It can be challenging to find the best Wii U games so you know what to purchase. That’s why we did the hard lifting and searched through reviews of games to offer insight into what games you need to play. We found everything from racing games to fighting games and game creation studios and are sharing them now.
The Wii U has always been an interesting console, one that has tons of fans and just as many detractors. Not everyone loves the way it operates, and many thought Nintendo was a bit insane to go so far from its roots. That said, there are many fantastic games to be found on the Wii U if you do some digging. We did our research and today are going to go over the best Wii U games to add to your collection in 2018.
How We Chose Our Ratings
We look at many things when we choose our ratings. First, we look at the design, graphics, and audio of a game. We look at how it’s different from similar games in the same genre. We look for groundbreaking mechanics or a great job using existing mechanics. We take rating seriously, so we also look at reviews to see what people love and don’t like so much about each game we focus on here. Because of that, we’re sure this list of 10 Wii U games to play in 2018 is unsurpassed.
Top 10 Best Wii U Games
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Zelda video game series is one of the longest-running and loved by fans around the world. The series has become predictable to an extent, with each new game offering its own twist. That changes with the release of Breath of the Wild. This game is massive and provides a chance for exploration like never before. Sure, it has the foundation of a Zelda game like Link and Hyrule, but it goes so much further.
Firstly, this game is challenging. There are so many different zones, enemies, and quests that it takes some time to learn the systems required. It’s also more than just those things. You can craft in the game. You can cook up dozens of dishes that give you buffs and restore hearts.
Breath of the Wild is an evolution of the Zelda series and shows that things are changing in a big way. Nintendo is offering something different and exciting. There’s not a single game better on the Wii U.
Mario Kart 8
Another series that is a constant for many gamers is the Mario Kart series. The eighth game in the series is available on the Wii U, and it’s providing something unique. You’ll find that the learning curve is short for new players and expert players will see that driving is intuitive. That’s a fantastic thing when you have 32 courses to play through.
Mario Kart 8 understands that the way the series works does things right, so there wasn’t much of a need for change. There are the same three racing classes and eight different cups to challenge. The races controlled by racers are brutal and snatch up powerups that will make the game challenging as can be.
On top of that, the visuals for the game are beautiful, and you will find that handling is done well. There’s even an anti-gravity mechanic that reminds us of futuristic racers of years past. Mario Kart is a great looking game, but it’s also fully-loaded and worth every dollar.
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. is a silly but intense game that is popular for parties. You’ll find many of your favorite Nintendo characters available fighting in a battle against other heavyweights. After you enjoy a match, you may end up with new moves, trophies, or gold. Each of which can provide you with new and exciting options for your favorite fighter.
There are two different modes to choose from, one of which is traditional and another of which is played without items and on a flat stage without all of the distractions of typical level environments. Up to eight players can battle at once, which might be a bit much for some but may be perfect for larger parties that enjoy gaming together.
There’s plenty to enjoy while playing Smash, but most people will probably stick with the four-player brawl game we’ve come to know and love. No matter how you plan, it’s a well-crafted game with an exceptional design that will likely see plenty of playtime.
Mario Party 10
If you’ve never played an iteration of Mario Party, it’s essentially a video game that operates like a board game. Numerous players take turns rolling a die and then moving the appropriate amount of spaces. In the end, the goal is to hit the board conclusion with the most points out of you and your friends.
Mario Party 10 has three modes. The first is like the traditional game but rather than walking the board alone, the characters drive a shared car. The second mode is known as Bowser mode, and it adds a cooperative touch to the game. The final mode is Amiibo Party, and it offers the closest gameplay to a physical board game.
The minigames in 10 are pretty good, and many require a level of skill that seems fair. All in all, the game has a decent balance and enough modes to make things exciting even when playing dozens of games. Sometimes you end up way behind and frustrated, but other times you spring right through and win huge.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Another excellent racing game for the Wii U is Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. It’s not just amazing because it’s a Sonic racing game, however. Even without the Sonic aspect, the game would hold up well as a kart racer. You can transform vehicles from the standard vehicle to a speedboat and a flying vehicle.
