Following on from our list of the Top Ten 3DS Games, it only makes sense that we would make a list of our Top Ten Wii U Games. So, we did. We’re good like that.
As with the 3DS list, this list took into consideration different gaming tastes within our team. After a lot of discussion, we came to a conclusion of what the top ten games on the Wii U are – keep reading to see our choices!
Yoshi’s Woolly World is yet another, sadly, underrated game on the Wii U. It’s a fluffy, colorful, wonderfully fun adventure and brought life back to Yoshi’s games. It’s the best Yoshi game in a very long time and if you have an interest in seeking out hidden secrets, or really like cute woolly Yoshi, then this is a game that needs to be in your collection. I adore it and couldn’t put it down until I was well and truly finished collecting items and bouncing through this wonderfully fun world! – Demelza Ward
You say Nintendo is for babies, but have to ask mummy to buy you its best exclusive action game? How precious.
While it was an unusual move from a typically family-conscious company, Nintendo struck gold when they partnered with developer PlatinumGames to create an award-winning sequel that would generate discussion about both its expertly fine-tuned gameplay and the inspirational mix of femininity and sexual confidence carried by its titular character. Bayonetta 2 is a remarkable game that successfully challenges its audience in just about every way possible and a Wii U experience that should not be missed. – Josh Stevens
Hyrule Warriors likely stands as the biggest surprise on the Wii U yet. No one ever foresaw a crossover between the Dynasty Warriors games and The Legend of Zelda. It’s a crossover that works extremely well though and between all the on-disc content and a few months worth of extra DLC the game is sure to keep players going for a very, very long time. It felt so much like a Zelda game that I’d have happily seen it slip into the official timeline somewhere just because the story works so well. – DW
Possibly the greatest gaming morality litmus test since The Sims, handing over the tools and letting fans create their own Super Mario Bros. levels is arguably the greatest thing Nintendo has ever done with their iconic 2D platforming series; especially as I was starting to feel more than a little burned out with the genre. The thrill of crafting your own levels then watching your peers’ growing frustration as they struggle to clear it is second to none. Being able to play levels created by players from across the globe also means that there’s a near endless supply of levels and ideas to experience! To be honest, it will be interesting to see how Nintendo tries to top this in the future. – JS
Mario Kart is consistently one of those games that is a must-have for whatever Nintendo system you own. This is the same on Wii U. Also, Mario Kart 8 is probably the best-looking game across the three current-generation platforms (PS4, Xbox One and Wii U), let alone the Wii U. There is a sense of colour and fun that is so detailed and well-realised that it compliments the fantastic handling of the game. Smooth is the word – when you get it hooked up round the tracks in Mario Kart 8, drifting this way and that… it’s sublime, and puts the game up there as one of the many great games in the series. – William Robinson
For a company known to rely on tried-and-tested brands such as Mario and Zelda, Nintendo surprised audiences at E3 2014 when they lifted the lid on Splatoon; a brand new franchise that would be occupying the online shooter gap that the company never really tried to fill before. It was a sink or swim moment for Nintendo, but fortunately the end result was an inkredible and quirky experience and its surging popularity (particularly in Japan) has all but cemented this as a franchise we’ll be seeing more of in the years to come. – JS
Aside from maybe Mario Kart 8, The Wind Waker HD is the best-looking game on Wii U. But if you were only expecting a facelift from the HD version of The Wind Waker, then you would have been surprised. Plenty of tweaks – some small, some more significant – help make The Wind Waker HD the definitive version of the already-amazing GameCube game. The streamlined Triforce hunt is the clearest change, but additions like the faster sail for The King of Red Lions make a bigger change than you may expect in improving the gameplay experience. Oh, and having The Wind Waker – widely considered one of the best Zelda games – as the game you are giving the HD treatment to? That helps. – WR
Where the Wii had Mario Galaxy many were disappointed when the first (and so far only) 3D Mario game on the Wii U wasn’t a Mario Galaxy 3. However, Super Mario 3D World stands as a game as fun and brilliant as Galaxy was and offers a brilliant HD adventure for Mario and friends. The worlds were as imaginative as those in Galaxy and offered a satisfying challenge for those wishing to collect all the stars. Super Mario 3D World is underrated and being released so early in the Wii U’s life probably hurt it but it’s definitely deserving of its top 5 ranking here. – DW
Looking back on Rayman Legends, it is incredible to think of the twists and turns of its release. Originally a Wii U exclusive, the game was delayed for months so that there could be versions made for other platforms. Despite this, the quality of Rayman Legends shone through when it did eventually come out. Level design is full of creativity, with the musical levels being utterly joyous to play. The Wii U version still gets to set itself apart, too; the touch screen of the GamePad works so well for the stage-altering Murphy levels that you might even think the game was originally designed for the console… – WR
Just a momentary glance at the impressively expansive roster of Nintendo’s premiere fighting game should be enough to justify its place at the top of the list. I mean, we’re talking about a single title where Mario, Sonic, Pac-Man, Mega Man, Ryu and Cloud Strife can duke it out – something that is unbelievable today, never mind ten years ago!
While the Nintendo 3DS version is still good fun, the limited capabilities of the handheld did hold it back somewhat; but the extra power of a home console brought not only more visually pleasing HD visuals, but also the means to do some really crazy things like eight player matches! Besides, cheering and jeering at the same large screen is a more enjoyable experience than everyone being tucked away in their own little worlds. – JS
If WiiUandMii had been around at the height of the Wii and we’d written a list like this then, I think it’s safe to say that Super Smash Bros. Brawl would have topped our favourite Wii game. Perhaps then it’s the duty of every Smash Bros. game to be the best game on its given console, as Super Smash Bros. Wii U is definitely home to the best experience on the Wii U. It brings together so many characters from so many different series (even those not on a Nintendo system!) and gives players a flawless system to fight it out. – DW
Where does Super Smash Bros. go from here? The Wii U version is so packed with content, so full of detail, and so polished on the gameplay front that it is hard to say. The character roster, especially with the DLC, is both large and varied, and there is plenty to do whether you are going solo or having a game with friends. Even hundreds of hours in you can start getting into new modes and discovering new things, which just shows you how much effort has gone into making this the definitive Nintendo museum. Add to all this much smoother online play than Brawl and the crazy addition of 8-Player Smash, and I again pose the question: “Where does Super Smash Bros. go from here?”. – WR
That’s our list! Remember that we also recently published a list of our Top Ten 3DS Games too, which you can read here.
Do you agree with our list of the top ten games on Wii U? You can let us know in the comments!