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Most Anticipated Sports Games for the New Nintendo Wii U

The Wii U’s unique second screen offers a lot for sports game fans to be excited about. Unique views for strategies, statistics, and more have been suggested and implemented in the first line of sports (& racing) games for Wii U hitting the market between the system’s release and early 2013. Here are a few of the most anticipated selections from the Wii U’s extensive upcoming list.

Madden NFL 13

Amazon ImageFor football fans and sports gamers, there’s nothing like a great game of Madden football, and the Wii U is busting out with the latest installment of the franchise with high quality graphics and the most current database of players. Famous CBS sports commentary makes every game feel like Superbowl Sunday, and the new Career Connection mode adds a story aspect to the classic franchise. With Career Connection, players can live through the legacy of a famous athlete, or create their own adventure as an up and coming player or coach.

But what may be the most exciting about the Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 is what the Wii U’s gamepad brings to the field. Madden NFL 13 for the Wii U comes packed with brand new, system-exclusive features that use the controller to the fullest including new techniques for play-calling, team management, and strategy planning without cluttering the main screen.

Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed

Amazon ImageFor fans of the classic kart racing genre, Sonic and his friends from various SEGA franchises are coming to the Wii U in Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed. The newest entry in the Transformed series of Sonic racing games will feature a variety of exclusive features focused on the Wii U’s gamepad. The gamepad will host a variety of functions such as showing a map of the course, showing first person viewpoints of the player and their opponents, and even doubling as a rear view mirror when held up to the television screen.

The Wii U edition also uses the system’s asymmetrical gameplay for exclusive battle modes. One player with the Wii U gamepad fights to defeat up to four of their Wiimote-equipped friends. A bonus edition of the game will also be available, featuring an exclusive character and course for diehard fans.

ESPN Sports Connection

Amazon ImageFor fans of casual sports gaming and their families, ESPN Sports Connection will be available for the Wii U, filling the hole left by the lack of an official Wii Sports follow-up by Nintendo. The game includes a wide variety of modes including golf, soccer, tennis, football, baseball, and racing, each mode using the gamepad in unique ways. For example, in golf mode, players can use the gamepad to get a 360 degree view from the perspective of the hole. This package of sports (& racing) games for Wii U is ideal for families and parties, but also includes a singular play mode. COOL BONUS FEATURE: For players who want to feel more progress than dropping the extra belly fat, ESPN Sports Connection is set to have hundreds of in-game achievements, each one unlocking ESPN themed gear to customize your avatar.

Just Dance 4

Amazon ImageIf you prefer your sports set to a beat, Just Dance 4 is the ultimate exercise/music genre hybrid for the Wii U. The new installment in the popular franchise continues to provide players with dozens of the latest songs such as “Call Me Maybe”, “What Makes You Beautiful”, and “Moves Like Jagger” along with classics like “Rock Lobster” and “Oops… I Did It Again!” The Wii U version is also set to include the exclusive puppet mode. Using the gamepad, one player enters dance moves in real time that up to four other players must follow.

No matter how you game, the highly anticipated sports (& racing) games for Wii U have you covered later this year and all through 2013.

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Most Anticipated Wii U Action Adventure Games

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With the release of the highly anticipated Nintendo Wii U Gaming Console right around the corner in many parts of the world, gamers are getting anxious to see what they’ll be able to play on their spiffy new hardware. Rest assured, action adventure fans are more than covered by the extensive list of games coming out from Nintendo and third party publishers on or close to the Wii U’s release date. Here are a few highlights in the growing selection of Wii U action adventure games to watch out for. (This will probably be the hottest item this year for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas shopping!)(Alright, let’s skip ahead right now: See all the Nintendo Wii U Games, Accessories, Controllers, and Platform Choices here!)

Mass Effect 3: Special Edition

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For fans and newcomers alike to Bioware’s universally acclaimed action role-playing game Mass Effect 3, Australian development team Straight Right is bringing the game to another new console. Mass Effect 3: Special Edition is coming to the Wii U, and while many details on what makes this edition so special are still being kept under wraps, the port promises the extended ending, new weapons, and an intuitive battle system using the Wii U gamepad controller. (For more on the Nintendo Wii U’s new GamePad controllers, see other posts on our site!)

Mass Effect 3 is not only one of the most anticipated Wii U action adventure games to be announced so far; it is also considered to have some of the best storytelling in the history of the video gaming medium. And while Bioware isn’t porting the Wii U version themselves, Straight Right takes its task very, very seriously. “You look at the game and think ‘how could I possibly make this better?’ The Wii U gives you that opportunity with the GamePad,” the port team commented. “But first and foremost you say, ‘well, I don’t want to screw this up’.” As far as Wii U action adventure games go, Mass Effect 3 may be Nintendo’s crown jewel for 2012.

Darksiders II

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The recently released Darksiders II is also coming to the Wii U on release day, and features a mix of open action and dungeon crawling. Playing the role of Death, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, you traverse a massive world on violent adventures. The game is based on hack-and-slash action, but it’s far from being mindless blood and gore. Darksiders II also features a variety of puzzle elements, including special weapons and tools required to make it to the next location in a style similar to the Portal franchise.

The game was released earlier this year on the Playstation 3, XBox 360, and PC, receiving positive reviews from critics. The Wii U release promises brand new features exclusive to the system. So whether you haven’t had a chance to check out Darksiders II yet or are a fan looking for a worthy encore, this game has something for every hack-and-slash fan.

Transformers Prime: The Game

While a licensed game based on an animated series wouldn’t normally grab much attention, Transformers: Prime’s Wii U release is a notable exception and a game worth watching out for. Based on the hit television series, well received by critics and fans alike, the game tells a brand new story about Team Prime’s endeavors to stop Megatron from unleashing a dangerous new weapon upon the planet Earth. Pre-release screenshots show Transformers: Prime to be a game featuring some stunning graphics and visual design, but that’s not what makes this game stand out. Hasbro has recently given the Transformers video game series a much needed and well received reboot with games such a Transformers: War for Cybertron. Ever since WFC’s release, Transformers seems to have an overall better creative team on their interactive media staff. If they keep up what they’ve been doing with the unique style and characters of the Prime universe, this game looks to be no exception to the rule. Transformers: Prime has the opportunity to be one of the best Wii U action adventure games available on release day.

ZombiU

Amazon ImageIn today’s world of video games, what action adventure fan doesn’t enjoy a good zombie hunt? ZombiU is a brand new, Wii U exclusive for fans of fast-paced survival action with a first person shooter slant. A reboot of the ultimate Ubisoft classic Zombi, players take control of one of the surviving members of London’s zombie apocalypse. The survivors are huddled together in their base of operations, a hideout created by a well prepared neighbor, and the player character is the lucky human chosen to confront the zombie hoard. ZombiU makes an effort to really make players feel like they’re in the midst of an attack. If the player is turned into a zombie, which can happen from being bit just once, the player character is gone for good and a new survivor takes to the streets. Players have access to some weapons and supplies thanks to their prepper ally, but reaching into the bag takes time in the game and leaves the player vulnerable. Multiplayer is also available, and when a survivor dies, other players are alerted so they can try to salvage supplies. ZombiU is a great crossover for action fans who want to try out FPS (first-person shooter), FPS for fans who want to try out action, or fans of both who want a have a great time. The game manages to take a popular enemy and create a uniquely realistic game from it, making it one of the most anticipated Wii U action adventure games.

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