As the Wii U is finally set to launch in Europe – with some lucky customers getting their hands on the system a day early – Nintendo’s confirmed which titles you’ll be able to download from your new console’s eShop on day one:
Perhaps most significantly, ten retail titles are already available to download from the Nintendo eShop, and much like with 3DS titles, they stay true to their RRPs for the most part – although there are exceptions.
- Ben 10 Omniverse (£35.99) Namco Bandai
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition (£37.49) Namco Bandai
- Just Dance 4 (£39.99) Ubisoft
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (£39.99) SEGA
- Darksiders II (£49.99) THQ
- Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstace Arcade (£49.99) Namco Bandai
- FIFA 13 (£49.99) EA Sports
- New Super Mario Bros. U (£49.99) Nintendo
- Nintendo Land (£49.99) Nintendo
- Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper (£49.99) Tecmo Koei
Ubisoft’s Uplay will also be available as a free application on launch day, alongside dedicated Youtube, Netflix and LoveFilm streaming services.
In terms of original Wii U download titles, though, there’s a rather healthy selection available on day one – two of which being temporarily discounted – with a FIFA 13 demo available as a free download on day one also.
First up is the visually stunning Trine 2: Director’s Cut (special launch offer: £10.99) from indie developers Frozenbyte. This title’s price will remain static until the new year, before rising to the usual price of £13.99. Considering that the PC version is £11.99 through Steam, the Wii U version’s price is rather competitive when you weigh in the additional content offered on Nintendo’s platform.
“Trine 2: Director’s Cut takes you on an adventure through magical lands in this side-scrolling game of platforming, action and puzzles. The game features physics-based puzzles using fire, water, gravity and magic; wicked goblins to fight against and wondrous fairy-tale lands as a backdrop to the adventure.”
Neko Entertainment’s Hydroventure-alike, Puddle (special launch offer: £7.19) is next, and with it comes the second launch download with a time-limited discount. Whilst Trine 2 remains on the cheap until next year, Puddle will be boosted up to the usual price of £8.99 on 14th December.
“Dive into the award winning Puddle with 49 levels specially re-mastered for Wii U. Puddle is a physics game unlike any other where you guide a puddle of fluid by tilting the Wii U GamePad to the left or right. Play carefully taking friction, gravity and temperature into account, and by using the unique properties of each type of fluid (water, oil, nitroglycerin, molten lava…) in a range of environments. Conserve as much fluid as possible when crossing a variety of obstacles such as burning passageways, carnivorous plants and electric currents.”
Another beauty in the visuals department in Shin’en Multimedia’s Nano Assault Neo (£8.99), which is a top-down, twin-stick shooter from the developers behind Art of Balance and FAST Racing League.
“You are one against millions. Stop the deadly Nanostray virus from spreading in the nano cosmos as you traverse a breathtaking microscopic world. Nano Assault Neo is an all-new, unique twin-stick style shoot ‘em up game for Wii U.”
Whilst technically a game, many have called Tomorrow Corporation’s Little Inferno (£12.99) more of an interactive fireplace. Either way, it looks like intriguing to say the least.
“Throw your toys into your fire, and play with them as they burn. Stay warm in there. It’s been snowing for as long as anyone can remember! Burn flaming logs, screaming robots, credit cards, batteries, exploding fish, unstable nuclear devices and tiny galaxies. An adventure that takes place almost entirely in front of a fireplace – about looking up up up out of the chimney, and the cold world just on the other side of the wall.”
Finally, Broken Rules rounds up the first bout of original Wii U download software with Chasing Aurora (£10.79). Whilst reviews of the North American version have criticised its shallow single-player modes, it’s allegedly a blast with up to five players, so download with caution.
“Experience the dream of flight in Chasing Aurora, physics-based 2D aerial action game. Up to five players fight in tournaments that span three disciplines. The single player mode is a race against the clock to unlock new levels. Evade lightning storms, waterfalls, icicles and rock slides in the unique world of Chasing Aurora.”
And despite promising us a demo of Rayman Legends on launch day, Ubisoft’s disappointed, leaving us with just one demo this week – EA Sports’ FIFA 13.
Is your Wii U arriving in the next few days, or were you one of the lucky folk to receive yours a day early? Either way, are you downloading/have you downloaded anything from the Nintendo eShop on Wii U just yet?
Source: Nintendo Nation