The Nintendo Wii U (simply called Wii U) is the successor of the Wii, the innovative and distinctive gaming console.
Although the number of games released for the Wii U is still not big enough, you will find amazing titles, such as the Mario series, The Legend of Zelda series, and Rayman Legends.
If you have this fun console, I know that you want to know the best Wii U games of all time.
Most of you will recognize some of the games mentioned on this list.
Try to survive against hordes of the undead in this mixture of first person action and survival horror set in London.
ZombiU is notable for a few reasons, specifically its difficulty level as well as its consequences when a player makes a mistake.
Using a variety of weapons and items, you progress through the dank streets and buildings of London, attempting to evade or destroy the roaming zombie hordes.
If a character dies, that’s it for them, as this game features permanent death.
The Wii U tablet is used in some interesting ways as well, such as inventory management, mini-games, and more.
#49. Hyrule Warriors
Take a journey through the history of The Legend of Zelda franchise in this crossover between Dynasty Warriors and one of our favorite Nintendo characters of all time.
This game combines the elements and characters of The Legend of Zelda universe with the gameplay of the Dynasty Warriors series.
Choosing from a large roster of characters, you set out onto the battlefield, slaying thousands of enemies and capturing fortresses.
Levels are based on popular areas from past Zelda games, including locations from Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and more.
The story is also light and fun, giving players a fun adventure full of nostalgic quirks.
#48. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Drift around turns and use fun power ups in this SEGA-inspired clone of popular kart racing games.
While many will argue that Mario Kart is the superior racing game on the Wii U, All-Stars Racing Transformed distinguishes itself with its impressive graphics and tight controls.
This game has a bit more weight and realism to the car physics when compared to other kart racers, offering up more opportunities to overtake opponents.
This game provides players with endless hours of quality racing on fun and inventive tracks.
It also features a wide variety of characters from popular SEGA games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Monkey Ball, and more.
#47. Nintendo Land
This early Wii U title showed off the power of the system with a variety of mini-games that highlighted the Wii U’s unique control scheme and creative possibilities.
Nintendo Land presents a variety of mini-games that can be played both single player and multiplayer, and each mini-game focuses on a unique feature of the Wii U.
Whether using the gamepad tablet in exciting ways, or using the gyroscopes to explore new multiplayer experiences, Nintendo Land is good at showing off the console’s capabilities.
While the mini-games might not have that much depth to them, the variety and a few standout games make the collection worth checking out, especially if you just purchased a Wii U.
#46. The Wonderful 101
This colorful action game dials up the ridiculous factor while also providing extensive combat options and impressive visuals to match.
The Wonderful 101 takes the expected gameplay of hack and slash action games and adds a unique mechnic to make things interesting.
Instead of controlling one character, you control an ever-growing horde of characters.
By moving through each level and rescuing citizens, your horde grows in size and power.
Players can also use exciting special moves that unite the horde into performing outlandish and ridiculously powerful attacks.
#45. Yoshi’s Woolly World
Nintendo’s best dinosaur is back at it again, this time in the cute and cuddly land of Woolly World.
Woolly World stands out among other Wii U platformers thanks to its distinct art style and light-hearted nature.
In my opinon, the game is best played with a friend, as the relaxed pace and countless collectibles make for a fun multiplayer experience.
The game is full of joy, and it’s pretty hard to play without having a giant smile smeared across your face.
If you’re looking for a family friendly game that is super fun for all ages…look no further.
#44. Resident Evil: Revelations
This classic horror franchise makes its way to the Wii U with a port of the 3DS original game.
Taking place on a large ship adrift out at sea, you’ll have to explore the maze-like hallways to overcome the zombie virus threat.
Although Revelations is a port of a handheld game, the Wii U version amps things up in both the visuals department and by giving players helpful and unique control options.
The Wii U tablet makes life a bit easier by offering more simplistic inventory control and an interactive map.
The game still retains its survival horror roots, resulting in an intense and admittedly horrifying affair.
This is a Wii U game that is definitely not for kids, but horror fans will absolutely eat it up.
#43. Toki Tori 2
Hop into this beautifully rendered indie game, and control a lovable character as they traverse the wondrous and fantastical world within.
This sequel is quite different from the original Toki Tori, giving players new abilities to use.
Players can interact with the environment as well as the creatures that inhabit it, documenting their findings on a handy codex.
