While many are rightly lamenting the upcoming death of the 3DS eShop, we feel like fewer gamers are pouring one out for the Wii U digital store. Maybe it's just us, but we can't let that stand, as the console actually had some darn good games — some of which are still exclusives to this day. Nintendo's GamePad concept may not have paid off with the public, but it did give developers some fun ideas.
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So, in case you've forgotten about the cool Wii U eShop games that really need to be on your system, we've picked out some gems to pique your interest. Keep in mind we've focused on games that don't have a Switch port here.
Just be aware that since 29th August 2022 you haven't been able to add funds to your eShop account via your Wii U. However, if you have your Nintendo Network ID linked to your Nintendo Account, the pooled funds will still be accessible on the closing stores until the stores close. So, you may want to load up on gift cards while you can — and get a nifty 5% off with our eShop gift card discount code!
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Once you're ready to go be sure to check out this list of 23 Wii U games, all certified bangers, and still enjoyable to play...
Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop)
We've been plugging this game with a passion since the news came of the Wii U eShop closing, and for good reason. Affordable Space Adventures will be one of the biggest losses when the store closes, as it is still completely exclusive to the system. Developed by Nifflas, it's arguably the finest example of the gameplay benefits of the GamePad outside Nintendo Land.
The GamePad is essential, with the touchscreen essentially serving as a control panel for your ship; playing solo you manage engines and ship functions, fly and direct your flashlight. That's hugely enjoyable, but you can also play in co-op with two others to share responsibilities and work together. However you play, the management of the ship and indeed manipulating it to clear puzzles is top-tier game design.
Probably the Wii U eShop game to preserve in your library before it's gone forever.
The Swapper (Wii U eShop)
For those with a love for ominous Sci-Fi, The Swapper is pretty much a perfect option. This is a puzzle platformer in which you try to reason your way through an assortment of intriguing environments while unravelling a mystery.
It's not the longest experience, and it is available on other non-Nintendo platforms, but its clever clone-based puzzles and aesthetic make it well worth a look.
Nano Assault Neo (Wii U eShop)
Shin'en Multimedia has produced masterful Nintendo titles for multiple generations, seemingly making the most of the hardware's capabilities as other companies struggle. Nano Assault Neo was a follow-up to DS and 3DS titles in which you're a microscopic ship fighting all sorts of nasty bugs and things. It was a real looker when it launched on Wii U, but more importantly its orb-like battlefields and stages are still terrific fun.
Well worth a look, especially if you've never encountered this particular Shin'en series.
BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U eShop)
Runner 2 represented a major shift for the BIT.TRIP series after its excellent retro-styled releases on Wii / 3DS and now Switch. The visuals have a stylish 3D look and while the gameplay retains the core fun of the original runner, it also adds new ideas and twists.
Strangely this is the only game in the series not to have a presence on Switch (its successor Runner3 made its debut on Nintendo's current system), so we highly recommend grabbing it on Wii U while you still can.
Year Walk (Wii U eShop)
Year Walk was a fascinating collaboration between DakkoDakko (Scram Kitty) and Simogo (Sayonara Wild Hearts), with a focus on Swedish folklore. It's essentially a tale about a long journey on foot (it's in the name) but the experience is full of surprises, subversive ideas and immersive gameplay. Even better, this is a game that went all in on utilising the GamePad as a second screen, making this arguably the 'definitive' version of the game.
An experience that we highly recommend on Wii U, although it was delisted from the US eShop some time ago, sadly. The ‘PAL’ territories can still grab it, though.
NES Remix (Wii U eShop)
In the Wii U era Nintendo experimented with ways to attract new gamers to retro content, and NES Remix was the classic example. It had a compilation physical release with its sequel at retail in North America and Japan but not in Europe, so we've included it as this is our list and we can do what we want. Bwahaha!
NES Remix doesn't have complete games — you'd have to buy them from the Virtual Console — but clever little snapshots and challenges from 16 different 8-bit titles. In addition, the 'Remix' levels would fundamentally play around with these games and their mechanics, such as an Excitebike race in the dark.
