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Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

Posted by Damien McFerran

Just got a Wii U? These are the titles you should consider

The Wii U has now been with us for over a year, and in that time we've perhaps not seen quite as many titles as we'd like. Still, that's not to say that the machine is lacking in quality retail releases — far from it. In fact, it could be argued that Nintendo's console is home to some of the best games money can buy right now, thanks to the company's uncanny understanding of what makes interactive entertainment fun.

If you've recently picked up a system yourself, then you may well be wondering what games to buy for it. With that in mind, our resident video guru Rory "Can I use the chicken sound, please?" Cocker has created the first of two segments which run through the cream of the crop — the best Wii U retail games that your hard-earned cash can purchase right now.

Feast your eyes and let us know if you agree or disagree with Rory's selections, and also give us your predictions for the second video, which we'll be running as soon as Mr. Cocker can stop laughing at the chicken noise he's inserted at the end of the video (no prizes for guessing which Taito game it's lifted from, either).

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lividd3ad said:

By the far the biggest surprise on this list is that 20 games have somehow been released on the Wii U.



dumedum said:

1. Zombi U.
2. DKC: TF
3. SM3DWorld
4. Arkham City: AE
5. Mass Effect 3: SE
7. Deux Ex
8. Zelda: WW
9. Pikmin 3
10. Wonderful 101
11. AC III and IV
12. Darksiders II
13. Lego City Undercover
14. Rayman Legends
15. Injustice: Gods Among Us
16. Monster Hunter
17. Nintendo Land
18. Wii Fit U
19. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
20. Scribblenauts Unlimited



AJWolfTill said:

I'm guessing
1) Super Mario 3d Land
2) Wind Waker HD
3)Rayman Legends
4) Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze
5) Pikmin 3
6) Assasin's Creed 4
7) Wonderful 101
8)Lego Marvel Super Heroes
9) Deus Ex Human Revolution DC
10) Need for Speed Most Wanted
Not necessarily in that order though.
I'm asuming this isn't including eShop titles though.
Forgot Monster Hunter... Will most likely replace Lego or Creed...



cornishlee said:

Darksiders 2 at number 1!

Actually, none of the titles in 20-11 interest me, and I have Nintendo Land thanks to it being bundled. Not having video-game playing friends somewhat limits its appeal for me, I'd assume.



gojiguy said:

Mass Effect? Arkham Origins? Splinter Cell?

If someone bought a Wii U and saw those on the list, they'd probably run back to the store and return it!

I can think of plenty better games to fill a "top 20" list.



Nik-Davies said:

Here is my list of 16 (in reverse order), ones which are indicated with a * are available on Wii U, but I've purchased and played them on the PS3 as I didn't have a Wii U at the time.

Wii Fit U
Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed*
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Nintendo Land
Batman: Arkham Origins*
Skylanders: Giants*
Disney Infinity*
Batman: Arkham City - Armoured Edition (PS3 version is my favourite game of all time, I didn't want to put this version higher as I had already played it and it doesn't have the same effect)
LEGO City Undercover
LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes Unite*
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Super Mario 3D World
Rayman Legends



Jimmy_G_Buckets said:

I thought the Need for Speed U was considered a top game for the system. It is regarded the best version of the game across all consoles, from what I've read.



OptometristLime said:

Not really sure about that voice changer effect.

It's more I kidnapped your son than manly announcer voice.
At least to me.



Spoony_Tech said:

Good list so far. I want all those games! I'm pretty sure i'll want all the top ten as well. Lets see
3d world
Pikmin 3
Wonderful 101
Monster Hunter Ultimate
Darksiders 2
Rayman Legends
Deus Ex
maybe some Assasin's Creed
and NFS:MW

That should round out the top ten!



FritzFrapp said:

No, it is correct. You can say "brohz"' rhyming 'grows', as well as 'brothers', although it's more of an American pronunciation. In British English it's normally pronounced "bross", rhyming 'cross'. Like you, I prefer the full pronunciation 'brothers'.
Edit: Although Damien's pronunciation of 'menagerie' with a long 'a' is unusual, it should be short as in cat/badge.