You move through levels, progressing by traversing the environment and altering it to solve puzzles.
The Wii U version of the game features new puzzles and music, bringing out even more content to this already fleshed out game.
The cute nature of Toki Tori 2 is only matched by its impressive amount of charm, which should leave players pleasantly surprised.
#42. Pushmo World
Put your wits to the test and stress your brain in this simplistic but complex puzzle game that remains interesting for hours on end.
Pushmo World is a sequel to both Pushmo and Crashmo, highly popular puzzle games that previously released on the 3DS.
This third game in the series expands upon the simplistic ideas of the first two games, without sacrificing what made them so great in this first place.
Solving puzzles is deceptively hard, as you must find your way to the top of a stack of blocks by manipulating them to forth a path.
In addition to the over 250 puzzles included in the game, Wii U owners can use the puzzle editor to create their own brain teasers and share them online with friends.
#41. LEGO City Undercover
Crime is afoot in the blocky world of Lego City, and it’s up to you to take to the streets and rid the world of crime.
This entry in the Lego franchise stands out, as it is not tied into any existing movie license or media property.
Undercover tells its own story with interesting and fun characters, resulting in a Lego experience that rivals even the best games in the franchise.
The open world of Lego City is fun to explore and full of side activities, ensuring endless hours of Lego fun.
Like most Lego games, Lego City Undercover can be played entirely in coop, and the open nature of the world lends to a sandbox feeling when playing.
Whether you’re following the story or just having a good time, Lego City Undercover is a great adventure for both solo and cooperative players.
#40. Affordable Space Adventures
After purchasing a cheap space tourism package, a lone traveler awakens on an extraterrestrial planet with no means of escape.
This downloadable title offers quirky humor, fun exploration, and a interesting take on the space adventure narrative.
Playing as an inexperienced space traveler, your ship suddenly crashes on a mysterious planet, leaving you stranded.
It’s up to the player to explore this mystical land and gather resources to ensure their survival.
While you explore, the ship is constantly self-repairing, occasionally offering new abilities and functionality for the player to take advantage of.
Despite the exploration-heavy nature of the game, Affordable Space Adventures offers an interesting mystery that is fun to unfold as you progress.
In a world ruled by an unfair king, a young boy escapes the clutches of some guards by escaping into an old abandoned tower.
Within it, he hopes to discover the history of his world along with some mystical powers.
Teslagrad stands out due to its impressive hand-drawn art, focus on puzzles, and its interesting take on magnetism.
As you explore the massive tower, you’ll gain the ability to magnetize to different colored blocks, opening up new areas that present new puzzles.
The game offers a decent amount of platforming as well as puzzle gameplay, and the lack of combat makes the experience a thoughtful one rather than a stressful one.
The simple underdog story is a heartfelt and emotional one, made even stronger by the impressive amount of atmosphere that the tower possesses.
#38. Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails
Blast foes and dodge obstacles in this inventive and unique on-rails shooter.
Unlike other on-rails shooters, Scram actually takes place on an unbroken rail that you ride along.
As you circle around the outer limits of a stage, you must dodge obstacles on the rail while blasting a huge number of enemies out of the sky.
The unique gameplay style can take some getting used to, but for those who can wrap their heads around it, you will find tons of enjoyment in the game’s 29 different levels.
The fun visuals give a lighthearted attitude to this intense shooter, resulting in a silly but wildly entertaining time.
After a beloved King dies, a princess sets out to fulfill her father’s final wishes.
With the King’s remains resting on a chariot, the princess must push and pull it through numerous challenging puzzle levels.
While the gameplay of Chariot might seem simple, the fun play on physics makes this cooperative platformer deceptively difficult.
Either alone or with a friend, you must traverse the hilly landscapes of numerous stages, tugging the chariot along.
You’ll have to use your brain to navigate some very tricky spots, searching your surroundings for hidden treasures.
If you want to succeed in cooperative play, you’ll have to use communication and some decent strategy, making this a fun multiplayer adventure.
#36. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
One of the best side characters in the Super Mario universe gets his time in the spotlight in this unique and perplexing puzzle adventure.
Treasure Tracker sees you moving around small stages as Toad, finding hidden collectibles and aiming to reach all the available stars.
Toad can run around and interact with his environment, but cannot jump, forcing players to figure out each stage as if it’s a three-dimensional maze.