If a game can make Urban Champion seem fun, like this one does, then it must be good.
NES Remix 2 (Wii U eShop)
The first one must have done reasonably well, as here we had a sequel. NES Remix 2 actually had less featured games (12) and less challenges, but upped the ante in terms of its features. It had rather enjoyable Miiverse support (we miss you, Miiverse) and arguably the range of games was stronger, and if you have both games you get an added 'Championship' mode.
If you only get one NES Remix... well, you might as well get both.
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Wii U eShop)
This is actually a compilation of two rather classic arcade beat 'em ups from Capcom - Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom (1994) and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara (1996). They give you chunky, handsome visuals and familiar mechanics as you scroll the screen and beat the snot out of a variety of fantastical monsters. We have fond memories of playing through these campaigns in co-op.
Intriguingly, this release (also on PS3 / Xbox 360 / Steam) is the only semi-modern official way to play these titles, as they were notable in their absence from Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle on Switch.
What does it say about me that I own most of these games?
@IronMan30 That you have good taste
Nintendo should one big sale, where everything is 0.99, what do they get to lose? It's closing down anyway, it's placate all those game preservationists (at least for a while), and create brand loyalty and they get to make a few chump change.
@techdude I want them to do that SO BADLY. I hate that I'm currently trying to manage which Wii U and 3DS games I have to prioritize. If they had everything at $0.99, I'd buy stuff that I currently have no intentions of doing so.
Race the Sun is still available? I thought it was delisted a while ago.
I highly recommend Star Fox Guard. It's one of the best tower defense games I've played
@dustinprewitt Oh no! I meant to add that as it was un-delisted.
@masterLEON Still there I believe? https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Wii-U-download-software/Race-The-Sun-1053787.html
I'm honestly surprised there hasn't been some sort of NES Remix release on the Switch yet. Still need to grab them both. Edit: I forgot NES Remix Pack exists, so I might just grab that.
I'm glad DuckTales Remastered is mentioned in the comments (and is now added to the list); it's a must. I didn't pick up many Wii U eShop games outside of VC titles, but out of this list I wholeheartedly recommend Tengami and Year Walk.
Scram kitty and knytt underground are two of my favourite wii u indies of all time.
These past few days have been some real next level FOMO haven't they?
I made sure to buy pushmo world and affordable space adventures today. Now I'm starting to be concerned if my wii u will have enough memory to get everything I need to get before its gone forever
@Tyranexx or SNES remix
@dustinprewitt if you buy it you should be able to still download it past the march 2023 expiration date, but who knows for how long. definitely gives you some time to invest in some sort of hard drive
@ThomasBW84 Hm, interesting. I know it was delisted off one of my shops (possibly Steam). I liked the premise, too. Race through procedurally generated terrain before the sun sets (as it’s the source of your glider’s power).
@dustinprewitt I'd go for that too!
@ThomasBW84 I was worried that it might have gotten de-listed. Glad to know it's still there! There were quite a few games I discovered to be de-listed as I was going through my wishlist.... mostly from the TG16 library
I'm a bit late to the "show" and it's a bit off topic also, but for 3DS owners:
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D's physical edition can not be reset. Get the digital edition if you plan to replay it from scratch.
The save in the physical edition is tied to the card, so if you buy it used you risk that all is already unlocked, which really defeats the purpose of the game IMO.
@dustinprewitt Added DuckTales, that was too big an oversight to leave out.
@ThomasBW84 well, no one's perfect
Would round up the list to a nice, even 25 though
There were a whole bunch of other games I was excited to name drop that I've gotten for my wii u over the years, only to remind myself that they're still available on either the switch or ps4. Off hand, there's the shantae games, axiom Verge, freedom planet, shovel knight, severed, citizens of earth....
I always thought mini Mario & friends would come to switch as it has amiibo functionality
I just got Tipping Stars yesterday. I've had Affordable Space Adventures for some time but never got around to playing it; this is probably the perfect excuse to finally fix that.
Will definitely give DuckTales and Star Fox Guard a look. Also Metroid Prime Trilogy, which should probably be here since the physical version is so overpriced.
