Finally a date (November 28 for US) and a price: 299 for the basic set in white color with 8GB Flash and 349 for the premium set with 30GB Flash and a subscription plan for 10% off the Nintendo store.
I can’t wait to unbox the first new console in five years. Nintendo Land will be bundled (not in Japan), which is good. Other than that, I don’t really see exciting games coming up on launch day:
FIFA 13, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition, Nano Assault Neo, New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, Rayman Legends, Trine 2: Director’s Cut, Toki Tori 2 and ZombiU
Mass Effect 3 is a great game, but I can’t imagine who might want to play a title that is the end of a trilogy and released on other consoles months ago. How many people actually played ME 1 and 2 and didn’t buy 3 yet?
New Super Mario Bros. U looks like a fun game and almost identical to it’s Wii counterpart. Which is the problem. You essentially get the same game right now already. If you haven’t bought it by now, why bother?
Rayman Legends will see some good traction, that’s for sure. Not my cup of tea, but it has it’s fans, and for a good reason.
Finally, ZombiU is the game all hardcore fans have been waiting for and so far it looks promising. I’m skeptical though. First, I can’t help myself but find the Zombie hype more than over. These games have become the new WW2 shooters. Plus, I clearly remember Red Steel, which was a Wii launch title. It was, like ZombiU, developed by Ubisoft and praised for it’s mature approach and good looking graphics. In the end it had tons of issues, mostly gameplay and control scheme related.
Still, the launch games announced so far are a decent mix with some good potential. Remember the Wii launch titles ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_launch )? Apart from one of the best Zelda titles ever (which was delayed forever to fit the launch window), that was some pretty crappy stuff. And looking at the games to be released in the following weeks after launch, it’s quite promising:
Aliens: Colonial Marines, Assassin’s Creed 3, Batman Arkham City Armoured Edition, Darksiders 2, Disney Epic Mickey 2, Game & Wario, Game Party Champions, Just Dance 4, Lego City: Undercover, Madden NFL 13, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, NBA 2k13, Ninja Gaiden 3, Rabbids Land, Rise of the Guardians, Runner 2, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Sing Party, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sports Connection, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Warriors Orochi 3 and Your Shape.