The stages are broken up into thematic worlds (much like Super Mario games), and the abundant amount of levels continues to grow as you progress through the story.
Despite the cute nature of the game’s visuals, puzzles can get incredibly difficult, leading to some real brain teaser moments.
#35. Adventures of Pip
When an evil with turns the royal family into single pixels, it’s up to young adventurer Pip to explore the world and revive the King and Queen.
Adventures of Pip plays out like a normal platformer, with a bit of open world exploration, humor, and unique gameplay mechanics peppered in.
Pip’s surrounding world fluctuates between low and high-count pixel graphics, and as the quality of the visuals evolve and devolve Pip gains new powers.
Swapping between Pip’s 8-bit and 16-bit character models opens up different opportunities, allowing you to complete puzzles, move around objects in the environment, and defeat powerful enemies.
The fun pixel art, fleshed out world, and unique gameplay involving varying graphical quality makes Adventures of Pip a unique platforming experience.
#34. FAST Racing NEO
Reach unfathomable speeds and dart around futuristic tracks in this sequel inspired by games like F-Zero.
Fast Racing Neo presents players with a futuristic world that is both graphically impressive and tons of fun to play in.
While the racing mechanics are pretty standard, one feature stands out.
Players can switch between two different “phases”, changing the color of their vehicle.
As you travel over specific parts of the track, having your vehicle in the right phase will offer you speed boosts.
There’s a good number of tracks and modes available to play, giving plenty of racing fun that both exciting and exceptionally fast paced.
#33. Little Inferno
Unleash your inner pyromaniac by setting numerous items ablaze in this simple yet subversive puzzle game.
Little Inferno is an extremely divisive experience due to its interesting and satirical approach to the puzzle genre.
You play from a first person perspective, sitting in front of a fireplace.
As you interact with items around you, you can place them in the fire, burning them and witnessing the results.
There’s no scoring system in the game, and only a few overall objectives to complete.
In many ways, Little Inferno is like your own personal sandbox; albeit with a lot of fire.
The game has been both praised and panned by critics, but the end result is still a wildly creative and perplexing game that pushes the limits on what to expect from indie titles.
#32. Stick it to the Man!
After a mysterious government canister enters the atmosphere and crash lands on a man’s head, he awakens to discover an extremely unique power that lets him read people’s minds.
Stick it to the Man! is a treat both visually and for its unique gameplay mechanics.
Although the game is set up like a platformer, the gameplay mostly revolves around solving puzzles by interacting with characters, reading their minds, and completing objectives.
It plays more like an adventure game than anything else, and is full of offbeat and irreverent dialogue spewed by witty characters.
Along your adventure you’ll visit a variety of interesting locales, reading the minds of those around you, and attempting to overcome the mysterious man who wants you dead.
Spray the world with colorful ink and take down enemy opponents in this online-focused shooter that brings fresh ideas to the competitive scene.
Splatoon stands out among other Nintendo franchises, as it is a shooting game that focuses on competitive online play.
These are both things that Nintendo rarely approaches, which makes Splatoon‘s quality that much more surprising.
Unlike other popular competitive shooters, defeating enemy players isn’t your only objective.
Throughout the game’s various modes, you’re tasked with spreading your team’s ink color across the map, using a variety of fun and interesting weapons to do so.
You can switch forms into a squid, traveling through the ink in a quick but stealthy manner.
Despite the game’s online focus, there is some single player content, but the real meat of the game rests in its multiplayer modes.
#30. Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
When a group of convicts escape from prison, they inadvertently unleash monsters on the unexpecting Planet Land.
You play as cyborg police officer Patricia, tasked with bringing the criminals to justice.
This platforming/action title is sweet in its simplicity, providing players with tightly packed levels that focus on speed and efficiency.
In each level, you’ll have to wrangle up a set amount of escape convicts, then dash to the exist as fast as possible.
You’re only afforded three hits of health, so you’ll have to place your shots carefully and traverse the stage with caution.
A few unique power ups allow Patricia to alter her environment, trapping enemies and opening up new paths, but the overall objective is always the same.
It’s a fun and quirky platformer that lends itself well to the speedrunning community, and it’s a joy to try and beat your best times on each level.
This multiplayer-focused platforming game pits you against your friends in a race to the golden trophy at the end of each stage.
Runbow‘s intense platforming and competitive nature make it an excellent party game to play with vivacious friends.
