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Back when Nintendo first announced its "launch window" lineup of games that would be available for the Wii U by March 31, we were decidedly unimpressed. The list was filled with warmed-over ports and uninspiring shovelware. Today however, that list got even less impressive, as Nintendo announced a few of the most anticipated games for the system won't be out until April at the earliest.

Exploration game Pikmin 3, mini-game collection Game & Wario, action title The Wonderful 101, and fitness update Wii Fit U will now arrive in "the first half of the year" according to Nintendo. All of these games were originally supposed to hit stores before March 31, but they aren't listed as "Q1" releases in Nintendo's latest plan.

The release calendar isn't totally barren for Wii U owners in the coming months. The impressive 2D platformer Rayman Legends is due on February 26, and Traveller's Tales' fun-looking, family-friendly adventure Lego City Undercover is coming on March 18. The system is also getting versions of Ron Gilbert adventure The Cave and first-person shooter Alien: Colonial Marines around the same time as other systems, not to mention intriguing, downloadable indie side-scrollers like Bit.Trip Runner 2 and Toki Tori 2.

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Nintendo is pinning a lot of hopes on Nintendo Land as a launch day system seller for the Wii U.

Earlier this month, when Nintendo revealed many of the final details about the worldwide launch of the Wii U, the company listed 50 games that would be available for the system in North America during a nebulous "launch window" that runs from November 18, 2012 to the end of March 2013. Today, Nintendo nailed down the Wii U's launch software lineup with a bit more detail, announcing 23 games that will be in stores when the system launches on November 18, with eight more available by the end of November.

Notably, heavily promoted Nintendo-developed titles like Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, and Game & Wario will not be available on launch day, leaving just New Super Mario Bros. U and mini-game collection Nintendo Land to represent first-party development on day one. Ubisoft will be providing a few worthwhile launch-day exclusives for the system in the form of the charming Scribblenauts Unlimited and augmented reality horror game ZombiU, but Wii U owners will have to wait for other promising exclusives like Lego City: Undercover, The Wonderful 101, and Rayman Legends.

The vast majority of the games available for the Wii U on day one will be ports of games already available on existing systems. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is by far the most important of these, marking the bestselling series' return to Nintendo systems after a long absence, but the Wii U version will necessarily be coming five days after the system hits PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 13.

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Nintendo is pinning a lot of hopes on Nintendo Land as a launch day system seller for the Wii U.

Earlier this month, when Nintendo revealed many of the final details about the worldwide launch of the Wii U, the company listed 50 games that would be available for the system in North America during a nebulous "launch window" that runs from November 18, 2012 to the end of March 2013. Today, Nintendo nailed down the Wii U's launch software lineup with a bit more detail, announcing 23 games that will be in stores when the system launches on November 18, with eight more available by the end of November.

Notably, heavily promoted Nintendo-developed titles like Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U, and Game & Wario will not be available on launch day, leaving just New Super Mario Bros. U and mini-game collection Nintendo Land to represent first-party development on day one. Ubisoft will be providing a few worthwhile launch-day exclusives for the system in the form of the charming Scribblenauts Unlimited and augmented reality horror game ZombiU, but Wii U owners will have to wait for other promising exclusives like Lego City: Undercover, The Wonderful 101, and Rayman Legends.

The vast majority of the games available for the Wii U on day one will be ports of games already available on existing systems. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is by far the most important of these, marking a true HD port of the game on a Nintendo system, but the Wii U version will necessarily be coming five days after the system hits PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 13. (UPDATE: the original article incorrectly stated that Call of Duty had been absent from the Wii in recent years)

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