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"How U will play next."

Note: Wii U icon.png specifies games that have Off TV Play. When necessary, sub-notes should be written beside it (in parenthesis if you wish).

If you transfer from Wii to this console, Pikmin will blast the Wii games off the console.

System Specs & Details[]

Don't mind how small it looks- it's actually 50% more powerful than the PS3.

  • 2GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 1GB for it's OS and 1GB for games.
  • Tri-Core 1.25 GHz IBM PPC750 based 45 nm CPU.
  • AMD Radeon HD 5550 at 550 MHz 40 nm GPU.
  • Wii U operating system runs on a separate duo core ARM Cortex A8 pmerocessor at 1 GHz.
  • 8 GB (Basic model) or 32 GB (deluxe model) internal flash memory. Supports external USB hard drives up to 2TB and SD(HC) cards.ga
  • Custom Blu-Ray-esque disks (25gb)
  • 2.5/5.0 GHz WiFi B/G/N native, supports USB LAN adapters (including wii/(3)ds ones).
  • Gamepad uses a custom made 5.2 GHz Wifi N signal, despise this less then the full 5.2 GHz output is used and can be used on a PC via homebrew.
  • HDMI, Component/D-Terminal, S-video (Japanese & North American models only), SCART (PAL models only) and Composite output.
  • HDMI output displays a limited RGB pallet in Wii U mode when it uses a full YCrCb pallet in Wii mode.
  • Gamepad is always in full RGB mode.
  • Component/D-Terminal output always displays a full color pallet, despite this you can't mix the Component/D-Terminal video out put when using the HDMI output for sound to fix the limited RGB pallet issue that the system has when using HDMI when using surround sound out of the HDMI port at the same time.
  • USB 2.0, four ports: two front and two back.
  • Region Locked
  • Internet not required except for Nintendo Network and game updates (system updates available in all nintendo games).
  • Free Nintendo Network account needed for online play. No fees!
  • Backwards compatible with all Wii games and controllers. Can download NES, SNES, N64, GBA, Wii and DS games from Nintendo E-shop.
  • Game installation optional (mostly in ports)

Spec Sources and More info: Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Source 4 [1].

What's with that gamepad thing?[]

Wii U's bundled in controller known as the Wii U Gamepad has been widely panned as "gimmicky" with many users wondering WTF Nintendo was thinking with such a weird design. Well, the gamepad actually is an interesting piece of equipment.

The Gamepad comes with a near field reader, a headset port, a volume control, a camera, speakers, a touch screen, a TV remote, motion sensors, and a microphone. It's also a full controller usable with a wide array of current and vintage games ported to the Wii U as well as with your computer via homebrew.

All you really need to play with a Wii U is the console and the gamepad because the Wii U's gamepad has a screen and speakers built in. It's actually possible to play many games using just the screen on the gamepad. This style of play is known as "Off TV Play" as the game can be played even if the TV is off. The headset port and volume knob are accessories to help aid Off TV Play by allowing players to play silently or to have the game pad function as speakers as well as a monitor.

Most people are aware that the gamepad screen is actually a touch screen, but it's still worth mentioning. Touching an icon is all it takes to launch a program with games like Mario Maker and Smash Brothers using the touch screen as an intuitive map maker. Typing and drawing are done the same way with the Miiverse welcome screen often filled with art and comments by other Wii U players. Drawing on the game pad while watching Youtube is a popular pastime among Wii U owners due to this ease of use.

The Gamepad also has motion sensors inside even though most games do not use these favoring using buttons and/or the gamepad screen, however, the motion controls are very popular for racing games like Mario Kart 8.

The near field reader is used mostly to use Amiibos and Amiibo cards with various games. Think of Amiibos as multi-game DLC that comes with physical collectables you can show off. The microphone and camera can be used with the built-in Wii U Chat system to videochat (no Skype required) and are used by various other games to allow voice commands, photographs and face recognition. The TV remote feature is perfect for people who are forever losing their remotes and works well.

