I’ve had my ear to the ground
and according to a few sources, there seems to be a lot speculation surrounding the release of the Wii U. Considering the third party support for the Wii U and the fact that Nintendo themselves have said that it can be released this year, means that Nintendo can do what not many have been able to do before. They will be able to release a console which has a lot of top quality software to match those games which are currently available for the other Next Gen consoles.
If Nintendo are smart (which, after the release of the 3DS, they don’t seem to be all there at the moment) they will have some top titles ready for release at the same time as the console itself. If you’re too look at Nintendo’s top selling games, you’d see that Mario definitely has to make an appearance at the launch. As would Zelda, Mario Kart and even some sort of Wii Sports equivalent in the box would make the Wii U more appealing. Now, releasing all these titles at once may seem like a bit of a desperate move on Nintendo’s part BUT what we have to remember is that this console will be competing with the Xbox and Kinect which has been astoundingly popular (which I didn’t think would happen) and also the PS3 and PS Move. I’ve owned a lot of Nintendo consoles and one of my favourite consoles was the Gamecube. It wasn’t overly popular because of the PS2 but it still had a great selection of games. Metroid Prime, in my opinion, was one of the best games of 2003 and to see another installment for the Wii U would be a great addition to an arsenal of characters which have stood the test of time. I think Nintendo would really be throwing the cat among the pigeons by releasing titles with strong a pedigree and proven track record of success.
Last year, at E3, Ubisoft announced that they would be supporting the Wii U and also showed a sneak peak of a Ghost Recon game which is set for a release of May 25th. Looking at the Xbox version, we see that it is compatible with Kinect. So! If we make a few assumptions, we could be lead to believe that Ghost Recon will be appearing on the Wii U. This wouldn’t be a bad thing as it’s very different to what Nintendo have offered in the past.
Similarly to Ubisoft, Capcom have strong links with Nintendo. This could mean that we might see Resident Evil 6 on the Wii U. Judging by the release date of RE6, this particular title falls nicely before the Christmas shopping begins and, I imagine that’s when the Wii U will be stacked on the shelves, primed for the hoards of parents looking to find their kids the latest and greatest kit for Christmas.
It’s all speculation right now, as to whether these games will be released on the Wii U but I think this year is Nintendo’s time to get itself back out there. There won’t be a new Xbox this year and there won’t be a new PlayStation so who do the public have to turn in their time of new and exciting gaming equipment? Nintendo can be the hero of the year, swooping in, stealing the spotlight and grabbing a pretty big share of the market. As the Kinect is already popular and without a complete hardware reboot, there’s nowhere Microsoft can go with it. Nintendo can put their years of experience into making this a release to remember.
Wii believe in U!