You’ll find that a lot of the laps are long, but that means you will find exciting elements and themes that might not otherwise work. Exploration is also rewarded by shortcuts and other tricks that will help you beat the tracks quickly. On top of that, despite offering items like other kart racers, the game rewards skill.
You may not think a Sonic racing game could be a contender for one of the best Wii U games, but it deserves it. It only takes a few runs to find yourself drawn into the game design and fun extras.
Super Mario 3D World
The first thing I am going to mention with this game is the fact that there is a cat suit. That’s right; you can play Mario as he paws at the ground with fun, new abilities. Instead of stomping on enemies, you can slash at them. You can also run up walls and take advantage of a dash attack. These cool moves give you new options for solving puzzles.
You may remember the top-down type map from Super Mario Bros. 3, and it makes a comeback for 3D world. The difference is you can move from the path and explore open space in some areas. You’ll also run into huts that offer tons of powerups and secret levels as you walk around the board.
The game has excellent graphics, an enjoyable soundtrack, and beautiful level design. It’s the kind of game that is loved by people young and old, male and female. The charm of the world is something special, and Mario does it again with this Wii U game.
Rayman Legends is the next game after Rayman Origins and even includes several levels from the preceding game. However, these levels are altered and unlockable to offer something new. In addition to that, there are dozens of new levels to challenge you.
The gameplay is straightforward, and the graphics are complex. You can choose to play as Rayman or other characters that you unlock throughout the game. The lead character mainly gets by with floating, running, jumping, and punching. However, there are other options in some individual levels for the game.
To give you an idea of the world you’re dealing with here, each level lets you collect certain critters. Some allow only three while others might go up to 10. However, there are 700 overall. It’s a game to take up some of your free time.
When you pick up Bayonetta 2, you’re picking up an action game that values reaction and skill more than it does storytelling. If that doesn’t bother you, be prepared for intense graphics and exciting combat. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those whom it fits, it’s likely to be on their top list of games.
The basic controls are simple, but you learn new combos by requirement. Enemies and levels are challenging, so you need new options to make it farther. Even though you won’t be exploring a lot, when you are, you’ll find that the walls and canals are beautiful and bold. Despite the design, this is a game that doesn’t compromise, and you can expect to spend some time dying until you learn the best way to handle each situation.
Bayonetta 2 has combat that will leave you thinking about it long after you toss down the controller. You’re likely to find yourself playing far longer than you expect because it’s just a fun game to pick up and drop back into.
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker is a game in a way, but it’s something else, as well. It’s also a neat program that lets you build your own Mario levels. You can choose to hit up the creation suite to build levels all your own, or you can go to the play hub and play the levels that other people have made.
Level creation is fun but can be complicated if you don’t have a creative mind. However, the game makes it easier than you would expect. You can drag and drop items to the screen, change your level styles, and even unlock special effects as you keep working on things.
The only bummer about Mario Maker is that you do have to ease into using the tools. However, after you build your level, you can upload it for others to enjoy. There’s only one stipulation: you have to beat it first. That prevents anyone from uploading impossible stages.
Shovel Knight is literally a game that is about a knight who is wielding a shovel. It’s a platformer that looks like it could have come out on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Maybe that turns you off, but there’s more to Shovel Knight than meets the eye. The inspiration from older games is endearing and makes gameplay a blast.
Beyond the mechanics of old-school games, which Shovel Knight has in space, it also has the feel of a classic game. You’re going to notice the quirky environment, the strange human-animal hybrids, and the little things that are so bizarre they’re believable.
Shovel Knight brings back gaming from the 90s and does it better. The settings and characters are great and playing the game feels like being a kid again. It may not be the most attractive game or have the best controls at every moment, but it’s sure a lot of fun.
There are many things to consider when buying new Wii U games. We’ve provided our choices for the best games, but you also need to consider your own taste. If you love RPGs, you might want to grab up any you find. If you’re a fan of sports games, you might want to pass on a shooter.
Beyond that, think about your budget. Consider who, if anyone, you want to play with. There are many great games for the Wii U and what is most important in the end is buying a game that you’ll have a blast playing.
We hope this list gave you the insight you need to choose the Wii U games you should play this year. There are tons of excellent options out there, and this is only a taste of the variety. We believe gaming is an excellent hobby and want to see all of you try something new this year.
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