I can't recommend NES Remix enough. Though if I happen to come across a physical copy of NES Remix Pack, I'll get it and backup the digital versions. Super Luigi Bros. is also a nice bonus in the second.
If you don't have a Wii U, Ultimate NES Remix on the 3DS is pretty good, too.
Runbow on Wii U is the best experience ever since it’s the only platform (besides PC) that can handle up to 9 players locally! The setup is pretty weird but fun is guaranteed nevertheless
“ you won't be able to add funds at all past August 29th, 2022”
Nintendo’s FAQ says the following about adding funds after august 2022
“ Users who link their Nintendo Network ID wallet (used with Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems) with their Nintendo Account wallet (used with the Nintendo Switch family of systems) can use the shared balance to purchase content on any of these systems until late March 2023.”
So just to be clear you can still add funds after August 2022 but you must have linked your NNID to the Nintendo Account (https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/27841/~/how-to-link-a-nintendo-network-id-to-a-nintendo-account) and then you can load funds through the Switch or online
This list doesn't make me sad I sold my WiiU back in the day.
The Cave isn't available on the UK Wii U eshop... or is it just me cause I can't even find it on nintendo's UK website
@ThomasBW84 I will take that compliment, thank you. lol.
No ZombiU? Got it for peanuts and thoroughly enjoyed it.
@Taffy @thomasbw84 no, The Cave was delisted a couple of years back. Not sure why.
I love much of the list - particularly Pushmo and Affordable Space adventures.
I highly recommend some non-exclusive games as well, such as:
I actually prefer the original Duck Tales to the remastered version. And I can't even chalk it up to nostalgia as I never actually played it as a kid.
Next we need lists for DLC to buy/download before it closes!
@cyrus_zuo Bomberman 94 rocks. The single player mode is really fun too.
I'll have to grab a few of these.
@gaga64 Wow thanks, have taken that out. My mistake, I assumed that one wouldn't be at risk of being delisted, how odd!
@OldManHermit Yes, DuckTales remaster has a boring art style, dialog, and pacing.
We need Disney Afternoon Collection on Switch!
Here are a few others:
I am surprised that a version of Pushmo/Pullblox hasn’t made it to Switch yet.
Affordable Space Adventure has great controls with the GamePad and it's quite challenging. Another one that I'd recommend that it's not in this list is Super Mario Maker. If you don't have a Switch or you have the Switch Lite, it's a must-have on Wii U. Dr. Luigi is timeless.
Unless he also own all of RCMDIAX releases. In that case I would label him disturbed 🙂
Between the 3DS, Wii U, and Switch — I have enough games to last a lifetime!
I'd say they have a lot of money to lose, if the developers gets a cut that's more than that.
Man I love Woah Dave!!
Last I checked, Year Walk and Art Academy: Sketchpad were delisted.
So not cool, what Nintendo is doing here. I never got Affordable Space Adventures, so seems I should do that, before it's too late.
I think this shouldn't be accepted so easily, what Nintendo is shutting down again.
I'll through in my 2 cents on a few of these.
Totally agree and you should buy them: Nano Assault and Star Fox Guard (it was as fun as Zero was terrible).
Absolutely disagree: NES Remix, games were chopped up into such tiny bits, is was pointless and not fun at all. Tengami, it's beautiful to look at, but honestly, I was bored playing it.
Ducktales and Star fox Guard have physical retail for USA version. Also, Duck tales is available on PS3 & XBOX 360.
I already have Dr Luigi but I almost never touch it as I almost never consider digital only games are exist even I have purchased them.
Wii u is the best nintendo legacy console. Wii u is love.
PayPal everything from eshop
A lot of these are multiplatform. #1 game to buy on WiiU is Xenoblade Chronicles X. Arguably the best in the series, now with 3 announced, there's little chance of a port, and the file size is big, so the physical copies sealed will skyrocket like WarioWare WiiU already has
@1UP_MARIO It is.
@Personausermike Some people seem to hate Xenoblade Chronicles X but I agree that it is the best in the series. It's, actually, my favourite new Wii U game, excluding remasters like Twilight Princess HD. Yes, Breath of the Wild is a new Wii U game too, but I liked Xenoblade Chronicles X much more.