All of these features are mixed and matched in various games for all sorts of effects from having a handy inventory screen built into your controller to being able to control the camera as you shoot by moving your body. Some may decry it as "gimmicks", but it's hard to deny that the Wii U certainly is a unique system with a multitude of unique options available to it.

The List[]


Boxart Title  Genre  Description  Controller Support
Bayonetta2(WiiU).png Bayonetta 2
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Action-Adventure You play as a strong independent witch who uses guns on her hands and feet fighting angels and demons. As it's a Platinum game, everything is absolutely CUHRAYZEE - imagine Devil May Cry with tons of over-the-top action. The first game was released alongside special versions but can be found separately, or via eshop. If you're still not amazed yet, try the demo.

Also available on the Switch.

CaptainToadTreasureTracker.png Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
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Action Puzzle Really charming spin-off of the Captain Toad segments in Super Mario 3D World. Toadette is playable as well. It also has Shy Guys and even though it is only a few hours long it is cozy as hell.

Also available on the Switch with extra content and a co-op mode.

DarksidersII(WiiU).png Darksiders II Wii U icon.png Action-Adventure/Hack-N-Slash This game is amazing, and the Wii U version is great. Off-TV play is good, and if you're playing on TV your inventory shows up on the gamepad. Gameplay is Zelda and God of War in a blender. Comes with DLC on disc.

Also on PC, PS3, & 360. Remaster/Definitive Edition on PS4, XONE and Switch

Gamepad, Pro Controller
DeusExHumanRevolutionDirector'sCut(WiiU).png Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut
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FPS/RPG Prequel to the first Deus Ex. FPS/RPG action, multiple approaches to objectives, conspiracy theories, etc. Slightly more linear then the original and worse writing, but definitely , superior to DXIW, and generally upheld as worthy of the Deus Ex title.
The Director's Cut contains the extra story DLC, improved textures, reworked bosses, and other features.

Also on Mac, Windows, PS3, & 360.

DonkeyKongTropicalFreeze.png Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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2D Platformer DK and Diddy return for more Retro Studio-developed antics. Now you can also play as Dixie and based Cranky (though DK must be in the player's team, i.e. no duos of just Dixie/Diddy/Cranky). There's a few new items and moves as a result, and some collectables can only be obtained by certain characters. Swimming levels also make a comeback, but work differently than before. Of particular note are the upgraded visuals, with some very nice textures and effects. Some might call this a rehash, but it's a solid game worth a shot before you form any final opinions.

Also available on Switch with NEW FUNKY MODE

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
DuckTalesRemastered(WiiU).png DuckTales: Remastered
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2D Platformer An HD remake of DuckTales on the NES done in 2.5D with hand-drawn character sprites, developed by WayForward (Shantae, Mighty Switch Force!). The characters have full voice acting and even includes members of the show's original cast. Looks fantastic with identical gameplay to the original, and features expanded levels with a full story.

Available for download and physically. Also on PC, PS3, 360, Android, iOS & Fire OS.

Removed from online stores on August 2019. Good luck findind a physical copy for any version or just pirate the shit of it

Gamepad, Pro Controller
Game and Wario.jpg Game and Wario
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Minigames / Party Game Wario needs more money: time to make another game! Like all Warioware games it's a surreal collection of fast-paced minigames with zero plot and tons of inane unlockables. This is actually where the charm lies! The games are well-designed as always, frantic and fun. Don't go in expecting a plot or anything deep and meaningful. Go in looking to have fun burning time and you'll be happy! Gamepad, Pro Controller
HyruleWarriors.png Hyrule Warriors

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Hack 'n' Slash A collaboration between Tecmo Koei and Nintendo where you get to play as Link and fuck up hordes of enemies as well as large bosses with a fabulous scarf, Dynasty Warriors-style. Also yes, it's a spin-off. Just be prepared for tons of waifus - you know, the whole Dynasty Warriors experience.

This version has the 3DS content and DLC.

