Features a wide range of characters to choose from, including Nintendo favorites such as Mario, Samus, Pikachu, and Sonic. Up to 8 players can play at a time either locally or online. Amiibo compatible. Lag-free online play. Rated for Everyone. Can play individually, or as teams. Variety of fun stages.
There is no story mode here, which may disappoint some. Some buyers say the game arrived scratched, or not at all (box arrived empty).
E10+ rated. Explore a vast cityscape as the undercover detective Chase McCain. More than 100 vehicles to collect and use. A humorous and entertaining game filled with puzzles and chases. Inexpensive.
Has a long load time for all aspects of the game, including loading missions and entering new areas. Jumping controls are weak. Single player only.
Huge open world design that features high quality concept art and scenery. Rated Everyone 10+. Good game mechanics, and easy to work controls. Amiibo compatible. More than 100 Shrines of Trials to explore. Easy to switch between active quests and destinations.
Single player mode only. Some found the game lags, with a bad number of frames per second. Some discs received had region restrictions.
Features a wide variety of levels, secret worlds, and items to collect. Rated for Everyone. Plays up to 4 players at a time, either cooperatively or competitively. High quality 3D graphics.
No split screen, which can make it hard to keep track of everyone in a multiplayer game. Some discs received didn't work with the Wii U console.
Race on a variety of tracks, using vehicles like gliders and motorbikes. Features include underwater racing, antigravity tracks, and midair tricks. Share highlights on Mario Kart TV and Miiverse. Race with 11 other players locally or online. Rated for Everyone.
Mini-map only appears on the GamePad, which can be annoying to use. Some buyers report bad discs (invalid disc errors).
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After the incredible success Nintendo had with the Wii, it was only natural that the company wanted to carry over their winning formula to the Wii U. Nintendo presented a variety of innovative games that took full advantage of the Wii U GamePad’s slick LCD screen. The Wii U library of video games focuses on quality, not quantity, and there are a variety of excellent games that players of all ages can appreciate.
The Wii U has a well-deserved reputation for being a family-friendly video game console. And while it’s true that there are plenty of Wii U games that cater to younger players, there are just as many video games that will put the gaming abilities of slightly more mature players to the test.
It can be intimidating to select the Wii U games that are right for you, but don’t worry; we’re here to help. This guide was made to showcase what you absolutely need to know when it comes to buying the best video games available for the Wii U.
Most of the Wii U’s best games are family-friendly titles that are accessible for younger gamers and simple-to-understand multiplayer games in which anyone can grab a controller and join the fun. Note that “family-friendly” doesn’t necessarily mean that the game lacks skill or depth. It simply means that the games are easy to learn and likely difficult to master.
Beating up on the AI can be fun for a while, but if you want a real challenge, it’s well worth connecting your Wii U to the internet for online play. For example, Splatoon is a colorful ink-splashing shooter with a primary focus on four vs. four matches that heavily rely on teamwork and strategy to pull off a win. Mario Kart 8 features up to eight racers at once, and when you get so many players together, it’s hilarious to watch the banana peels and boomerang flowers fly as you attempt to navigate this game’s wacky racetracks.
Nothing’s worse than buying a new video game only to find out that you were able to cruise through it in less than an afternoon. Therefore, it’s best to seek out games that present plenty of challenges to overcome. For example, Minecraft is a surprisingly deep construction and exploration game with endless creative possibilities for imaginative players.
Some Wii U games have downloadable demos so you can try before you buy.
Amiibo are far more than well-designed replicas of your favorite video game characters. If you tap certain Amiibo figures to your Wii U GamePad while playing compatible games, you will unlock additional costumes, power-ups, levels, and other special bonuses. If you can’t stop collecting the toys, you’ll certainly appreciate the Wii U games that support Amiibo functionality.
There are lots of Wii U titles that place an emphasis on local (offline) multiplayer and gathering together in the living room to play. For instance, New Super Mario Bros. U can be played with four players using Wii Remotes, alongside a fifth player helping Mario and his friends with the aid of the Wii U GamePad. The back of a Wii U game box will clearly note the maximum number of players the a particular game supports.