You keep Uncle Grippy away from me, he's not allowed at family barbecues anymore
Yeah they need to do a new NES Remix for Switch (and a SNES Remix while they are at it). I had virtually all of the games in it on VC but it was a lot of fun playing the bite-size chunks and challenges of the games.
Let us all say it together! www.archive.org, they got you boo.
I have most of these already fortunately.
So happy to see Affordable Space Adventures get a little bit of the love it deserves. I would add that it was codeveloped by Nifflas and knapnok games, with the latter handling the sublime control scheme, if I recall correctly. Unbelievably beautiful game in every respect.
I would highly recommend Captain U. It's short but it's cheap and its just a love letter to the Wii U. 😃
Good bye, Driift Mania!!
Tengami appears to be delisted in North America unfortunately. I'll have to get it on Steam I guess.
Nes remix 1 and 2 should’ve released on switch too. It’s a great cheap eshop title. Went on sale many times or given away with my nintendo rewards. Actually affordable space adventure, swapper or most of these were free with the humble bundle I think.
Still have the game pad in great condition
Nintendo actually gave alot of games for free on Wii u with my nintendo or promotions.
I'm going to get some of these, but I'm a bit worried about how long they'll even last on my Wii U. After living abroad for a couple of years I booted it up when I got back and the downloads wouldn't open for whatever reason. Re-downloading them fixed it, but won't be able to do that forever. Guess I'll keep it plugged in and try and actually play them.
This shows how incredible the wii u was. Both in hardware as in games. on top of that the whole wii library is also playable.
Because the WiiU had so little software, I already ended up buying all of these and a lot more.
"Just be aware that you can't use credit cards to pay for eShop games after May 23rd, 2022, and you won't be able to add funds at all past August 29th, 2022"
So, this confuses me. I know for a fact that money I deposit on Switch or the PC browser store show up on 3DS for purchases. Are they cutting off this connection?
Just about 1/2 of these games can be had on Sony and Microsoft consoles (like Duck Tales & Chronicles) so not too bad if you have one or both of those systems. But NES remix games really need to come to Switch and I can’t believe Dr Luigi (or Dr Mario for that matter) hasn’t hit the switch yet. The whole thing still stinks to high heaven regardless! I hope Nintendo is gonna have BC with switch games when their next console drops or people are REALLY gonna be pissed off lol including me who has a 1TB SD card with only 100G space left 😂
Don't worry something tells me Nintendo aren't done with full priced ports just yet
With the Virtual Console, I recommend getting any DS and GBA game.
@nukatha So many games have been quietly de-listed over the years. The only reason I even know that many of them are gone is because they are still on my wish list but they are "Unavailable".
XType Plus is now de-listed but I still enjoy playing it.
I do not see Year Walk anymore either.
Art Academy: Home Studio is still there but not Sketchpad
@Thomystic Yeah, I checked and I do not see it either.
Steam seems like a much safer place to buy games these days. And with Proton getting better and better every day it seems like many more games will be playable on other OS's
Say what you will about the Wii U but MAN did it have a solid lineup of indie exclusives. Bit Trip Runner 2 and Affordable Space Adventures in particular are extremely memorable experiences and seeing them again here just might goad me to dust off my Wii U for a little while.
Why Shinen never put a Nano assault package together for Switch I’ll never know
@nukatha I'm not seeing Year Walk on the NA shop
@Gwynbleidd the rarer ones are the Hudson Soft games. A shame Konami hasn’t put a Hudson collection out on Switch
I hope Capcom can/will port DuckTales to the Switch, but I can't say that I have any particular interest in the rest.
I own Star Fox Guard physical version luckily so don't have to worry about getting that.
However Race the Sun I've never heard of so might pick that up along with Tengami.
Other than that I'm good.
It's not on the list but the WiiU version of Art of Balance is the superior version. It's on the Switch but it's a meh version.
I own most of these.
I have 45 digital games and 77 physical on my Wii U.
