E3 2012: The Top 6 Wii U Games Nintendo Didn’t Talk About (But Should Have)

Nintendo Land? Pffft. These are the games Nintendo should have been bragging about yesterday.

By Katharine Byrne. Posted 06/06/2012 14:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Okay, so Ubisoft covered this one in their press conference, but I think it’s worth re-iterating the importance of having this game on a Nintendo console. Assassin’s Creed has been one of the most pinnacle franchises in recent years, stunning everyone with its expansive cityscapes and engaging gameplay. But Assassin’s Creed III is running on an all-new engine called Anvil-Next this time round, which will deliver an even larger world than its predecessors, complete with fantastic new physics, animation and weather systems to give an unprecedented level of realism. It also features a new combat system, promising more intense, gut-wrenching battles than ever before.

Set in the midst of the American Revolution, players will take on the role of Connor, a Native American Assassin who’ll be fighting his way from Lexington to Bunker Hill as he goes after the ever-elusive Templars. It’s spread across thirty years of Connor’s life, and he’ll not only be rubbing shoulders with historical icons like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, but he’ll also be taking in the sights and sounds of a nascent New York, Boston and Philadelphia along the way.

What makes the Wii U version particularly special is an ever-present map to navigate this brand new world, as well as the ability to change your weapons on the fly, allowing players an even greater degree of fluid combat strategy.

As Alex Hutchinson, the creative director at Ubisoft Montreal, explains when speaking about the game’s new technique, Running Assassinate, “You can imagine charging into combat, taking out your first enemy, immediately killing a second with your tomahawk and knife, using a pistol to shoot a third, and then switching using the controller to a smoke bomb to effect your escape.” Wow. Now that’s a game I want to sink my axe into.

See the game in all its revolutionary glory below:

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