Getting Some Play: November Release Madness


Will You Wii U?

In just a few days, a brand new console generation will be born, with the launch of the Wii U, Nintendo’s follow-up to the monster success of the Wii. It’s an exciting time, for Nintendo fans, for industry analysts, and hell, for gamers in general. So why do some of us feel on the fence about the new system?

I’ll confess to feeling tepid about Nintendo’s new baby, and I’ve been a diehard fan of the big N ever since I was old enough to hold a controller. Perhaps my tastes have gravitated further to the indie side of town, or that, outside of Dance Central marathons, I’m just not much of a motion gamer. Whatever it is, this will be the first Nintendo console since 1996 that I haven’t nabbed on day one (Handhelds included).

I know that the siren song of Mario will bring me back into the fold before long. But I can’t help but feel like there’s something missing from the party, and I know I’m not the only one.

Let us know in the comments if you’re planning to grab a Wii U on day one!


To be sure, this is the craziest time during the craziest month of the year for game releases. So brace yourself (and your wallet, and your calendar), and prepare to be fully inundated.

We’re going to start with a title that actually launched yesterday – Paper Mario Sticker Star for the 3DS. I’ve never met a Paper Mario (or Mario RPG, or Mario and Luigi) I haven’t fallen in love with, so 3DS gamers who didn’t nab this on the weekend should go ahead and grab this portable gem.

On November 13, we have an absolute glut to deal with – first, what is likely to be the biggest release of the year (on consoles), Call of Duty: Black Ops II arrives on the 360, PS3, and PC (the Wii U version arrives on November 18).

For motion gamers, both The Hip Hop Dance Experience (Kinect) and Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3 Move), also hit on the November 13, as does LEGO Lord of the Rings (360, PS3, PC, Will), and clever sequel Scribblenauts Unlimited for the 3Ds (the Wii U version is out November 18, and the PC version will launch on November 20).

November 18 marks the launch of the Wii U. Alongside the box (and tablet) is a nice little collection of launch games, including headliner New Super Mario bros U – a rampant nostalgia-fest sure to satisfy the hungriest old school Mario fan’s desire.

Nintendo Land (which is a pack-in game for those who opt for the “premium” Wii U bundle), Madden NFL 2013, FIFA 13, Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Just Dance 4, SiNG Party, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Assassin’s Creed 3, the enhanced Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Skylanders Giants, Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition and Rabbids Land will all be available on day one.

Those looking for something a little different for their new baby should check out ZombiU (also out on launch day) – a hardcore, and decidedly unique experience. E-shop launch titles of note include Trine 2 and Toki Tori 2.

We’re also looking forward to Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (out on launch day and also arriving on the 360, PS3 and PC).

Hitman: Absolution arrives on November 20 for the 360, PS3 and PC, promising dark thrills. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, the Smash Brothers-esque party brawler for PS3 players, also launches on November 20.

Finally, a 3DS E-shop game that absolutely deserves your attention, especially in such a crowded month – Crashmo – arrives on November 22. It’s the sequel to the truly excellent Pushmo, and promises even more mind-bending (and totally cute) puzzle action.

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