You and eight other friends compete in high speed racing stages that evolve as you progress, with some obstacles becoming obscured or hard to see.
You can attack your friend to try and impeded their progress, or instead focus on perfecting your jumping patterns.
There’s also a good amount of character customization, multiple modes, and plenty of personality to keep you interested.
Due to its high player count, Runbow is one of the only Wii U titles that can be played with an exceptionally large group of friends.
#28. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
Evil entities known as mirages roam the streets of Tokyo, attacking civilians and absorbing their energy, causing them to disappear.
When a group of teenagers find out about the paranormal happenings, they set out to find the people responsible.
This crossover between the Shin Megami Tensei series and the Fire Emblem franchise is notable due to its vibrant visuals and interesting setting.
Players explore the streets of Tokyo, interacting with characters and completing various side quests.
The turn-based combat allows for some interesting strategies, thanks to the game’s inventive “unity” system that allows you to strengthen your party in different ways.
The Wii U gamepad also offers some unique functionality, such as featuring an in-game social app that lets you stay in touch with other characters, as well as displaying dungeon maps when appropriate.
Despite being a crossover title, Tokyo Mirage Sessions is undeniably unique, earning it a spot as one of the Wii U’s best RPGs.
#27. Assassin’s Creed III
Set in the American Revolution, you play as Connor, an assassin who stems from a Native American bloodline.
Over the course of the game, Connor attempts to repel the Templar’s efforts at colonizing the nation, along with getting some much needed revenge.
Like most Assassin’s Creed games, this entry sees you freerunning across the environment and using a variety of weaponry to stealthily take down your enemies.
In comparison to other games in the series, Assassin’s Creed III is set pretty far into modern history, and the open expanse of early America adds some new elements to the already existing formula.
The wide open battlefields of the American Revolution make stealth difficult at times, forcing players to adapt to each situation.
This game also introduces elements that became main features in further Assassin’s Creed titles, such as the ability to own and upgrade your very own boat.
#26. Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
This launch title is widely considered one of the best fighting games of all time, and the Wii U version brings even more options and modes to the already fantastic experience.
Like the original Tekken Tag Tournament, players select two characters to fight with in exciting three-dimensional bouts.
The game includes almost every character to appear in the Tekken series, giving players the biggest character roster ever in the series.
Besides the variety of modes already included in the base game, the Wii U version features two new modes, one of which revolves around collecting Super Mario mushrooms.
This version also features exclusive Nintendo-themed costumes, allowing you to bash some skulls while sporting outfits such as Mario, Luigi, and Peach.
#25. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
This beefed up port of Monster Hunter Tri puts you in the shoes of young monster slayer, tasked with protecting a small fishing village from the impending hordes of gigantic creatures.
Like past Monster Hunter games, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is all about taking down giant monsters with a variety of unique weapons.
The game features 10 different weapon classes, and each weapon plays completely different, offering a wildly different style of combat and gameplay.
Whether you suit up with a melee weapon like a sword or hammer, or go ranged with a crossbow, you’ll have to hunt down monsters and continuously upgrade your equipment.
Players embark on quests given to them by NPCs, exploring the island and gather resources.
Besides the exceptionally large monster fights, you’ll engage in surprisingly strategic battles with a variety of creatures.
The game offers solo and online play, and while the online offerings are no longer supported, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate contained some of the most impressive multiplayer content to ever grace the Wii U.
#24. Xenoblade Chronicles X
On the uncharted planet of Mira, you are tasked with exploring the environment and gaining resources, all in an effort to locate a vital part of your crashed ship.
This unique roleplaying title always seems to throw new surprises and features at players as they progress.
You start out customizing your very own character and quickly join up with a group of survivors who explore the expansive regions of Mira.
Although you originally set out on foot, players are eventually able to enter mechs known as Skells, which give them a boost both in movement and combat.
Players can take up a variety of quests, some of which progress the main narrative or offer interesting side stories.
The game offers a high amount of customization, as you able to pick what role you play within the exploration group, as well as what characters you bring into your party.
The many features and options of play make Xenoblade Chronicles X an enthralling RPG that is sure to please for over 100 hours.
#23. Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
Playing as a freshly printed clone, you must explore the facility you were created in and find the the true meaning behind your existence.
Stealth Inc 2 is a unique puzzle game that focuses on tasking the player with being stealthy while drawing their attention to several things at once.
