Super Mario Maker is basically a dream come true for Nintendo fans, the ability to create and share their very own Mario levels. Mario Maker allows for a tone of creativity, and the game let the community shine with automatic levels, incredibly hard levels, and everything in between. There may not be much happening on the game these days, but for a time it was always exciting to see what new creations popped up.
Splatoon is something you don’t see from Nintendo, a big brand new IP, and a shooter to boot. Flash forward a few years and Splatoon has become a monumental success, and big focus for Nintendo. The game’s brilliant ink mechanic, adorable character designs, and general weirdness helps set it apart from the pack.
Super Smash Bros. has cemented its place as one of Nintendo’s top series over the years, and the Wii U entry is no different. An impressive roster adds on characters like Shulk, Mega Man, and Pac-Man. Meanwhile a number of gameplay changes make Smash 4 play even smoother than the Wii entry, Brawl. This is absolutely one title that any Wii U owner must have.
Donkey Kong Country made a big return on the Wii but the second title, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, even manages to surpass the first. Tropical Freeze is a seriously challenging platformer with some incredibly smart puzzles, and a unique aesthetic that frosts over the tropical jungles of DK. Add in the fact that it’s a great co-op game and you’ve got one of the best DK games ever made. Wii U.
Platinum Games has developed more than one cult classic, and they brought a generous amount of support to the Wii U. One of their more unique titles is The Wonderful 101, basically the video game equivalent of a Saturday morning cartoon. You control a group of superheroes named the Wonderful 101, controlling their formation in a Pikmin-like style. It’s a unique experience, with a distinctly cartoony style. Wii U.
Hyrule Warriors is a game that is far better than it has any right to be, a combination of Zelda and Koei Tecmo’s Warriors series. Somehow the game manages to blend the two series incredibly well, and it’s great fun to play as Zelda characters you’ve never had the chance to play, like Darunia. Hyrule Warriors is one of the best Warriors games out there, and a quality exclusive for Nintendo. Wii U.
For a time it seemed like we’d never see another Bayonetta, that is until Nintendo helped Platinum fund the game directly. Bayonetta 2 is more than anyone could have hoped for, improving on the first game in nearly every way. Combat additions and tweaks, a more fleshed out story, and a wealth of side content are just a few of the ways that Bayonetta 2 sets itself up as one of the very best character-action games out there.
The biggest strength of Yoshi’s Wooly World is its aesthetic, which is just about the cutest thing you can imagine. Everything is done up in the style of wool, and Wooly World is just horrendously cute, really showing off what Nintendo can do with an art style. Underneath all that style is a good, although simple, platforming experience that can also be entirely played in co-op.
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker is basically a dream come true for Nintendo fans, with the ability to create and share their very own Mario levels. Mario Maker allows for a tone of creativity, and the game let the community shine with automatic levels, incredibly hard levels, and everything in between. There may not be much happening on the game these days, but for a time it was always exciting to see what new creations popped up.