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Nintendo Lines Out Upcoming Third-Party Wii U Titles

It’s become a kind of running joke among games journalists that Wii U just doesn’t have any third-party titles, but Nintendo doesn’t see it that way. They released a list of upcoming Wii U games from outside studios that are set for release in the next quarter of the year, from April to June, and it includes 15 titles from companies including Disney Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros., Square-Enix, and even Activision.

Most of them we already knew about. Others, like Splinter Cell: Blacklist, hadn’t yet been confirmed.


NINTENDO’S THIRD-PARTY PARTNERS ROLLING OUT GREAT WII U GAMES

Nintendo Systems Offer Something for Everyone, Highlighted by Splinter Cell Blacklist from Ubisoft and Exclusive Planes Franchise from Disney Interactive

REDMOND, Wash., April 10, 2013 – Nintendo’s third-party partners are bringing an impressive array of great games to the Wii U™ home console, including new games and exclusive information from Disney and Ubisoft®.

“Disney, Ubisoft and our other third-party partners have a great lineup of exclusive games and unique experiences for fans of all ages,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Licensing. “Their creativity spans every audience and genre, creating new ways to play that can only be experienced on Nintendo platforms.”

Disney Interactive is bringing Disney’s Planes, a flying adventure video game inspired by the upcoming Disney animated comedy adventure film, exclusively to Nintendo platforms. The game will be available for the Wii U and Wii™ consoles as well as the Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ hand-held systems on Aug. 6, just a few days prior to the film’s Aug. 9 opening in theaters nationwide. The game will expand beyond the storyline of the Disney’s Planes film, offering players the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of flight as one of the popular characters from the film.

Disney is also bringing Disney Infinity to Wii U, Wii and Nintendo 3DS on Aug. 18. Disney Infinity is Disney’s new gaming platform that combines Disney’s most popular franchises with interactive figures that come to life in the game. Players can place real-world toy versions of their favorite Disney characters onto a device called the Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, The Incredibles, Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as into a giant Toy Box.

“Wii U offers our developers unique tools to showcase our fun franchises,” said Javier Ferriera, Senior Vice President, Publishing at Disney Interactive. “No matter which Nintendo system you own, every member of the family will have fun playing.”

Ubisoft confirms that Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Blacklist™ is coming to Wii U on Aug. 20 in North America, Aug. 22 for EMEA territories and Aug. 23 in the UK. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist on Wii U will deliver a unique gaming experience that puts players in the role of special operative and 4th Echelon leader Sam Fisher. Showcasing enhanced game-play features using the Wii U GamePad controller, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist allows players to operate innovative gadgets, take out enemies and move through the environment, and intuitively switch between weapons, among other features. The GamePad touch screen, along with motion-based inputs, are sure to immerse fans and gamers alike in this thrilling modern-day adventure.

Additionally, Ubisoft brings Rayman Legends online for the first time with a new demo, including the full online challenge mode. The online challenge mode is made up of four levels, including “Murfy’s Dungeon,” exclusive to Wii U. New challenges are added daily and weekly, and each comes with its own individual leaderboards. The demo will be available in late April.

“Wii U gives both games a second-screen experience that fans will enjoy,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, Ubisoft. “The genres are different, yet both games share fun game play and replayability.”

A partial sampling of other key third-party games available this spring and summer includes:

• Injustice: Gods Among Us from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launches April 16 with off-TV game-play functionality and an optional “Quick Moves List” lookup on the GamePad while the game plays on the television.

• Batman and Robin return in LEGO® Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes this spring for Wii U from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, with off-TV functionality and enhanced interactive map viewable on the GamePad.

• Resident Evil®: Revelations from Capcom returns on May 21, redefined for Wii U with exclusive Miiverse features, including the ability to post a dying message on the Game Over screen for other players around the world to see, and the “Creatures Voice” function allowing players to personalize the thoughts of enemies in Raid Mode and taunt their friends.

• Fast & Furious™: Showdown from Activision launches May 21 with adrenaline-packed racing action for Fast & Furious fans.

