‘Pikmin 3′ & ‘New Super Mario Bros. U’ Highlight Wii U Games Lineup

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 5th, 2012 at 4:40 pm,

Nintendo’s E3 2012 Press Conference is over. The event kicked off with a bang thanks to the announcement of Pikmin 3, a game many Nintendo fans have been vocally longing for. While the conference was notably short on new details about the Wii U hardware, save for a quick video recap of the GamePad’s features, Nintendo made up for it by demoing a ton of games — as revealed in the trailer at the top of this page.

New Super Mario Bros. U will be at the top of the list for many prospective Wii U owners. Continuing in the 2D-style of New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii — but with clearly superior graphics — Mario’s forthcoming adventure is sure to be a major draw for the Wii U. Check out the brand new trailers for Pikmin 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U, along with a list of announced games, below.

Wii U shouldn’t face any shortage of games when it launches this Fall, if Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference is anything to go by. To be sure, there were disappointments: specifically, the lack of any kind of news on a Wii U installment of The Legend of Zelda or the rumored Star Fox/Metroid crossover. Super Smash Bros., announced last year, was also a total no-show. Still, there were a few pleasant surprises. The announcement of Mass Effect 3 as a Wii U game elicited a strong response from the crowd gathered at the Nokia Theater, as did ZombiU, which was first revealed at Ubisoft’s E3 2012 Press Conference yesterday.

Pikmin 3 New Super Mario Bros. U Wii U Games

Take a look at the full list of Wii U titles from today’s event below.


Naturally, the temptation is to start drawing conclusions about the Wii U’s power based on the games shown today. The pitfall is that with games such as Nintendo Land, Nintendo has carried forward the minimalist design aesthetic of titles like Wii Sports Resort, making the system’s graphical muscle hard to deduce. Pikmin 3 certainly looked fantastic, though — light years more detailed, and with much more varied, fluid animation than previous Pikmin games. On the other hand, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition didn’t look much different than it did in previous incarnations on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Ranters, the jury may still be out Wii U’s power, and it’s ability to compete with forthcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft, but what about the games? What Wii U title are you most excited about? What are you most disappointed about? And, finally, what did you think of Nintendo’s show? Let it all out in the comments below.

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  • Kenny

    Pikmin 3 alone makes me want to buy a Wii U. I can’t wait for it to come out. I’m so Excited! 😀

  • Zoider21

    I don’t want to be a complete nintendo basher here but this game line up feels rather weak too me. Some of those games are just re-releases from other consoles, others sound like gimmicky party games, but pikmin and mario sounds good.

    On top of only having a couple of games so far that really caught my interest I just can’t see myself getting much use out of that tablet controller. It seems much too big and bulky for my tastes so I would really only use the pro controller. The pro controller is also odd to me since it looks so similar to a 360 not sure why the big N couldn’t come up with their own design.

    Overall I am just not impressed with what nintendo brought to their confrence once again. It felt geared much more to the casual market then to the hardcore community that they said they were going to get back with this console.

    • Androol

      I’m sure they could come up with their own design for the pro controller, but why do that when the 360 controller is so widely praised for its comfort? But I agree that there was too much casual stuff. Nintendoland looks like a lot of fun to me, so I’m not complaining about that; and Wii U Fit is a big deal, so I understand promoting that, even if I’m not interested in it — but SiNG? Really? A karaoke game gets a spot in your show when stuff like Rayman Legends and P-100 only appear in the sizzle reel? Blah.

      If nothing else, I wish they’d put the casual stuff all towards the start of the show, and then the more traditional games towards the end. Having it all staggered like they did really killed any sort of momentum/energy the show could’ve had — for me, at least.

  • Androol

    Most excited: Rayman Legends
    —Runners-up: ZombiU, Pikmin 3
    Most disappointed: lack of Samus McCloud
    Nintendo’s show: awkward, poorly organized, bit of a let-down overall
    —Side-note: “I LIKE FRENCH FOOOOOOOD!”

  • Hunter

    Most excited for: Pikmin 3
    Most missed: Any Super Smash Bros news

    But what I am most disappointed in their conference is the lack of the rumored Nintendo 3DS Xl. Alas, there is still the 3DS stream tomorrow.

  • Scrambles

    the wii and the wiiU cater to the casual game market, more family friendly. there is still a lot of money to be made in the casual market of games i.e. popcap, plants.v.zombies, bejewled, etc. the wiiU will still be a great casual gaming device but nintendo is now starting to push a lot harder towards the nintendo loyal, hardcore gamers i.e. assassin’s creed, colonial marines.