Written by Jonathan Steele
All-in-all, 2013 actually ended up to be a pretty good year for the Wii U. Toward the end of the year, there were several solid first-party releases, as well as plenty of third-party games to fill in the cracks. But 2013 has ended, and 2014 is well underway. So what delicious gaming morsels are Nintendo and its partners cooking up for us over the coming months? I’m positive that there are many games in the works that we don’t know about yet, but here are just a few confirmed titles I’m really excited about.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Release Date: February 21, 2014
Retro Studios blew me away with their first attempt at bringing back Donkey Kong in 2010. It was a game that I revisited several times, and I am very much looking forward to the sequel. From everything I’ve seen so far, it really looks like this won’t just be a cheap cash-in that rides on the previous game’s success. There are new characters, new enemies, fresh gameplay experiences, and much more. I can’t wait to play this game. Check out the latest trailer revealing Cranky Kong as a playable character. (Scrooge McDuck’s bouncing cane, anyone?)
Mario Kart 8
Release Date: May 2014
Everyone knows you pretty much can’t go wrong with Mario Kart no matter how you slice it, but Mario Kart 8 is shaping up to be the best that the series has ever seen. The most notable addition is an anti-gravity ability for the karts and bikes (yup, bikes are back!). Pair that up with the gliders and underwater-driving from Mario Kart 7, and things could become very interesting. I was afraid that this simple addition, while very cool, wouldn’t be enough to really make things fresh, but this latest trailer shows just how alive and varied the courses might be. Check it out. (I wonder what happens when you accidentally smack into that airliner head-on…)
Super Smash Bros. Wii U
Release Date: TBA 2014
Ah good old Smash Bros. This game will probably be the single reason that many people buy the Wii U this year, and rightly so. It promises to be a great addition to the franchise. Possibly the most interesting thing about this iteration is the fact that it is being released for both Wii U and 3DS. This will mark the first time that Super Smash Bros. makes an appearance on a handheld. I’m excited to see what they do with that. Can I start a match on my Wii U and finish it on my 3DS? Can a 3DS owner join in a match being played on Wii U? We’ll find out soon enough. Character-wise, I personally am most excited about Mega Man (it’s about freaking time they added him), so check out this über-cool Mega Man reveal trailer. (You can see all the other awesome SSB trailers here)
“The Legend of Zelda U”
Release Date: TBA
While we currently know next-to-nothing about this game (not even the title), we do know that it is coming for sure. Nintendo has confirmed that an HD Zelda title for the Wii U is currently in the works, and has been for some time. I dare say we can expect it to be nothing like the Wii U Tech Demo from E3 2011, since Nintendo has made it clear that they will be turning the Zelda conventions upside-down and rethinking the basic elements of the past games. I have a funny feeling that it will be so different that it will upset several fans at first (like Wind Waker did), but I can’t wait to see how they decide to shake things up. I think it’s safe to say Nintendo knows what they’re doing at this point, and we can trust them.
Release Date: TBA
Wait… what?? If you had told me a few months ago that Nintendo was going to do a mashup of the beloved Zelda franchise and Dynasty Warriors, I’d have laughed in your face. I bought a Dynasty Warriors game once. It was terrible. It was pretty much repetitive hack-n-slash. I didn’t last an hour before I returned it. And now Nintendo wants to let those guys make a Zelda-themed game? I have to be honest, I am pretty skeptical, but this game made my list because I believe that Nintendo is watching over this project very carefully. I’m trusting that they won’t let these guys ruin Zelda’s good name. And come on, there’s no denying that it just looks really freakin cool. Check out the reveal trailer to see Link on steroids.
So what about you, dear reader? Which Wii U games are you most excited about? Let us know by casting your vote below!