Not bad for a DOA console that has no games 🙄
Year Walk got delisted on Wii U a while ago unfortunately…
"Just be aware that you can't use credit cards to pay for eShop games after May 23rd, 2022"
No, this misinformation needs to stop. This line is only present in the NA press release, because it's only removing the ability to use cards on the consoles' eShops themselves, just like what already happened in Europe and Japan. You can still add funds on the website if you have a Nintendo Account (the one Switch uses) linked to your Nintendo Network ID. Credit cards can still be used until next March.
@techdude Because a lot of panic buyers ARE paying full price.
Hold up… the voice acting in duck tales won’t be to everyone’s taste?
But it’s literally the then surviving cast members of the show the game is an adaptation from!
So what you mean is… you don’t want cutscenes on?
Pushmo is great. You can buy the DnD game on Xbox. Just saw it on sale. I feel like these corporations tell you about these store closures to maximize a quarters profit. Sure these games will be missed but if you don’t like what they are doing don’t give them your money on games you never thought about before this closure. They are using our FOMO and making us hyper consumers.
It makes me sad to think there will be no legitimate way to play the Pushmo and original Box Boy games after this ☹️
@HolyGeez03 also plugging sportsball, it was surprisingly one of my most played wii u games
Xenoblade X should be on there. The disc is near worthless without the update packs anyway.
I've been wanting to get Year Walk for a while. I had it on my wishlist, but it's no longer available to buy. I noticed it was missing over a year ago
@IronMan30 same here. Good thing, too, since Nintendo and the various other publishers are unwilling or unable to bring them to Switch.
@Hikingguy @Kyloctopus @Sheekago @nukatha Year Walk was apparently delisted on the US eShop, it is still on the EU/UK eShop.
I have most of these games....It's been so long that I've forgotten about them until seeing this list. I just ordered a really big sd card and am going to head up to my attic, break out the wii u, and get everything downloaded. Feels like the "real" death of the wii u, and 3ds. I'm going to make sure that I get all of the content that I truly want to play before they shut down.
Can't find Race the Sun or Tengami on the N.A. eShop. Seems where delisted. Bad luck for me.
Too bad you need a console to buy all these. Heck, I've had a Humble Bundle code for Affordable Space Adventures since 2016 (may be long expired for all I know) and could never use it.😅
@jikflet Race the Sun certainly seems delisted on Vita (it's on the NoPayStation list I made for the games my account can't legally buy [anymore]), so it's likely the same on Wii U.
@bbliksteen8 That just says you can use the balance you already have to purchase games, not that you can add to that balance after August.
@BulbasaurusRex No. read it again.
“ can use the shared balance to purchase content on any of these systems until late March 2023.”
It says the balance is shared between switch, WiiU and 3ds if you have tied the NNID to Nintendo Account. They aren’t taking away the ability to add credit to Nintendo Account via Switch and since they are linked you can use that money on the WiiU or 3DS to continue to purchase games. August only ends the ability to add via the WiiU or 3DS to unattached NNIDs
Just bought and downloaded Alien Crush, Devil Crush and Pokémon Pinball. I love pinball games and all 3 are great...
@bbliksteen8 Ah, I see. You can still add credit via the Switch eShop. However, that still doesn't help people like me who don't yet have a Switch.
@Luigivaldo Yes Runbow was a surpise game.. Quite the challenge
@bbliksteen8 , So can you add funds via Nintendo account on PC , as I dont have a Switch do you now. If so that would extend the time people have to add funds to the eshop account.
@jikflet Set up a new Nintendo ID and change the region your in, do you know if that would work.
Guess I'll finally have to get Affordable Space Adventures.
Played The Swapper on PC. It's fun, though its story's attempts to be thought-provoking were more than the writers could handle. But that's certainly not a deal-breaker.
Both NES Remix games are available on a single disc, so that will still be available after the eShop closes, though I can't predict its future value on the secondary market. That's another one I should pick up, I guess.
Similarly, Star Fox Guard is really easy to pick up physically right now. IMO Star Fox Zero is an underrated (though still flawed) game, and I had a lot of fun with it. Guard was a nice bonus; can't say I spent as much time with it, though.
