Nintendo Teasing Three Wii U Launch Titles


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Remember when Nintendo relaunched the Facebook page for its Wii U console last week? I saw it as a movement on the company's part to effectively use social media as an outlet to directly interact with fans and drive up hype. Well, the hype part is definitely in full swing with Nintendo's latest Facebook post.

Nintendo fans who visited the Wii U Facebook page today were greeted with this rather unique tease:

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Guess what the initial game releases will be for Nintendo’s new home console, Wii U? Soon we’ll scratch off to reveal the names! ▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒ ▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒ ▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒.

Note how Nintendo uses the plural form "names." They are revealing more than one game and it looks like they will actually be revealing up to three titles if the spaces between gray areas are to be believed. The post has already generated over 500 comments from fans making rabid and rather uneducated guesses as to the identity of the games.

While fans can speculate to their hearts content, it's another indication of a new Nintendo doing things that they have never done before. I can't remember anytime during my life when Nintendo teased titles for their new home console. They tend to not even confirm launch titles until a few months before the launch. That's how secretive the company used to be.

With Nintendo's stocks slipping and them needing a hit on their hands, it seems that the company is taking to actions that are very unlike the Kyoto-based developer. Not that I or the fans are complaining. A more open Nintendo means that we get to see more games which is only a good thing.

Unfortunately, Nintendo still doesn't have this Facebook thing down just yet. Most developers usually challenge the community to like a post a certain number of times before they reveal something, but this one just says says, "Soon we'll scratch off to reveal the names!" We can assume that Nintendo will reveal the titles during their E3 press conference on June 5.

As an aside, what would a Nintendo E3 article be without a little speculation? It seems that many in the Facebook thread seem to think that each block is representative of one character. That means that we have three titles with names that take up 34, 27 and 20 characters respectively. I was hoping for that Metroid Star Fox crossover to be real just for the laughs, but Paul Gale has now confirmed that title to be no longer in consideration.

I'll leave the speculation up to the fans that love to spend their hours at a computer earning an online degree in cryptology to solve the puzzles of the newest games. I'll just be happy to see a new Metroid game within the next five years.