If you would have asked me what games I thought Nintendo needed to successfully launch its next console, I would have said "Mario." Historically we all know that a Mario game sells like hotcakes, and boosts the sales of any hardware associated with it.
Many have been critical of the launch line-up of games, either panning it for having too many old games in it, or for not having any 'core' Nintendo franchises like Metroid or Zelda. Others bemoan the fact that there isn't a Wii Sports equivalent, there's no system selling 'killer app'.
There's no question that the number of launch games is pretty good, with over 20 games available. Look at the list, and the strategy this time around is apparent. Nintendo is fortunate to have a lot of third party games coming out at launch, and so has the luxury of reserving some of its games for later on in the launch window. Three months from now, six months, a year from now, Nintendo plans to keep the games coming in a steady flow, rather than release everything right away.
Nintendo itself has only Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U in terms of its own franchises at launch. It is also publishing Ninja Gaiden and Sing Party. All the rest are third party.
The Wii U is not going to launch into a void, where there are only a handful of games available. There is something for everyone in the list of launch titles. And lets not underestimate Nintendo Land just because it's not Wii Sports. It has the potential to be a lot of fun.
The rest of the line up is third party, and of those the strongest, most unique game is Zombi U, which is both innovative in its use of the Gamepad as well as exclusive to the Wii U. Second is perhaps Call of Duty Black Ops II, given that title's massive popularity some players may opt to try it on the Wii U for the new Gamepad features. Remaining are mostly ports of games that have already been released elsewhere (Assassin's Creed 3, Mass Effect 3, FIFA 13, Batman Arkham City Armored Edition, etc.)
As I've written before I'm looking forward to some of the smaller indie games that will be available on the eShop, and some big name games that will be releasing in the next six months to a year. That list consists of titles like Nano Assault Neo, Little Inferno, Rayman Legends, Pikmin 3, and Injustce: Gods Among Us.
There's so much variety in the launch games, which ones are you most interested in?