Back before the Wii U launched, Nintendo said that the console would enjoy 51 launch window titles. In short, there would be 51 games out for the console before the end of March. It seemed ridiculous at the time, and Nintendo seems to think so now as well since a number of those games have now slipped into April and beyond.
Nintendo released an updated release schedule this morning for the first part of the year. A number of high profile games will be released over the next two months for the system, but an even greater number of great looking games have now been delayed.
So the Wii U owners don’t get too depressed, here’s the good news. The Wii U will still get some killer content in February and March. Ubisoft has the fantastic Rayman Legends on tap for launch on February 26. Capcom will be bringing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on March 19. Nintendo will be publishing LEGO City Undercover on March 18. EA will be bringing the Wii U port of Need for Speed: Most Wanted on March 19 as well.
As for eShop content, The Cave will be launching on Jan. 22. Other games like BIT.TRIP Runner 2 and Toki Tori 2 will be launching sometime before the end of March.
As you may have noticed, a number of great looking Wii U launch window titles are no longer present on this list. Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Wii Fit U and Pikmin 3 have all been delayed into an ambiguos realm known as “the first half of the year.” In short, we won’t be seeing these games until sometime after April, but June.
Speaking of June, the Wii U game shortage should be sorted out by then. Nintendo needs to have a clean slate so it can focus on all the new games it will be announcing at E3 this year. It’s looking promising already with rumors swirling around regarding new projects from Retro Studios that may or may not include a new Metroid.