Nintendo Offers Three Wii U Games to Look Out for in 2013

The Wii U had a pretty good lineup at launch in November, with more games coming throughout the holiday season. But it’s a new year now, and there’s still plenty more to come as the system sets out on its journey. To that end, Nintendo has offered a list of three games in particular which make the most of the Wii U GamePad to keep an eye out for in the coming months. Following is what they have to say, followed by my own thoughts on each.

Best for Adventurers – Rayman Legends (Coming February 26th)

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When it comes to adventure games, Rayman has been pretty popular across systems including Nintendo 64, Nintendo 3DS and Wii to name just a few. Like many Super Mario games, the series usually offers platform-based fun and Rayman Legends is no different. Using more traditional control options, you’ll need to guide Rayman through the many levels of the game. But with the Wii U GamePad, you also get touch screen and motion control, as well as great interaction in co-operative mode. Use the Wii U GamePad alongside additional Wii Remote controllers for up to five-way play or carry on in solo mode when the TV is in use.

I went hands-on with this one earlier last year; it was looking terrific then, and if the free downloadable demo in the Nintendo eShop is any indication, it’s just as good now. Legends was originally meant to be released in the holiday window, but after the prequel, Rayman Origins, was so tragically overlooked, holding off was a great idea.

Those who enjoyed New Super Mario Bros. U should definitely check out the demo: More characters and greater interaction from the GamePad player (to such a degree that you even get to use it in the single-player mode while the computer controls the other character– it works surprisingly well) combined with wild levels, extremely fluid animation, and some rocking music make this look like a great way to keep the platforming fun going.

Best for Strategists – Pikmin 3 (Coming first half of 2013)

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There are loads of titles that came with the launch of Wii U that ask you to get lost inside a fantasy world for a while – with Nintendo Land being one of the best examples for families. If, on the other hand, you want to get into something a bit deeper you may find Pikmin 3 is right up your street. As strategy games go, it’s pretty expansive and great for single-player adventure – although you can also get a multiplayer game going with Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuks or the Wii U GamePad. The GamePad also allows you to switch between views so you can keep better track of how your army of Pikmin characters are progressing.

Another game previewed last year, Pikmin 3 remains shrouded in mystery. We know there are new Pikmin to command and new characters to control, but what’s happened to Captain Olimar?

For a more elaborate take on why I’m looking forward to this one, check out this piece I wrote for 1UP.

Best for Outer Space Soldiers – Aliens: Colonial Marines (Coming first quarter of 2013)

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If you’re a fan of first-person shooting games, you’re likely to have a close eye on Aliens: Colonial Marines. This game puts you at the centre of the action that follows James Cameron’s 1986 entry in the movie franchise. Joined by a team of space marines, you’ll need to get to the bottom of what happened aboard the abandoned U.S.S. Sulaco and face down Xenomorphs with pulse rifles, flame throwers and whatever else you can. With single-player and drop-in/drop-out co-operative modes, Aliens: Colonial Marines looks set to be a great way to make the most of the Wii U GamePad and high definition visuals.

This one’s a bit specific, isn’t it?

The Aliens series has inspired numerous other games, including Nintendo’s own Metroid franchise, and there is a lot of great material from the vast multimedia mythos that developer Gearbox Software (Borderlands, Half-Life, Duke Nukem) has to draw from for this one. The team seems dedicated to replicating the movie experience, even getting the Aliens movie concept artist Syd Mead to design portions of the Sulaco not seen in the film to help flesh it out for the game.

As we’ve seen before, this is but a handful of games we can expect for the Wii U in 2013. Which titles are you most looking forward to?

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