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Wii U Titles That Everyone Should Give A Shot
I have argued hard for the fact that the Wii U could become a force in console gaming in 2014, and I stand by that statement. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t spend a little more time in 2013 with the Nintendo system. Nintendo’s latest console has plenty of games to keep you busy for the rest of this and a bit of the upcoming year before their new games launch. The system has some great titles that are specific to the Nintendo brand that current and future Wii U owners should consider buying. My job is to help you decide what games you really should be trying out but because this is a Nintendo driven list there will be no games that you can purchase for other systems. You took a leap of faith by buying the Wii U and the goal of this list is to show you why you made the right decision. So let’s get things started.
Lego City Undercover
Some have called this a Lego version of Grand Theft Auto, and you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that the GTA series had inspired this urban adventure. This is a more light-hearted game that parodies every cop show and crime movie that you’ve seen churn out the cliches that we all know. It’s smart, with many different layers of humor and the pop-culture jokes don’t really get old. The writing, voice-acting, and cameos make this a worth-while way to pass some time this winter.
The Wonderful 101
The Wonderful 101 was brought to you by the creators of Bayonetta and is a love letter to every sentai and henshin series that has come from Japan from Ultraman to Power Rangers. You play as a team of heroes gathered from around the world to protect the planet from the evil GeathJerk. Not only is the combat complex (though it is simple to pick up) but you can see tributes to games like Viewtiful Joe in the visual style and humor. It’s a bright and beautiful world with plenty of humor that appeals too both children and adults. There are so many layers in this game and it has some of the most fun boss battles that I’ve ever enjoyed on any console. The Wonderful 101 is definitely wonderful.
There are Nintendo and RPG fans that would have my head if I didn’t include what is considered to be one of the greatest RPGs of all time, Earthbound. It hasn’t been officially released in the west since it’s original debut in 1995, so imagine the pleasure that Wii U owners felt when they saw Nes’ adventure available in the eShop at a cheap price. Earthbound is a granddaddy to the genre and includes some smart commentary on both RPG games of the time and American culture. It’s a fun, tongue-in-cheek game that doesn’t take itself too seriously and if you can look past the old school mechanics you’ll have a great time. I loved Earthbound when it originally came out, and I highly recommend that you JRPG fans check it out.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Okay, I know that this game originally came out on the GameCube back in 2003 but be honest, how many of you actually played it during the original release. Many Zelda fans panned Wind Waker because of the unique art style and did not like the fact that it was the successor to what is widely considered one of the greatest entries in the series Ocarina of Time. Which is why it’s time to jump on the bandwagon and give Toon Link a fair shot. Wind Waker has a lot going for it including the chance to sail on the high seas, trekking through some of the best dungeons that the series has ever had, and taking in what is truly one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever seen. Wind Waker is one of the best Zelda games that you probably never played, so now is your chance to change that.
How can you not love these little guys. Their a cross between Lassie and a dragon because they love you enough to fight your battles for you and to go out into the big bad world and do your bidding. Every time I lost a Pikmin my heart broke a little and it got that much harder to send them back out. But that is the circle of life as Mufasa would say. The Pikmin are essentially your pets in this colorful, bright, and beautiful world and combining them with the addictive gameplay makes for hours of fun.
Super Mario 3D World
How could I not finish this list off with one of the best Mario games that I have played in a long time. This game almost demands a look just for the pleasure of seeing Mario in a cat suit, but that’s not all that it has going for it. The subtle changes to the gameplay, the open feel of the world design, the levels themselves, and the bonus stages all add a fresh feel to what could have been just another solid Mario game. 3D World is genuinely a lot of fun and if this is the path that Mario games are taking then I have bright hopes for the future.
Of course there are other games that were released on the Wii U that you may believe should have made this list, including games that weren’t Nintendo exclusives like my honorable mention, Rayman Legends. Feel free to comment below and let us know your opinion.