I should probably stop commenting and get back to work.
@Mando44646 Yes this what I am wondering, I have Nintendo account and my NNID is connected, so if I am able to add funds via PC and it stills shows on all eshops that will be cool. Then we have until March basically.
It menas any 3DS and WiiU owners who have not opened a Nintendo account , should do and connect their NNID to take advantage of possible more time to get the titles they want.
Well I have twelve of the games in the list. surpised the Two Trine Games where not in the List. I know there still in the EU eshop.And if you buy one I think they offer a discount for the other one.
For me though I want to get Captain U as its one of the last games, though there is the new game Nintendo life previewed last Month to come, bit unfair for that developer, as now his game will up for like less than a year.
@techdude then you'd have an option, pay $60 for skyward sword HD or .99 for skyward sword
@Dr_Corndog Yeah I mean I went to gamestop and they gave me star fox guard for free, nobody seems to want it
@Mando44646 No, you're good.
@ThomasBW84 Tengami though?
Noitu Love: Devolution should also be on that list. To my knowledge it's still console exclusive (Wii U/3DS).
The irony of course is that the early closure of the 3DS/WiiU eShops is that fans are rushing to panic buy as many titles as they can afford, creating a surge in digital revenue for Nintendo.
I sort of had forgot nes remix, spent this afternoon playing it again.. and thanx for the person above sharing that there is a 3ds version….
How much i dislike nintendo’s decision in many ways, it certainly made me rediscover both systems again this week…
@BulbasaurusRex @KITG_GROUP Yes. You can add credit online here:
I just bought a eshop card from this article and was able to add it to my Nintendo Account at that link.
So by what nintendo says, as long as you have created a nintendo account (you don’t have to have a switch to do this) and tied your NNID to it, you will be able to load gift cards to the Nintendo Account either through the switch or online and have it be accessible through the 3DS or WiiU eshop
Hope that helps!
@bbliksteen8 That's cool, never knew it worked also for funds, only ever used it for download codes!
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@ThomasBW84, did Nintendo Life make an article for this situation when the Wiiware shop went down? Also, I imagine we’ll be losing access to the DSi shop along with the 3DS shop, maybe you can make an article for the best DSi games to snag before the shut down?
@BombchuPwned True, but access to about half of the DSiWare games have already been lost (and with no warning when it happened ), so that would be a pretty awkward list.
@masterLEON if you have a ps4 vr race the sun is available for ps4 also. Either way it’s an awesome, cheap and fun game. I have had hours of fun on endless nights playing it just on my Wii u
@KITG_GROUP Trine isn't on the list because all 4 Trine games are on switch. This was a list of games that are exclusively on Wii U that you can't get on Switch
@Dirty0814 That sounds awesome! Unfortunately, I have no PS4. When I get around to getting a PS5 and PSVR2 comes out, I hope it'll be backwards compatible so I can add it to the collection. Almost 10 years ago, I first played the game in Flippfly’s booth at PAX East and I was instantly hooked. And that was before they added color!
@ThomasBW84 I just checked the Race the Sun listing on my WiiU wishlist (NA eShop) and it says Software Not Available. And doing a search only brings up the trailer. Could it be possible that it's still being sold in different region eShops? I also noticed on my XBox that the game is still available for $9.99US ($2.99 currently on sale).
@dustinprewitt The delisted TG-16 games are pretty much all Irem games (Ninja Spirit, Image Fight 1&2, R-Type, etc.). They were taken off in 2020, I believe, only 2 years after they were offered. I'm not sure if something happened to the company and had to turn over the IPs or if they were just dissatisfied with the sales.
Perhaps (probably?) they're already on Switch (or other platforms), but I'd also like to suggest Art of Balance, EDGE, Freedom Planet, Gunman Clive HD Collection, Little Inferno, Runbow, Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones, Thomas Was Alone, Toki Tori and Toki Tori 2+.
Personally, I'm spending my money on GBA games, as I understand the emulation is good.
Affordable Space Adventure is so good, its up there with XBX for most wanted port from the Wii U.
