tomorrow Corporation||Little Inferno||November|
|Two Tribes||Toki Tori 2||November|
|Ubisoft||Assassin's Creed® III||Nov. 18|
|ESPN Sports Connection™||Nov. 18|
|Just Dance® 4||Nov. 18|
|Rabbids® Land||Nov. 18|
|Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013||Nov. 18|
|Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth||Launch Window|
|Rayman Legends®||Launch Window|
|Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||Scribblenauts™ Unlimited||Nov. 18|
|Game Party Champions||Nov. 18|
|Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition||Nov. 18|
* Launch window is defined as the period beginning Nov. 18, 2012, and ending March 31, 2013.
Broadband Internet access is required for online features. For more information, go to http://support.nintendo.com. Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.
For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com.
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 630 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.