Also available on Switch as 'Definitive Edition', with all content from both 3DS/WiiU included.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
Kirby Rainbow Curse.jpg Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

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Platformer A sequel to Canvas Curse on the DS, you must draw your way through multiple worlds to stop the so called Rainbow Curse. You can draw platforms to ride on and attack enemies. Has a cute claymation artstyle as well. Short, but it's a fun ride. Gamepad (Single-Player)

Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote (Multi-player Only)

TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWakerHD.png The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
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Action/Adventure It's Wind Waker but with a (somewhat divisive) new artstyle, a better inventory system, and you can take selfies to send in bottles to other players. The pacing is improved greatly by the swift sail and the shortening of the Triforce quest. If this is your first Wind Waking then it is a Zelda game that has a fantastically charming game with much more lighthearted humor than other Zelda games. Off TV play is as convenient as ever but it means giving up the touchscreen inventory. During use of the Pro Controller, the GamePad can still be used as a map.

Updated from GCN (duh).

Gamepad, Pro Controller
Twilight Princess HD.jpg The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
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Action/Adventure Just like the one above, this is Twilight Princess, but prettier and a few extras. It isn't as noticeable a difference as Wind Waker HD, but it still looks pretty good. There's also a new Hero mode included. In fact there's an even harder mode and a new exclusive (albeit optional) dungeon, but they're sadly locked behind Amiibos. Well, it's still a nice upgrade anyway.

Updated from GCN & Wii.

Gamepad, Pro Controller
LEGOCityUndercover.png Lego City Undercover Action/Collect-a-thon A semi-open world family-friendly GTA. Since it's a Lego game, expect lots of funny moments, most of the humor drawing from pop culture and '70s cop flicks. Lots of stuff to find and collect. Suffers from ridiculous load times and floaty driving controls.

now on xbone,pc,ps4 and switch, there is barely any update.

MarioKart8.png Mario Kart 8
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Racing The latest in the long-running Marry-oh Kart series. Amazing graphics and silky smooth 60fps, unless you're playing multiplayer with 3 or 4 then it's 30fps. A lot of great tracks and a (mostly) okay roster of characters. New additions include anti-gravity sections, ATVs, Boomerangs, Piranha Plants, Super Horns, all the Koopalings, and more. Has a detailed replay system called Mario Kart TV that lets you view any moment in a race and even edit your reel. Multiplayer is classic fun, and online is decent but limited. You can actually race online with another local player at the same time, which is pretty fucking rad.

Also available on the Switch with new content and all DLC included.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
MonsterHunter3Ultimate(WiiU).png Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate
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Monster Hunting Monster Hunter Tri remake, but with so much more fucking content and improved visuals. Can play with 3DS locally, and other Wii U players online. New update just added Off-TV Play and cross-region play. Beware, though: if games like Dark Souls and Mega Man frustrated you, you might want to try the demo first to make sure you really want it.

Also on 3DS. Updated from Wii.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller
NeedforSpeedMostWantedU.png Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
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Racing A port of the PC version of the game. Minor graphical and gameplay updates, but the main draw of this version is that it comes pre-packed with the Ultimate Speed Pack DLC. Co-Driver mode is also introduced, allowing the player to make minor adjustments to the environment and their car on the fly using the Gamepad.

Also on PC, PS3, 360, Vita, Android, iOS, & FireOS.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk

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NES Remix Pack

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Compilation/Mini Game Collection A compilation of NES Remix 1 & 2. Unlike the 3DS version which is just a collection of "Best of" games, this one includes all of them.

Partly updated on 3DS.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro
NewSuperMarioBros.U.png New Super Mario Bros. U
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2D Platformer More side-scrolling Mario, now in wonderful HD with flying squirrel suits. Supports up to five players, as the person using the gamepad can create platforms to help the other four players. Some new modes, Challenge Mode and Boost Rush are available, the first providing new challenges in exchange for 1-Ups, while the later is a scrolling level challenge that speeds up as coins are obtained. Also includes a new little antagonist called Nabbit who likes to steal items from Toad, but can be caught to obtain the stolen power-ups. Many Deluxe Sets come packed-in with NSMBU+LuigiU DLC all on one disc.

