New Super Mario Bros. U
The first cooperative game on our list and Mario’s high-definition debut, New Super Mario Bros. U was one of the Wii U’s biggest games. NSMBU didn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but it remains one of the best 2D entries in the series’ 35+ year history. The game builds upon the basics people have come to expect, left to right side-scrolling with plenty of obstacles and collectibles along the way.NSMBU stands above the rest, however, with its brilliant baroque level design. The game was designed to not only be a tight platformer, but also to be a big playground for up to 5 players. Up to four players can be on the screen at once, with an optional fifth using the gamepad’s touch screen to poke enemies and create new platforms. There’s also, appropriately, a lot of vertical space to explore and the camera uses the zoom feature well, allowing for some separation on the same screen.All that space is perfect for co-op, as well as the new flying squirrel power-up. In addition to clearing regular levels with friends, NSMBU also offers Boost Rush and Coin Rush modes, which are a little more competitive. Either way, there’s tons of fun to be had with fellow players.