I’d be interested in a list of “what games I should buy digitally now while I can because the physical copies are insanely priced “
@masterLEON it’s not in the US WiiU shop anymore I checked just now.
I never thought about Xbox, I’ll have to grab it while I can definitely and I agree, when I get a PS5 I’ll hope it’s backwards compatible as well. As for the VR system I am not sure they will release a new one for PS5 and if they do it’ll be late into the systems life. They did release an adapter for the PS VR where it can hook up to the PS5 though. That’s why I don’t believe they’ll release a new one anytime soon. The only games I even play on my PS4 anymore are somy exclusives (which really are not but a handful ) and VR games, I typically buy Xbox anymore. Because of their backwards compatibility.
Also this is why everyone needs to buy the games now instead of waiting because they will slowly be delisted.
@OnlyItsMeReid star Fox guard was an add on game for star Fox zero. They probably gave it for free because no one is going to be looking to buy it separately
@KITG_GROUP eshop cards can be added by pc or switch and even Wii U still I believe, you just cannot put funds directly from bank account into WiiU last I knew. Also it’s March 2023 it’ll shut down so we still have another year to buy games.
Indeed, Ducktales Remastered is worth archiving just for have some of the final performances of Alan Young and June Foray.
June's repertoire was especially amazing: Rocky of Rocky & Bullwinkle, BOTH the Disney and WB versions of 'Witch Hazel', Granny (Tweety), amd Talky Tina from the Twilight Zone.
@Aneira No need for that. Many people enjoyed my games - it was easy to scroll past them if they weren’t your taste.
@ThomasBW84 No, it just says that Wii U had no games.
Will there be best of Virtual Console games articles for the Wii U and 3DS?
But they weren't YOUR games were they? They were freeware and you basically just copy/pasted in order to make money. And then you went crazy and flooded the eshop. I liked your own physics puzzle game. Don't remember the name. You should have believed more in yourself and try to bring quality rather than a quick sorry dollar.
Re-mix should be added to NSO-- would be a nice little addition.
Just buy the entire GBA VC library, it's basically just the ~50 best games on the GBA.
Both NES Remix games were released physically as NES Remix Pack.. You can still get this after the shop closure
I cannot recommend Ultratron highly enough! I think it's the Wii-U game I spent most time on, after Zelda. Really, really good arcade style shooter.
@UsurperKing Ahhh , Didnt know Trine was on Switch. But then don't have a Switch.
Are you referring to @RCMADIAX 's first game?
That was also nothing but a blatant clone, but it happened to clone a game nobody on the NLife team or most readers had heard of, so he got a free pass, and even a good review.
The game he had cloned was Tumbledrop. I had played it on my iPhone before RCMADIAX cloned it, so I was a little disheartened to see NLife actually praising the clone back in the days.
Thanks for enlightening me.
I hereby withdraw my praise of actually doing one thing right 🙂
@KeeperBvK Never heard of that game. Definitely didn’t clone it. Blok Drop U was built from a tech demo the engine creators included as part of a tutorial. Maybe they cloned it from that game - but I didn’t.
Honestly none of this matters. I made bank on the eShop - much more than most developers did so I don’t regret anything.
It’s been what, 5 or 6 years since my last game release? People are still sour over what I published. 😂
@Aneira Of course they were. I owned the rights to publish them on the Wii U.
Now we need a list of essential virtual console games to buy before it closes
I was actually unaware that Abyss was ported to Switch, and I never played it co-op on Wii U either.
My guess would be split-screen on the Switch... for $2.99 it's worth a gamble.
If you like Gamepad co-op, make sure you check out Affordable Space Adventures on WiiU if you haven't already.
@YoshiFlutterJump MPT is only truly overpriced if you don't know where to look, how to deal shop, or are extremely impatient. I paid some $80 USD for CIB including metal outer box used but in excellent condition, disc NM, not too long ago.
Just like recent amiibo trends--thanks a frickin' lot Nintendo--buying straight up is usually bat crap insane if not outright completely stupid. Although planning ahead for a purchase is actually your best option, even just having the fortitude to wait for a few weeks (or more) AFTER you intend to be ready for purchase can save you a good 20-30 of your native currency if not more, considering (i.e. S/H jacking, etc).