Also available for the Switch with new playable characters + Super Luigi U as 'NSMB U Deluxe'

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote
NewSuperLuigiU.png New Super Luigi U
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2D Platformer Released as an expansion to the original game, this version is available as both DLC and physically in celebration of the Year of Luigi. The game features 82 new courses that are built around Luigi's floaty playstyle, and replaces Mario with the Nabbit as the fourth playable character. Levels tend to be shorter, but more difficult with a reduced time limit. Give it a try if you enjoy the series, though Challenge Mode and Boost Rush are absent.

Also available for the Switch with new playable characters + NSMBU as 'NSMB U Deluxe'

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote
Nintendo Land box artwork.png Nintendo Land Minigames Nintendo's first theme park, right in your living room. The park is divided into sections that represent different Nintendo franchises. Lots of fun with friends and alone, although some minigames are multiplayer-only. Gamepad, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
Pikmin3.png Pikmin 3
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RTS/Adventure Third in the series of Miyamoto's amazingly fun and charming strategy games. This one has you in a different setting and you control 3 captains from the planet Koppai whose food has run out and you are sent out to retrieve more. It has a variable limit which can last as long as you keep finding food (unlike the fixed limit in Pikmin 1), but has no caves. It also looks fantastic, the fruit looks real enough to eat! It now has DLC as well. If you're still on the rocks, you can try the demo on the eShop that contains the entire Garden of Hope level. Be careful, though - there still isn't a left-handed mode.

Also available on the Switch.

Gamepad, Pro controller, Wii Remote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller Pro.
Pokkentourney.jpeg Pokkén Tournament
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The Pokémon fighting game you wished for back in the 90's is finally here! Has elements of both 2D fighters and arena fighting (you switch between the gameplay styles during battle, plays better than it sounds). While different to traditional fighters (in 3d mode, it's actually pretty close to traditional fighters in the 2d phase) it's still very fun and has a surprising amount of depth. Great online too, with fast matchmaking and a good netcode, and one of the best soundtracks of the year. Developed by some of the Tekken team at Namco, which explains the name.

Be aware the single player however has a trival story and is more or less just a grind with brain dead AI, and full 60fps local play requires a LAN connection with two consoles and two copies of the game.

Also available on Switch.

Gamepad, Pro controller, classic controller pro, Pokkén Tournament controller
ResidentEvilRevelations(Wii U).png Resident Evil: Revelations
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Third Person Survival Horror Resident Evil returns to its survival horror roots in a HD port of the 3DS version. Includes improved graphics and good Gamepad features. Better than its PS360 counterparts, but still lacking a little in the graphics which is to be expected.

Also on PC, PS3, 360, & 3DS and Switch.

Gamepad, Pro Controller
RaymanLegends(WiiU).png Rayman Legends
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2D Platformer Originally announced as a Wii U exclusive, but then delayed to be released multiplatform due to Microsoft's shitty Third-Party policies (Which caused massive amounts of rage in the process) Rayman Legends features OVER 100 FUCKING LEVELS! This game is packed full of content, and it's hard as shit too. The game plays similar to Origins, but has a new feature: Murphy and his Murphy segments. During these short segments, you actually control Murphy to help solve puzzles, manage hazards and obstacles in levels, etc.
In most versions, Murphy is assigned to a button while you move the character. In Wii U (and Vita), you ONLY control Murphy, while characters are automatically controlled. Opinions are split on this. With multiple levels, characters, and costumes, Rayman will keep you coming back for more.

Also on Switch, PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XBOne, & Vita.

Gamepad, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuck, Pro Controller
Shovel knight retail.jpg Shovel Knight
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Platformer You're a knight wielding a shovel, who must fight eight other knights with similar gimmicks before confronting an enchantress who has been plaguing the countryside. Sound familiar? Takes all the good parts of games like Mega Man from yesteryear, adds in its own unique style, and packages it all up in a cute little bow with NES-style graphics and music.

If you can't find the disk just hit the e-shop for the download.

also free dlc/patchs add new story modes with are great.

