It seems these days that with every morning comes more and more news about Nintendo’s upcoming console, the Wii U, and their current market leading handheld the 3DS. I have a feeling that E3 was just getting our feet wet and that each and every day Nintendo is going to keep us excited about more new stuff that they are announcing.
Reggie Fils-Aime recently announced which retail games – both first-party and third-party – will be available as digital titles this year.
“We’ve got a massive list of AAA content on the way from all of the biggest names in gaming,” Fils-Aime said, “that are all proven franchises, all exclusive to our platform, and all coming to stores both in physical and digital formats in the second half of 2012.” Accompanying this statement is a slide featuring confirmed eShop/retail releases New Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Paper Mario: Sticker Star, along with third-party games Kingdom Hearts 3D, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate,Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.
David Yarnton, a Nintendo managing director, said that the publisher has not “announced everything” during last week.
“I think that’s part of what I was talking about before, about there’s so many functions that the Wii U has, and it will show and explain to people why we have more features being explained as time goes on, because there’s a lot to take in all at once.”
“The biggest thing we’ve found is when people pick it up and have hands-on experience, and they start understanding a lot more of the concepts and the features – so very much sampling and getting people to try the product will be a really big emphasis for us at retail events and things like that.”
Reggie Fils-Aime announced that Wii U launch games will only support one Wii U GamePad.
“Games need to be built that can take advantage of the two GamePad controllers,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Gamasutra. ”It’s going to be well after launch for those game experiences to come to life.”