Drought? What drought?
Nintendo’s newest console is suffering from a lack of quality games to play, just like every new console ever released ever. But don’t worry–there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A big, bright, beautiful light, wearing… a Mario hat. And jumping. And it’s Mario. And he’s bringing you games.
Some of these ten games might not have solid release dates, and a few have yet to be fully revealed. Even so, they’re coming–sooner than later–and we have faith that they’ll make you regret saying you regretted getting the Wii U.
Game and Wario (June 23rd)
It seems Wario is no longer content with playing micro-games, he wants to make his own now. In Game and Wario, he’ll be given the chance, but it’s up to us to help him out.
Granted, Game and Wario will still have minigames, but they’re designed in a manner unique to a Wario game. The rhythm-based play of Pirates and the GamePad-to-TV switching of Gamer are two prime examples, but we’ve yet to see everything Game and Wario has to offer. We’re ready to make games with Wario, are you?
Pikmin 3 (August 4th)
We waited and waited for Pikmin 3 to be revealed, and now it seems like we’re stuck in the same holding pattern waiting for its launch. Luckily, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and not a moment too soon. We need our Pikmin fix, and we need it ASAP.
We want to once again take control of the little Pikmin as they battle Bulborbs and gather fruits. We want to learn to use the new Rock and Winged Pikmin to help us in our quest. We also wouldn’t mind meeting the four new captains. Oh, and where’s Olimar? We have a lot of questions, and come August 4th we’ll FINALLY get our answers.
Disney Infinity (August 18th)
Skylanders is a huge success for Activision, but other than Spyro the Dragon the Skylanders are all original characters. Can you imagine the havoc Disney is going to unleash when they start allowing us to buy their figurines and mix their many franchises? Madness we say!
There are two parts to Infinity: the self-contained worlds known as Play Sets, and the fully customizable Toy Box where anything goes. The Play Sets may be fun, but we know we’re going to spend most of our time in the Toy Box, making our own world where Monsters Inc and Pirates of the Caribbean (among others) come together in harmony. Now if only Disney would announce that Star Wars and Marvel will be included…
Rayman Legends (September 3rd)
We’re not going to lie; we don’t feel like we should be writing this part. Rayman Legends should already be available. We should already be enjoying this ridiculously fun-looking game. However, for whatever reason, we are not, and we must wait until September to do so. Phooey.
The Rayman Legends Challenge App is out now for free, and it will whet your appetite for Rayman Legends for a bit, but it won’t be enough. It’s merely a tease, making the wait seem that much longer. September 3rd can’t get here soon enough.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut (TBA 2013)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was one of the better games of 2011, but there was plenty we would fix. We wish there was more opportunity for stealthing around. We’d want a few touch-ups in the scenery. Most of all, we’d want those stinkin’ boss battles fixed or axed completely. We never asked for those subpar battles.
Eidos and Square Enix heard our pleas, and the Director’s Cut will address these plights on the Wii U sometime this year. Though the game may been the same storywise, we still can’t wait to jump right back into this world and experience it all over again on Nintendo’s home console. We just can’t get enough of Adam Jensen and company.
Wii Fit U (TBA 2013)
Brush off those Balance Boards, because Wii Fit U is coming to once again get you up and make you sweat. New activities, new exercises, and more will be waiting to test our physical limits.
A built-in pedometer will read out activity and submit to the Wii U GamePad, allowing us to keep track of our exercise even when we’re away from the game. Best of all for those of us just starting (or resuming) our workouts, Off-TV play allows up to keep our embarrassing weight and BMI figures to ourselves, away from prying eyes. That privacy will go a long way in making people more willing to play, believe us.
The Wonderful 101 (TBA 2013)
Hideki Kamiya recently tweeted that those who don’t like finishing games the day after buying them shouldn’t play The Wonderful 101, as he focused more on making the game fun than making the game last long. Call us crazy, but that’s exactly the approach we want to hear.
The Wonderful 101′s Pikmin-meets-superheroes action looks every bit as manic and fun as we’d want from a Kamiya game. A group of people form into a sword and slash enemies for Pete’s sake, what more could you want? Of course, we don’t want to be over in the blink of an eye, but as long as we’re having a blast playing it, we’d don’t mind if it ends quickly. We’ll just play it again!
Skylanders Swap Force (TBA 2013)
Not to be outdone by Disney Infinity, the current figurine-based champion is bringing a new game to the table this year in Swap Force. Last year introduced Giants, and this year introduces the Swap Force, sixteen figurines whose top and bottom halves can be mixed and match to make up to 256 different combinations.
You heard right: if all sixteen Swap Force figures are collected, players will then have 256 possible Skylanders characters at their beck and call. That’s a brilliant strategy, but can this idea match up with Disney’s plethora of household names? We can’t wait for the war to start!
Mario Kart Wii U (TBA 2013)
Technically Mario Kart Wii U has yet to be revealed, but Nintendo has already said that we can expect the game to launch in the “next several months”. We won’t know a thing about the game until E3 2013, but we can sure speculate!.
Will they bring back tandem driving a la Double Dash? Could they build on the gliders of Mario Kart & and implement flying machines? What of the GamePad, will we use it as a rear-view mirror to aim our items? There’s a lot we can ask, but nothing’s for sure until E3. No matter what they include, it’s Mario Kart, and we’re sure it’ll be fun.
Smash Bros 4 (TBA)
The next Smash Brothers has already been confirmed for an E3 2013 reveal. We know very little about the game, other than Namco Bandai’s involvement in development and Wii U/3DS connectivity via separate versions. Oh, and Nintendo mascots will fight each other in themed stages. That’s it.
Our minds are racing with ideas for the next Smash. Little Mac is a shoo-in by now, right? Pac-Man is likely as well, due to Namco being a part of things. Oh, and we want a Super Mario Galaxy-themed stage where we travel to different galaxies on Starship Mario. That’d be great. Jeez, we wish E3 were right now so we could see this.
What do Wii U want to play?
See? And you were just dusting off your “I might have to dust off my Wii U” joke. There are SO many games coming, odds are you won’t even have time to play them all.
And if you’re looking for more games to play soon, check out the most anticipated games of 2013 and the best games ever made.
By GamesRadar Staff
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