Wii U Countdown: 23 days and 23 games

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Is 23 games a decent amount to have available for launch day? As I’ve mentioned before, I wasn’t paying attention when the Wii launched, so I have no basis of comparison. Considering the number on its own, it seems impressive. Have there even been 23 games released for the Wii this year? 23 worth listing, anyway?

Sing Party for Wii UBut as I mentioned yesterday when I expressed disappointment that Pikmin 3 has been delayed, the result is that I’m not completely enamored with any of the launch games. That’s personal preference, of course, as there are certainly some great games in here, but they’re not terribly diverse.

Let’s take a look at the line-up by genre:

Punch/Kill People/Things:

  • Assassins Creed III
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Darksiders II
  • Ninja Gaiden III: Razor’s Edge
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Transformers Prime
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Zombie U

Kick and Throw Balls Around (or Get In Shape To):

  • EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
  • ESPN Sports Connection
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013

Have a Party:

  • Game Party Champions
  • Just Dance 4
  • Nintendo Land
  • Rabbids Land
  • Sing Party
  • Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed
  • Wipeout: The Game 3

Keep the Kids Occupied:

  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Skylanders Giants

Now, as I said, there are some great games in there. At least half of the punch and kill things games are on my radar, and games that keep the kids occupied tend to keep me occupied, too. Yet I can’t help but feel that there are entire genres missing. RPGs, for example, are nowhere to be found. Even looking at the launch window and beyond, there’s nothing there of note. How about strategy sims? Flight sims? Music games? Adventures?

These games will come, no doubt, but the fact that few to none have been announced for the entire launch window is a bit disconcerting. I’m sure I’ll keep myself busy, and everything gets put on hold when Fire Emblem: Awakening hits the 3DS, anyway. But to really get into the Wii U right away, it looks like I’m going to have throw a lot of parties and/or make sure the kids are in bed.

Suggestions, anyone?

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