The Wii U’s Title Lineup Touts The Console’s Hardcore Cred

The Wii U’s Title Lineup Touts The Console’s Hardcore Cred
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A montage video of third-party video games coming to Wii U left no doubt that this will not be a kid’s stuff console. In addition to high definition visuals, titles like Alien: Colonial Marines and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge showed Nintendo’s intention to make something with hardcore gamer appeal.

Shown during a video montage at Wii U’s E3 unveiling were games such as Ghost Recon Online, Assassin’s Creed, Darksiders II and DiRT. Ninja Gaiden 3, pointedly, showed Ryu cleaving foes with his sword, blood spattering everywhere.

Following the montage, Electronic Arts president John Riccitiello took the stage, noting it was the first time the publisher had appeared at Nintendo’s E3 keynote. Riccitiello touted Wii U’s unique functionality in EA Sports titles such as Madden NFL, saying its controller will reduce a lot of the game’s information complexity and make tasks such as playcalling and pre-snap adjustments easier.

Wii U should definitely be a third console for simulation-quality sports publishers to rely on, after years of poor-selling, adapted motion-control titles with lower quality graphics.


  • Nice to see some hardcore games and developers supporting the console off the bat. But seriously, 1 Nintendo franchise couldnt have hurt to be shown… WHERE THE F’ IS MY PIKMIN 3??

  • After the huge disappointment that was the Wii, I think I’ve bought my last Nintendo console. I’ll stick to the handhelds from now on (and even then, when it’s 2nd gen+ with smaller form factors)

  • Funny how all their hardcore titles are currently being supported by PS3/360 too. So once their sequels come out, the Wii U will be in exactly the same predicament as the Wii and won’t be able to play Darksiders IV or BF5.

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