by Brett Molina, USA TODAY
The next chapter of the New Super Mario Bros. series as well as high-profile names such as Call of Duty will debut alongside the upcoming successor to the Nintendo Wii.
The Japanese-based company revealed 23 games will be available when its Wii U gaming console hits stores in the U.S. on November 18.
Notable first-party titles arriving with Wii U include action game New Super Mario Bros. U and the party game NintendoLand, which features theme parks based on past Nintendo franchises.
Publishers including Activision, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, THQ and Ubisoft will release launch-day titles. Among the third-party titles listed: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Assassin's Creed III, Just Dance 4, FIFA Soccer 13 and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition.
Nintendo says an additional 29 titles will debut before the end of March, including space epic Mass Effect 3, fitness title Wii Fit U and first-person thriller Aliens: Colonial Marines.
"We're making sure that Wii U owners will have great games to play from the moment they open the box, and that a steady stream of fun new games is always on the way," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and chief operating officer, in a statement.
Also, Wii owners will get to play most of the games in their library on Wii U.
Launching Nov. 18, the Wii U comes in two varieties: an 8 GB white model ($299.99) with GamePad tablet controller, AC adapter, HDMI cable and sensor bar; and a 32 GB version in black that also adds a charging cradle, stand and copy of NintendoLand.
The device will also turn the GamePad into an advanced remote, allowing users to control their television sets using Nintendo's TVii service.
The list of Wii U titles launching Nov. 18
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
New Super Mario Bros. U
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
Assassin's Creed III
ESPN Sports Connection
Just Dance 4
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
Game Party Champions
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition