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Your most wanted Wii U launch games

What should you buy on launch day?

So far 13 games have been confirmed for release when Nintendo's new console is released on 30 November but which game will you be slotting into your Wii U drive first?

It's a question I posed a few weeks ago in my blog in which I revealed my three most wanted Wii U launch games. With the Wii, it was pretty obvious which game everyone wanted at launch. The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess was the game on everyone's lips on launch night in 2006, although many confessed that they were looking forward to downloading Super Mario 64 from the Virtual Console, a concept that was all-new six years ago.

Sure, when they got home, they also had a game of Wii Sports with the family and Wii Play was a popular launch game as it came with a free Wii Remote, but most Nintendo fans wanted to explore Hyrule in what many viewed to be the true successor to Ocarina Of Time.

This time things are different as, thanks to the power of Wii U, there are some big third-party games coming out on launch day, meaning that Nintendo's own offerings - Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros U - may not be the best games available on day one.

So let's see what your most wanted Wii U game is. Hint. It's not Family Party: 30 Great Games.

10. Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed

Sonic isn't one of the best Wii U games we've played so far, mainly thanks to framerate issues. However, if these are sorted out before launch day and Sega can provide us with a smooth racer, you will have a good racer to keep you going until Nintendo release a Mario Kart game on the console.

It is a great move for Sega to release a Sonic racing game so early in the console's life. For as good as Sonic And All Stars Racing was there was no way it could compete with the might of Mario Kart. Now, without the mushroom kingdom all-stars, in their way, this is a massive opportunity for Sega as not only is it the only kart racing game on Wii U, it is the only racing game! Unless you count Captain Falcon's Twister Race from Nintendo Land.

It has got some good racing credentials, too as it's from the same guy who made the Project Gotham Racing games for Xbox. And although it may look like they have pinched some of Mario Kart 7's racing techniques, it is actually very different as when your car turns into a boat, it doesn't bobble around underwater but speed over the surface while the flying sections aren't like the gliding in Mario's 3DS racer.

Throw in some nice little GamePad tricks (you can see your power-ups strike their target on the screen) and some mini-games featuring All-Stars such as the Monkey Ball and Shinobi characters and you've got a racer with a lot of potential.

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  1. skyluigi Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 15:41

    So, out of those ten, I'll be getting a grand total of two, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U. :D

  2. shy guy 64 Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 15:47

    theres 4 on that list i plan to get

  3. Walenium Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 16:01

    No Assassin's Creed 3!?! :shock:

  4. TheNUKEnukeM Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 16:10

    The person who commented on Nintendo Land seems a clever dude. :D In all honest through in five years time we will be reading a review for WiiU title and if it controls differently the reviewer will likely just reference Nintendo Land. Oh It controls just like Mario chase from Nintendo land. Im gonna get Nintendo Land and Tekken and maybe Mario and Zombiu when they are a lot cheaper.

  5. HyrulianToad Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 16:13

    Absolutely can't wait ! It's on my birthday as well ! :)

  6. Xenobladeperson Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 16:26

    No Assassin's Creed 3!?! :shock:

    Not officially confirmed for launch yet, so it wasn't in the poll. We all know it's going to be a launch game, though.

  7. Lego master Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 17:04

    So, out of those ten, I'll be getting a grand total of two, Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U. :D


  8. LavaTwilight Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 17:24

    I'll definitely get Nintendoland and ZombiU at launch, but NSMB and Batman when they get cheaper. Tekken Tag 2... Now, that's a game I would never have seen myself buying but here I am actually convinced and wondering whether or not I should... again I'll wait for it to get cheaper but the gimmicks are working on me! :roll:

  9. thenintendoer Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 17:34

    quite a few games take my interst like new super mario and zombie u but i plan to buy ports like arkham city and me3 on pc

  10. MrGooseyMoose Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 18:03

    It makes me kind of sad that on this list there are so many games that you could get on another console...I know these are just the launch games, but...

  11. Lew3107 Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 18:08

    God forbid I speak out against the popular opinion, but I'm not particularly interested by ZombiU. It just seems like any other zombie game to me, nothing stands out. However, I am looking forward to getting S&ASRT, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and New Super Mario Bros. U on launch day, and Nintendo Land is a pretty nice pack-in. After that, there are still at least 6 other games that I'm interested in during the launch window. November 30th can't come soon enough!

  12. LewiiG Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 19:09

    Tekken Tag Tournament 2, New Super Mario Bros U, Nintendo Land (with the Premium), and maybe Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed if there are any reasons to get it over the Xbox 360 version. Have yet to reasearch any reasons.

  13. MartinIsAwesome Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 22:22

    I'm surprised that Mass Effect 3 got as high as it did.
    I'm not surprised my ZombiU, however. It's the kind of game that's been lacking on Nintendo consoles the past few years due to the Wii's lack of power, despite that the Wii Remote's pointer aiming capabilities being seemingly the best control method for an FPS. Nintendo fans are clearly hungry for a game of the same caliber that the Xbox and Playstation has seen an abundance of.
    Me? Well my bias towards Japanese games has my sights set firmly on New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

  14. BattleGooseUK Monday 22nd Oct 2012 at 22:32

    From that list I will putting 8 of them in my Wii U on November 30th, all except Fifa 13 and Mickey Mouse...

    I will have A LOT to do that day, starting with phoning in sick.

  15. 5OUNDWAVE Tuesday 23rd Oct 2012 at 00:35

    still zombiu , nsmbu and sonic all-star's racing for me

  16. Sonic_Freak Tuesday 23rd Oct 2012 at 12:37

    For as good as Sonic And All Stars Racing was there was no way it could compete with the might of Mario Kart.

    Opinion =/= fact. I thought S&SASR was way better than Mario Kart Wii, and I'm a big fan of Mario Kart games.

  17. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 23rd Oct 2012 at 13:06

    Out of the list 5 interest me (6 if you count Nintendo Land,but that's bundled with my Wii U anyway)
    Batman Arkham City
    New Super Mario Bros U
    Sonic and All Stars Racing (I've heard Sumo has fixed the frame-rate problems)
    Tekken Tag Tournament 2
    Disney Epic Mickey 2 (I'll go for the Wii version if the game turns out to be average,but let hope not)

  18. Pyron12 Tuesday 23rd Oct 2012 at 15:20

    I plan to get Sonic and Nintendo Land.

  19. TheLastMetroid Wednesday 24th Oct 2012 at 13:30

    NSMBU & Zombi U will keep me busy over X-mas

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