Sep 15th, 2012

Wii U launch gamesNintendo revealed that over 50 games will be available during the Wii U “launch window”. Later, we found out that the “launch window” actually spans all the way to March 2013. It still means that a ton of Wii U games will be available on launch day (November 18 in the US), and many more in the following months. Sadly, it also confirms that some of the highly anticipated games like Pikmin 3 and Mass Effect 3 will be coming out in early 2013. Here’s a full breakdown of all the Wii U games and their launch schedule (follow the link for each game for more info, screenshots, trailers, and more):

Launch day Wii U games (15 titles)

These games will be available when the console launches on November 18 in North America, November 30 in Europe, and on December 8 in Japan.

Holiday 2012 Wii U games (10 games)

These game swill be release during the “Holiday 2012” period, which is typically November and beginning of December when it comes to games.

Later in 2012 (5 titles)

These titles don’t have a firm 2012 release date, and will likely see release towards the end of the year. It’s likely that some of them could be pushed into 2013.

Early 2013

The “launch window” extends to March 2013 according to Nintendo, these games are expected to be released during that period.

Later in 2013…

Finally, some of the titles were listed as “launch window” games, but weren’t confirmed by Nintendo. We’ve added them here, just in case. They’ll likely see release after March 2013.

Be sure to check out our complete Wii U games list — the complete list of all titles confirmed for the new console.

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  • Nintedward

    Rayman legends is coming on day 1 in uk. I think

    • TOMBOY25

      yup ubisoft confirmed it

    • Nintedward

      Either this list doesn’t seem right to me , or I am just indenial πŸ™ .
      Is this list 100% confirmed or speculated ????

      • Grodus

        I’d like to know too. It’s mostly speculation (it even said stuff like “this could be wrong”), but I wanna know if the launch day games are confirmed or not.

    • YesIRock

      Not important…why no Splinter Cell? When i get my Wii U i would really hope to not have to buy Xbox Live ever again.

    • Macarony64

      Same on US

    • AKA-Link77

      Cool! cuz i wasnt sure wat the producers ment by launch window and this helps alot with that. πŸ˜€

    • Charmander

      Where’s Zelda?…….

      • *Sigh*

        It’s called Skyward Sword. You know, the game that hasn’t even been out for a year yet?
        This is why Reggie said gamers are insatiable. You people are never satisfied.

      • NavyBlueYoshi

        You must be new here

    • Nintedward

      Rayman Legends
      Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
      Assassin’s Creed III
      Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
      Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
      Scribblenauts Unlimited
      Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
      Rabbids Land
      Just Dance 4
      Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
      Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
      MADDEN NFL 13
      NBA 2K13
      Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013
      Game Party Champions
      ESPN Sports Connection
      Darksiders II
      Nintendo Land
      New Super Mario Bros. U

      Nintendo website ……………………………………..

      • Nintedward

        all on November 18th , USA . Europes is pretty much the same with FIFA instead of Madden….. and a couple of the less recognized games like ESPN sports connection aren’t in EU

  • Jesus

    getting both MH3U’s at launch day, I can’t wait to use my Hunter over both devices :3

    • Macarony64

      Sry to tell you this but monster hunter will only be on launch in japan

      • Macarony64

        I meant day 1 on japan later on america

  • Case

    Yeah on the Nintendo Wii u website it says that batman, rayman, black ops 2, NBA 2K13, mass effect 3, and many others are coming out day 1 in the US which is November 18.

    • Wii U Daily

      I think those dates haven’t been updated — third party publishers and retailers list different dates than those on Of course, we’ll update the list if our data turns out to be incorrect.