Dark-Link73 said:

@dumedum Thanks for the list. I can say I'm the proud owner of all the games listed with the exception of Scribblenauts Unlimited. However since it's $20 now I'll be downloading on the next payday.



IronMan28 said:

I don't have Scribblenauts yet, I might pick it up since I got one of those Best Buy eShop cards on the cheap.



ricklongo said:

Yeah, loading times are bad, but Lego City Undercover is probably my favorite original Wii U game (Wind Waker takes the overall title). It's just so much fun, with a very well-built open world, funny references and incredible music.



GooRoo said:

My top five of the games I've played:
1. Lego City Undercover
2. Super Mario 3D World
3. Tropical Freeze
4. Wind Waker
5. Wii Party U.



ricklongo said:

@GooRoo Good to know I'm not alone in my LCU love! I'd kill for a sequel. Can you imagine: Chase McCain beint sent overseas to help the international police on a London-like city made of legos, complete with british accents and references to stuff like Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who? A man can dream.



GooRoo said:

That actually sounds quite good! I'm currently working my way through the 3DS game and have designs on re-playing the Wii U game afterwards.



marck13 said:

Gottcha!! ..deliberatly aiming for the cojones of the Zombie at 3:05.. tststs..



Shadowkiller97 said:

Wow, I am glad Darksiders II is making so many people's lists. I loved that game on the Wii U with the Gamepad map! I am so sad that Vigil fell apart because I would have loved to see the orginal ported over. War was slightly more fun than Death in my opinion. My list is as follows:

1. Super Mario 3D World
2. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
3. Darksiders 2
4. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U
5. Batman: Arkham City AE
6. The Wonderful 101
7.. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
8. Pikmin 3
9. Batman: Arkham Origins
10. The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate
11. Assassins Creed III (haven't gotten IV yet)
12. Nintendo Land
13. Wii Fit U
14. Wii Party U



GalacticMario28 said:

At first I was surprised to see Nintendo Land in the bottom half, but then I remembered Rayman Legends, DKCTF, and Wind Waker HD. I wonder if New Super Luigi U will make the top 10; it is technically a retail game.



JJtheTexan said:

@Frapp Ah, but it's not just my preference... when Mario / Charles Martinet says it in-game in various titles, he says "Brothers"!

Same with Super Smash Bros. - the announcer on the title screen says "SUPER SMASH BROTHERS!!!" yet some people still call it "Smash Brose". Nails on a chalkboard to this American



FritzFrapp said:

@Dark-Link73 @Kirk
The list so far:

20. Mass Effect 3
19. Batman: Arkham Origins
18. Splinter Cell: Blacklist
17. Batman: Arkham City
16. Resident Evil: Revelations
15. Lego City: Undercover
14. New Super Mario Bros U
13. Zombi U
12. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
11. Nintendo Land



Alucard83 said:

Not even the half of it are top if you ask me. Only a few titles i see as top games. They are flatlining at this moment, lol



shonenjump86 said:

Just got a Wii U a couple of months ago, nothing on the 20-11 games interest me at all. Some of the games I already have on another console. I have Resident Evil on 3DS, and I just can't stand NSMB games. Still enjoying Monster Hunter and Mario 3D World, so I will just stick with those for now.



Shotgunryugan said:

Still haven't bought a Wii U yet, hardly anything interests me
Might end up buying it after MK8 & Smash bros. comes out though, I do like how it's getting GBA/DS support(they probably did that because it isn't doing well lol)




Mooj738 said:

Nice list guys
My list:
1. Super Mario 3d World
2. Pikmin 3
3. Monster Hunter
4. Wonderful 101
5. Nintendo land
6. Need for Speed
7. Call of Duty Ghosts
8. Rayman
9. Blacklist
10. Assassins Creed 4
11. Zombie U
12. Mario Bros
13. Batman Origins
14. Zelda
15. Black ops 2
16. Getting bored but luigi u, sonic, injustice, darksiders 2



Nintonic said:

I'm guessing Sonic Lost World didn't make the list on Nintendo Life's top 20 list. Ouch. Was it really that bad?



