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What Was The Best Wii U Launch Game?

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We have arrived at the eve of the 10th anniversary of Wii U’s launch. Yes, it was a decade ago when the hardcore Nintendo fans began queuing outside stores across North America at midnight (12 days later in Europe, and 8th December in Japan) to pick up and take home a shiny new piece of Nintendo hardware. It’s always a special moment — regardless of the platform and the ultimate commercial success of the system — and gamers had quite the selection of launch titles to choose from, too.

Compared to Switch, which launched with just 10 games to its name, Wii U arrived with 25 games right off the bat. Certainly, it lacked a Mario 64, Wii Sports, or Breath of the Wild-style ‘killer app’, and most of these third-party ports were old news for anyone with a PlayStation or Xbox, but there were some big names on the docket here.

In fact, looking at the lists of publishers, it’s astonishing to see the support the console got at launch, no doubt a reaction to Wii’s blistering success and red-faced firms not wanting to miss out on the gold rush again. Alongside the ever-present Ubisoft (who brought not one, not two, but four games to the launch party), Activision, EA, Bandai Namco, THQ, SEGA, Disney, and WB all showed up. The workaday ports they delivered might not have done much to excite Wii U owners, but given Nintendo systems’ reputation as platforms primarily for first-party output, it’s an impressive Day One showing.

But which launch game was the best? Below you’ll find an alphabetical list of all the games that were available for Wii U’s North American release to help jog your memory, and you’ll find a poll at the end where you can pick your favourite from this sizeable bunch of video games.

GamePads at the ready! Let’s dive right into things…

Assassin's Creed III (Wii U)

Assassin's Creed III (Wii U)

Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft Quebec

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Wii U)

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Wii U)

Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: Rocksteady Studios

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Wii U)

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Wii U)

Publisher: Activision / Developer: Treyarch

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Darksiders II (Wii U)

Darksiders II (Wii U)

Publisher: THQ / Developer: Vigil Games

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii U)

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii U)

Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios / Developer: Heavy Iron Studios

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
ESPN Sports Connection (Wii U)

ESPN Sports Connection (Wii U)

Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Longtail Studios

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
FIFA 13 (Wii U)

FIFA 13 (Wii U)

Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Electronic Arts

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Funky Barn (Wii U)

Funky Barn (Wii U)

Publisher: 505 Games / Developer: Tantalus Media

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Game Party Champions (Wii U)

Game Party Champions (Wii U)

Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: Phosphor Games

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Just Dance 4 (Wii U)

Just Dance 4 (Wii U)

Publisher: Ubisoft

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Mass Effect 3 (Wii U)

Mass Effect 3 (Wii U)

Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: BioWare

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)

New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 30th Nov 2012 (UK/EU)
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Wii U)

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge (Wii U)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Team Ninja

Release Date: 18th Nov 2012 (USA) / 11th Jan 2013 (UK/EU)

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