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10 Games That Will Save The Wii U (Part 1/2)

July 27, 2013

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Part 2

It would be fair to say that the Wii U is currently struggling to gain the support Nintendo would have expected over 8 months after the consoles launch. Many people would be quick to claim this is simply happening because the console is a gimmick or because it doesn’t have the power of the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One. However, we at World Nintendo News know that this is simply not the case, as these are traits you could just as easily have associated with the Wii after its launch late into 2006. There is only one reason for the Wii U’s lackluster launch. Games. So far, Nintendo, alongside other publishers, have failed to release any games which make the console stand out. Nothing which pushes the console to its limits. Yes there was Zombi U, New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, LEGO City: Undercover and moat recently Pikmin 3. But despite these games, the Wii U games library still appears weak. Fortunately, in the next year or so, this is going to change…..

10. Disney Infinity (North America – August 18th/Europe – August 20th)

iOS_Disney_Infinity_01First on our list of 10 games is the Disney Interactive Studios published title Disney Infinity. Developed by Avalanche Software, the same people who made the critically acclaimed Toy Story 3: The Video Game, this action-adventure title looks set to be something special. Players collect figurines which they scan with the Wii U console, and you are then able to play as that specific figurine on the game; in many ways this is similar to the successful Skylanders games. However, the way the game distinguishes itself is by the two game modes on the title.

The first game mode in Disney Infinity is Play Set Mode, which is the story mode of Disney Infinity. Each different Disney series comes with their own Play Set, and you are not able to mix the characters and items from one series into another. For instance, in Sully from Monsters Inc is unable to join Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set, as they are not from the same series. Each Play Set is a different open world, where you are able to play different types of games. For instance, in the Cars Play Set, you will be able to drive around and race other vehicles. This is different to the Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set, where you will sail the seas rather then drive. This may sound fairly standard, but where Disney Infinity becomes interesting is in the next game mode.

images (1)The second of these two game modes is Toy Box Mode. In this mode, players are able to create their own world with all the figurines and in-game items you have collected. You are able to mix and match Disney characters from any world together, so you can create unique worlds with characters unable to cooperate in the Play Set Mode. You can use the aspects from the various games to create something never seen before. In a way, you might want to call the Toy Box Mode Disney Minecraft, as you are able to create anything you want.

While Disney Infinity is certainly not a game that every reader is interested in, it will surely be a big hit for Nintendo. Although the title isn’t exclusive to the Wii U (Disney Infinity will also be released on the Wii, 3DS, PC, Xbox 360 and PS3), this is one game you can say for certain will be at its best on the Wii U. Given the success of the Skylanders series, a new type of the game with more popular and distinguishable characters is sure to be popular with children. The reason this game will save the Wii U is because the unique features such as NFC and the GamePad will really make this game stand out on the console. Hopefully these features will make the countless children who buy Disney Infinity get the game on the Wii U.

**Official Disney Infinity Website**

9. Yarn Yoshi (TBA – 2014)

Next up on the list of games to save the Wii U is Yarn Yoshi, which is developed by Good-Feel, the team who made the hit Wii title Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Yarn Yoshi is a 2.5D Platformer staring only Yoshi; this is the first Yoshi exclusive game since Yoshi’s Story for N64. Yarn Yoshi is expected to play in the same kind of slow paced style as in Kirby’s Epic Yarn, and the game is rumored to be a successor to the Wii title, Yarn-Yoshi-yoshi-33408972-1280-720except with Yoshi as the protagonist. As of now, we are yet to know a lot about this Nintendo published title, although you can tell it is going to be an important title for Nintendo already.

If you look at the sales of the previous Yoshi game, Yoshi’s Island DS, you will see that games featuring Mario’s companion are relatively popular. The DS title sold just under 3,000,000 copies across the globe. On top of this, Kirby’s Epic Yarn sold 1,800,000 copies, which is impressive when you consider that the game was released towards the end of the Wii’s life. With these figures, you would fully expect Yarn Yoshi to sell 2,000,000+ copies, which is around the same amount of copies which Nintendo Land sold. If the game is to sell around this amount of copies, it would be fair to say that Yarn Yoshi would’ve put some interest back into the Wii U, like Kirby’s Epic Yarn did with the Wii.