@techdude they only control the prices of Nintendo games. Prices of everything else is up to those publishers/developers.
Honest question, were there ever any physical copies of Star Fox Zero that didn't have Guard included? I was under the impression it never sold enough to require a second print, every copy I saw was the double pack.
If we're gonna throw in Virtual Console games, then I recommend every DS game.
I own every single one of those. I didn't play race the sun & year walk that much and will have to check the out again.
Most of the other essential Indies are now om the Switch eShop so it is good to have a understanding of what isn't. Cheers guys.
Nes remix needs a rerelease and snes, gameboy, n64 remix etc needs to exist!
Ducktales is so satisfying to watch.
These games don't deserve oblivion. I hope the developers bring them to Switch. First of all, I think to Pushmo and Nano Assault Neo.
@ElRoberico I went through the list of Wii U and 3DS exclusives and prioritized them. I did this when I first heard of the closure in March. I made a monthly list of about the same sum of money worth of games by a prioritized order of interest.
I've gotten down to tier 4 of my list, and it's still dozens of titles. Got some out of the set order during discounts or physical copy availability. In ways I'm ahead of schedule already.
We still need a list of the best virtual console games to download before they're gone forever....
Happy to see Starfox Guard. Such a great game and I ended up playing it more than Zero back in the day lol
So, this confirms that that most of the best Wii-U exclusives are now on Switch. No need to want a Wii-U anymore. Now, Nintendo needs to port or remaster more Wii games.
Manfred & Co.. please bring Nano Assault to Switch..
Archive.org friends, if you need it get it for free. Nintendo doesn't deserve your money after pulling ***** like this.
@IronMan30 Without meaning to trash the Wii U, it was my favourite system ever at the time, it probably also means that, like me, you mainly played the Wii U and got most games for it that were remotely interesting.
For how much Kirby and the Rainbow Curse costs physically, you might as well include that one here. It’s cheaper on the eShop, and definitely worth your time.
Two games on here I'd strongly second is Nano Assault and Star Fox Guard. Nano Assault is a great shooter and graphically, it looks AMAZING! Star Fox Guard didn't make a good first impression, but about a year after I bought it, I got sucked in and now I absolutely love it. It also makes for an interesting novelty because of how it was designed around the gamepad. It's one of the few Wii U games that I don't see really being possible on Switch or any other traditional console.
RIP to Star Ghost, went on a farewell sale for a buck and got delisted.
From the list it will be the remixes for me. Other will be ds and gba games.
Don't own many of these but good choices. I mostly went for games like Rush (Wii U exclusive), Edge (PS Minis and Wii U), Life of Pixel (unsure what else it's on). Captain U (had to get one of the last Wii U eshop games before the Reversi game and others came out afterwards).
It’s shame we can’t find them all on the Switch.
I love the -idea- of NES Remix, but if I had known that the WiiU version has input lag, I would've gotten it for 3DS instead.
@RupeeClock I mean not for anyone with a half a brain. They make it so you have 0 reason not to mod your console at that point and if you can't actually buy the games non-second hand any longer...makes it simple to never fear of missing out since there's lots of archives and other places with the games available.
Re: discussions above: As far as I can tell, Art Academy: SketchPad is still available on the European eShop. But is there any point of buying it if you already own Art Academy: Atelier (Home Studio)?
Here's a couple more for the list...
The Fall - Great atmospheric puzzle game.
Scribble - Great little party game
I think the reasons to own a Wii U are mainly.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Virtual Console games
Wii backwards compatibility
I think at this point if you've not got a Wii U, it's not worth it. As you've likely not got enough time before the eshop closes to make good use of its best feature.
Theres actually a sale on Nano Assault Neo on the European eShop right noe (!).
The following games from this list are not currently available in North America:
Race the Sun
Art Academy: SketchPad
Bike Rider UltraDX - WORLD TOUR
the discounts on wiiu are so... poor, and it wiil close in 1 week
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