Ten third-party Wii U games that should be developed
As the Wii sees its final days, Nintendo will soon be focusing largely on the Wii U. Already the company has been mentioning the upcoming console briefly in interviews, and with a big launch date announcement expected sometime this year, the Big N is going to have to reveal some games to go along with it. So far, it seems we've got Darksiders II and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge to look forward to. We've already discussed 10 first-party Wii U games that Nintendo should announce this year. Let's take a look at 10 third-party games that should be revealed for the console, if not this year, then at the very least shortly after the Wii U's launch.
During Nintendo's presser at E3 2011, a number of titles were showcased for the Wii U. Sure, these were just standard clips of different games not actually being run on the Wii U, but the point of the video was for Nintendo to say, "Hey, we're going to start having these games, too." One of the titles seen during that clip was Assassin's Creed. While there was never any indication as to which Assassin's Creed game Nintendo hoped to have released for the Wii U, it's very likely that the latest entry in the series, Revelations, will be the pick. Unless Nintendo decides to hold off for Assassin's Creed III.
Another game seen during Nintendo's Wii U announcement was Battlefield. Like Assassin's Creed, there was no specific title, which means the company may wait for the next entry in this shooter franchise. I may not be the biggest military shooter fan (or a fan of the genre at all for that matter), but I can't deny just how gorgeous Battlefield 3 looks. If the Wii U got a snazzy port of the game, with some cool tablet controller support for vehicles and weapons, it could definitely be a winner. It would also be a shining example that the Wii U can hang with the big boys from a graphical standpoint.
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny was a pain in the butt to play, and it was a total letdown as far as the excellent farm sim / action-RPG series is concerned. That said, I still have hope, and I know I'm not the only gamer who would love to see a return to form for Rune Factory. Perhaps a new iteration of the Harvest Moon spin-off is in order, and if it happens on the Wii U, it could be met with some great success. Just don't give us a port of Tides of Destiny. No one wants that.
Remember when Link was an exclusive fighter in the GameCube version of Soulcalibur II? Yeah, that was pretty awesome. Well, it should happen again, and it should happen with Soulcalibur V. That series features some of the most beloved fighters in the genre, and if the upcoming entry in the series was announced for the Wii U, it would be a great way to show that Nintendo does indeed have some solid third-party support.
Batman: Arkham City
Once again, I'm going off of what we all saw during the Wii U's big reveal. Batman: Arkham City has been out for a while now, and since its launch, it's won several awards. The game is an excellent testament to a comic book license being give the proper care and treatment as a video game, and if it landed on the Wii U, it would probably be a blockbuster success just like it's been on every other console. As is the case with Soulcalibur V, the Wii U needs outstanding third-party support with games such as Arkham City to show that Nintendo doesn't have some weird disdain or phobia toward outside devs.
Resident Evil 6
It should come as no surprise that Resident Evil 6 is a game worth watching out for this year. After having been officially announced, the newest entry in the Resident Evil franchise already has countless gamers talking. Imagine how cool it would be if you could manage your inventory from the Wii U's tablet controller screen? It would be pretty neat dragging and arranging items right in the palm of your hands. And because Resident Evil 6 is due out later this year, it would be great if Capcom announced it for all platforms, including the Wii U.
Grand Theft Auto V
Now, I admit I wasn't very impressed when I watched the Grand Theft Auto V trailer. That said, I'm not discounting the potential of the game, because it's very likely that Rockstar will hit it big with another excellent open world crime game. While the studio is at it, why not bring Grand Theft Auto V to the Wii U? If Nintendo really wants to appeal to the masses and show that it can deliver content for everyone, surely a game such as Grand Theft Auto V, which is aimed at a mature audience, would be a great move.
While we're talking about open world crime games, let's discuss the possibility of a Saints Row game on the Wii U. The very epitome of absurd yet totally awesome craziness, Saints Row: The Third left many gamers impressed when it launched a few months ago. It set itself apart from the Grand Theft Auto series by delivering more of a humorous and insane approach to open world crime games, and it succeeded. Whether it's Saints Row: The Third or Saints Row 4, the Wii U needs those loveable Saints.
Max Payne 3
Due out this May, Max Payne 3 is the highly anticipated continuation of one of the most impressive gaming franchises of the last generation. The upcoming game may very well follow in its predecessors' footsteps and deliver yet another memorable experience, this time on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. As a longtime fan of the series, I really hope Max Payne 3 delivers. You know what, though? Why not announce Max Payne 3 for the Wii U at this year's E3? That would be pretty awesome!
No More Heroes 3
The first No More Heroes broke the stigma associated with the Wii when it delivered a bloody, action-packed romp that featured crude humor, suggestive themes, and a porn-obsessed otaku. It then followed that up with an even crazier sequel. These mature games really laid the groundwork for a Nintendo that doesn't always need to be squeaky clean. Creator Suda51 has stated that he has some new ideas for a No More Heroes game on the Wii U. Whether we see the return of Travis Touchdown or the introduction of a completely new character, No More Heroes 3 is something that needs to happen, and it needs to happen on the Wii U.