The Wii U's Title Lineup Touts the Console's Hardcore Cred

A montage video of third-party video games coming to Wii U left no doubt that this will not be a kid's stuff console. In addition to high definition visuals, titles like Alien: Colonial Marines and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge showed Nintendo's intention to make something with hardcore gamer appeal.

Shown during a video montage at Wii U's E3 unveiling were games such as Ghost Recon Online, Assassin's Creed, Darksiders II and DiRT. Ninja Gaiden 3, pointedly, showed Ryu cleaving foes with his sword, blood spattering everywhere.

Following the montage, Electronic Arts president John Riccitiello took the stage, noting it was the first time the publisher had appeared at Nintendo's E3 keynote. Riccitiello touted Wii U's unique functionality in EA Sports titles such as Madden NFL, saying its controller will reduce a lot of the game's information complexity and make tasks such as playcalling and pre-snap adjustments easier.

Wii U should definitely be a third console for simulation-quality sports publishers to rely on, after years of poor-selling, adapted motion-control titles with lower quality graphics.