Peek-a-boo said:

Goes to show that the Wii U can only compile a 'top 20' list by including old games that had been on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 YONKS before they came out on the Wii U.

... and to worse technical performance too.

I do think there is at least five or six 'must own' games though, which is not bad for a 15 month old console!

Oh, and LEGO City Undercover should be in the TOP TEN you silly sods!

: (



darthstuey said:

Haven't got Wind Waker yet but did have it back on the cube so want to play it again.
Anyway here's my picks of retail only:
1: Lego City Undercover- simply stunning
2: ZombiU- simply terrifying (too scary to play alone in fact)
3: Super Mario 3D World
4: Donkey Kong TF
5: Nintendoland
6: Pikmin 3
7: Wonderful 101
8: Rayman Legends

That's a list of stellar games for any system and there are several eshop ttitles I am equally impressed with.



New_3DaSh_XL said:

There's no way SM3DW isn't going to be first on your list. Either that or Pikmin 3.

Personally, Wonderful 101 is my #1 for Wii U; it's my 3rd favorite game of all time.



Dark-Luigi said:

1# is 3D World, calling it now. It's basically one of/the best Wii U game hands down.



ultraraichu said:

Mass Effect 3, Resident evil and Sonic All star racing aside, pretty much got all the games listed so far. Pretty confident The Wonderful 101 would make it in the top 5.



Darknyht said:

Having played Mass Effect 1 & 2 on Xbox, the Wii U version of 3 held up surprisingly well. The only major slowdown I noticed was going from the engine room to the elevator would cause a horrible freeze. Well that and the pick your "Space Magic" ending, it was enjoyable. It also sucked that all the DLC and little things I did in the previous two (100% completion, multiple playthroughs) did not have any way of carrying over. I am also not a fan of the fact the two story based DLC never made it into the game, but at least it is a for the most part (there is still that horrible ending) a complete game without them.

Lego City Undercover was fun, if you could get past the never ending load times. I ended up trading it in after finishing the story because I could not.



Shadowkiller97 said:

@Peek-a-boo Mass Effect 3 and Arkham City are the only games in the list so far that were released on the HD twins before they came out on the Wii U... and they are both quite low on the list. All the other multiplats came out at the same time. I cant comment about ME 3 but Arkham City AE edition is superior to the PS360 counterparts just by having the map on the gamepad alone!



dizzy_boy said:

This is my list so far.

need for speed
teken tag 2
injustice gods among us
new super mario bros
black ops 2
zelda wind waker



Inkling said:

Top 5:
5. Call Of Duty Black Ops 2
4. Rayman Legends
3. Nintendo Land
2. Wii Party U
1. Super Mario 3D World



FLipSide5254 said:

My Top 5(games that are out)
5. Rayman Legends
4. DKC Tropical Freeze
3. Wii U Party
2. Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
1. Super Mario 3d World



cbkummer said:

Thank you! I just got my Wii U today with New Super Mario Bros/Super Luigi U, Nintendo Land and a download code for Super Mario World on the VC. I can't understand why people say there aren't any games for the thing, I already have a long list of what I'm going to get.



Captain_Gonru said:

One I haven't seen mentioned is Trine 2. Amazing visuals, great gameplay, and entertaining voice acting. The Cave was great, too. And Earthbound, of course.



jasonbra said:

ZombiU could be my favourite so far. Such a great game. Could have used a few more months to polish it up, but it was still great. Deserved way higher review scores and far more sales. Really disappointed there wont be a sequel.



hYdeks said:

wow, I didn't even know the system had 20 games, and this is only part 1?

All seriousness, most of those games in your top 20 list are the only good games on Wii U

@jasonbra I must have played a different ZombiU then you, cause that game had higher reviews then I thought the game deserved.



ThreadShadow said:

Thinking about Ubisoft and ZombiU; I think Killer Freaks from Outer Space looked interesting in it's production stage. I know it was eventually changed into ZombiU, but I think it would be worth it for Nintendo and Ubisoft to revisit it, finish it and release it.



vonseux said:

What about Earthbound ? The Wii U os ab excellent opportunity to play this Classic.



