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Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

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Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

Nintendo has been well known for multiplayer and cooperative games since the N64 era, and that tradition of playing games together was well represented with the Wii U. The Wii U offered a unique way to play games asymmetrically which hadn’t been done on a home console before. Some of their best cooperative games took advantage of this creative innovation and are here on our list. Here are the 15 best cooperative Wii U games of all time.

Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

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.

Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

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 appropriately a lot of vertical space to explore and the camera uses the zoom feature well, allowing for some separation on the same screen.

Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

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.

Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

Super Mario 3D World did for 3 dimensional Mario games what New Super Mario Bros. U did for 2D; it’s a solid platformer that builds on the good traits of previous Mario titles, with lots of space to explore with up to four players in large levels. It’s in most ways a sequel to Super Mario 3D Land, but players can choose from either Mario, Peach, Luigi, or Toad, who’s playability and traits harken back to Super Mario Bros. 2. SM3DW also introduces some new items into the series including the Super Bell.

Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

Designed to go along with the big spacious levels, the Super Bell gives players a cat suit to wear, and lets them run faster on all fours, swipe with claws, climb walls, and air dash long distances. The Super Bell and double cherries (also an homage to SMB2) give SM3DW a certain chaos that while can be a tad frustrating at times, is undeniably fun. While most Mario games have levels that are focused on getting past obstacles with a small margin of error, Super Mario 3D World’s levels are more like playgrounds with toys scattered about.

Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

Whether trying to remain in sync with your platforming partners, throwing around a stray baseball, or throwing around your platforming partners, Super Mario 3D World is a joy to play cooperatively.

Top 15 Best Co-Op Wii U Games of All Time

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