2013: The Year You Need To Get A Wii U

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The 2012 holiday season gave us many ways to silence the Wii U critics. Sure, many of them were ports like Mass Effect 3 and Assassin’s Creed 3, but Nintendo also brought out exclusives such as New Super Mario Brothers U and Zombi U. All-in-all, a list of launch titles that any console could envy, but gamers are always looking to the future. Luckily, the first half of 2013 looks to be even better for the Wii U, with upcoming titles promising everything from cute fun to total annihilation.

Lego City: Undercover (Q1 2013) What could be more fun than a cross between Grand Theft Auto and Lego Batman? Okay, so that’s not a literal description of Lego City: Undercover, but you will be combining the sandbox driving experience with the quirky Lego take on gadget-assisted crime fighting. In fact, the Wii U GamePad serves as your multi-purpose forensic tool: scanner, map, cluefinder, etc.

The Wonderful 101 (TBA, but maybe before March?) A party-based superhero game is such a perfect idea for Nintendo. The Wonderful 101 looks more like The Incredibles than Marvel Ultimate Alliance, but the multi-hero combos are definitely more compelling. Fighting a huge alien menace? Combine all of your heroes into a single giant fist and commence the smackdown. Genius!

Injustice: Gods Among Us (16 April 2013) Speaking of superheroes, DC is back in the running with a gorgeous-looking, and morally ambiguous, fighting game that throws the best and worst of the DC universe against each other, Mortal Kombat-style. Of course Batman, the Joker, and Bane will make an appearance, but expect to see second-tier fan favorites such as Harley Quinn and Solomon Grundy in the mix.

Pikmin 3 (Q2 2013) Was there any doubt there would be a third, and that it would be on the Wii U? The utterly colorful, cute, and sometimes frantic strategy series looked outstanding at E3, with more leaders, giant luminescent enemies, and hints of flying Pikmin. We’re not sure how the GamePad factors in, but we do know that you won’t need to use it if you choose.

Aliens: Colonial Marines (12 Feb 2013) Nintendo has been accused of a lack of mature titles in the past, but the Wii U has already featured Mass Effect 3 and the chilling Zombi U. Put those two together and you have Aliens: Colonial Marines, which brings the tried-and-true franchise into Nintendo’s fold at last. Expect multiplayer shooter madness, with as many weapon choices and moments of chest-bursting face-hugger xenophobia as possible.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (March 2013) It’s hard to call this a completely “new” game, but the Wii U version of Monster Hunter 3 promises more ways to kill, capture, and upgrade your home than ever before. 3DS integration includes shared save data and local wireless multiplayer. You can even use the 3DS to control the Wii U game — perfect if you’ve honed your skills going mobile but want the expanded online play and HD visuals of the console.

We’re glad to see the looming release dates for these games. Not only does this mean that we’ll have them in our sweaty little hands as soon as possible, but also that our mid-year list of upcoming games will have a completely different batch of titles. With tantalizing glimpses of the Bayonetta sequel, Metro: Last Light, and Marvel Pinball (no, really), it looks like 2013 will be Christmas all year ’round for Wii U fans.

Author Bio: Dwayne Thomas currently writes for Cable TV. Check him out on Twitter @Dwayne_CableTV.

 

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