REDIPUGLIA, Italy — Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning ”war is madness” at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.Francis’ aim in recalling those who died in the Great War that broke out 100 years ago was to honor the victims of all wars, and it came at a time when his calls for peace have grown ever more urgent amid new threats in the Middle East and Ukraine.Standing at an altar beneath the towering Redipuglia memorial entombing 100,000 Italian soldiers fallen in World War I, the pope said ”even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.” The visit was also infused with intensely personal meaning. The pope’s grandfather fought in Italy’s 1915-17 offensive against the Austro-Hungarian empire waged in the nearby battlefields, surviving to impress upon the future pope the horror of war.An Italian defense ministry official presented the pope with his grandfather’s military record during the commemorations, and the parents of an Italian soldier killed in Afghanistan last year presented Francis with the distinctive feathered Bersagliere cap worn by the Piedmontese corps, famed for a rugged endurance epitomized by their tradition of marching at a jog.
If you’re getting a Wii U on day one, you probably want some unique games that will put the touchpad controller through its paces. Nintendo Land is this console’s Wii Sports — a first-party minigame collection that’s a proof-of-concept for the system. If you’re getting the $350 Deluxe version of the console, you’ll get Nintendo Land as part of the deal. If you’re only buying the $300 Basic model, you’ll have to pay $60 to buy Nintendo Land separately — which means you’ll actually be spending more than if you just bought the Deluxe.After two consoles without a Mario game at launch, Nintendo has finally realized the value of putting their best-known character up front. New Super Mario Bros. U will no doubt be a highly polished first-party title, and there’s something glorious about seeing those classic characters jumping around in HD. The new co-op boost mode, which lets one player place blocks using the touchscreen, sounds like it could be an interesting addition as well. If you like platforming, New Super Mario Bros. U is a solid choice.As the only third-party game designed specifically for the Wii U (not counting casual and party games, which have their own section below), ZombieU is definitely an intriguing entry on this list. When I tried ZombieU at PAX 2012, I found that it used the Gamepad in a variety of ways that ranged from “useful and immersive” to disappointingly “less efficient than regular controls.” But if you enjoy zombie-survival settings and want a non-Nintendo game that makes heavy use of the touchscreen, ZombieU is a good call — as long as it reviews decently.Multiplatform new gamesDisney Epic Mickey 2Scribblenauts Unlimited