Also on Switch, Linux, Mac, Windows, PS3, PS4, 360, XBOne, 3DS, & Vita.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro
Sonic&All-StarsRacingTransformed(WiiU).png Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
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Racing Sequel to Sega's fantastic racer, this time with added Planes and Hovercraft, so kinda like Diddy Kong Racing if you could switch vehicles midrace. Wii U version has Banana Heist and Ninja Tag minigames exclusively. (To switch to Gamepad mode just swipe down on the touchscreen, completely undocumented in the manuals or anything.)

Also on PC, PS3, PS4, 360, Vita, Android, & iOS.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
SonicLostWorld.png Sonic Lost World
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Platformer A mix of Sonic and Mario Galaxy, this game has been called "Sonic Xtreme Reborn", but doesn't look like shit. Most of the game takes place on little planets like Galaxy, but on speed. Controls are wonky and take time to get used to, and also has the Wisps from Colors (But nobody cares). Has you fighting enemies and bosses, with tricky but satisfying platforming. Parkour is also in for some wacky ass running up walls and steps while maintaining up your speed. Hated on by reviewers because it was "Too hard" and "not fast enough".
Also has the Deadly Six Edition, With NiGHTS thrown in, and also free Nintendo DLC to put Sonic in Yoshi's island and Zelda.

Also on PC (without dlc) & 3DS.

Splatoon.png Splatoon Third Person Shooter

Nintendo's first real foray into the third person shooter genre. Players create their own squid-like Inkling and fight using an arsenal of cartoony, ink-based weapons. Splatoon focuses on capturing territory, not killing players, with several "capture the flag" type modes available.

While the game features a short single player campaign the real focus is on online play. Currently the online multiplayer game is up to 14 maps and five game modes thanks to frequent downloadable updates. Splatoon can be played without an internet connection but the on-disc content is very limited and the solo campaign lasts only 5 hours. It's unsuitable for people who do not have a stable internet connection or don't enjoy online multiplayer.

The Gamepad is the ONLY controller option for the first player, be it Single Player or Multi Player. Second player has to use alternative controllers.

Sequel on Switch.

Gamepad (player one),

Pro Controller or Classic Contoller (player two)

SuperMario3DWorld.png Super Mario 3D World
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Platformer The newest installment in the main Mario series takes a break from space exploration for a game very similar to 3D Land but on a larger scale. Playable are Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad, each with their abilities from Super Mario Bros. 2 as an excellent throwback. Rosalina is also unlockable with a Galaxy inspired playstyle.

Since Peach is playable this time around, the game takes place in the new Sprixie Kingdom, with Bowser having kidnapped its fairy princesses. This world also contains a lot of nostalgic enemies from Super Mario World, such as the unique Goombas and Chargin' Chuck. Features most of the power-ups from 3D Land, as well as the new Cat Suit which allows the player to climb walls or lunge at enemies. As of typing this entry, it is currently the highest rated Wii U game on Metacritic, and deservingly so.

Also available on the Switch.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
Mario Maker.jpg Super Mario Maker
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Platformer/Level Editor Basically Nintendo going "Fuck it, you do it" and let's you create your own levels and play others from across the world online. You have multiple choices of games (Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros.) to choose and create from, including different enemies, power-ups, and even ones that weren't in the original game. Not to mention the hundreds of costumes of characters from different Nintendo games. If you're a Mario fanatic or not, get it.

There's a 3DS version out, but it's butchered to hell and back, so I would still go with this one.

Sequel (without amiibo support) on Switch.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
SuperSmashBros.forWiiU.png Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
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Fighter/Party Game Do we really need to explain this? Take all your favorite Nintendo characters, put them in a single room together, and let them beat the crap out of each other. Includes new characters like Mega Man, Pac-Man, Wii Fit Trainer, Little Mac, and even your own Miis. Now has eight-player Smash, a Mario Party-esque mode called Smash Tour, an online mode that blows Brawl's out of the water, a mode specifically for competitive players, an extensive single-player mode for those who don't like online play, and even some demos for Virtual Console games. The game offers also DLCs of several kind. One of them is SF's Ryu.

Also on 3DS.