You control multiple clones at a time, and must sneak around the clone manufacturing facility, collecting items and overcoming obstacles.
The game makes good use of the Wii U’s gamepad, utilizing it for various gameplay mechanics.
The various platforming elements of the game force players to stay on their toys, and some exceptionally difficult puzzles will having you scratch your head.
The creepy atmosphere lends itself well to the cautionary pace of the game, and figuring out new ways to progress is tons of fun.
#22. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Donkey Kong and his crew are back in another brightly colored adventure through a tropical setting with various themed worlds.
At first glance, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze might seem like a easy platformer, but that would be the wrong assessment.
This sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns gives players exceptionally challenging stages that are as rewarding to complete as they are to play.
The music is upbeat and catchy, and adds a cheery attitude to the already fun and playful visuals.
The signature Donkey Kong Country style platforming returns, giving players a variety of stages such as underwater and minecart sequences.
You can take on this adventure by yourself or with a friend, and the game’s many secrets and collectibles provide plenty of replayability.
#21. New Super Mario Bros. U
This fantastic entry in the prestigious Mario Brothers franchise gives players a familiar feel while introducing new items and power ups to keep things interesting.
Once again, Bowser has kidnapped Peach, and it’s up to Mario and his friends to rescue her.
This time, they’re thrown far away from Peach’s castle, and must travel through an unknown land and reclaim the throne.
Up to five players can play at once, with one player using the Wii U gamepad to interact with the environment.
New power ups like the flying squirrel suit and the inclusion of Baby Yoshi mixes things up, keeping platforming engaging and unpredictable.
This title shows that even 20 years after its start, the Mario Brothers franchise is still able to provide quality 2D platforming that is even more fun to play with friends.
#20. Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition
Batman is once again tasked with saving Gotham when the newly formed Arkham City Prison becomes overrun by countless villains from his past.
This open world action game features our favorite caped crusader as he takes on numerous enemies, and features new gameplay mechanics such as the ability to glide.
This newfound mobility allows Batman to freely roam around the Arkham City landscape, taking up quests and discovering hidden Riddler trophies.
You can also play as Catwoman, which offers up a new style of combat as well as unique traversal abilities.
The Wii U version takes advantage of the touch screen gamepad, displaying hacking mini-games and allowing players to steer batarangs.
Arkham City is considered the best game in the Batman: Arkham series and also one of the best Batman games ever made, and it’s a great inclusion in the Wii U library.
#19. Darksiders II
Playing as Death, one of the four horseman of the apocalypse, you set out to clear your brother’s name and restore humanity to its original form.
This sequel to the original Darksiders is more focused on combat, due to Death’s innate ability to cause destruction.
Using his cool scythe weapons, you slay dozens of foes while exploring puzzle-filled dungeons and areas.
Death’s journey takes him to some truly stunning looking locations, and the game’s dark and gritty tone is a perfect match for its narrative.
If you’re a fan of adventure games like The Legend of Zelda and hand and slash games like Devil May Cry, then Darksiders II should be right up your alley.
#18. SteamWorld Dig
After inheriting an old abandoned mine, a robot named Rusty travels to a small western town in hope of striking it rich.
SteamWorld Dig‘s unique fusion of steampunk and western aesthetics make for an interesting setting, and one that is a joy to inhabit.
The gameplay loop is extremely satisfying, as you control Rusty and attempt to dig as deep into the mine as possible.
At the end of a digging excursion, you return to the surface to cash in your treasures and upgrade your abilities, allowing you to dig even deeper and explore the mine’s hidden rooms.
The game is excellently paced, consistently offering new and fun ways to explore the mine.
Its simplistic but addictive nature makes SteamWorld Dig one of the Wii U’s most riveting experiences, and is a game that every sort of gamer will enjoy.
#17. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
When the land of Hyrule faces being engulfed by a parallel dimension, series protagonist Link must set out on an epic adventure to prevent the destruction of his home land.
Twilight Princess offers the same excellent adventure style gameplay that the series is known for, but switches out the normally bright visuals for a decidedly darker tone.
Twilight Princess also includes a few new ideas, such as the ability to transform between a human and a wolf, both of which are required to complete many of the game’s puzzles.
This game also introduced fun characters like the mysterious Midna, and focused on building out the world of Hyrule more than its predecessors.
