The 10 Best Wii U Games

Updated January 23, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 21 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Just because the Wii U only has games either made by, or created in collaboration with, Nintendo, doesn't mean it doesn't have some real knock your socks off, in your face, addictive titles that you'll want to play nonstop for hours on end. We've forgone food and showers over the last few days of marathon gaming sessions to determine which are the very best. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best wii u game on Amazon.

10. Minecraft: Wii U

Minecraft: Wii U is great for players of all ages, allowing them to explore randomly-generated worlds and build a bevy of structures, from simple to complex. This edition includes a Super Mario Mash-Up Pack that integrates Nintendo's iconic character into levels.
  • four-player split-screen capability
  • two difficulty modes
  • not quite as good as the pc version
Brand Nintendo
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

9. Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 allows players to control up to 100 adorable creatures that are somewhat of a cross between ants & plants. With a variety of Pikmin species, each with different abilities, along with a wide range of adversaries and challenges, it will put your skills to the test.
  • has a fun co-op mode
  • good for strategy-loving gamers
  • tutorial is very tedious
Brand Nintendo
Model WUPPAC32
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. Mario Kart 8

Everyone's favorite racer is back with a vengeance in Mario Kart 8. The franchise's already-loose interpretation of the laws of physics is pushed even further by adding the ability to race upside down, underwater, and even across walls.
  • can share clips on mario kart tv
  • playable as bowser's minions
  • battle mode is somewhat uninspired
Brand Nintendo
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Tokyo Mirage Sessions

Tokyo Mirage Sessions is an addictive RPG that will make you hate to put the controller down. While the storyline is somewhat silly and, at times, juvenile, it is still somehow tons of fun for players of all ages as you kill your enemies with entertainment-themed attacks.
  • set in unique locales
  • very anime-like feel to it
  • old school turn-based battle system
Brand Nintendo
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Nintendo Splatoon

Nintendo Splatoon is a paintball-like shooter that really showcases the online capabilities of the console. While it can be played solo, you'll have the best time in the chaotic 4-on-4 competitive play mode as you try and cover the world in your team's ink.
  • traditional 3rd-person shooter style
  • emphasis is on controlling territory
  • no same-location multiplayer mode
Brand Nintendo
Model E3Splatoonnintendo_wii_
Weight 2.9 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze allows you to play as Donkey, Dixie, Cranky, or Diddy Kong as you try and reclaim Donkey Kong Island. On your way, you'll travel across five different locations with stages that include underwater environments and frozen lands.
  • new rotating camera feature
  • local multiplayer mode
  • can be played with the u controller
Brand Nintendo
Weight 3.5 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2 is a challenging hack-and-slash sequel to the 2010 version. In it, players assume the role of the eponymous Bayonetta, a character in search of her identity, and fight their way through a fast-paced, action-packed world.
  • epic scored soundtrack
  • lots of new and unique weapons
  • best for mature gamers
Brand Nintendo
Weight 1.4 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World is a hybrid somewhere between a classic side-scroller and a go-anywhere Mario 64-esque game. It includes distinct character skills, the ability to freeze time, and a power-up that transforms playable characters into a versatile feline.
  • fun for all ages
  • detailed and colorful environments
  • has some puzzle elements
Brand Nintendo
Weight 2.9 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

A remake of the classic GameCube title, the Nintendo Selects Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is not only a great game, but is available at a great price, too. Players control the protagonist Link as he crosses the seas in order to to save the titular Zelda from evil forces.
  • does not require internet
  • new swift sail speeds up gameplay
  • immersive storyline and graphics
Brand Nintendo
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. allows up to eight players to pit their favorite Nintendo characters against each other in stunning resolution. This new entry in the long-running series also introduces support for Mii fighters and amiibo figures.
  • near endless bonus modes
  • contains a lot of new characters
  • can build your own fight stages
Brand Nintendo
Model E3SuperSmashBrothersnin
Weight 4.2 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on January 23, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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