No matter where you go, there are analysts, reporters, and the occasional crazed gamer spelling out doom for Nintendo’s latest home console, the Wii U, less than half a year past its November 2012 release. With this being said, the system is still young, and sales could go any which extreme direction from here on out, especially over the summer and winter, where video game sales are especially prevalent. The following five upcoming titles, without a doubt, are going to hope Nintendo out of its sales drought yet.
1. Wii Fit U
The “Wii Fit” series has sold like hotcakes used to before the popularization of waffles to the casual market ever since its first installment, which was released worldwide between 2007 and 2008. Much like 2009’s “Wii Fit Plus” improved upon the original product and sold millions, “Wii Fit U” is certain to prove the series’ ability to move system sales once more. Fans of the original two are certain to flock to this third installment, and oodles of new faces are bound to jump on the fitness gaming craze that’s only rising in pop culture relevance along with them. The GamePad could finally have widespread appeal when they see it as an easy way to access the application and work out while watching their favorite television shows.
2. Pikmin 3
What avid Nintendo fans are really waiting for to give them a reason to invest in the Wii U are upcoming “killer app” first party titles. Leading the pack is “Pikmin 3”, set to be released this spring. Needless to say, gamers have been waiting a long time for the the “Pikmin” series’ second sequel, with “Pikmin 2” seeing its debut in 2004. After nearly an entire decade of fan hype, “Pikmin 3” is finally seeing its official release very soon, and while this won’t sell a system as much as a more well-established franchise like a “Super Mario” or “Legend of Zelda” title would, it’s certainly something that experienced Nintendo fans have been patiently and eagerly waiting for for quite a while.
3. Mario Kart U and 4. Super Mario U
Speaking of “Super Mario” titles, Nintendo has already revealed via a “Nintendo Direct” syndication that two more games for the Wii U will be added to the plumber’s vastly impressive repertoire quite soon, and they will both be officially revealed at this year’s E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo. It’s said that there will be playable demos of each title- a new “Mario Kart” installment and a new entry into the main “Super Mario” series featuring 3D gameplay along the lines of what “Super Mario 64” paved the way for way back in 1996. Following in the suit of system sellers like “Mario Kart 7”, which pretty much set the 3DS on its upward climb towards success after a lackluster launch of its own, and “Super Mario Galaxy”, which redefined and remastered the “Super Mario” 3D platformers as a whole. With “Super Mario Galaxy” and “Super Mario Galaxy 2” in tow, it’ll be interesting to see what jump the iconic Koopa-tossing plumber is bound to take next for his latest major outing.
5. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker U
It’s the first party titles that Nintendo gamers arguably pine for the most, and bringing the big ol’ hype cake to the hype party as of now is none other than an HD revitalization of their insanely popular entry in “The Legend of Zelda” series, “The Wind Waker”. What was once portrayed as a game that displayed questionable business move that alienated fans of the series with an understandably ominous future in terms of sales and in wondering if its quirky, whimsical and cartoonish cel-shaded art style would ever be used for “Zelda” again has now become a major success, with that particular “Celda” art form inhabiting several “Zelda” games since “The Wind Waker’s” initial release way back in 2002, including but not limited to “The Minish Cap” and “Spirit Tracks” on the Game Boy Advance and DS, respectively. “Zelda” fans old and new alike are coming together to reign in this new portrayal of a delightful surprise hit for the series once more. Nintendo’s Wii U introduction to the “Zelda” series being shown off in this toony style is actually a smart business move, as children, and pretty much respectable gamers of all ages, will be more warm towards picking it up and enjoying it for the massive escapism the vibrant world of the Great Sea can provide in 1080p HD.