November 12 - November 18

Brace yourself, the Wii U is coming.

It may not feel like it to some of us, but this is the biggest week of the gaming year. Not only is it the week that the next next-generation begins, it also marks the release of what will likely be the biggest money-making game of the year. Someday we will reach a place where a Call of Duty game isn't the high water mark for the year, but considering the obscene amounts previous entries have made, there's no reason to think we've come to that place yet.

But, let's talk about the Wii U for a moment. I, for one, remain unsold on the product, and don't find myself with much of a desire to rush out and grab a new system, which is probably pretty good considering at this point I'd likely be out of luck having not pre-ordered one. That said, I'm pretty impressed at the weighty list of titles available at launch, which spouts some pretty heavy hitters from an array of third-party publishers along with a New Super Mario game. Looking at that list, you can almost begin to believe that Nintendo genuinely wants to court the core gamer market again, and they'll have their chance being the only game in town for a substantial length considering no one else has even announced their next-gen system.

But, this week also has some hidden gems that might otherwise get lost in the noise of Call of Wii U week. For myself, I'm planning to pick up Rift's first major expansion, Storm Legion. Introducing 4 new "souls" (otherwise known as talent trees), two new continents, revamped classes, a level cap bump, new raids and the normal general stuff you'd expect from an MMO expansion. I still think Rift is one of the best MMOs on the market, on par in my eyes with the quality of Guild Wars 2, and it has quietly been pretty successful in its own right.

Also this week, Lego finally turns its Sauron's eye to the Lord of the Ring franchise, having trodden fully and for the most part delightfully all over Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman and Harry Potter. As long as they can stay away from Lego The Hunger Games, Lego Twilight and Lego 50 Shades of Grey, however, I still can't complain too much. Fact is, Traveller's Tales makes some pretty good games out of these franchises.

And, for our "also ran" of the week, Disney's Epic Mickey 2 hits the Wii and Wii U.

PC
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- F1 Race Stars
- LEGO The Lord of the Rings
- Rift: Storm Legion

Xbox 360
- Ben 10: Omniverse
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- F1 Race Stars
- LEGO The Lord of the Rings
- Midway Arcade Origins
- The Hip Hop Dance Experience

PS3
- Ben 10: Omniverse
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- F1 Race Stars
- LEGO The Lord of the Rings
- Midway Arcade Origins
- Planets Under Attack (PSN)
- Singstar Digital (PSN)
- Wicked Monster Blast (PSN)
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Wii U
- Assassin's Creed III
- Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
- Ben 10: Omniverse
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Darksiders 2
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- ESPN Sports Connection
- FIFA Soccer 13
- Game Party Champions
- Just Dance 4
- Madden NFL 13
- Mass Effect 3
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
- Nintendo Land
- Rabbids Land
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Sing Party
- Skylanders Giants
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2
- Transformers Prime
- Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
- Wipeout 3
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
- ZombiU

Wii
- Ben 10: Omniverse
- Big Time Rush: Dance Party
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- LEGO The Lord of the Rings
- The Hip Hop Dance Experience
- Victorious: Taking the Lead

Vita
- Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified

Nintendo 3DS
- Ben 10: Omniverse
- Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
- Monster Shooter (eShop)
- Rabbids Rumble
- Scribblenauts Unlimited

Nintendo DS
- Ben 10: Omniverse
- Jump Trials (DSiWare)
- Victorious: Taking the Lead
- Working Dawgs: A-Maze-ing Pipes (DSiWare)

Source: Shacknews for release list

Comments

I'm still amazed that Rift has, so far, avoided the siren's call of F2P.

Looking forward to seeing the Wii U show up next week

Holy crap, that's a long list of Wii U launch titles.

Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion was developed by the same guys who made Henry Hatsworth and Monster Tale so that's a definite purchase.

WiiU... I want it but I can't justify it right now. As more games come out next year, I'll take another look.

Just not really feeling the magic of the Wii U. I'll probably wait until spring to worry about it. Most of the launch titles I have for other platforms or don't really warrant a day one hardware purchase for me.

Rift - haven't played since the second month after it's launch. It was a solid game but it just didn't pull me in after the initial warm fuzzy launch period.

I'm feeling all Bah Humbug this week.

Lego Lord of the Rings? Yay! I so hope this is awesome.

Finally nothing for me this week. Never really got into Black Ops, so I'm okay there. Good to give the wallet a rest for a week.

There's only 1 game that I really want on the Wii U list, which is the Mario Bros title. I might consider Transformers Prime, since I enjoyed both Cybertron games, if it is comparable to them at all. I'm going to wait for the inevitable price drop for the console, I think.

I'm excited to see what people are going to have to say about the Wii U. But still not even remotely interested as a consumer in picking one up. But am curious about Epic Mickey 2, review wise, to see if it's a refinement on a seriously busted game and if that makes it anything more than mildly entertaining.

I dunno Sean. LEGO Twilight seems like it must be made. Staking vampires and watching them turn into bricks would be funny.

Lego 50 Shades Of Grey sounds pretty awesome to me. Get on that, TT.

Stele wrote:
I dunno Sean. LEGO Twilight seems like it must be made. Staking vampires and watching them turn into bricks would be funny. ;)

Lego Buffy/Angel or else. Well, Lego Firefly first. Obviously.