Besides being a excellent entry in The Legend of Zelda franchise, Twilight Princess is considered to be one of the best games ever made, thanks to its inventive take on the established formula.
#16. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Jumping between the 1980’s and 2025, this sequel to the massively popular Call of Duty: Black Ops introduces new ideas that have since become a mainstay in the series.
Black Ops II is utterly packed to the gills with content, from the game’s non-linear campaign to its multiplayer offerings.
The main campaign is one of the only Call of Duty titles to feature multiple endings and branching story options, and its fluctuating timeline provides players with two distinct styles of gunplay.
The competitive offerings are also considered some of the finest in the series’ history, and features fan favorite modes like Gun Game and One-in-the-Chamber.
The standalone Zombies mode is arguably the most popular mode in the game, and Black Ops II refines this mode with more story, variety, and atmosphere than ever before.
#15. Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
In this conclusion to the original Mass Effect trilogy, players control Commander Shepard, an esteemed spaceship captain and military serviceman.
When an alien invasion threatens humanity, Commander Shepard is thrust back into action in order to save the galaxy.
Mass Effect 3 is as expansive in its gameplay as it is in its narrative, offering players a wide range of options.
When creating a character, players can choose from six different classes, all of which provide their own unique gameplay differences.
The game can be played in three different modes: Action, Story, and RPG, and all three offer a tailored experience to better fit your desired genre.
As you progress through the game you interact with characters and complete quests, making moral decisions that affect the outcome of the story.
Combat is a mixture of third person shooting and team based maneuvers, as you’ll have to adjust your strategy depending on what alien race you’re fighting.
The story is complex and incredibly interesting, and goes down in gaming history as one of the finest sci-fi narratives in the entire galaxy.
#14. Trine 2: Director’s Cut
A wizard, a knight, and a thief all set out on an adventure to explore an unknown wilderness.
Trine 2 tells an interesting fantasy tale while offering engaging platforming and puzzle gameplay in both single player and cooperative modes.
Players take the role of three distinct characters, each with their own set of abilities and powers.
While playing by yourself, you can switch between the three characters at any given moment.
You’ll need to be proficient with all three, as their different abilities are often used in tandem to overcome the game’s puzzles.
The cooperative mode allows three players to play at once, each controlling one of the three characters.
As you progress through the game, a narrator details your adventure, and various characters along the way flesh out the game’s fantasy world.
#13. Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
Tear up the pavement in the fictional city of Fairhaven, where you compete in a large list of races all while evading the hands of the law.
This entry in the Need for Speed franchise opens up the game world and allows players to roam free, exploring every nook and cranny of the map from the very beginning.
Besides unlimited exploration, you can race in over 40 different vehicles, most of which are unlocked from the start.
Each car offers five different races varying in difficulty, and you can also engage in a variety of side activities.
The police play a large role in the game, interfering with your street races and attempting to stop you at any cost.
The Wii U version offers additional motion controls, as well as a two player mode that gives the second player the ability to change nearly every aspect of the game at will.
By using the gamepad, the second player can change the time of day, remove cars from the track, repair damaged vehicles, and much more.
Playing with these options feels a lot like straight up cheating, but the optional mode is commendable for the amount of freedom it allows in altering the game’s world.
#12. Pikmin 3
When the planet Koppai finds itself in the midst of a famine, three astronauts set out to search a planet ripe for cultivation.
This third entry in the Pikmin franchise expands on the established formula by including new types of characters and abilities.
Using one of the leader characters, you explore your environment and recruit cute creatures known as Pikmin.
Pikmin vary in color and ability, and Pikmin 3 introduces a couple new colors.
Besides the main blue, yellow, and red Pikmin, gray and pink Pikmin make their debut.
Gray pikmin are able to knock down strong barriers, and pink pikmin use their wings to soar through the air and attack flying enemies.
You can switch between the three leaders at any point, allowing you quickly searching through areas and discover hidden treasures.
With a set amount of time to completely your objective you’ll have to cultivate as much food as possible before leaving the planet behind.
#11. Skylanders SuperChargers
When the evil villain Kaos gains control of the Skyland portals, you must assemble a team of characters to free your imprisoned comrades and open up the portals for use.
This game is part of the popular “toys to life” franchise Skylanders, which sees gamers collecting real life figurines to use as playable characters within the game.
Players can use all of their figurines from previous games as well as collect the 20 new figurines, including the newly introduced vehicles.