Sequel on Switch.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk, Gamecube controller, Nintendo 3DS
TekkenTagTournament2(WiiU).png Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
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3D Fighter The usual exciting roster of Tekken with just a touch of Nintendo. Gameplay is still a blast as usual, adding in features lost since the original Tekken Tag Tournament. Has all previously-released PS3/360 DLC on disc plus hilarious costumes based on Nintendo characters and two Wii U-exclusive modes, including Tekken Ball.

Also on arcade, PS3, & 360.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
TheWonderful101.png The Wonderful 101
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Action-Adventure/Hack n' Slash Latest action game from Hideki Kamiya. You control a group of superheroes on a mission to stop alien invaders. Your characters can form any weapon or tool they need using themselves as material. Gameplay has been described as Okami+Bayonetta. As expected of Platinum Games, boss battles are absolutely CUHRAAAAAZY. Try the demo if you're not impressed yet.

Also available on the Switch, PS4, and Steam.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller
Tokyo Mirage Sessions.jpg Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE RPG An RPG which is basically Shin Megami Tensei with Fire Emblem shoehorned in, it plays pretty well and has that Atlus feel to it. AKA it's weeaboo as fuck.

It should be noted every version outside japan was translated by americans and is censored and dumbed down for that audience, not a game ruiner but if you can use the jap version.

Also available on Switch. Be aware that this version is censored even in Japan.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
Xenoblade X.jpg

Xenoblade Chronicles X
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RPG The sequel to the critically acclaimed Wii RPG, it's just as huge and impressive as the previous game. In fact, it's probably the most impressive game on the Wii U. With one of the hugest overworlds in any recent RPG, you can get into many battles with Xenoblade's battle system, sometimes even in a giant robot. It may not be as good as Xenoblade Chronicles, it's still good in it's own right. Oh, and Hiroyuki Sawano (Kill la Kill, Aldnoah.Zero, Attack on Titan, etc.) did the music, and it grows on you really quickly. Gamepad, Pro Controller
Woolly World.jpg Yoshi's Woolly World

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Platformer/FUCKING CUTENESS OVERLOAD A spiritual successor to Kirby's Epic Yarn, you play as Yoshi trying to collect all of the Wonder Wool to rescue all of the unraveled Yoshis. You can eat enemies, platform, and do all sorts of fun stuff. Also it's cute as fuck. Amiibo has tons of costumes locked behind them, so that suck.

There's a 3DS port with extra levels, so that kinda makes this one obsolete. But you still get the nicer graphics.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller, Wii Remote
ZombiU.png ZombiU
First Person Survival Horror A soft reboot of Ubisoft's very first game, Zombi, for the Amstrad CPC (1986). Fight zombies in post-apocalyptic London. Plays like a single player rogue-like version of Left 4 Dead. Perhaps not an instant classic, but it had a lot of great ideas and the multiplayer was rad as fuck. Expect a lot of loading screens. Ported to PC/XB1/PS4 as "Zombi", but the best version is still on the WiiU. Gamepad, Pro Controller for Multiplayer

Nintendo eShop releases[]

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Boxart Title  Genre  Description  Controller Support
XHK4wmy1kbcHL6O0jkYXjDFVLgm2ApGr.png Bit. Trip Presents...Runner 2: Future Legends of Rhythm Alien
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Rhythm / Platformer The sequel to the famous WiiWare game. This game features purtier graphics, new songs, and a whole bunch of other shit. It's on fucking everything, but the Wii U version has Off-TV Play.

Also on Linux, Mac, Windows, PS3, PS4, 360, Vita, & iOS.

8IBeL87kATlQqwTqoyfTg2BTaYxW25I .png Cloudberry Kingdom Platformer / Torture Device This is a platformer so fucking difficult the developers couldn't beat it. If you like getting raped hard, this game is for you.

Also on PC, PS3, & 360.

