The El33tonline Buyer’s Guide for Holiday 2012: Wii U

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It’s been six (long) years since the gaming industry has had a new console to entertain us. The Wii U launched in North America, Europe and South Africa this past month, ushering in a new era for gamers everywhere, and Nintendo fans from around the world were eager to get their hands on the first console in the next generation of gaming.

The Wii U is a high definition system that includes the new feature-rich GamePad controller. It launched with a very strong line-up, including anticipated titles like New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU, as well as ports of top quality titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Assassin’s Creed III.

Opening up my new Wii U console this past weekend I felt like a kid at Christmas time, and excitedly set up my new Mii and fiddled around in the new but still familiar menu system. If you decide to treat yourself, or someone special, to the Wii U this holiday, there are a few games that are must-haves in your collection, some that may tickle your fancy, and others that you should keep on your wishlist for the coming months.

Here’s my list, hope it helps!


New Super Mario Bros. U

New Super Mario Bros. U Large IconYou can never go wrong with a New Super Mario Bros. game, and this one is certainly no different. It’s the first time you’ll get to platform with Mario and Luigi in a Super Mario title in HD, and the first New Super Mario Bros. game that has launched alongside a Nintendo console to boot. This 2D side-scrolling adventure supports up to five players, four using Wii Remotes and one using the new GamePad controller, so it makes a great game to enjoy with all of your friends.

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ZombiU Large IconUbisoft has given tremendous third-party support to the new Wii U hardware, but the most talked about launch title is undoubtedly ZombiU. It’s a survival horror game that’s set in a modern-day version of London that’s been overrun by zombies. It’s one of the most mature games in the console’s line-up, but a good suggestion for those wanting to test out the GamePad’s potential, you’ll use this peripheral for many elements in the game from managing your inventory to lock-picking.

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Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land Large IconNintendo Land is a pack in with the premium bundle of the Wii U, but it should definitely be on your gaming shelf even if you have to buy it. It features 12 mini-games, with each attraction forming part of a theme park and showcasing a different take on the Nintendo franchise including Luigi’s Mansion, The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong. Up to five players can enjoy the multiplayer modes in certain games, sometimes you’ll use the Wii Remote to play while other times you’ll use the GamePad controller, so it’s another great option for gaming with friends.

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Rabbids Land

Rabbids Land Large IconRabbids Land is the new party game that sees the bunch of whacky, mischievous creatures invading an amusement park. You’ll be able to enjoy over 20 attractions in the park, including the haunted house, tunnel of love, rollercoaster and pirate boat. The game features asymmetrical gameplay for certain mini-games, as well as both co-operative and versus modes. Rabbids titles are always fun, and with the extra gameplay experiences offered by the GamePad, Rabbids Land will be a party game that everyone can enjoy.

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Mass Effect 3 Special Edition

El33tonline Feature: Mass Effect 3 Large IconMass Effect 3 Special Edition takes advantage of the GamePad, and you’ll be able to issue commands and unleash attacks on the battlefield as Commander Shepard on the new controller. It also includes an interactive backstory for players to catch up with the first two games, along with bonus downloadable content and the Extended Cut ending. Even with the much talked about original ending, Mass Effect 3 is still a strong contender in the Game of the Year category for many gamers.

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Just Dance 4

Just Dance 4 Large IconJust Dance 4 is a versatile title to have in your new Wii U collection, not only does it have a rocking 40 song tracklist, bright neon-colours and crisper HD visuals, but it’s a great workout, and it’s awesome fun to enjoy with a bunch of mates. The game includes a new Battle mode, upgraded Just Sweat mode, as well as the new Puppet Master mode which lets you change your friend’s next dance move in real time using the GamePad.

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Honorable Mentions

– Trine 2: Director’s Cut
– Sports Connection
– FIFA 13

Look forward to

– Rayman Legends
– Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
– SEGA & Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed
– Darksiders II

If you enjoyed this feature, be sure to read the rest of El33tonline’s 2012 Buyer’s Guides (so far):

The El33tonline Buyer’s Guide for Holiday 2012: PS Vita

The El33tonline Buyer’s Guide for Holiday 2012: Sports Games