The embargo lifted today on Ubisoft's next iteration of the Assassin's Creed franchise, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. The reason I know this is because prior to today, information about AC4 was leaking like no tomorrow. Regardless, the best part of the news today is that the game will be coming to Wii U when it launches in November, joining a growing list of new titles that will see release on Nintendo's new console.
While many games releasing this spring did not make the jump to Wii U (including tomorrow's Tomb Raider, sadly), there are a number of significant future titles for which multiplatform includes the Wii U. Here's what we know so far:
Injustice: Gods Among Us
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
Resident Evil Revelations
Skylanders Swap Force
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
So let's see, that's how many multiplatform games that have been announced for the Wii U? Oh look, it's ten. Ten games for 2013, from third parties, which are multiplatform. Some of the biggies are missing, of course, probably having been too late to decide to commit to the new console. Tomb Raider, Remember Me, Last of Us, these games aren't going to make it. But most of the other multiplatform games are coming, and that's a good trend for the Wii U moving forward.
Add in some exclusives (Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, LEGO City Undercover, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, Wii Fit U, Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD, and Game & Wario) and there's seven more titles confirmed for 2013. There are definitely more than that, including eShop only games, but as of right now we don't know when some of the other games will be released.
Why is this so important? As a Wii U owner, it's nice to be included. Parity with my console brethren, so to speak. The more games that are released at the same time with other consoles, the more likely it is that I will buy those games for the Wii U. I don't get excited about buying an old game that's finally being ported (with the notable exception of Need for Speed Most Wanted). But if a game is coming out at the same time, I'll probably be more interested in picking it up. It's something that as a Nintendo owner for the last generation, I'm not accustomed to being able to do.
As always, I'm taking the long view, and it looks pretty good.