23 games at launch for Nintendo’s Wii U

Posted by Trent Nouveau

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