Nintendo fans were looking forward to September 13th for the longest time, waiting for all the concrete information about Wii U to finally be unveiled. Finally, September 13th came and I think it’s safe to say that most fans walked away happy. Localization for Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate was announced, Bayonetta 2 was announced as a Wii U exclusive, and of course, Activision officially revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops II is coming to Wii U.
Black Ops II is coming to Wii U with all of the content intact from the other versions of the game. There will be online multiplayer, zombies for eight players, and all the bells and whistles seen on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. Black Ops II on Wii U will also support slightly better visuals, as Wii U is the first “true” HD console, meaning that Black Ops II is going to run best on Wii U.
At the conference, we saw a multiplayer match take place on the map Cargo. The players were on a team against bots (bots confirmed for Black Ops II — possibly offline Combat Training as well), with one player using a remote/nunchuk combination, and the other player using the Wii U’s GamePad. Activision confirmed that Black Ops II will feature a robust amount of control options when it launches. Players can play with a remote/nunchuk combination, with the new Pro Controller for Wii U, or with the Wii U GamePad.
The player with the remote/nunchuk combo was playing on the TV. Meanwhile, the person playing with the GamePad was playing entirely on the GamePad screen. This will hopefully alleviate screen-cheating in the future as well, with one person having an entire screen to themselves. This is what makes me excited about Wii U — the potential for offline, couch multiplayer to be revolutionized and finally get the recognition it so deserves.
At any rate, the game looked fantastic and each player having their own screen was great, and should make competitive offline matches even better. However, Activision also touched on how online will work with the GamePad. When playing an online multiplayer match using the GamePad, with the content displayed on the TV, players will be able to customize their loadout mid-match. By using the touchscreen on the GamePad, players will be able to change their weapons for their next respawn, mess with their perks, and alternate their classes.
Activision has not nailed down a specific release date for Black Ops II. But considering that the game releases on the Tuesday before the Wii U comes out, it’s safe to bet that the game may even release that day, or when the Wii U releases on that following Sunday, November 18th. Black Ops II on Wii U will be the best looking version of the game, feature three different control methods, and all the content seen in the other versions of the game, plus new Wii U specific features. I guess the only question left is, how will U play?