Wii U Games that work without a Gamepad?

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  1. Yandere-chan
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    Yandere-chan The One and Only

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    Could someone tell me what all Wii U Games work at least 90% without a gamepad? The ones I am 100% sure about are
    • Mario Kart 8 (from start to end, without Gamepad)
    • Super Mario 3D World (100% playable, theres about 3 to 4 levels that need a Gamepad, excluding Captain Toad levels.)
    • New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi. U (Works 100% without a Gamepad, full game is completely playable from start to end)
    • Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze (Works fully without a Gamepad, from start to end.)
    Games I'd like confirmation on
    • Zelda Breath of the Wild
    • Pikmin 3
    • Wind Waker HD
    • Sonic Racing Transformed (Full Game, tried Demo, worked wonderfully with Pro Controller.)
    • Sonic Lost World (Heard something about needing a Gamepad for Single Player mode, and to launch the game)
    • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii U
    • Mario Tennis Ultra Smash
    • Splatoon
    • Super Mario Maker (kind of a dumb question, since it completely needs the Gamepad but, I heard that you can use Pro Controller for PLAYING levels if you already have a save or something like that)
    • Xenoblade Chronicles X
    • Yoshi's Woolly World
    • Hyrule Warriors
    Aswell as Virtual Console titles from the following systems
    • NES
    • SNES
    • GBA
    • NDS
    • N64
    Thank you.
     
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  2. ThisIsJohn

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    Honestly, no offense meant towards you specifically, but I will never understand these threads. The Gamepad is part of the system. It's not that big of deal. Use it when you have to and use another controller when you have the option to you. It's not that bad, trust me.
     
  3. Yandere-chan
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    I do not own a Gamepad full time. I am currently borrowing a console from a store to just do some things that need the Gamepad then returning it. It is way out of my price range as I don't have any way of making any money and when I do, it's very small. I did some things like
    • Added nearly 50 Mii characters to my Mii Maker since a Gamepad is REQUIRED for it and I wanted to use Miis in Mario Kart 8
    • Did anything I needed to in System Settings
    • Tested out Netflix and YouTube
    • Tried launching a title that needs the Gamepad connected (Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric Demo) and tried playing it with another controller (Fail, didn't work.)
    • Tried out games on the Gamepad without the television being on and while being in another room.
    • Tried out the Internet Browser, not like that matters.
    Things I still need to do
    • Complete all of the Gamepad levels in Super Mario 3D World with all stamps and stars collected, aswell as playing through them with all of the characters for golden stars on the level icons (and for another star on my file)
     
  4. SANIC

    SANIC GBATemp's Sonic Fan in Residence, 後

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    Smash and Both zeldas work sans game pad. The rest including super Mario maker (the intro forces you to use game pad to set up the first level) need it
    Hyrule Warriors ultra smash and Sonic All Stars Racing transformed work too
     
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  5. Proust

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    For some it's simply an annoying part of the system. I'm one of those that can't stand the gamepad and prefer to have it off, while playing on a pro or other controller.
     
  6. pedro702

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    every game that is compatible with wiiu pro or Classic controller works without the gamepad...
     
  7. SANIC

    SANIC GBATemp's Sonic Fan in Residence, 後

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    That's not true tho, many games like Sonic Lost World or Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games specifically require you to use the game pad at start up no matter what
     
  8. Yandere-chan
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    Yeah
     
  9. wolf-snake

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    Trust me it can't be as annoying as dealing with a crappy 360 d-pad or that damn touch pad on the PS4.
     
  10. pedro702

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    oh yeah i hate the touch pad on ps4 controller i mean killzone sucked on ps4 an the touchpad commands just made it even worse imo.
     
  11. wolf-snake

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    I wish that touchpad was used for something, after launch it pretty much became a glorified select button.
     
  12. YukidaruPunch

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    I'll never understand these types of posts. OP specifically requests an information and the very first reply is questioning one's motives on why they're asking what they're asking for. It's about as unhelpful as it can be. It's almost like they're deliberately trying to derail the thread.

    Now, onwards to what the OP has requested:
    • Zelda Breath of the Wild - 99% playable. There's, like, six shrines in the entire game which require the gamepad for motion sensor puzzles. I only found two so far, and they're entirely optional as far as I know.
    • Pikmin 3 - No idea
    • Wind Waker HD - Unsure, but I believe so. The game specifically asks you which controller you want to use once you boot the game. Twilight Princess does the same.
    • Sonic Racing Transformed - No idea
    • Sonic Lost World - No Idea
    • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Wii U - I guess so? Played it tons of times with friends and there wasn't a single thing that seemed CRUCIAL to use the Gamepad with. Maybe not 100%, but probably over 90%.
    • Mario Tennis Ultra Smash - No idea
    • Splatoon - Unplayable. You can't even go past the title screen.
    • Super Mario Maker - I think it's exactly as you said. Once you start a new game, you'll absolutely need a Gamepad. Once the tutorial part is done, I think you can let it go and the downloaded level totally work with the Pro Controller.
    • Xenoblade Chronicles X - No idea
    • Yoshi's Woolly World - No idea
    • Hyrule Warriors - No idea
    As for VC:
    NES, SNES, GBA and N64: you're fine. Press ZR to configure stuff.
    DS: don't bother.
    Just, uh, be careful not to leave the Virtual Console Menu button (usually ZR) unmapped. On most games, touching the screen will bring up the menu, so no idea how you'd manage if you somehow didn't map this function and didn't have a gamepad around. The exception, obviously, being the DS VC, in which the touchscreen works... as a touchscreen.

    I do have a question for you, though: how is SM3DW completely playable without a gamepad, not counting the Captain Toad levels? I remember a very specific level (I think it was Peach only, something like that) where I had to touch platforms and blow in the mic to proceed. How are these playable using only the Pro Controller?
     
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  13. leafeon34

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    Pikmin 3 requires the gamepad.
     
  14. Marko76

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    Exactly there are several levels in sm3dw where you either need to touch the screen or blow the microphone or a combo of both.
     
  15. kolosus

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    Tried playing Mario maker workout game pad today, turned off. Game won't launch without pad. Turn on pad, ok or cancel. Without game pad no launching game.
     
  16. Ryccardo

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    X - technically playable without 99% of the time, but you'll miss the map (including warping to sectors potentially across the world, probe configuration, destination indicator(s), and the nice side effect of being warned of battles you accidentally triggered without realizing)