Daikon Set.jpg Daikon Set Retrogames / Vaporwave A Free collection of three minigames inspired by the games of the late 70's and early 80's. Blue is a Chroma Star: a color-based space invaders like shooter. Pink is Pink Mite: a scrolling platformer where avoiding obstacles is the focus. Yellow is a The Queen: a defender-type game based loosely on Pong where you must deflect projectiles while not getting hit on your vulnerable side. Everything is set to nicely made vaporwave music. Gamepad
Ghost Blade HD WiiU cover.png Ghost Blade HD Shmup A cool manic shooter, originally released on the Dreamcast, with some solid indie pedigree: the producer and the programmer of Pier Solar, plus the designer and the composer of Last Hope. Their main inspiration is distinctly - or even shamelessly - Cave's DonPachi series. Gorgeous highly detailed backgrounds and nice electronic soundtrack. Very enjoyable, but perhaps a bit on the short and easy side. Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Nunchuck, Classic Controller
PWMx2ZzSmzbrCACVquh26Yj wesuGcUl.png Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
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2.5D Platformer Jeez, for a game that was an obvious Mario clone back in the 80's, the Giana Sisters have come a long way. This game is a 2.5D platformer where you play as two sisters switching through 2 worlds. The switching mechanic changes the graphics, soundtrack, and behavior of various monsters and interactive elements lending a puzzle feel to the platforming. It's actually a very deep and enjoyable game.

Also on PC, PS3, PS4, 360, & XBOne.

SgKqwz77KbTcqS8GQZ5fiyN0spiZNqHh.png Kung Fu Rabbit 2D Platformer A 2D platformer similar to Super Meat Boy, but slow as shit. If you like Super Meat Boy, then get this game.

Also on 3DS, Vita, Android, & iOS.

LitInfWiiU.png Little Inferno
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Sandbox/Fireplace Sim Burn things, collect money, buy more things to burn and make combos with, and repeat. Has a very dark story going on throughout. Same guys who developed World of Goo. Wii U version is not much different to the PC version and with a somewhat high price for a 2-3 hour 'game'.

Also on Switch, Linux, Mac, Windows, Android & iOS.

Gamepad, Wii Remote
Q2umfqGa72lcFKDvyEi JkBgQ8NlRJUg.png Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
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Puzzle Platformer Port of the 3DS game, a great puzzle platformer with timed levels which will have you trying to beat your best time by miliseconds. Wii U version has Hyper Mode levels which are just bounus levels more difficult than the first 16 levels, a new gun after you finish the game, and has enhanced visuals so you can see more of the Hooligan Sisters' lewd curves.

Also on PC.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro
EokdKEkxeAAV8Crby h1XJZwOoYc6CK2.png Mutant Mudds Deluxe
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2D Platformer A deluxe edition of the 3DS game...without the 3D. It features 20 brand new GHOST levels. The game kind of loses its touch without the 3D. But hey, playing as grandma at the end makes up for it, right? WHOOPS DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD SPOILER

Also on PC & Vita. Updated from 3DS, PC, PS3, & iOS.

NanAssNeoWiiU.png Nano Assault Neo
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Twin Stick Shmup Beautiful twin-stick shooter. Has 4 levels which each have 4 sub-levels. Game gets extremely difficult when you go for the high scores. Has multiplayer co-op.

Updated for PS4.

Gamepad, Pro Controller or Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro for Co-op
NESRemix logo.png NES Remix
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Compilation/Mini Game Collection Sort of like WarioWare if it was nothing but the 9-Volt retro microgames. Play goal-based snippets from 16 of the ancient "black box" era Nintendo titles as fast as possible. The real meat comes in the "remix" challenges like completing the first stage of Donkey Kong as Link. There are over 200 challenges and many are a pain to earn rainbow stars on, or beat the cocky bastard flaunting his new pixel stamp and best time. Probably the only time you'll want to play Clu Clu Land or Urban Champion.

Partly updated for 3DS.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro
NESRemix2 logo.png NES Remix 2
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Compilation / Mini Game Collection More of the same as the first, this time with later NES Nintendo titles. There's now only 12 games with 160 challenges, but it also includes a full-fledged officially modified NES game: Super Luigi Bros.. It's the first complete SMB game mirrored starring only Luigi with his Lost Levels' high jump and slippery skidding. You can also view other players' videos or post your own to show how rad you are at Wario's Woods' challenges. If you have the first NES Remix, it unlocks "Nintendo World Championships Remix", a variation of the old 1990 NWC cart with Super Mario Bros., SMB 3, and Dr. Mario, complete with leaderboards. Both games are included together on a physical disc, if that's more your thing.

