Wii U Countdown: 1 day, then I’ll be Chasing Aurora

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I’ve been writing this column for about month now, examining the Wii U and checking out some of the games it’s going to bring our way. Searching for my launch day titles, I’ve considered ZombiU, Mass Effect 3, Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper, and more.

There are a lot of launch titles I didn’t have time to look at closely here. Games like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Darksiders II, and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two all look good for the U, too. I’m not getting any of them, apparently because if I’m going to jump into a franchise late, I prefer to start on the third entry in the series, not the second, it would seem. Are there any other trilogies I need to consider? Wipeout: The Game 3? Never mind.

But I’m thinking now I’ve been limiting myself by only focusing on the boxed options. Nintendo’s making a big push into digital delivery, and considering my iPad/iPhone game coverage for Appletell, you’d think I would have paid the digital arena more mind. I did take a look at Trine 2, and that will definitely be my first download Sunday morning (after the system update, of course).

Trine 2

I’m looking forward to seeking more download options once the system is set up. The games indie developers churn out can be pretty amazing, and any gamer’s who not too full of himself to take a serious look at mobile gaming knows that. I considered focusing on this for an article, as there are quite a few iOS games I’d love to see ported over to the Wii U, either faithfully or fleshed out to a bigger scope. Chaos Rings 2 immediately comes to mind. Infinity Blade 2 seems an obvious choice, considering the GamePad’s touchscreen. I’d even like to see something like Monster Wars or Jazz: Trump’s Journey make the jump to the big screen.

One popular iOS game is already being prepped for the Wii U: Toki Tori 2. Developer Two Tribes announced recently that the sequel to the popular puzzle platformer will be hitting the Wii U on December 20th, ahead of the Steam and iOS versions.

Toki Tori

I’ve also been receiving press releases on a game called Chasing Aurora, which will be available on Sunday. Chasing Aurora is, as developer describes it, “… a multiplayer game that allows up to 5 people to cooperate or compete against each other on one couch. It features birds, rocks, mountains, icicles, fire, rockslides and a mysterious pendant called Aurora’s Gem.”

Not entirely sure I understand what’s going on there, but it’s fun to look at, and will only run $14.99 on the 18th, as opposed to the $59.99 price of most launch titles. The developers explain it this way:

Chasing Aurora is a multiplayer game with five game modes. Up to five players fight for Aurora’s Gem in tournaments that span up to three disciplines. Two of those put the GamePad player in a special position—they become either predator or prey, while the remaining players form a team. After each round, the GamePad is handed to another player. Cooperation AND competition are the path to victory.

The single player mode is a race against the clock. The player’s task is to stay on track while dealing with obstacles, such as falling rocks, lightning strikes and gusts of wind. This game mode features local high scores.

Ninja Gaiden III: Razor’s Edge it’s not, but I’d guess that’s kind of the point.

The point is that if I don’t come home Monday morning with a bag full of game discs I’m dying to try, I’ll be okay. There’ll always be more to download.

And I’ve got Adventure Time coming out for the 3DS on Tuesday, anyway, at which point the Wii U will be moved to the closet to collect dust.

Easy, easy, I’m just kidding.

Read all entries in the Wii U Countdown.

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  • Dominic Leighton

    I’ll definitely be picking up Nano Assault Neo and possibly Trine 2 as well. Some of the best games I’ve played this last generation have been downloadable XBLA/PSN games and hopefully that’ll continue into this generation too!

  • Kirk Hiner

    Ah, I forgot about Nano Assault Neo. I loved Nano Assault for 3DS. That’s on the list, too, although behind Trine 2.