You Might Be Able To Buy Some Wii U Games Early

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Days before I bought a launch-day GameCube, I bought a GameCube game. Super Monkeyball, if you're curious. It's not unusual to be able to buy new games for a new console before you can buy the console itself. The evidence is mounting that you'll be able to do so next month with some Wii U games.


Nintendo's new console doesn't officially launch until November 18, but retailer GameStop is listing several games for release earlier in the month. A writer for The Examiner rounds up a list that includes Mass Effect 3 for November 5 and Assassin's Creed III for November 13.

Can we trust the GameStop listing?

I had started looking into this last week after hearing that the Wii U version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II might be available on November 13, the day the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be out. Activision PR says that's wrong and that we should expect the Wii U's Black Ops II on November 18.

The response I got from a Ubisoft public relations person regarding ACIII, and Just Dance 4 was different:

"We have communicated November 18; and we also know that our launch titles may be available prior to that date," a company rep told me. "But in case something changed, we thought it best to stick with communicating the launch date date. So, on November 13, indeed, Ubisoft titles may be on store shelves."



I know this is going to bring me some hate but here goes;

I didn't like the Wii. I wanted to. I was a day ...15 or so purchaser (lucky wal mart find). There were some games on it I liked (Madworld, Mario Strikers, de Blob), but many I didn't. I was looking forward to Samba de Amigo and the joy that motion controls would bring. However, that was my first, and certainly not the last, incidence of "Shitty Motion Controls (SMC)".

I was also upset that I was unable to play some of the AAA titles from other systems. I wanted to play Fable, I wanted more jRPGs, more Resistance, Uncharted, etc.

Then my Wii died.

I replaced it with a newly price reduced PS3.

Now don't get me wrong because I love my PS3. I love the PS+ program, the store, and price of all the old games (For some reason Nintendo never lowered the damn prices on its games and that made me mad too!), and the controls. But I realized this: The Wii was cool because it made developers work within the confines of the Wii. One of the biggest drawbacks was also a sort of strength.

I'm afraid that the new WiiU is trying too hard to be PS3 or XBOX 360 and not "Wii 2.0". This fear seems to be validated as many of the launch titles are ports from those two systems. I think I miss my Wii. While the wagglefest sucked, there were some fun games for that system that just wouldn't work as well on other systems. RE4 on the Wii is for me the definitive version with no other version feeling as fun or fluid. Light gun games in particular (HotD) seemed to shine and Mario Kart Wii was a fun addition to the Mario kart line up.

I guess what I'm saying is this, "Nintendo, I'm sorry I didn't like the Wii, in retrospect I think I did like it overall. I apologize for bashing it. Please don't make WiiU4x720. I was wrong."