• Sniper Elite V2 from 505 Games launches this May with new controls and a level of interactivity only possible with the Wii U GamePad touch screen.

• Coming soon to Wii U, DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION® – DIRECTOR’S CUT from Square Enix is packed with new features exclusive to the Wii U, including Miiverse integration and multiple game-play improvements leveraging the Wii U GamePad.

Games that will be available exclusively as digital downloads in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U include:

• DuckTales Remastered from Capcom: Releasing this summer, DuckTales Remastered is a hand-crafted, beautiful HD reimagining of one of the most iconic Disney 8-bit titles that follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck as he explores differently themed worlds to collect their treasures and become the world’s richest duck.

• Dungeons & Dragons®: Chronicles of Mystara™ from Capcom brings HD re-workings of two of Capcom’s classic arcade hits – Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara – together in one definitive digital package in June, complete with a wealth of enhancements and game-play options.

• Mutant Mudds Deluxe from Renegade Kid launches in Q2 with off-TV functionality and 20 new ghostly levels that are exclusive to Wii U.

• Spin the Bottle from Knapnock Games: Spin the Bottle is a party game where players look at each other rather than the TV, launching in early summer.

• Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails marks Dakko Dakko’s Nintendo eShop debut. A frenetic action platform game with unique controls and a striking visual style, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails will be released for Wii U later in 2013

Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4 billion video games and more than 651 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

  • HylianBadger25

    Nintendo’s bothering to announce a game called ‘Spin the bottle’? Really?? This looks to be a slow quarter….At least we’ll have E3 news, leaks, predictions and hype to keep us going as June draws nearer.

    • Dusk

      Game of the year :P

    • Blakenator

      Have you seen the trailer for it? It was posted on Wii U Daily a while back. While it is another “party game,” it is geared to a more mature audience and has you using the Wii Remotes in racey and histarical ways. At least it is making an effort to distinguish itself from run-off-the-mill crap like Jeopardy or Game Party Generic Insert Here games.

      • HylianBadger25

        Huh…good to know. I had assumed it was a literal version of the childhood game, meaning more shovelware. Hence the surprise why nintendo would bother to endorse it. Either way, barring Injustice (which has gained my interest through copious amounts of trailers), there really aren’t any big heavy hitters coming out anytime soon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bill.bronson23 Bill Ginzburg Bronson

      if u have even bothered to see what the game is, its actually pretty cool. I guess you would of bothered to look if it had an army tittle.

      • HylianBadger25

        No, I did look it up. Not exactly Mario Party, but better than complete shovelware. Regardless, it’s not my taste in games (nor are army games for that matter). Either way, it’s a strange endorsement for Nintendo that shows that there really isn’t anything better coming out this quarter. At least there have been some other significant e-shop games in the past like the Cave and Little Inferno.

        • http://www.facebook.com/bill.bronson23 Bill Ginzburg Bronson

          fair enough.
          as for me i thought it looked like a good drinking game with friends

  • http://www.facebook.com/blake.wigert Blake Wigert

    If these companies don’t “jump ship to fit in” I’ll eat my hat

  • Tensei

    Nintendo should be ashamed to release this list with a straight face. Too enamoured with the success of the Wii to invest in their future. The only game of note is Dakko Dakko.

    After 10 years I would have thought Nintendo would have learnt a way to avoid software droughts. If you cant rely on third parties, (Nintendo should have learnt that even during the Wii’s success they cant trust third parties) then atleast invest in some second party studios to make content.

    It does not take a genius to work this out. I’m so frustrated. I want to buy a Wii U but everyday Nintendo gives me more reasons not to buy it.

    • Ibi Salmon

      Everyday? You really have 148 reasons not to buy a Wii U?

      I have to say, that’s a long list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1296456158 Peter Demeritte

    i was hoping this would convince me to purchase the U instead of waiting for ps4 but it was just the opposite. love nintendo MH zelda series and the new Xeno game trailer but maaan this list is just, meh

  • jcl

    as least the holiday season is somewhat interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eoin.hanan Eoin Hanan

    i think people are really underestimating the Dues ex port, they are taking a brilliant game and making it better, not a system seller, but what game really is at this stage?