      • NavyBlueYoshi

        Fat time I’ve seen wii u daily comment ._. Hello

        • NavyBlueYoshi

          Auto correct fail, meant first time obviously

      • Jeremy

        A big market to hit Nintendo, Xbox, playstation never touched or even pc which could come out to be a big hit if they didnt screw it up but most likely they will if they do is make another IceWind Dale 2 game, yeah the gameplay is old but would bring some pc only consumers to the wii U if its good enough. Just dont turn it into Diablo 3 please -_- , Its the best time to do so because the person holding the license to make it hasnt done nothing with it yet and they would most likely screw it up anyways like they done with other good games.

  • liberalagenda


    I NEED my pikmin 3!!!

    • Mamuta

      I know! It’s been in development since 2006, how could it not be done yet? Pikmin 2 only took 3 years, and it was amazing.Nintendo must be making sure it’s the best freaking game ever.

      • Indirect

        Source please. There’s no way it’s been in full development for six years.


          He probably meant Nintendo had 6 years to develop the game. I WAS SO EXCITED TO GET PIKMIN 3 ON LAUNCH DAY!!!

        • Mamuta

          Miyamoto said they were working on a new Pikmin in 2007, and they could have started as soon as Pikmin 2 was finished in 2004. It’s on the Pikmin Wiki under Pikmin 3.

  • Baro

    So Assasins creed 3 and Nintendo land Will be my first Wii U games. Also SMB Brawl and many wii game I never played because I didn’t have the wii .

    • Kyron

      Duuuuuuuuuuudde……you really need to play Super Smash Bros Brawl. Its freakin’ awesome.

      • liberalagenda

        I didn’t have a wii, so I am looking forward to playing brawl, skyward sword, and galaxy 1 and 2. Sooooo stoked!

      • SteampunkJedi

        Can it be played online? Because there’s no one that would play that game with me.

        • SteampunkJedi

          Does anyone know? Because it would be quite helpful. I played the original SSB once (solo), but it wasn’t for too long and I don’t know if getting it just for myself is worth it.

          • NavyBlueYoshi

            Well the problem is ssb online is terrible
            Unless its different if you play on the wii u which I hope it is

          • BloopbopBeepbop

            i have to say not really. most of the time i spent with that game was with my bro or my friends. but still has a lot of options so i dont know. also you list didnt include twilight princess. MAKE SURE YOU GET TWILIGHT PRINCESS.

      • TOMBOY25

        ^ this

  • mc7791

    I thought Batman, Tekken, Avengers and Ninja Gaiden and Mass effect would be launch titles. This list seems weird to me. I saw a better list I think at Cnet

  • Chris

    I’m confused.

    The list in the article says Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition will be released in early 2013, and on Nintendo’s website, it says it’ll be released in the US on November 18.

    • Random

      On Nintendo’s website it also says that Rayman Legends is a launch day title for the US, so I have a feeling this list is wrong

      • Chris

        I hope it is.

  • Jon

    Mass Effect 3 in 2013? Yeah that is pointless. There’s no reason to buy Mass Effect 3 almost a full year after its release. By then you could pick it up new for like 20 dollars, if not less, on another system.

    My 2013 gaming budget would be going to waste. I’d rather hold off and buy Pikmin and Animal Crossing.

  • D00d

    EA have been saying FIFA 13 will be out on day one, what changed? πŸ™

  • Paul

    if the game list is correct then somebody at nintendo has really messed up

    not worth pre ordering / buying the wii u till june / july next year

    may pick up a cheap wii u from ebay

    • Macarony64

      hahaha cheap from ebay

      • JumpMan

        hahaha i know, i had to read that twice because i saw “cheap” and “Ebay” in the same sentence…

        • Paul

          yeah people will either buy and hate and sell them on ebay for sub Β£200

          plus theres no blackops 2 for pre order in any uk stores or online

  • The Detonator

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! why nintendo! i cant wait any longer for pikmin………………………………………………………………..

  • SteampunkJedi

    If this list is correct, then there are only a few games that come out after 2012 that I want to get.

  • RSBzero

    Pre ordered Zombi U, AC3 and Nintendo Land With my Deluxe Wii U

    • JumpMan

      why’d you pre-order NintendoLand if you’re getting a Deluxe?