Partly updated for 3DS.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote, Classic Controller/Classic Controller Pro
PuddleWiiU.png Puddle
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Physics / Puzzle Tilt the Gamepad left and right to get the liquid to the end, kinda like a mix between Mercury and LocoRoco except there's a bunch of different liquids with different properties.

Also on Linux, Mac, Windows, PS3, PS4, 360, Vita, Android, iOS, & Ouya.

Shantae 3 cover.png Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
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Platformer / Metroidvania One of WayForward's favorite franchises. Play as a half-genie belly dancer who can whip enemies with her hair, and become a super-sexy pirate so you can get your magic back. The basic gameplay hasn't changed much since its beginnings on the Game Boy. And the story is so heartwarming, you'll be running out of tissues in no time.

Also on PC, PS4, XBOne, 3DS, & FireOS.

TheCaveWiiU.png The Cave Adventure

Platformer / Puzzle

New Double Fine game which plays similar to a point and click game, with great writing. The Wii U port is marred with a sub-par framerate, often dropping below 30 fps. Try the eShop demo and see if you don't mind it.

Also on Linux, Mac, Windows, PS3, 360, Android, iOS, & Ouya.

Gamepad, Pro Controller, Wii Remote + Nunchuk
TokiTori2WiiU.png Toki Tori 2
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Puzzle platformer

Main character is a chick who can only do two things: whistle and ground pound. That's it. Every single puzzle in a game is solved with these two moves interacting the the environment in various ways. Whistling various tunes give a a few more abilities (like teleporting between checkpoints). There are no levels, only one big interconnected world that you traverse by solving puzzles you encounter on the way. Puzzles can get very hard. Aside from the main menu logo and credits, the game has no text.

expect to download a patch the same size as the game as it updated the main game with twice to content.

Also on Linux, Mac, Windows, & PS4.

Trine2WiiU.png Trine 2: Director's Cut
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Adventure / Puzzle / 2D Platformer Amazing puzzle platformer with a nice traditional medieval fantasy story ported from PC, with Goblin Menace expansion pack included and an extra level called "Dwarven Caverns". Switch between 3 characters who each have different abilities to continue forward.

Also on Linux, Mac, Windows, PS3, PS4, 360, & Android.

Gamepad, Pro Controller

Virtual Console[]

Currently, there are six systems that have VC games on the Wii U as of typing: the NES, the SNES, the Nintendo 64, the Game Boy Advance, the Nintendo DS, and select Wii games. While some may be turned off by NES games still costing $5 a pop and ask why not just emulate, at the very least the GBA games are well-ported. In addition, the Wii games are very fairly-priced ($10 for the Metroid Prime Trilogy for its first week!), and allow Gamepad play if the Wii Classic Controller could be used to play them. You can find specific game recommendations on their respective pages.

Games will only be listed below if they are Wii U-exclusive in the West. For non-exclusive titles, please see the page for the appropriate console.

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EarthboundZeroTitle.png Earthbound Beginnings RPG For those of you morally opposed to piracy or obsessed with throwing money at Nintendo for this franchise, Nintendo has finally released this in the US. Hopefully you are in the latter camp because Nintendo is selling this for $7, which is more than the typical $5 for a NES game.

This is the prototype English translation of Mother 1 developed by Nintendo that went without an official release for decades, though eventually made its way onto the Internet under the name "Earthbound Zero." It's different from its two sequels, but it's still quite amazing. Earthbound Beginnings makes some changes from the original beyond just changing the text, but is improved overall.

If you are not allergic to emulation, it's probably a better idea to play one of the ROM hacks of this that improve the experience. There is also a translation patch for the arguably superior GBA version.

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Eighth Generation
Consoles Ouya - Sony PlayStation 4 - Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Wii U - Microsoft Xbox One - Valve Steam Machine
Handhelds Nintendo 3DS - Sony PlayStation Vita