    • Delpheas

      Zelda, Mario, Metroid.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eoin.hanan Eoin Hanan

        evidently not mario if it failed to move to many units in the launch, if you look at the sales of skyward sword (what a game!) it isnt even in the top 10 zelda games of all time, and metroid has never shipped more then three million sales, presumably from the very core nintendo audience whom many would already have the system

    • http://www.facebook.com/blake.wigert Blake Wigert

      I don’t think that is the point, being ignorant my self. The point I think is we as Nintendo fans are being given a 2 YEAR OLD game of questionable quality. I noticed on the Wii we got “special editions” which may have well been renamed “watered down P.O.S., be happy we made this for Nintendo edition” every game that is available on other systems is of a vastly higher quality in terms of gameplay, I couldn’t care less about graphics. I play my N64 pretty much every day because I enjoy the games on there and it reminds me when I was ignorant of “Nintendo hate” Off topic for a bit but giving us a 2 year old game and then expecting us to be happy is like saying oh here’s an old system everyone else has played, now aren’t you happy. I really despise third parties because often Nintendo gets skipped for being Nintendo. I could understand if their system couldn’t handle the game, and if that is true they should state that in commercials instead of just saying for all consoles except Nintendo with no reasoning behind it. The third parties of this generation so far are looking up Call of Duty:Black Ops II actually looks competent compared to the Wii U version both in graphics and gameplay. I hope that trend continues. As for all the hate Nintendo talk it needs to stop, that is all my Facebook is, attacking two things I love guns and Nintendo. I’ve never seen a reverse of roles where another system or company is bashed. As for the 3rd parties jumping ship and the Rayman Legends fiasco, they’re the ones missing out, and if they ever get there head in the game we Nintendo fans will be wary of buying their products given their past treatment. I could go on but people won’t read the whole thing, indeed some won’t even read what I typed here. Another thing I hate impatient, lazy people.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eoin.hanan Eoin Hanan

        ok well i know there have been some sloppy ports, but i just choose to ignore these and go for the good ones which i think the age isnt as much of an issue as all of the DLC is included which came out later , but if you actaully look at what there doing, it includes DLC, they took the 10 biggest complaints and sorted 8 of them, including reworking the boss figths, put in developer commentary, upped the graphics to the computer level and included a digital guide intergrated into the game

        ps why do you keep using the word ignorant, i didnt use it at any point?

        • http://www.facebook.com/blake.wigert Blake Wigert

          Ignorant is a word used to describe my lack of knowledge about the subject of Deus Ex, and not knowing of this Hate Nintendo Always attitude by most gamers and professionals alike until I grew up.Around age 14 I realized this strange phenomenon happened to Nintendo, we are often denied games or given crappy ports as I stated in my previous comment

          Definition of Ignorant
          due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.

          Cantratulations you’ve just learned something! (I’m not trying to be a jerk so I apologize is this is taken as such)

    • KY_LOZ

      This article says the games on the list are due before June. Does that mean Deus EX: HR DC is coming out before june?

  • Zeta

    terrible list… Nintendo is doomed

  • m r

    Ok stop right there. The first 3rd party listed is Disney Interactive.

    Disney….. The company that just shut down development of Star Wars 1313. Uh huh. I’m sure Disney Interactive has some really great stuff lined up for all of us (err the $5 dollar bin).

    That said, if you own a Wii U then you should pick up the new version of Deus Ex. It will be more than just a port.

    Personally I don’t care about the 3rd party support at all. It is irrelevant given the WIi U specs (nothing against them. i’m all about the games not the hardware). I want Nintendo to start making more core focused 1st party titles. And i’m not talking about violence or whatever. JUST LESS YARN.

  • m r

    They list Disney because EA and Activision are no longer supporting them. And Ubisoft/Square won’t be able to much longer if it doesn’t start selling more units.

    Not gonna sugarcoat it. It’s not looking good. But I think it has to be like this until they start focusing more on the core gamer. If they take too long to do that then they deserve to fail.