Top 10 Third-Party Sequels We Want on Wii U
One of the major selling points Nintendo tried to promote during their E3 press conference was the third-party support the Wii U would receive on launch. Now that Nintendo is offering another unique controller while adhering to the HD standards of the current console generation, developers are more interested than ever in producing quality content for a console manufactured by the Big N. We've seen titles such as Batman: Arkham City, Darksiders II, Metro: Last Light, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Assassin's Creed promoted for the Wii U. But what other third-party games do we want to land on the platform? Here are the top 10 third-party sequels that we hope appear on the Wii U.
10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4
Later this year, gamers will be treated to the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. But potential Wii U owners have the inevitable release of Modern Warfare 4 on Nintendo's upcoming console to look forward to. Currently, the Call of Duty franchise is the biggest series to get solid representation on the Wii, so you can bet it's going to be interesting to see how Activision handles the military shooter on an HD Nintendo console with (fingers crossed) much better online functionality. With the controller's built-in touchscreen, developer Infinity Ward is definitely going to have a lot of fun building some cool features for the Call of Duty series on the Wii U.
9. MadWorld 2
Easily one of the bloodiest, most visceral games on the Wii, the original MadWorld featured stylish black and white visuals and enjoyable beat 'em up gameplay. The game was incredibly short, but it also didn't offer much in the way of variety, so its minimal length wasn't too much of an issue. Though PlatinumGames is currently working on releasing the online brawler Anarchy Reigns (featuring MadWorld protagonist Jack Cayman) for a new year's launch this January, a MadWorld sequel for the Wii U is equally as exciting to think about. An HD improvement to the original's already awesome graphical style, bigger levels, more beat 'em up action, and some variety could all be incorporated into MadWorld 2, providing a much bigger, much more awesome experience on Nintendo's newest console.
8. Sonic the Hedgehog
Sega has confirmed that a Wii U version of Sonic Generations just wouldn't work due to the console's estimated spring/summer 2011 launch. Instead, the company suggests building a brand new Sonic the Hedgehog game from the ground up for the Wii U. Hey, we're not at all adverse to that. Bring it on, Sega! We would love to see the iconic hedgehog speed onto the Wii U in a brand new adventure. Just make sure it's good, OK?
7. Final Fantasy XV
We haven't seen a main Final Fantasy game on a Nintendo home platform in quite some time, but let's not forget where the series got its start. Though Final Fantasy has been in something of a subpar limbo, failing to reach the potential of early entries, we believe that Square Enix should look at the Wii U as a fresh start and a major opportunity to breathe new life into this long-lasting RPG franchise. Though we're not opposed to the next iteration of Final Fantasy launching on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, we think it's about time for the series to return home.
6. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Sure, Assassin's Creed: Revelations is due out on consoles this November, but Batman: Arkham City will be dropping in October, and Rocksteady already has plans of releasing the game for the Wii U. Fans of the Big N want a series like Assassin's Creed on a Nintendo console. With all the interest and support Ubisoft seems to have on the Wii U, Assassin's Creed: Revelations is a big possibility. Hey, better late than never, right?
5. Mortal Kombat 10
The last entry in the Mortal Kombat series was easily one of the best fighting games to come along in years. Its intuitive controls, bloody action gameplay, and stellar single-player story mode all combined to create a riveting fighter that is unparalleled by its current competition. We have no idea when the next Mortal Kombat game will launch--and we're content to keep playing the latest game in the series for a while--but whenever Ed Boon decides it's time for a new Mortal Kombat competition to hit the scene, we hope he considers the Wii U. Of course, developer NetherRealm could always just port the current Mortal Kombat to the Wii U. That's a damn fine game, and we have no doubt that it will continue to be for a long time.
4. Grand Theft Auto V
Time for a pop quiz. What's the best Grand Theft Auto game to hit a Nintendo system? Easy. Grant Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Granted, it was an isometric-view action-adventure game, but it proved that Grand Theft Auto could kick some serious ass on a Nintendo platform. Now Rockstar needs to move the franchise over to a Nintendo console, and the Wii U is as good a place to start as any. If the Big N wants to cater to every type of gamer, you know they're going to push for a Rockstar-developed title to arrive on their new system. Grand Theft Auto V for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, and Wii U? We like the sound of that!
3. Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City looks like a promising action game with tons of shooting gameplay and dark zombie overtones, so we're eager to see a return to form for Capcom's infamous survival horror series. Seriously, the series may still be good, but it's not scary. We have yet to hear anything about Resident Evil 6, but we hope that when it launches, Capcom considers releasing it for the Wii U. Given the upcoming Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil: Revelations for the 3DS, it's no secret that Capcom feels comfortable releasing Resident Evil content on the Nintendo.
2. Max Payne 3
Rockstar, it's taken you years to make up your mind about Max Payne 3--so you might as well release it for the Wii U. No one is certain when one of the most depressed protagonists in gaming will make his much-awaited return, but everyone sure wants it to happen ASAP. Let's just hope this game doesn't suffer the same fate as Duke Nukem Forever, which was a total failure. Max Payne is arguably Rockstar's grittiest, purest action franchise (and this writer's personal favorite under the company's umbrella), and with no launch date in sight, it's possible we'll be seeing it for the Wii U in addition to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
1. No More Heroes 3
What began as a third-party Nintendo exclusive has quickly found its way onto other consoles thanks to its success and stellar concept. No More Heroes provided one of the most satisfying M-rated experiences on the Wii, and its sequel, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, delivered what is arguably the greatest adventure on the console. With industry mastermind Suda51 hinting at a possible return to the series on "Nintendo's next console," No More Heroes 3 for the Wii U is likely to happen. Given Suda51's conceptually brilliant mind, we have absolutely no clue what he has planned for the series. All we know is that we really want to see whatever he has planned next for the series. And what better way to continue the famed franchise than by releasing it on a Nintendo console, which is where all of this crazy Travis Touchdown/Santa Destroy/Shinobu nonsense got started?
We know little about the Wii U at the moment, but we do understand that Nintendo is seriously trying to reach out to third-party developers this time around. The sequels mentioned here would look fantastic in the system's starter library. And with hot upcoming games including Batman: Arkham City, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Battlefield expected to make a splash on the Big N's future console, any of these games could be just as successful.