So how many Wii U tablets can you hook up to one Wii U? If only 1, I'll pass. If 2-4, I'll start looking at reviews.

I'd really love to play a Wii U version of whichever Pacman game where one player played as Pacman on the TV screen and four friends played ghosts on some version of the Game Boy and could only see a small section of the whole maze. I think I might have something similar on iOS, Pacman Championship Edition?

shoptroll wrote:
Well, Lego Firefly first. Obviously.

Why would you want just half the first game? And the levels would be out of order!

On topic.

I'm actually wishing I had the cash for a Wii-U. I mean, I technically have it sitting in my checking account, but I'm trying to save up. That's not going to happen if I grab the Wii-U, even though looking at that list I can easily think of a few games to pick up. Aside from Nintendo Land, I'd probably snag New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU and Sonic & All Stars Racing. Sure, it might be available on Xbox and PS3, but it just seems like a good hold over (and possible replacement if they can't get that damn Blue Shell under control) for the next Mario Kart.

shoptroll wrote:
Well, Lego Firefly first. Obviously.

QFT. Browncoats unite!

Keithustus wrote:
So how many Wii U tablets can you hook up to one Wii U? If only 1, I'll pass. If 2-4, I'll start looking at reviews.

In a bunch of the pre-release coverage, I remember hearing that, out the gate, it would only support 1 tablet. When they launched pricing and pre-orders, the #1 FAQ was "why can't I buy another tablet?", and Nintendo's response was "we give you one with the console, and there's no games yet that support more than 1 tablet".

I have a feeling once we hit years 2 and 3 for the WiiU, we'll start seeing developers doing more with the tablet and making a case for selling them separately.

I don't recall Nintendo ever stating if the WiiU even supports more than one tablet though...

The Wii U supports more than one tablet at a time. They announced that at E3 this year.

However, no games at this time support more than one tablet. It was apparently a feature added late in development.

There are tablets available individually in Japan right now, but not yet in the US.

Japan gets everything first...

Demiurge wrote:
Lego 50 Shades Of Grey sounds pretty awesome to me. Get on that, TT.

I play that game all the time as a parent. There's is nothing more painful than barefoot stepping on those damn bricks. I swear my sons are pretending to be ninjas, setting them like caltrops throughout the house.

Also, for the Buffy/Vampire crowd, there are new "Monster Hunter" Lego sets out. Basically, take the classic Universal Monsters, add in some typical Monster Hunter / Adventurer archtypes and make it all gothic looking with skulls and bones. I'm sure a game is right around the corner...

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I want the Wii-U, just wish I'd preordered. Not sure when one will be available now.

Another LEGO game. Don't miiiiiiiind if I do.

Tempted to grab a Wii U just because it's new and shiny, but...

*glances over at extremely dusty Wii*

...think I'll hold off for now until there's more tempting games available for it.

It's a rare week when not a single game on the list is one that I would really want to play.

Especially in a week when so much is coming out.

I suppose that will make next week's release of Persona 4 Golden that much better.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
The Wii U supports more than one tablet at a time. They announced that at E3 this year.

However, no games at this time support more than one tablet. It was apparently a feature added late in development.

There are tablets available individually in Japan right now, but not yet in the US.

QFT and bolded for emphasis. And to add, there were talks that a 2nd tablet would cut frame rates in half.

mrtomaytohead wrote:
And to add, there were talks that a 2nd tablet would cut frame rates in half.

So what you're saying is that we should duct tape two Wii Us (Ui?) together....

shoptroll wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:
And to add, there were talks that a 2nd tablet would cut frame rates in half.

So what you're saying is that we should duct tape two Wii Us (Ui?) together....

It'll have to be Nintendo's special duct tape. Probably something to do with the mystery port and connection slots you posted about in the WiiU thread.

Count me in for both new Epic Mickey games! They may be flawed but it's my obligation as a Disney-American.

Cancelled my WiiU preorder. Just wasn't feeling it.

I'm going to predict that the WiiU will suffer the same fate as the PS3 launch. The demand won't be that great, and a bunch of folks looking to flip consoles for a profit will take a bath.

I will probably still get one for Christmas, but I am not rushing out to pick one up now. Maybe I will regret this when they turn out to be more awesome than I expect and I really can't find one. But I suppose I will survive that calamity.

I've never tried any of these Lego games. I hear good things, but they've alwasy seemed too "kiddie" for me. I might have to try this one because I love LoTR. Also, http://store.steampowered.com/app/204960/Magic Drop V comes out this week too.

Jayhawker wrote:
I'm going to predict that the WiiU will suffer the same fate as the PS3 launch. The demand won't be that great, and a bunch of folks looking to flip consoles for a profit will take a bath.

If it's like the PS3 launch, then there will be a lot of folks flipping for a good margin, like I did. I hear that those who tried after the first week, though, didn't do so well. Is that who you mean?

jonnypolite wrote:
Cancelled my WiiU preorder. Just wasn't feeling it.

Should have kept and re-sold it. There will be a rush just because it's Black Friday week and it's the new thing.

It may or not be in stock from Dec 1st on. But you can almost be 100% sure that it will be sold out for a couple weeks in Nov. New shiny is new shiny.

What if the Wii U by Feb. is being outsold by the 360 in NA? Or is Japan alone enough for Nintendo?