Nintendo confirmed a few new details about upcoming titles from their third-party partners this morning. Two of those partneres, Disney and Ubisoft, are getting ready to release two large titles later this year for the new console.
In a prepared statement sent to the press, Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Licensing stated, “Disney, Ubisoft and our other third-party partners have a great lineup of exclusive games and unique experiences for fans of all ages,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Licensing. “Their creativity spans every audience and genre, creating new ways to play that can only be experienced on Nintendo platforms.”
New from Disney Interactive is “Disney’s Planes”, a flying adventure video game inspired by the upcoming Disney animated comedy adventure film, which will be made exclusively to Nintendo platforms. The game will be available for the Wii U and Wii consoles as well as the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS hand-held systems on August 6, 2013. This will coincide with the film’s premier on August 9, 2013.. The game will expand beyond the storyline of the Disney’s Planes film, offering players the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of flight as one of the popular characters from the film.
Disney is also bringing Disney Infinity to Wii U, Wii and Nintendo 3DS on August 18, 2013. Disney Infinity is Disney’s new gaming platform that combines Disney’s most popular franchises with interactive figures that come to life in the game. Acording to the release, “Players can place real-world toy versions of their favorite Disney characters onto a device called the Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, The Incredibles, Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as into a giant Toy Box”.
“Wii U offers our developers unique tools to showcase our fun franchises,” said Javier Ferriera, Senior Vice President, Publishing at Disney Interactive. “No matter which Nintendo system you own, every member of the family will have fun playing.”
Ubisoft has also confirmed that “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist” is coming to Wii U on August 20, 2013 in North America, Aug. 22 for EMEA territories and Aug. 23 in the UK.
Additionally, Ubisoft brings Rayman Legends online for the first time with a new demo, including the full online challenge mode. The online challenge mode is made up of four levels, including “Murfy’s Dungeon,” exclusive to Wii U. New challenges are added daily and weekly, and each comes with its own individual leaderboards. The demo will be available in late April.
“Wii U gives both games a second-screen experience that fans will enjoy,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, Ubisoft. “The genres are different, yet both games share fun game play and replayability.”
A partial sampling of other key third-party games available this spring and summer includes:
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Batman and Robin return in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
- Resident Evil: Revelations from Capcom
- Fast & Furious: Showdown
- Sniper Elite V2 from 505 Games
- DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION – DIRECTOR’S CUT
- DuckTales Remastered from Capcom:
- Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystar
- Mutant Mudds Deluxe from Renegade Kid
- Spin the Bottle from Knapnock Games: Spin the Bottle is a party game where players look at each other rather than the TV, launching in early summer.
- Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails marks Dakko Dakko’s Nintendo eShop debut. A frenetic action platform game with unique controls and a striking visual style, Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails will be released for Wii U later in 2013.