Nintendo Updates Release Schedule: Dates for Lego City Undercover, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and More Revealed

First off, let’s talk about the big things.  Unfortunately, the Wii U’s launch window is beginning to narrow down, and it looks like many of the games we were promised to come out in that timeframe are going to be missing it completely.  Games like Pikmin 3, Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, and Wii Fit U had previously been slated for release at some point before or on March 31st.  According to Nintendo now, they are coming “sometime in the first half of 2013”.  That’s a fairly large window of time there, more than likely meaning we won’t see them in the next month or two. 

It’s not all bad news however, as we finally have release dates for a few anticipated titles.  Lego City: Undercover, the open-world Lego game that impressed audiences at E3, will hit the Wii U on March 18th.  Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate hits the Wii U and 3DS on March 19th.  For the 3DS, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity both launch on March 24th. 

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While the new console seems to be missing out and hitting a serious lull (around the time when some heavy hitters for the PS3 and 360 come out) there are quite a few things to still look forward to for the Nintendo systems.  This is a common problem for newly launched consoles, and not unique to Nintendo, so let’s keep the bashing down for now.  Anyway, here’s the schedule of upcoming games and release dates for the Wii U and 3DS (all of which can be subject to change):

Wii U
Publisher     Title     Available
Activision     The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition     March
    The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct     March 26
Capcom     Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate     March 19
D3Publisher     The Croods: Prehistoric Party!     March 19
Electronic Arts     Need For Speed Most Wanted     March 19
Nintendo     LEGO® City: Undercover     March 18
SEGA     Aliens: Colonial Marines     Q1
Ubisoft     Rayman® Legends     Feb. 26
Nintendo eShop for Wii U
Gaijin Games     BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien     Q1
Neko     Puddle     Q1
SEGA     The Cave     Jan. 22
TECMO KOEI AMERICA Corp.     Fist of the North Star®: Ken’s Rage 2     Feb. 7
Two Tribes     Toki Tori 2     Q1
Zen Studios     Zen Pinball 2     Q1
Wii
D3Publisher     The Croods: Prehistoric Party!     March 19
Talking Stick Games     Kids Learn Pets and Vets Bundle     March 12
XSEED Games     Pandora’s Tower     Spring
Nintendo 3DS
ATLUS (Index Digital Media, Inc.)     Etrian OdysseyIV: Legends of the Titan     Feb. 26
    Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Summoner®: Soul Hackers     April 16
Capcom     Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate     March 19
D3Publisher     The Croods: Prehistoric Party!     March 19
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.     Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate     March 5
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D     Feb. 12
Little Orbit     Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze     March 13
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.     NARUTO® Powerful Shippuden     March 5
Nintendo     Brain Age: Concentration Training     Feb. 10
    Fire Emblem Awakening     Feb. 4
    LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins     April 21
    Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon     March 24
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity     March 24
SEGA     Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed     Feb. 12
Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
Agetec, Inc.     Bloody Vampire     Jan. 31
    Witch’s Cat     Jan. 31
Big John Games     Coaster Creator 3D     Q1
Capcom     Resident Evil®: The Mercenaries 3D     Q1
Disney Interactive     Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue     Jan. 17
Maximum Games     Deer Drive Legends     Jan. 17
Nicalis     Ikachan     Q1
    Guxt     Q1
Nintendo     Tokyo Crash Mobs     Jan. 17
    Fire Emblem Awakening DEMO     Jan. 17
    Brain Age: Concentration Training DEMO     Jan. 24
Renegade Kid     ATV Wild Ride 3D     Q1
Rising Star Games     Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2     March 19
Shin’en     Nano Assault EX     Q1
Ubisoft     Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars     Jan. 24
    Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® 3D     Q1
Nintendo DS
D3Publisher     The Croods: Prehistoric Party!     March 19
Talking Stick Games     Kids Learn Animals Bundle     Feb. 26
    Kids Learn Math and Spelling Bundle     Feb. 26
    Kids Learn Pets and Horse Bundle     March 26