      • theaquacharger

        “Nintendo Land With my Deluxe Wii U”
        Meaning he’s counting them as one. He didn’t pre-order Nintendo Land and a Deluxe.

      • Paul

        depends on the store you ordered it from you wont get the nntendo land included

        • Kyle

          It won’t depend on the store. Nintendoland comes in box with all the Deluxe consoles.

  • darkfox

    suck it trolls where are all the “casual” games the majority seem “hardcore” to me BTW I do not belive in these terms Its all about how you play that make YOU casual or hardcore.

  • Ledreppe

    No LEGO: City Undercover on launch day, I was really hoping this would be available sooner.

    • Jbaeza

      I was hopping it was launch, it was one of my most anticipated games!!

      • SteampunkJedi

        Me too! Hopefully it’s just a typo.

  • James

    Tecmokoei’s facebook page lists warriors orochi 3 hyper as a launch title





  • Nintendo Power

    If there ever be a 2013………..

    • NavyBlueYoshi

      Well for your information, mayans NEVER counted leap year days. If we put leap year days into the equation, then the world Should have ended last year in July. Google it

      • NavyBlueYoshi

        Sorry what I meant is that they didn’t account for leap year days

    • Nintendo Power of Canada/USA

      Just a joke you know

  • Kevin White

    NHL 13 seems to have disappeared. Oh well.

  • TheImaj

    Good thing they aren’t coming out at the same time! My wallet will already be pissed at me on launch day..

    • NavyBlueYoshi

      People like you just want to watch the world burn…

  • Whoobin

    I think Pikmin 3 is going to be realeased on Dec 2, 2012, since that was the date the first Pikmin game launched on…

    • Mamuta

      Let’s hope so. I don’t want to wait till 2013. πŸ™

  • Josh

    Games I’ll get at launch: Scribblenauts Unlimited(?)
    Games I’ll get holiday 2012: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Rayman Legends
    Games I’ll get later in 2012: Nano Assault Neo without a second thought
    Games I’ll get early in 2013: Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Batman Arkham City Armored Edition
    That’s enough to make me happy.

  • ninjabake

    So they’re pushing arkham city back to 2013? Not sure I agree with that considering its already almost a year old AND the huge emphasis they placed on it @ E3. Hopefully this list isn’t final, but even so at least these games are all confirmed.

    • Indirect

      Would you rather get an unfinished game this year or a finished game next year?

    • ei8bitNinty

      I hope they will include the NEW DLC Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn’s Revenge like what developers did in Mass Effect 3 Special Edition. Who knows?!

  • Vigo the Carpathian

    i wanna know if retail games will be available to download with my 10% premium discount doobrey??

    • Macarony64

      Think so it says all downloads

  • Anthony W

    When is “Wonderful 101” aka Project P-100 coming out?

  • metriod fan

    Does any body if Nintendo land will have online multiplayer for some attractions like metriod blast cus I think I heard it in the UK pre direct and the games cover has Nintendo network logo????

    • Jetty

      It’s been confirmed, no it does not. Such a shame because Metroid Blast looks incredible!

      • Paul

        thats correct it states on the offical nintendo website that its a party family game and wont have any network features

  • Macarony64

    the list seems to have some errors no 1 is perfect

  • LordiMcKill

    I can’t see this list being authentic to be honest. It doesn’t seem right having year old games launched in 2013 like Batman & Mass Effect plus I’ve read on other sites that Black Ops 2 may launch with the other versions on the 13th Nov even if the console isn’t out yet.

  • M

    Where is this list from? Because when i go to and add all the games that have a release date Nov.18, i get a total of 21 games!
    And Mass Effect 3 is among them :/

  • Dork from the outer space of America

    Im the nerdiest nerd because I like Nintendo all you guys are idiots

  • Wii U Gamer#19

    Man, Nintendo Land looks great!

