I wouldn't be the first person to disregard the Wii U as a contender in the fight for who will dominate the 8th console generation. Even though Nintendo's Wii U system dropped first and Sony and Microsoft's efforts are yet to reach retail shelves, most punters aren't even thinking about system. And it's not hard to see why, the Wii U lags behind both the Xbox One and PS4 in terms of raw power and it's marketing has been very confusing, with many people assuming that the Wii U is an accessory to the Wii, rather than it's successor.
But lacking power has never really been a hindrance to winning a console generation before. Just ask the original PlayStation
. No, the thing that's really holding back the Wii U is a dearth of games; or rather the perception of a dearth of games. I'll confess, even I was under that impression, until I did a little research. It seems the Wii U is actually doing just fine as far it's library of quality titles is concerned, being just two games shy of 100 confirmed boxed titles. Not to mention the 48 downloadable games. With that in mind, here are the five game's I'm looking most forward to on the Wii U.
Though it doesn't seem like it, Pikmin is Nintendo's take on the RTS genre and they do it with aplomb. Fans have been patiently waiting for a third go round with Captain Olimar and the Pikmin minions and there wait is slowly coming to a close. Pikmin 3 is due in August.
Rayman Origins was one of my favourite games of 2011, a sentiment shared by a number of websites, if their best of 2011 Awards are to be believed. After receiving an unexpected delay the game's sequel, Rayman Legends, will soon be making it's debut and by all accounts the Wii U version will be the one to get. With it's clever and inventive using of the Wii U's gamepad, Rayman Legends will offer players a unique, yet still familiar game experience.
The Wonderful 101
Ahh, the Wonderful 101. This was the game that almost tipped me into becoming a Wii U early adopter. No doubt, if it had been a launch title, I would surely own a Wii U already. The game puts players in charge of 101 superheroes who are able to merge themselves together to form gigantic weapons and tool that they use to fight back against a monster invasion. If ever there was a game that positively screamed out quirky fun, this is it.
Sonic the Hedgehog: Lost World
As a Sonic fan, this latest chapter in the long-running franchise fills me with both elation and trepidation. The Sonic games of the recent past have been, shall we say, lacking in quality gameplay. For whatever reason SEGA just haven't been able to deliver a solid Sonic game since the Mega Drive. With the Sonic the Hedgehog: Lost World, we may just see a reversal of fortune.
Even though there is little info about this game aside from its trailer, this sprawling, open-world RPG has me completely spell bound. A bountiful world, giant robots, huge monsters... what more could one ask for? Developed by the same team that put together the fantastic Xenoblade for the Wii, X looks like it will be following in that games footsteps. Which is no bad thing if you ask me.
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