LetsGoRetro said:

Need more exclusive software that're heavy hitters. Nintendo needs to get the internet talking. I understand you want to appeal to children but is it so hard to do both? Let's get some quality, exciting projects pumped 98% of articles I read on this site are along the lines of "Jimmy Smith of Bibbity Games explains thought process behind upcoming title 'Tickle the Squirrel'"

It's only depressing. Please, Nintendo, get some more developers on your side and start pumping out these games. I'm starting to think Hyrule Warriors was like a desperation move and it isn't even close to finished. Looks like a bunch of reused assetts they threw together to say "i know we basically haven't announced anything for over a year, but here's something we've been working on" because they thought it'd get our hopes up if we think "For all we know, Nintendo has like 10 games they just hven't announced yet and they're all coming out soon". The problem is, things have gotten to the point that if there were big projects in the works, they'd be announced. Any benefit hiding it is vastly outweighed by the negative in appearing to have no software coming on a year and a half old system that already doesn't have much".

Until a few months ago I was a staunch defender of Nintendo but I just can't do it anymore. Somebody there is making a lot of wrong moves. Barely any software for a year and a half is so pathetic!



FireHorsePrime said:

His list would be different if he actually paid for these games instead of getting them for free from Nintendo Life or the publishers.



CasuallyDressed said:

Disappointed to see so much negativity re: the Wii U's library. There are actually five or six high profile games that we had to leave out. And this is just retail! We're hoping to do a separate video for eShop titles.



Captain_Gonru said:

@CasuallyDressed Gotcha. Well, count those as votes for that list, I suppose.
As for retail titles, I'd put Tekken Tag on there. Maybe as an honorable mention. There aren't a ton of fighters on Wii U, and even fewer "technical" fighters. Plus, unlike Injustice, TTT has some fun with the Nintendo brand, with the costumes and powerups.



Emblem said:

@CasuallyDressed Don't worry, the thing i've noticed on NL (or anywhere else) is that most of the negativity regarding the Wii U comes from people who don't own actually own a Wii U, some don't even own a 3DS.



nf_2 said:

I honestly don't agree that there are 20 Wii U games worth owning right now, unless it your only gaming system. Including the eShop, you can make an argument for more, but still a lot of these games are old ports from the 360/PS3 or just aren't that good. I've enjoyed my Wii U so far, and it's a very nice system, but it's greatly lacking in software. This year will change that though, barring setbacks to Smash and X.



Jimmy_G_Buckets said:

So no eshop games for the list then? You should have an article dedicated for that. There's some goodies!



bonham2 said:

Lego City Undercover at #14?!?!! How dare you? Anyway, here's my list just for fun (sticking with the no eShop game theme):

20. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
19. Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
18. Injustice
17. Assassin's Creed IV
16. Nintendo Land
15. Sonic Lost World
14. Wonderful 101
13. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
12. Lego Marvel
11. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
10. New Super Luigi U
9. Batman: Arkham Origins
8. New Super Mario Bros U
7. Zombie U
6. Rayman Legends
5. DKC: Tropical Freeze
4. Zelda: WWHD
3. Pikmin 3
2. Lego City Undercover
1. Super Mario 3D World

1 & 2 were difficult to place. That's how much I like Lego City (and I normally hate Lego games). And I left out a bunch of games that I really like (and a few that I hear are good but I haven't played yet).



