Unfortunately for Wii U owners, Nintendo is keeping its announcements for 2013 relatively quiet, which makes it hard to be hyped for games that we don't even know exist yet. Regardless, these five titles listed are those games that are currently and actually announced. No "New Zelda 2013" nonsense or anything of that sort. Without further ado, let's see what five Wii U games currently known about excite me most.
The sequel to the awesome Rayman Origins, the currently Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends takes the limbless wonder to new heights with the Wii U GamePad. Most of the game will be a traditional platformer while the other part will have the player controlling Murfy, assisting an AI or human player through a given level. Taking a genre I absolutely love and creating a colorful and jaw-dropping game makes Rayman Legends a game I certainly cannot wait for. Alas, I must, but at least I can play through the demo on the Wii U eShop a couple dozen more times!
The sole Nintendo-developed game on this list, Pikmin 3 seems to be going back to the original Pikmin's roots, where the entire struggle of Captain Olimar was given a limit of 30 days. This time around comes two new Pikmin types, four captains to play as, and high definition visuals that look quite glorious, if I do say so myself. Pikmin 3 offers either Wii Remote or Wii U GamePad support. Having some options is seldom a bad thing, and Pikmin 3 certainly does not look like a bad thing either!
LEGO City Undercover
Nintendo's newest home console will most likely not be getting Grand Theft Auto V, and while LEGO City Undercover is not looking like a total substitute, it is still looking like an enjoyable game. Players take on the role of Chase McCain as he tracks down criminals. Undercover is a sandbox game with a lot of promise, a story that doesn't take itself too seriously, and multiple uses for the Wii U GamePad controller such as scanning the city for bad guys. LEGO City Undercover still has a vague release date of Q1 2013.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Featuring new creatures to overcome and slay, and a slew of other additions like the return of underwater combat and the G rank, which has new quests, better weapons and armor, and more difficult monsters, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is shaping up to a great expansion of the original Monster Hunter Tri. Unlike the 3DS version, the Wii U edition sports online play for up to four players to battle savage monsters. Speaking of both versions, characters can be transferred to and from either game, so you can always be building a better monster hunter. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is currently planned for a March release.
The Wonderful 101
From the brilliant minds behind Bayonetta, Vanquish, and the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance comes The Wonderful 101, a new Nintendo-published Wii U exclusive created by Platinum Games. The title seems to be a mix of comic book hero action and Pikmin, allowing the group of 100 heroes to enter various forms like a sword or a defensive blob of gelatin. The screens and gameplay videos show fast and furious action with colors that just ooze with vibrancy. From the fast-paced battles to the game's glorious graphics, The Wonderful 101 is easily one of my more anticipated games for 2013, on any platform.
Tomorrow this series of five articles continues with my five most wanted Xbox 360 games of 2013. It's shaping up to be a fantastic year for gaming. I hope you're as excited as I am!