23 games at launch for Nintendo’s Wii U

The launch of Nintendo’s long-awaited Wii U console will be accompanied by 23 games – four of which are slated to be published by the Japanese-based corporation itself.

Another nine are to follow by the end of November, with 20 more scheduled to land before April of 2013.

 In the meantime, here is what we can expect from Nintendo on November 18: New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Sing Party, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.

The above-mentioned titles will be joined by a slew of games coded by third-party publishers such as Ubisoft and Activision. A full list of official titles can be found below. 

In other Wii news, Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime says he believes the company will see a smooth launch for the Wii U this holiday season.

“We’ve learned a lot of lessons from the launch of the DS, the launch of Wii and the launch of 3DS. And our supply chain is solid. My job is to work with retailers, work with other business partners to create demand for the product, and have the consumer get excited. And I think we’re well on the way to doing that,” Fils-Aime told Forbes.

“My expectation is that we will do a phenomenal job helping the consumer understand the benefits of Wii U, and that our retailers will do a wonderful job of merchandising the product and getting it into consumers’ hands. We want to satisfy all of the demand that’s out there. That’s our goal.”

Fils-Aime also commented on the original Wii, stating that he believes the older console still has plenty of life ahead of it.

“You know, [Sony] PlayStation has done a phenomenal job driving sales on what is a [twelve] year-old machine. They’ve done a phenomenal job, and they have been able to address different marketing over time, to build an incredibly large install base,” he said.

“We believe that the Wii system, similarly, will keep selling for quite some time… They’re going to be different addressable markets, not only from a US perspective but from a global perspective… We’ll hopefully continue to drive sales at a historic rate.”

The (initial) full list of scheduled Nintendo Wii U games is as follows:

November 18

Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Activision

Skylanders Giants – Activision

Transformers Prime – Activision

Wipeout 3 – Activision

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Disney Interactive Studios

FIFA Soccer 13 – Electronic Arts

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition – Namco Bandai Games America

New Super Mario Bros. U – Nintendo

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge – Nintendo

Nintendo Land – Nintendo

Sing Party – Nintendo

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – Sega

Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper – Tecmo Koei

Darksiders II – THQ

Assassin’s Creed III – Ubisoft

ESPN Sports Connection – Ubisoft

Just Dance 4 – Ubisoft

Rabbids Land – Ubisoft

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 – Ubisoft

ZombiU – Ubisoft

Scribblenauts Unlimited – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Game Party Champions – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment


Chasing Aurora – Broken Rules

Cloudberry Kingdom – Pwnee Studios

Madden NFL 13 – Electronic Arts

Trine 2: Director’s Cut – Frozen Byte

Mighty Switch Force HD – WayForward

Tank! Tank! Tank! – Namco Bandai Games America

Nano Assault Neo – Shin’en

Little Inferno – Tomorrow Corporation

Toki Tori 2 – Two Tribes


Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – Gaijin Games

“Launch Window” (Before April 2013)

Funky Barn – 505 Games

NBA 2K13 – 2K Sports

007 Legends – Activision

Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 – Activision

Rapala Pro Bass Fishing – Activision

Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game – D3 Publisher

Ben 10 Omniverse – D3 Publisher

Family Party: 30 Great Games: Obstacle Arcade – D3 Publisher

Mass Effect 3 – Electronic Arts

Game & Wario – Nintendo

Lego City: Undercover – Nintendo

Pikmin 3 – Nintendo

Wii Fit U – Nintendo

The Wonderful 101 – Nintendo

Aliens: Colonial Marines – Sega

Jeopardy! – THQ

Wheel of Fortune – THQ

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth – Ubisoft

Rayman Legends – Ubisoft