The Nintendo Wii U is an awesome console. Mainly due to the Nintendo produced software, the Wii U is often set apart from the competition in a category of it’s own. Games on the Wii U often feel more light-hearted and colorful, and remind us of a time when games were simpler. In fact, the majority of this list is Nintendo Wii U exclusive, because first party Nintendo software is often fantastic. In no particular order, here’s the top ten games for the Nintendo Wii U.
- Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Continuing this proverbial Super Mario sweep, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is a wholly unique and new gameplay experience. Expanding off of a mini-game originally in our #7 pick, Treasure Tracker has us playing as a spelunking Toad and Toadette. This game doesn’t resemble the Mario formula in any way. Treasure Tracker is a Mario themed puzzle game, challenging the players to collecting hidden items in a three dimensional grid-like level. Treasure Tracker is really something you have to play to understand, but the use of the Gamepad and overall uniqueness give Captain Toad Treasure Tracker an edge above most puzzle games.
- Super Smash Brothers Wii U
Super Smash Brothers is another no-brainer for this list. Since the Nintendo 64 original, Super Smash Brothers has been consistently great in every release. The Wii U version feels like a true sequel to the fan favorite Super Smash Brothers Melee, as it addresses most of the fan complaints about the Super Smash Brother Brawl game for Wii. My only complaint with this game is that the roster dips a bit too much in the pool of Fire Emblem characters, but that’s it. Besides that, the roster is excellent, featuring fan favorites like Falco and Nes, and new entries like Duck Hunt and Pac-Man. Every character feels unique and fun, but the game manages to stay balanced. With an insane amount of modes and unlockable content, Super Smash Brothers Wii U is well worth the price of admission. That’s only counting the single player content. There’s a bevy of both competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes that are guaranteed to entertain. This game is fun regardless of skill, and the immense amount of content and depth makes it a masterpiece.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Although Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is also fantastic, Winder Waker HD beats it by a nudge. Mainly due to its striking visuals and appreciated gameplay tweaks, Wind Waker HD is a remaster that does justice to the original. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was an amazing game when it was released on the Gamecube, and it still is. Everything that made it a great Zelda game then still stands true now. In addition to that, the game looks stunning in high definition, and the game’s semi cell shaded art style really pops off the screen. Some of the annoyances of the Gamecube version have been remedied with the Wii U Gamepad, since it serves as an inventory and a map at all times. This way you can switch weapons on the fly, and even aim your bow with the Gamepad’s motion control. The game has also been altered, removing some of the late game fetch quests that were disliked in the original release. Overall, Wind Waker HD is an improvement on the original, and a great reason to play through it again or experience it for the first time.
- Bayonetta 2
Definitely the most mature game on this list, Bayonetta 2 is the sequel to Platinum Games’ highly acclaimed original Bayonetta. Controversially, Platinum Games released its much anticipated sequel exclusively on the Wii U, rather than the more obvious Xbox and Playstation consoles. Despite fan confusion, Bayonetta 2 stunned and awed when it released. With quick and frantic third person combat, Bayonetta feels like a crazy rollercoaster that never stops. Bayonetta is a highly stylish series, and is incredibly odd, no doubt. This shines in the level design, as most of the game takes place on one incredible set piece after the next. The game really is insane, and with it’s absolutely perfect fighting system, it’s an absolute treat for hardcore fans. There’s also tons of replayability, making Bayonetta 2 a definite purchase for action fans.
- Mario Kart 8
If it’s not Super Mario Brothers that Nintendo does best, it’s Mario Kart. While other franchises would be bland and retreaded by their eighth installment, Mario Kart laughs in that sentiment and delivers us gold. Being downright the best installment in the series, Mario Kart 8 is the full package. Plain and simple, everything about this game is fantastic. The racing controls feel tight, responsive, and fluid. The customization is varied, personable, and interesting. There’s a dense amount of courses to race on, adding up to a collection of the best courses from all of the previous entries in the series. There’s also brand new courses that are just as good, but the inclusion of these beloved courses gives a great dose of nostalgia. The online racing network is great, and the single player and multiplayer content is also great. The battle mode now takes place on normal race tracks, which is a bit disappointing, but that’s the only gripe I have. Mario Kart 8 is one of the best games on the Wii U, it might as well be a fact.