JaxonH said:


1) Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
2) Super Mario 3D World
3) Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
4) Pikmin 3
5) Wonderful 101
6) Zelda Windwaker HD
7) Rayman Legends
8) New Super Mario Bros U
9) Darksiders 2
10) Splinter Cell Blacklist
11) Sonic Racing Transformed
12) Batman Arkham City
13) Assassin's Creed 4
14) Deus Ex Human Revolution
15) Resident Evil Revelations HD
16) ZombiU
17) Mass Effect 3
18) Batman Arkham Origins
19) Injustice Gods Among Us
20) Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edge


1) Wii Sports Club
2) Nano Assault Neo
3) NES Remix
4) Mighty Switch Force 2
5) Dr Luigi
6) Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams
7) Toki Tori 2+
8) Castestorm
9) Runner 2
10) Edge


1) Super Metroid
2) Super Mario World
3) Zelda Link to the Past
4) Mega Man 3
5) Mega Man X
6) Mega Man 2
7) F-Zero
8) Earthbound
9) Mega Man
10) Super Mario Bros



TourianTourist said:

Trine 2: Director's Cut should get more love. Simply one of the most beautiful and amazing games on the Wii U. And I really liked playing it with the GamePad.

Besides that I enjoyed Tropical Freeze and The Wind Waker HD.



GreatPlayer said:

I found Nintendo Land is a hit and miss. Some of the minigames in the game are fun (Zelda) but some are somewhat boring (Yoshi). I am surprised that it is ranked so high on the list.



MadJay1664 said:

All brilliant games happy I got my Wii U



rockodoodle said:

Donkey Kong
Sonic and All Stars Transformed
Need for Speed
Star Wars Pinball
Castle Storm



Vriess said:

Just mention three quarters of all the Wii U games that came out so far, and you've got a top 20...



DiSTANToblivion said:

5 easy MUST-HAVES for me are (in no order):

The Wonderful 101
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario 3D Land
Pikmin 3
Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate



TreesenHauser said:

My top games, whether retail or digital:

1.) Super Mario 3D World
2.) Wind Waker HD
3.) Pikmin 3
4.) ZombiU
5.) Darksiders 2
6.) Mutant Mudds Deluxe
7.) Wonderful 101
8.) Rayman Legends
9.) New Super Luigi U
10.) NES Remix
11.) Ducktales Remastered
12.) Earthbound (I know it's VC, but totally worth getting)
13.) Scribblenauts Unlimited
14.) Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition
15.) Wii Sports Club (preferably Bowling or Golf)
16.) Art Academy: Sketchpad
17.) Black Ops 2
18.) Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
19.) Trine 2: Directors Cut
20.) Nano Assault Neo

And before bashing me for not including your favorite game, or placing yours lower than others, I'll have you know I haven't had the best of times financially speaking. And besides, this is just one man's opinion.
(Edited to fix a few goofs.)



johndevine said:

@Shiryu I find that a bit mad. These are the top 20 games for Wii U. Certainly not 20 essential purchases. Far from it actually.



Monkeh said:

Already own all those third-party games (besides ZombiU) on the PC for a lower price and with better graphics.. So yeah, IMO a terrible list with hardly anything worth getting for the Wii U. Ah well, at least I'll be able to enjoy some more DKC:TF before the Wii U goes back to collecting dust 'till May (Mario Kart).



ThumperUK said:

There seems to be a few people objecting to some games being in the list but how many have actually played those games? I'd never have thought Lego City would have been the game I've played the most, followed by Splinter Cell. Both are far better than I had expected (for me, Lego is up there as an all-time great)

By all means slag off a game but only if you have played it!



Evenmoresteven said:

Out of the ones I've played so far. Here's my list.

1. Super Mario 3D World
2. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
3. Pikmin 3
4. Wind Waker HD
5. Batman: Arkham City AE
6. Rayman Legends
7. Trine 2
8. Mutant Mudds Deluxe
9. Batman: Arkham Origins
10. Nintendoland
11. Ducktales Remastered
12. Wii Fit U
13. Wii Sports Club



Obito_Sigma said:

Wow, I was looking through the comments and noticed that Batman Arkham City AE is practically ranked 1 (third-party wise) in most of your lists. I have to agree. If you were to get ANY third-party game for the Wii U, get BACAE. It is far superior to the PS3 and XBox360 versions and beats PC in every category except for graphics and loading time. More enjoyable, though. Who even cares anyway about any extra two seconds and two extra pixels?



MermaidMan said:

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Monkeh said:

@Platypus101 You mean Nintendo's first-party titles? So not the third-party titles, which I was talking about. So no, I don't pirate games.

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