A handful of popular Wii U video games were given optional DLC, or downloadable content, to lengthen or improve upon an existing game. It’s always a great feeling to fall in love with a game while knowing that you are able to download additional characters, missions, or levels to extend the adventure. Note that the cost of DLC differs between games, but some downloadable content is free.
Super smashing fun
With an impressive roster including dozens of fan-favorite characters, and the option to have eight players duking it out at once, Super Smash Bros. is one of the most exhilarating online Wii U experiences. There is a large and dedicated Smash community online, so you’ll never have trouble getting matched up with teammates or opponents in Super Smash Bros. By the way, seven additional fighters are available as downloadable content, including Roy, Mewtwo, Ryu, and Lucas.
Budget-priced Wii U games
If you can find a Wii U game on your wishlist for less than $20, you’re getting an excellent deal. Keep an eye out for Nintendo Select titles in particular; not only are these exceptional games, but they are often sold for a budget price.
Mid-priced Wii U games
The mid-range price for a Wii U video game is between $20 and $40. There are a few factors that may determine a Wii U game’s price, including availability and the game’s publisher. There are a number of great Wii U games that share this common price point.
High-priced Wii U games
The high end of the price range of Wii U games is mostly populated by titles published by Nintendo that are either especially popular or fairly difficult to find. It’s common to find some of the most critically acclaimed Wii U titles for sale between $50 to $60 and up. If you’re having trouble with finding a Wii U game for an affordable price, don’t be afraid to shop around. Prices can vary widely online, even for scarcer Wii U titles.
Don’t feel pressured to buy an outrageously priced Amiibo of your favorite character. Due to the rarity of each individual figure, Amiibo often vary dramatically in price, but these interactive toys become far less pricey after they have been re-released by Nintendo.
Unlike some video game consoles, there are absolutely no additional fees to play online games on your Wii U.
You need to stay within 24 feet of your Wii U if want to play a game exclusively on the GamePad screen. Otherwise, the signal won’t be able to reach the controller.
Between the Wii U GamePad, Wii Balance Board, Nunchuk, Wii Remote, and a collection of other controllers that are compatible with the Wii U, it may be confusing to know which accessories you need to play each game. If you’re unsure, simply flip over your Wii U game case and look for the dark gray horizontal band; it will display a list of controllers that are compatible with your game.
This guide would stretch on forever if we listed every good Wii U game out there, so here are a few of our other favorites that are worth a look. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is as pretty as it is difficult, and fans of old-school platformers will get a kick out of its white-knuckle mine cart rides and intense boss battles. On the other end of the difficulty curve is New Super Luigi U, which encourages inexperienced players with the addition of Nabbit, the purple bunny character who only loses a life if he falls into a pit. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is an acclaimed puzzle game where players must navigate mini-mazes as the defenseless Captain Toad to uncover hidden items and gold stars.
Q. Is the Wii U backward compatible with games from other Nintendo consoles?
A. Yes! Not only can you play nearly every game on the original Wii on the Wii U, but Nintendo has made it fairly uncomplicated to transfer saved data from a Nintendo Wii to a Wii U console. You can also buy and download a wide range of classic video games originally available on older consoles via the Wii U Virtual Console, including the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, and Game Boy Advance.
Q. Are my Nintendo Wii controllers and accessories compatible with the Wii U?
A. Absolutely, Save some money and break out your collection of older Wii Remote and Wii Remote Plus controllers, Wii Sensor Bars, Wii Balance Boards, Wii Nunchuks, and other Wii accessories, because are all compatible with the Wii U. Please note that the Wii U GamePad is not backward compatible with original Wii games.
Q. Can I play games on my Wii U GamePad and away from the television?
A. Sometimes. As long as the console connected to the TV is on and you stay within transmission range, you can play certain Wii U games using the screen on the Wii U GamePad, allowing others to watch whatever they want on the big screen.
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