Wii U

The wait is finally over, and Nintendo’s new console has arrived! For nearly a year and a half the Japanese manufacturer has been slowly dropping tiny bits of information while rallying fans around the idea that it has created a new way to approach gaming thanks to the GamePad. On top of that, it boasted that fans that only own a Wii would soon have the chance to play some of the biggest releases of this generation of consoles, with a few new tricks exclusive to the Wii U.

And now it is finally here. The Wii U has shipped, and not to be overly dramatic, but NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME!

So how does the hardware stack up, and what are the launch games looking like? Read on for our full review of the Wii U, as well as reviews of several Wii U launch games. We’ll continue to update this page with reviews from now through the remainder of the launch window, which stretches through March.

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Transformers Prime (Wii U) review: Gateway gaming

Transformers Prime offers a sort of finely tuned, brawler-based action that should serve as a good entry point for the budding, young gamers in your life.


Tank! Tank! Tank! (Wii U) review: So very many tanks…

Tank! Tank! Tank! is charming yet simple, the sort of party game that offers mindless shooty-shooty fun and little beyond that.


Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the Wii U review: Same game, but with 100% more Mario!

The best-selling fighting series of all time makes its way to the Wii U, along with a few new features made specifically for Nintendo’s new system.


Assassin’s Creed III for the Wii U: Same great taste, less filling

Ubisoft brings its massively successful critical and financial hit over to Nintendo’s new console, and the game remains the same, with a few new benefits and a few new blemishes.


Scribblenauts Unlimited (Wii U) review: Sadistic wordplay

5th Cell goes bigger and better for the debut console appearance of its wordplay-focused puzzle series in Scribblenauts Unlimited.


Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two review: When fan service isn’t enough

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is a big, honking love letter to Disney fans, though it's held back time and again by an assortment of design issues.


Call of Duty Black Ops 2 for the Wii U review: Have GamePad, will travel

Activision and Treyarch join the Wii U launch title roundup with a port of this year’s iteration of the biggest game in the world. And while the Wii U giveth, the Wii U also taketh away.


Rabbids Land review: If insanity and tedium had a child

Although those looking for a minigame compilation are more likely to be attracted to the far more hyped Nintendo Land, Ubisoft has released a competitor in the same vein, sort of.