After a very successful holiday season of 2012, Nintendo has announced their game lineup for 2013. The large number of Wii U units sold in November has helped the company get a good start on the coming year, while Sony and Microsoft are still expected to make announcements on their next gen consoles. Nintendo is building on the enthusiasm for the Wii U and has revealed the release dates for many titles on the new console along with releases for the successful 3DS, Wii, DS and even on Nintendo’s own eShop.
One title Nintendo is getting behind in the first quarter of Wii U releases is LEGO City: Undercover. Releasing on March 18, the game allows players to take on the role of Chase McCain in an open world of LEGO City. The game has been described as a sort of “LEGO Grand Theft Auto” with a more obvious kid-friendly setting.
On March 19, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be released for the Wii U. The Monster Hunter series has proved to be a system seller in Japan and will likely increase Wii U sales exponentially.
Sadly, no exact dates were given for Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3 or Wii Fit U. Nintendo merely said the games will arrive in the first half of the year and more information would be announced at a later date. Also releasing for the Wii U are Rayman Legends on Feb. 26, The Croods: Prehistoric Party! and Need For Speed Most Wanted on March 19, The Amazing Spiderman Ultimate Edition sometime in March, and Aliens: Colonial Marines in the first quarter of 2013.
The 3DS has an even bigger schedule with a lot of big names coming to the popular handheld. One of the highlights is the release of Fire Emblem: Awakening on Feb 4. The strategy game will also be available in a special bundle featuring Fire Emblem pre-installed on a blue 3DS featuring Fire Emblem artwork and a 4GB SD memory card. The bundle will retail for $199.99 and a demo of the game is available as of today on the eShop.
On Feb. 10, the Brain Age franchise continues with Brain Age: Concentration Training. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, a sequel to the Gamecube hit, releases on March 24. On the same day, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity releases, allowing gamers to play as Pokemon and explore ever-changing dungeons while recruiting more Pokemon to their team. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow–Mirror of Fate, a sequel set 25 years after the original Lords of Shadow game releases on March 5. LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins is a prequel to the Wii U title but actually releases on April 21. Other releases are: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D on Feb. 12, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan on Feb. 26, Naruto Powerful Shippuden on March 5, Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze on March 13, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and The Croods: Prehistoric Party! on March 19, and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers on April 16.
Nintendo is also putting out several games on the eShop for both the Wii U and 3DS. The Cave comes out on Jan. 22 and Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 on Feb. 7. BIT.TRIP Runner 2, Puddle, Toki Tori 2, and Zen Pinball 2 release sometime in the first quarter of 2013. The 3DS eShop will receive titles such as Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue, and many more.
The release titles for the Wii and and Nintendo DS are much smaller. The Nintendo DS is only receiving The Croods: Prehistoric Party! and three Kids Learn titles. The Wii will also receive the Croods game and a Kids Learn title. The biggest title of note is the recently announced Pandora’s Tower which will come in the spring. Not much else should be expected out of the Wii now that Nintendo is only developing titles for the Wii U. Still, the first few months of 2013 will be very kind to anyone who owns a Wii U or 3DS.