Nintendo Wii U hardcore games unveiled: Pikmin, New Super Mario Bros, Mass Effect 3 and more
Nintendo has unveiled some of the Wii U games we’ll soon be playing, beginning with an on-stage E3 2012 demo of new Pikmin game Pikmin 3. Nintendo also showed off a trio of Super Mario games including new Super Mario Bros. 2, and promised there will be lots of third-party games such as the new Batman: Arkham City Armoured edition, with new Wii U mechanics, and more. Here’s the lowdown from Nintendo at E3 2012.
Nintendo’s E3 2012 show began with a promising look at Pikmin 3 – where players control small-bug-like creatures. For Wii U the Pikmin experience has been refined for the better visuals of the Wii U, as each Pikmin’s movements can clearly be seen. The extra detail shone through. There will also be new Rock Pikmin to play with, and players will be able to touch a map on the Wii U Controller Plus tablet controller to check the status of their health.
Famous Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto said it will be deeper games such as Pikmin 3 that will offer more involving experiences than “lighter” games, possibly suggesting that smartphone games will never match what’s on console, as consoles continue to stay relevant at a time when mobile games have grown in popularity.
New Super Mario Bros. 2 was also revealed. New features include the ability to instant message players when playing, using the Wii U Controller Plus, and a Boost Mode where a player with the Wii U Controller Plus can add items to levels by tapping the touchscreen, to help another player playing with a different pad. Nintendo also unveiled brief glimpses of Paper Mario Sticker Star, and Luigi’s Mansion 2 for this holiday season.
Third party games were also shown off. Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition also adds new features to the game already out on PS3 and Xbox 360. These include being able to guide Batman’s Batarang projectiles by tilting the Wii U Controller Plus.
Scribblenauts Unlimited for Wii U was also unveiled. The Wii U version will let players share their creations with other players. The imaginative drawing game will come to life using the tablet style controller to draw solutions to obstacles.
Other confirmed games include survival game Zombie U, Rayman Legends, Assassin’s Creed 3, Just Dance 4, Rabbids Land, Darksiders 2, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Alien’s Colonial Marines, LEGO City Stories, and Mass Effect 3.
This presentation was all about games, but Nintendo also confirmed that entertainment services: Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Amazon Video will be available on Wii U by saying it;s how we will enjoy the content on the Wii U that will make it unique.
The presentation ended with a look at Nintendoland – a collection of minigames for the family, which looks like a possible launch title promising to make full use of the Wii U Controller Plus’ skills. Nintendo has still to reveal a specific launch date and price.