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Top 10 Wii U Games [Nintendo] 2012-2017

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The Nintendo Wii U was a commercial failure despite being a pretty decent and innovative console. Nintendo completely botched the marketing of the console and failed to obtain good 3rd party support. Despite being a failure commercially, the system had some great games on it. I still use mine regularly and have 30 disc games for it plus 26 Virtual Console games transferred over from the Wii. 

At this point,  I don't see my picks for the Top 10 Nintendo Wii U Games changing, so this is my definitive list (I may post a Top 25 list at some point): 

Top 10 Nintendo Wii U Games


#10 ZombiU

ZombiU Wii U

ZombiU was one of the first Wii U games I played and it was certainly a unique experience on the Wii U. Like some other 3rd party games, the Wii U version was the best. The game is a lot better than most critics gave it credit for which is typical of mainstream critics anyway. 

Where the game really shines is the environment for survival horror was unmatched at the time and the dead truly feel like a big threat from the start. There's no real narrative and ZombiU could have used more polished combat. Combat was a little too difficult at times but all in all Ubisoft's use of the Wii U controller's features made this a must play game. It's a shame Nintendo botched obtaining good 3rd party support because this game was a great example of the potential of what the Wii U might have become. 

ZombiU was ported over to Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as 'Zombi' but it just wasn't the same without the Wii U functions. 

#9 Mario Kart 8


Mario Kart 8 was a great addition to the series with better graphics,  better music and improved tracks. My only complaint is that they also removed some of the challenge. Between the Wii U and enhanced Switch version,  it is the highest selling racing game of all-time. 

The Nintendo Switch version of the game is the definitive and superior version. In some ways, it's a shame that Nintendo just polished up MK8 instead of making a new game,  but selling people the same game over and over is part of the Nintendo magic. 

#8 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess which needa no introduction started out on the GameCube and has since been released on the Wii, Wii U, and Nvidia Shield TV. 

If you haven't played this legendary game,  the Wii U version is the definitive version and best experience for now. I'm surprised it's not on the Switch yet. As you'll start to notice,  there aren't many great Wii U games that are only on the Wii U and that was definitely a negative of the console. 

#7 Super Smash Bros. For Wii U

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U is also referred to as Super Smash Bros. 4 and had a version of the game also published on the 3DS. The Wii U version was drastically superior to the 3DS game with more modes and features. The Wii U version was also not plagued with latency issues like the near broken 3DS version. 

The fast fighting action made it one of the greatest alternative fighting games in history. It's a shame the Wii U didn't do very well because a lot of people missed out on this one. 

#6 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Zelda Wii U Box

The Wind Waker is a Zelda entry that started out on the GameCube.  Drastically
improved graphics, audio, lighting and gameplay tweaks made this game a lot better than the original which I thought was a fairly average game. The Wind Waker HD was the first Zelda entry on the Wii U. 

While a remastered game,  the improvements were so great that this felt like playing an entirely new game. 

#5 Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker Box Wii U


Super Mario Maker was an awesome way for Nintendo to re-use old games in unique ways. In SMM, players could create and play their own custom levels of Super Mario Bros., SMB 3, Super Mario World, & New Super Mario Bros. Wii U. Creations could also be shared online with other players. 

The 3DS received an port of this game as well,  but the Wii U version or the sequel on the Nintendo Switch are the only great ways to play this one. 

#4 Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World Cover

Super Mario 3D World was the sequel to Super Mario 3D Land and was a financial success despite the overall failure of the Wii U. Of all the 3D platform games in the Mario franchise, this one was my favorite due to the fantastic level design and challenge. The music was also the best of the series. 

Super Mario World + Bowser's Fury was later released on the Nintendo Switch becoming the definitive version of the game. 

#3 Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 Cover

When I think about the Wii U, Bayonetta 2 is always a game that comes to mind. The first game was great and they managed to keep the formula while improving on nearly every aspect of the game. It was a definite shame for a game like this to be on a failure of a console though. Fortunately, it's now on the Nintendo Switch as well. 
 
#2 Pikmin 3



Pikmin 3 is basically the "charming" game of the Wii U library and is a lot of fun for almost any kind of gamer. My only complaint with Pikmin 3 is that the final stage was a bit of a letdown and the game could have used some more refinement. Regardless, it's one of the very best Wii U games and it should have been one that sold consoles. 

#1 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 


Breath of the Wild was the swan song for the Wii U and by far the best game on the platform. Unfortunately due to the failure of the Wii U, most people associate Breath of the Wild with the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version renders at a slightly higher resolution and has better sound making it a slightly better version. 

All in all, it's not my favorite Zelda game but it was a great one with a far larger world feel than ever before. The sequel currently being worked on for the Switch is one of the most highly anticipated Nintendo games in years. 




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