With the introduction of vehicles as a gameplay mechanic, the formula of Skylanders has been changes a bit.
Over half of the game features vehicle-based gameplay, so you’ll need to be at the top of your racing skills to compete.
Players can mix and match vehicle parts and combine them with the correct character to form a “supercharged” character, which offers more powerful attacks and abilities.
The bright, cartoon visuals and lighthearted story make this game an immediate draw to younger audiences, and the collectible nature of the corresponding figurines makes it an addictive and enjoyable time for collectors everywhere.
#10. Bit.Trip Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Jump, slide, and kick your way to victory in this rhythmic side scrolling adventure.
Runner 2 is delightful to play thanks to its unique personality, cool visual style, and extremely simple controls.
The game features over 100 different levels with one singular objective; to reach the end with out getting hit.
Your character automatically runs from left to right, and you’ll have to dodge obstacles by pressing buttons in time with the music.
Unlike other games in the series, Runner 2 features a polygonal art style rather than a pixelated one, which (depending on your perspective) is a step up in quality.
The game has also been made slightly easier with the inclusion of mid-level checkpoints.
By collecting hidden secrets, players can also unlock “retro levels”, which bring back the pixelated art style in some fun old school platforming levels.
#9. Mario Kart 8
Nintendo’s most popular racing series is back again, featuring more vehicle and track options than ever before.
Mario Kart 8 takes everything great about the Mario Kart franchise and makes it better, by offering more customization, more track and vehicle variety, and plethora of content to get lost in.
In both single player and multiplayer modes, players race around new and old tracks in a flurry of color and speed.
Mario Kart 8 includes more than just karts, with the ability to equip hang gliders, motorcycles, and more.
The robust online offerings ensure that there’s always someone to play with competitively, and the extensive amount of single player championships provide dozens of hours of kart racing perfection.
#8. Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut
In a technologically advanced future where people can augment their body with cybernetics, protagonist Adam Jensen must uncover a massive conspiracy.
This game mixes up stealth and third person action gameplay, offering players to play how they want.
Although the game has a primary focus on being stealthy, most obstacles can be bypassed in a variety of ways.
Whether you talk your way through a problem with an NPC, use your hacking abilities or other cybernetic enhancements, or just run and gun with abandon, Deus Ex provides a varied experience.
The story is interesting and has a lot of depth, and you’ll learn more about the story as you interact with characters around you.
Players can choose how they talk to people by selecting different dialogue options, and your choices can directly impact the gameplay.
In short, Deus Ex is one of the best third person action games purely because of the amount of freedom it affords the player.
#7. Super Mario Maker
This entry in the Mario franchise embraces the creativity of its players by offering a great level editor, which you can use to create your own levels and share them online with friends.
Super Mario Maker is, at its core, a fantastic level editor that allows players to replicate their favorite levels by trying their hand at creating their own.
The level editor allows you to switch between the style of various Mario titles, letting you craft levels from Super Mario World, Super Mario Brothers 3, and more.
Although the creation tools are impressive, what’s more impressive are the thousands of levels that have been uploaded to the game since release.
If you’re a hardcore Mario player, Super Mario Maker is a must own, purely due to the insane amount of fun and creative levels that people have produced.
It’s easy to boot up the game and lose yourself for hours at a time, whether you’re creating your own level or playing the creations of other players.
#6. Shovel Knight
This indie platformer captures lightning in a bottle, giving gamers a challenging experience that feels like it was pulled directly out of the 80’s.
Although many games try to recreate the look and feel of our favorite classic NES games, few do so with such success as Shovel Knight.
Despite the challenging nature of the game, the controls are easy to learn, making it a welcoming game for new players.
The basic idea of the game is also easy to understand, as you must simply travel from level to level, reaching the end of the stage in tact.
You control the titular Shovel Knight, who uses his digging power to crack open enemy skulls.
The platforming and controls are incredibly tight, and the excessive amount of free downloadable content makes it one of best indie packages of all time.
#5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
A young boy leaves his tropical island behind and sails the seas, fulfilling his destiny on an epic adventure.
New games in the Zelda franchise are this divisive, but thanks to a great visual upgrade and some much needed gameplay changes, The Wind Waker is better on the Wii U than ever before.
Players will love the lighthearted attitude and cartoonish nature of the game’s story, which breathes new life into the franchise.