    Also, don’t know if this is any new news on here, but i found out 2 new Attractions for Nintendo Land & the Name of the F-Zero Attraction.

    1) Yoshi’s Fruit Carts.
    2) Octopus Dance.
    3) Name of F-Zero Attraction: Captain Falcons, Twister Race.

    Well thats it, i found those out while watching the JP Wii U Preview! on youtube, so look up that vid.

    I would, but im on my wii so yeah” crap internet πŸ™ so” sorry no link πŸ™

    • SteampunkJedi

      That’s a long comment for the Wii. Typing is just so slow on it. Maybe my hands aren’t that coordinated, and that’s why it takes me so long to type on the Wii.

    • SteampunkJedi

      And Nintendo Land does look great.

      • Death

        Not if you have a keyboard like me. I got it for tri XD


    New Super Mario Bros U Looks Like the best

  • NaX

    ok i better pre order zombiU cuz mario U is not going to enough i really thought black ops would be launch maybe its a couple weeks but still /sigh well atleast i ill wait for MH3 πŸ™‚

  • Paul

    dont forget nintendoland is a party game and dosent have network features

  • Ginja Ninja

    Sup guys

  • MujuraNoKamen

    I thought Lego City: Undercover was a launch title.

  • GirlGamer

    Yea Lego city undercover! My hitlist !

  • bearmon2010

    I won’t buy Wii U until the third party is fully support it when 720/Ps4 is coming next year. I do not want to waste my money if they leave to leave Wii U for 720/PS4. I will wait. No hurry! I Right now, I am focus on Wii games such as Legend of Zelda – Skyward Sword and PS3 games. Plenty games. I want to be wise. πŸ™‚

  • zuxs

    IGNs list is different than this one. Many of the games here they show being in 2013 IGN has as likely launch window games

  • mc7791

    I went to Gamestop yesterday. Not to preorder right now but I may do that later. I looked at the display. I wasnt able to see everything as people were in the way but I was able to see Batman: Arkham city AE, Tekken Tag tournament, ZombieU Assassins creed 3 as well as the first party titles. If Batman comes out next year why was it prominently displayed? Also Batman and Tekken were listed at 49.99 while ZombieU and Assassins creed were 59.99 so not all of the games cost 60.

  • Tom Fitz

    Isn’t Mass Effect 3 a launch title in UK? Anyways a superb line-up both for launch, holiday and 2013 releases. There is clearly something for everyone. The Casual gamers get Sing Party, Just Dance 4, Rabbids Land, Nintendo Land, NSMBU, Scribblenauts Unlimited and Wii Fit U while the hardcore get ZombiU, 007 Legends, COD: Black Ops 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, Darksiders 2, Bayonetta 2, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Trine 2, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Batman: Arkham City AE and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate!!! Out of breath! It’s a great time to be a Ninty gamer, roll on November 18th/30th!!!

  • TheBaconator

    Black Ops 2 is at launch day according to activision and nintendo soo…

  • Mamuta

    I thought so too. This could mean that the date for Pikmin is wrong as well. I’m hoping so hard that it is. So freaking hard.

  • Fuzunga

    As long as Rayman is out by Christmas! That day one lineup is spectacular, though. There’s at least 6 games I’m interested in getting, and it would have been 7 if I’d held out on Darksiders 2. This is unheard of for a launch lineup!

  • AwayToHit

    Fuck i thought LEGO City Undercover was a Day 1 game D: That looks awesome!

  • Banchi1

    Games games games.

  • nintendo hero

    Now I have to wait even longer for Pikman 3 (which I pre ordered)

  • Chris

    Isn’t Black Ops 2 already confirmed as a Launch day title?

  • NavyBlueYoshi

    List isn’t updated… Tekken and tank are confirmed by Namco as day1 releases

  • nintendo lover



      theres no point…Black Ops 2 is coming out for Wii U