**Yarn Yoshi Gameplay**

8. Rayman Legends (Australia – August 29th/Europe – August 30th/North America – September 3rd)

Rayman Legends is a game which caused great anger into the Nintendo world earlier this year. This is because the Ubisoft developed and Rayman_Legends_Box_Artpublished title was originally going to be a Wii U exclusive released earlier this year. However, due to the poor sales of the Ubisoft Wii U launch title Zombi U, the French company decided that the latest Rayman adventure would be released later in the year and on other platforms. Yep. What was once a Wii U exclusive is now being brought to the PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS Vita, alongside the Wii U.

However, the fact that Rayman Legends is no longer a Wii U exclusive doesn’t mean the game is any worse. In fact, Ubisoft claim to be adding more levels to the Wii U version while they put the game on other systems. All putting Rayman Legends on other consoles really means is that the game will come out later, and potentially sell less copies on the Nintendo platform. Anyway, Rayman Legends will still be at its finest on the Nintendo console. You only have to play the Rayman Legends: Challenge App which was released on the eShop earlier this year to notice this. Many of the games best features won’t be the same without the GamePad, which is a fundamental part of the game. The platformer uses the Touch Screen, Motion Controls and Microphone; on some of the Challenge App levels these are essential.

So while releasing the game on the Xbox 360 and PS3 will harness the sales of the game on the Wii U, in some ways it might do the console a favor. What Rayman Legends will show is that while Wii U games can be played on other platforms, if the game is developed for the Wii U console on the same scale as on other consoles, the game won’t be just as good. It will be better.

**Official Rayman Legends Website**

7. Watch Dogs (North America – November 19th/Australia – November 21st/Europe – November 22nd)

Next is an open-world stealth game Watch Dogs, which is also published and developed by Ubisoft. Watch Dogs, which was originally announced at E3 2012, is focused around a vigilante called Aiden Pearce. Aiden is capable of hacking into any electronic device in the game,images (2) which allows him to gain information about people you are tracking in the game. Watch Dogs seems similar to the Square Enix series Hitman, although it looks to expand on the games basic principles and put them in a vast map. This makes it also comparable to open world games such as Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row

Watch Dogs is yet again not going to be a Wii U exclusive. The game will also be released on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One. However, Ubisoft have claimed on various occasions that the Wii U version will be just as good as the game is on any other console, including the PS4 and Xbox One. In fact, the games producer Dominic Guay stated that the Wii U GamePad is a ‘natural fit’ for the title. While the Wii U version of Watch Dogs certainly won’t sell as many copies as the game will on the PS4 and Xbox One, having Watch Dogs on the Wii U really is significant for Nintendo. What this shows is that the Nintendo console is able to attract the same blockbuster games that come to Sony and Microsoft consoles all the time. Hopefully the Wii U version of Watch Dogs does sell in significant numbers, as permitting this happens, we can surely expect other massive games to be released on the Wii U in the future.

**Official Watch Dogs Website**

6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Japan – September 26th/Elsewhere – October 2013)

Last on part one of this list is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, a Nintendo developed and published title. As the name implies, ss8this game is an HD port of the GameCube title of the same name. The remake features 1080p visuals which will make exploring the already beautiful world even more enjoyable then ever. On top of this The Wind Waker HD will also have many new features, such as the ability to sail the games seas at double the speed and to play the game on a increased difficulty setting.

While there is no doubt that The Wind Waker HD will be a fantastic game, I’m not so sure Nintendo is telling the truth about why they are releasing this game. Nintendo say The Wind Waker HD is being published to bridge the gap between now and the next new Zelda title for Wii U. However, I’m certain they are only releasing this because of the success of the 3DS title The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which was released on the 3DS in June 2011.

When Ocarina of Time 3D was released, the 3DS was having the same problems as the Wii U. No new games had been released since launch and sales of the console were embarrassing. As soon as this 3DS title was released, sales of 3DS console skyrocketed. Since the games release, Ocarina of Time 3D has sold nearly 3,000,000. With The Wind Waker HD, surely Nintendo are expecting a repeat of the success with followed the 3DS games release. This is why The Wind Waker HD will surely be a vital part of the redemption of the Wii U.

**The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD E3 Website**

That’s all for part one. If you enjoyed this article, please like, comment and share on Twitter. Part two will be released tomorrow. Till then.

Part 2

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