The cel shaded graphics have aged well, and the touch up to the game’s visuals make it a refreshing change of pace.
Besides the graphical improvements, the game has seen some great adjustments that fix some of the original game’s problems.
For instance, you can now equip a better sail, which lets you explore the map quickly with less downtime.
The end of the game has also been reworked, removing some tedious and repetitive quests for a more straightfoward ending.
#4. Bayonetta 2
Battle demons and angels in style as you control Bayonetta, a weapon wielding witch who has incredibly powers that are as cool to look at as they are effective at defeating enemies.
The original Bayonetta was wildly ambitious, and gave gamers a stylistic fantasy story with excellent hack and slash action.
The sequel amps everything up, resulting in an even more impressive package than the first.
Bayonetta 2‘s visuals are incredibly colorful and varied, as the game’s environment shift from dilapidated castles to literally floating among the clouds.
The combat system is a mixture of extensive combos and customization, with numerous weapons to equip.
As you progress through the game, you are rated on your combat performance and rewarded with currency, which you can then spend on new weapons and gear.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline pumping adventure with a bit of sex appeal and a lot of violence, then Bayonetta 2 will surely fit the bill.
#3. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
You and up to seven friends engage in highly addictive multiplayer battles, featuring a giant cast of Nintendo favorite characters.
The Super Smash Bros. series has always been great for parties as well as single player bouts, and the Wii U version heightens the player count to a level unseen in the franchise before.
Thanks to the connectivity with the 3DS version, you can engage in 8-people fights, which are as chaotic as they are fun.
The game features several fun modes for both single player and multiplayer groups, and contains a cast of over 50 playable characters.
The roster also features some new characters to the series, such as the popular Mega Man and classic gaming characters like Pac-Man.
The game also has some great online offerings, with a mixture of competitive and casual modes to please players of any competitive skill level.
The exceptional level of maps all have “Omega” versions, providing a literally even playfield that keeps the aesthetic of the level while losing non-essential platforms.
Regardless of if you’re playing solo or with a group of friends, Super Smash Bros. has an endless amount of excellent content that will keep you playing for hundreds of hours.
#2. Super Mario 3D World
Embark on another fantastic 3D Mario adventure with up to three other friends, completing amazing themed levels and trying out some new power ups.
This 3D Mario title is slightly different from past console adventures like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy.
The camera is angled down, giving a sort of bird’s eye view of the level, which gives you plenty of vision as you run around the stage.
Each stage contains three hidden green stars, as well as an extra difficult stamp to find.
The game also introduces a few new power ups, such as the adorable cat suit, which allows Mario to quickly climb up walls and dive bomb on enemies.
The game’s levels are split up into thematic worlds per usual, and the quality of the level design is absolutely outstanding.
Each stage is ripe with hidden areas, and you’ll have to explore every nook and cranny to find all the green stars.
Up to three friends can join you on this cooperative adventure, playing as Peach, Luigi, and Toad.
Each character controls slightly different, which adds a bit of variety to the levels depending on what character you chose.
As a final touch, the game consistently doles out new levels, even after you think the game has ended.
After you’ve bested the main worlds in the game, Mario 3D Worlds opens up a remarkable amount of new stages that are more challenging and rewarding than those in the base game.
#1. Rayman Legends
This sequel to the popular platformer Rayman Origins delivers a refreshing artistic vision and matches it with platforming gameplay that can only be described as perfection.
Although many platforming games are full of life and adventure, few come close to the amount of pure fun that is offered by Rayman Legends.
If you’re a fan of platformers, Rayman Legends contains almost everything that draws you to the genre, from excellent level design and tight controls to fun secrets and a variety of gameplay modes.
When compared to other mainstream adventure games, one could argue that Legends is a bit basic, but I think that it succeeds in its simplicity.
The intoxicating and catchy soundtrack is made that much better when it is infused with the levels, as seen in a collection of truly remarkable stages that time your jumps with the beat.
You can play the game solo or with a friend, and the second player can interact with the level by using the Wii U’s touch screen gamepad.
You can face off against other players in a few competitive multiplayer mini-games, as well as compare your level completion times on worldwide leaderboards.
The game also offers an exceptional range of unlockable content, such as new characters, costumes, levels, and more.
There’s a certain artistic quality to Rayman Legends that is hard to quantify, and the end result is a riveting and addictive sidescrolling adventure that is endlessly fun to play.
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