Five titles that could make or break the Nintendo WII U

 
Stephen Dinneen
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PIKMIN 3

What is it?

An insanely addictive real-time strategy title that sees you take control of a group of plant-like Pikmin. You guide the creatures through gardens, carrying off food and scrapping with bugs. The series is incredibly popular and is likely to be a big seller for the firm. Legendary Nintendo games-maker Shigeru Miyamoto has been quoted saying he wishes the title had been ready for the Wii U’s launch.

When can we see it?

Soon: it’s slated for a spring release.

MONSTER HUNTER 3

What is it?

The clue is in the title. You hunt monsters. Then you skin them and use their carcass to craft better weapons and armour that allows you to hunt even bigger monsters. Repeat ad infinitum. This “Ultimate” edition is a remake of a previous Monster Hunter title, albeit one with a lot of exclusive material. Rumour has it sales of Wii U consoles jumped 125 per cent in the week this game came out.

When can we see it?

It’s out now.

BAYONETTA 2

What is it?

An action packed hack and slash title that sees you attack your foes with a big sword. The original looked great and the prospect of seeing the luscious graphics on a next-gen console is a tantalising prospect. Its relentless action and Japanese RPG-styling won’t appeal to everyone but it’s a gamer’s game, and that’s what the Wii U needs.

When can we see it?

Not until September, when it will sell shed-loads in the run-up to Christmas.

THE WONDERFUL 101

What is it?

Control a group of 101 superheroes to defend the world against an alien invasion. It looks a bit like a Pixar animation and it makes good use of the Wii U’s second screen, giving players different options for controlling their cartoony band of heroes.

When can we see it?

Some time this year. It was supposed to be a launch title but wasn’t ready in time. Might now be held off until the Christmas run for maximum effect.

GAME & WARIO

What is it?

Another package of minigames, not unlike launch title Nintendo Land. But this one should be a real selling point. The self-consciously wacky games are designed to take full advantage of the second Wii U screen, with the gamepad doubling up as a telephoto lens or a bow and arrow that fires off onto the main screen.

When can we see it?

It doesn’t have a release date yet but it is already out in Japan so it probably won’t be too long.