Although Nintendo’s fans are very vocal about what they consider to be the Big N’s slow game release schedule; there are still a lot of awesome games on the system that can be played right now. So, for the first time buyer and Wii U veterans alike, here is a list of Geek Magazine’s top 10 Wii U games. Game on peeps!
Top 10 Wii U Games
10. Zombie U
Zombie U is the first and most frightening horror/survival game on Nintendo’s new system. The games features a couple of unique mechanics that set it apart from the herd, such as the ability to use the Gamepad as an in-game torch, the ability to never, ever re-spawn (every time a player dies, they must start off as a new person), and worst of all, the fact that there’s no pausing.
This can be a real pain when you need to go pee, but are afraid that your character will be cannibalized by zombies while you’re away.
Speaking of pee, this game is like when a person realizes that they need to pee urgently, but once their done, they also need to poop, and then suddenly realizes that there’s no tissue paper in the bathroom just as they finish up; while someone is urgently knocking on the door…this game is intense like that.
9. Mass Effect 3
The Mass Effect franchise has been a staple diet on almost every console this generation, and made its first official debut on the next generation of gaming boxes thanks to the Wii U. Of course, it made the dive in terrible fashion, as the game suffers from screen tear and frame rate drop issues. These are not found on the other consoles and PC versions. But, it’s still the best RPG/Shooter game available on the Wii U.
The Wii U version is the Special Edition, so fans and newcomers to the series’ third instalment are probably getting the best deal on the game, until of course the GOT (Game of The Year) version comes out.
8. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge
When Ninja Gaiden 3 first released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles in March 2012, it became a laughing stock in the gaming world. Its poor mechanics, super easy gameplay and over all mediocrity were a complete embarrassment for the developers, Team Ninja.
After the debacle, Team Ninja retreated into obscurity to revamp and redesign the game specifically for the Wii U. The results were amazing. The game is now fast, visceral, body parts fly everywhere, and it’s now bloody hard. Team Ninja learned their lesson, and offered the fans an apology in the form of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge; worthy of our top 10 Wii U games list.
7. Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Sadly, the Wii U is rather lacking in Beat ‘Em Up games. But fear not, for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is here to save the day! Not only is this one the absolutely best entry into the Tekken franchise, the Nintendo version is spilling over with extra content. Including the Big N’s exclusive features (Kazuya’s got a Mario costume!), and Tekken’s largest and most satisfying character roster till date.
Don’t miss this game if you’re a fan of Beat ‘Em Ups.
6. Warriors Orochi 3: Hyper
Is Warriors Orochi 3 a perfect game? Not by a long shot. Is it fun? Hell yes!
Overpowered Samurais, fighting the weirdest demons in a mash up of Koei’s Samurai Warriors and Romance of Three Kingdoms franchises is the perfect Asian mythology game; it makes you feel like a complete, unstoppable and utter bad ass.
This game is to gamer’s what Transformers was to movie watchers, a “brain off” ball-busting spectacle of awesome insanity . Objectively speaking, this game is kinda trashy, but so were the Transformer movies, but it didn’t make then any less fun to watch. The same principle applies to Warriors Orochi 3: Hyper.
5. Darksiders II
Basically the best hack and slash game on the Wii U so far. The player plays as the Grim Reaper trying to save his brother, War.
The game is fast, brutal and very satisfying. It’s basically a clone of God of War 3, and a pretty good clone by all means.
4. Assassins Creed 3
Assassins Creed 3 has been a divisive game among critics and fans alike. Some love its open forest world and naval combat, while others hate the game’s more scripted gameplay and pretty awful ending.
Either way, it’s the only Assassins game on the Wii U, and it’s still a pretty good game no matter which way you turn it. It is an awesome title for stealth and action fans who own a Wii U.
3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
I’m not really sure what the problem is with yearly COD iterations. They’re all very entertaining games, and Black Ops 2 sets the bar very, very high.
The cinematic experience, combined with the fantastic fine tuning, and double screen functionality Treyarch specifically coded for the Wii U, makes this game the definitive version on any console so far.
2. Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition
Arkham City, the second entry in the gritty Batman video games by Rockstar, was one of the biggest selling points for the new Wii U system, during its prelaunch hype campaign.
Now that the game is out on the Wii U, it’s awesome. The Wii U version is subtitled “Armored Edition,” and includes special features, additional content and an awesome map and inventory management system. This is thanks in part to the double screen nature of the Wii U.
1. New Super Mario Bros. U
The quintessential Wii U experience can only be found on a Nintendo game, made by Nintendo. Although, our top 10 Wii U games list has consisted of mostly ports, because they are the most fun, and awesome gaming experiences the system has to offer; there’s just something magical about platforming that only Nintendo can make.
And they’re giving their fans a full dose of that timeless platforming magic with New Super Mario Bros. U. The game is sheer fun to play, boasts an arsenal of interesting features, and features a very special co-op mode, for both a second or even third player. Where your buddies can create levels on the fly, either helping or hindering the main player’s progress.
So, until the next Super Mario Galaxy, or whichever new major iteration of Mario comes out, this game is the best that the enigmatic brothers have to offer on the Wii U right now.
What are your favorite top 10 Wii U games? Have I left them out? Tell us in the comments!