Meanwhile In Japan, Here’s The Wii U Release Schedule

By Spencer . May 18, 2013 . 3:00pm


After yesterday’s Nintendo Direct how does the Wii U’s lineup look in Japan? In most cases Japan is getting Wii U releases a couple of weeks before the West. Pikmin 3, for example, will be start in Japan on July 13 then go to PAL territories the following week and then North America.


The Wonderful 101 comes out on the same week in Japan and Europe, but North America has to wait for two more weeks to play PlatinumGames first Wii U title.


June 6

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Rabbids Land


June 19

New Super Luigi U (DLC)


June 27

F1 Race Stars Powered Up Edition


July 13

New Super Luigi U (disc)

Pikmin 3


July 18

Sniper Elite V2


July 25

Lego City Undercover


August 8

Yakuza 1&2 HD for Wii U


August 24

The Wonderful 101



Wii Party (new title)

Wii Fit U



Sonic Lost World

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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  • ronin4life

    That list makes me sad.
    Well, not really: Pikmin is on it, so…

  • $36598391

    Can’t wait to see the 3DS list for NA

  • Neophoton

    Huh, did not know a Yazuka collection was slated for Wii U. Is it making an overseas release or did it basically go hush-hush because it’s not getting one at all?

    • ronin4life

      The Yakuza collection was announced yesterday during Japan’s Nintendo Direct summer focus.

  • Solomon_Kano

    It’s a small thing, but this is the first confirmation that we’ll be seeing Sonic: Lost World this year.

    Not exactly unexpected, but Iwata didn’t mention a release window during the Direct, so that’s nice. I swear it better not come out in September though…

    • Anime10121

      He only mentioned the fall release in the Japan Direct, but considering Sonic’s usually released on a world-wide scale, we’ll probably see it released this fall too. Sonic games usually release around November, so I’m assuming this one will too.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Ah. If it does come in November, that won’t be much better, but I guess there are only so many months in fall.

        • Anime10121

          True as that is likely when both the ps4 and the Xbox successor will probably drop, along with Call of Duty Ghosts (which also generally fall on November schedules) though CODG’s sales won’t likely affect Sonic’s, but like you said, their are only so many months in fall, so it’s gotta release sometime.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, COD always hits in November, AC4 might as well be November (since it’s at the very end of October), at least one of the consoles is likely coming in November, and at least one of Nintendo’s own games is dropping in November (remember, the E3 Direct is going to have fall games). So… yea, October would probably be best.

            As you said, COD probably won’t effect Sonic, AC4 probably won’t either, but the new consoles and Nintendo’s own Wii U games are probably going to to have some overlap with the people who would buy Sonic.

            I certainly hope it does well. Even if it doesn’t though, Sega’s costs are probably mitigated by this partnership.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    That list looks as thing as the PSV’s; sure, Pikmin and The Wonderful 101 are promising but the rest…if there’s one thing I hope, is that the Wii U doesn’t get a bunch of ports. It’s a stigma that the PSV is still trying to break free from~.

    • Deekei

      i think its a completely opposite situation actually. the wiiu is not getting the port/cross-platform other consoles get (BF4, FIFA) so its lacking in that department.

      • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

        Well, when I say “ports” I don’t mean cross releases; I find those completely acceptable. For example, I wouldn’t count Injustice as a port. Yakuza, on the other hand, is. Several of the launch titles were ports too, granted I understand it’s inevitable since you can’t appear in the market with new games only. But like I said, that’s how the PSV started and to this day, it’s a stigma the system can’t get rid of~.

  • joshua_boyd

    one year of lame games down. four to go >_>
    sorry…but i hope this gets better. im not buying a wii u just for one of each zelda and mario franchise they do for every console until 5 years are up.

    • You’ve never played Pikmin, have you?

    • Beta

      I think it should kick start itself beginning from holiday season till next year. Besides, there ARE quality games coming this year.

  • lego city undercover july 25? i thought it’s already out ages ago

  • gquain

    Well the games might be good but the line up is still not something to buy a Wii U for. Considering that it’s been out a year. Nintendo must make up for the lack of 3rd party games with their own and they are clearly overworking.
    I still need to decide for myself if i really count New Super Luigi U as a standalone game for Wii U or only a DLC.

    • Herok♞

      The Wiiu hasn’t been out close to year yet, it barely been out 6 months in Japan and Europe and then 7 months exactly in the us

  • Beta

    Well, this year is the 3DS’ year, so I don’t mind, my wallet is limited. The next year is Wii U’s for sure, so I would rather spend an amount each year than doubling it XD Besides, who has time to play all that, anyway?

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      If it was 3ds year then whyd they send wii u out so early?

      • The same happened to the 3ds in its first year remember?

      • Beta

        To gain a head-start, push more system sales and fix everything till the NeXtBox and PS4’s release. For all we know the PS4 and the NeXtBox could be launched earlier than they should too and have the same problem. If you think it with that perspective, it’s actually smart since they would’ve probably ironed out problems when the next big two still begin to fix them. And the units head-start can also make the base grow faster and they MIGHT get more 3rd parties eventually. And like Beat Crawfish 33 said, haven’t you seen how the 3DS is doing and how its head-start helped it in its race with the Vita?

  • Don’t see how they plan to stay competitive in the industry with that lineup

  • Aristides

    0-0 this looks terrible… not the games of course, but seeing as they included third party games there(assuming this list isn’t Nintendo published only) the release schedule looks terribly barren. Quantity does not mean Quality, but still…

  • Raltrios

    Darn it, Nintendo. I can’t give you my money with this lineup. I’m starting to believe in the gif…

    • Peace Legacy

      That’s probably the longest gif I have been willing to sit through

      • Solomon_Kano

        This. Goodness that went on.

      • Raltrios

        Yep. Surprised me when I first saw it how long it went on. Most entertaining, though.

    • Göran Isacson

      That… was a long GIF. But damn worth the wait, I must admit.

    • I figured the ‘shitlocks’ line would stay: that was the best part of that scene.

  • Terrible management on their management on their part. They should have been preparing for Wii U software development far sooner than they started.

  • Göran Isacson

    Man, not exactly a starstudded lineup… my foremost hope here is that they’ll be generous enough to make a decent advertising budget for the Wonderful 101 so that at the very least that game can sell in numbers slightly higher than Platinumgames usual paltry sums.

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