Nintendo revealed a plethora of both first and third party games for the Wii U today at its E3 press conference. They threw a lot at its audience at once, so in case you missed anything, here are the new games Nintendo announced and what we know about them.
Originally Killer Freaks from Outer Space, shown at last year’s E3, ZombiU is a first person survival/shooter game that puts the player against hordes of zombies. Along with gunplay, players can also use radars, door hacks, scanners to survive the undead onslaught. Nintendo only showed a brief trailer (I couldn’t tell if it was actual gameplay), but the game will be on the show floor today so we will probably know more about ZombiU throughout the week.
Probably the biggest news of the day, Nintendo announced that the long awaited Pikmin 3 is in fact coming to Wii U! The gameplay looks like it has more or less stayed the same, but instead of controlling one leader, you can now control up to four individual leaders. Nintendo did not say if there would be four-player co-op. In addition, the Wii U Game Pad adds more depth to the game by giving player a full, interactive map of the level. And, of course, there is a new Pikmin type: the Rock Pikmin! These little guys can be thrown to flatten enemies, take out hard barriers, and destroy an enemy’s armor.
In the Scribblenauts series’ first console game, players will be able to play cooperatively to solve puzzles using the Game Pad. There is also a brand new adventure mode and origin story for the main protagonist. Other than that, not much else is known.
New Super Mario Bros U
A confirmed launch game, New Super Mario Bros U seems to once again emphasis four-player cooperative play. The game looks fun, but it doesn’t look like it adds much to the standard Mario formula.
Batman Arkham City Armored Edition
Batman Arkham city was one of 2011’s best titles, and is probably the best licensed video game of all time. In an effort to gain more third-party developers for the Wii U, Nintendo will be releasing an “Armored Edition” version of the game, giving players new challenges and added depth with the Wii U Game Pad.
Wii Fit U
Wii Fit U is pretty much the same thing as the original Wii Fit, showcasing various workouts and mini games. Like many of the newly announced Wii U games, this new title takes advantage of the Game Pad, letting the player use the controller’s screen if someone else is watching TV.
Obviously meant for a much younger audience, Sing is essentially a karaoke game. The trailer was really awkward, and it showcased “Call Me Maybe”.
Lego City Undercover
This was teased at last year’s E3, but today we had a chance to see it in action. Lego City Undercover looks like a Grand Theft Auto gone Lego, but with the classic Lego puzzles and innocence. Once again, the Game Pad is being used as an extra peripheral to show the map of the city.
Just Dance 4
Same game, different name. Just Dance 4 builds upon the popular dance game by giving the player with the Game Pad the ability to choose the dance moves and poses.
Nintendo Land looks like a Mario Party for Miis. Players access different theme parks based on various Nintendo properties to challenge each other to a large selection of mini games. The demo showed a Luigi’s Mansion themed game, where four players try to catch an invisible ghost played by a fifth player with a Game Pad. If the ghost catches all of the players, its game over. Nintendo Land will be available at the WiI U’s launch.
Darksiders 2, Mass Efect 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2 Directors Cut, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Ninja Gaiden 3, Alien Colonial Marines, and The Avengers
These games were shown briefly in a montage trailer, so how the play on the Wii U is currently unknown.