[Essentials] Wii U games

Discussion in 'Wii U - Games & Content' started by Taleweaver, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    So...the common 'essential wiiu game list'. Basically: if you've played a game you really liked and want to let others know, you can post it here. I (Taleweaver) will add it to the list below. :)

    EDIT: it's propably worth mentioning that by the nature of this voluntary voting method, older games usually end up higher on the list, and newer games sometimes barely have votes. This doesn't mean these newer games are worse because they're ranked lower.

    That said...A few rules if you want to vote:

    * you must have played the wiiU version of the game at least an hour before making a vote (please respect this one)
    * wiiU games don't have to be sold on disks to be voteable. However, for everything on the eShop goes the same first rule: you need to have played the wiiU version before casting a vote.
    * you can vote for a demo if you really like it, but keep in mind this does not count as voting for the full version. Also: if the demo gets pulled from the eshop, I'll also remove it from the list.
    * no minus votes. Not liking a game is fine, but please allow others their opinion.
    * please keep your own tabs on which games you already voted for.
    * please don't edit a previous post to add new games. It'll be impossible to keep the list up to date.
    * if it's a new entry, please provide a short description of the type of game.
    * keep the discussions on the games themselves to a minimum. There's a "start new thread" button for a reason. ;)
    * state the full name of the game in a clear and readable fashion (one game per line, preferably with a "+1" prefix). If you can't be bothered to type more than "BLOPS 2", I'm assuming you just aren't too motivated to see it in the list. See my first reply below as an example.
    * depending on how popular and largely used DLC will become, it may or may not become voteable (for the moment: please don't vote). EDIT: seeing how it can pretty much make a new game: vote for it if you like. :)
    * UPDATE: since the wiiu is pretty much dead at this point (begin 2018), I'll only update this list about once a month or so (or longer, as time goes by).

    That's it. And with that said...the list. :D

    Essential: 18+
    [69] Nintendoland (party game)
    [61] New Super Mario Bros U (platformer)
    [42] Legend of Zelda: Wind waker HD (action adventure)
    [42] Mario Kart 8 (racing)
    [33] Super Mario 3D world (platformer)
    [29] Super smash bros for wiiu (fighting game)
    [24] ZombiU (survival horror)
    [18] Lego City Undercover (action/adventure)
    [18] Pikmin 3 (strategy/adventure)

    Recommended: 8->17
    [16] Trine 2: Director's cut (adventure platformer)
    [16] Call of duty: Black Ops 2 (FPS)
    [15] Super Mario Maker (platform/editor)
    [15] Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (racing)
    [14] Splatoon (3rd person shooter)
    [13] Zelda: Breath of the wild (adventure)
    [13] Bayonetta 2 (action game)
    [13] Bayonetta 1 (action game)
    [12] Assassin's Creed 3 (action adventure)
    [12] Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (fighting)
    [11] Hyrule warriors (hack 'n slash)
    [11] Monster hunter 3 ultimate (action adventure)
    [11] Need for Speed Most Wanted U (racing)
    [11] Batman: Arkham city; armored edition (action adventure)
    [11] New Super Luigi U (platformer)
    [11] Xenoblade chronicles X (action RPG)
    [10] The wonderful 101 (action adventure)
    [10] Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (puzzle)
    [10] Donkey Kong country Tropical Freeze (platformer)
    [9] Nano Assault Neo (shoot 'em up)
    [8] Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (platformer)
    [8] Little inferno (simulation)

    Noteworthy: 3->7
    [7] NES remix (minigames)
    [7] Yoshi's woolly world (platformer)
    [6] Pokken tournament (action RPG)
    [5] Resident evil revelations (survival horror)
    [5] Tokyo Mirage sessions (JRPG)
    [5] Shovel Knight (platformer)
    [5] NES remix 2 (minigames)
    [5] Rayman Legends (platformer)
    [5] Mighty Switch force (platformer)
    [5] Injustice: Gods Among Us (fighting)
    [5] The legend of Zelda: Twilight princess HD (adventure)
    [4] Steamworld dig (action / platformer)
    [4] Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (action adventure)
    [4] Mass effect 3 (RPG/shooter)
    [4] FAST Racing Neo (racing)
    [4] Project zero: maiden of black water (horror)
    [3] Kirby and the rainbow curse (platformer)
    [3] Dr. Luigi (puzzle game)
    [3] Earthbound (RPG)
    [3] Unepic (platforming RPG)
    [3] Wii party U (party game)
    [3] Call of duty: Ghosts (FPS)
    [3] Ninja Gaiden 3 Razors Edge (action adventure)
    [3] Mario Kart 8 DLC pack 1 (racing; DLC)
    [3] Sonic: lost world (platformer)

    Others: 1->2
    [2] Watch_Dogs (sandbox)
    [2] Steamworld collection (platformer+tactics)
    [2] Wii sports club: Golf (sports)
    [2] Game & Wario(mini games)
    [2] Deus Ex (FPS/stealth game)
    [2] Sniper elite V2 (First Person Shooter)
    [2] Mario Party 10 (party game)
    [2] The fall (adventure)
    [2] The cave (adventure/puzzle)
    [2] Toki Tori (platformer/puzzle)
    [2] Edge (platformer)
    [2] FIFA 13 (sports)
    [2] Toki Tori 2 (platformer/puzzle)
    [2] Darksiders 2 (action adventure)
    [2] Teslagrad (platformer)
    [2] Axiom verge (metroidvania)
    [2] Art of Balance (puzzle)
    [1] Paper Mario Color Splash (RPG)
    [1] Gunman Clive (shooter)
    [1] Pushmo World (puzzle game)
    [1] Runbow (party game)
    [1] Darksiders: warmastered edition (action adventure)
    [1] Binding of Isaac: rebirth (roguelike)
    [1] Steamworld Heist (action/tactics)
    [1] Nihilumbra (platformer)
    [1] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic games (sports)
    [1] Lone survivor (horror game)
    [1] Sonic Boom (adventure)
    [1] Super Mario Galaxy 2 (VC; action adventure)
    [1] Warriors Orochi 3 (hack 'n slash)
    [1] Zen Pinball 2 (pinball)
    [1] Lego Batman 2 (action adventure)
    [1] Animal Crossing Plaza (social app)
    [1] Art Academy Sketchbook (drawing app)
    [1] 007 legends (action adventure)
    [1] Chasing Aurora (action game)
    [1] Batman Arkham Origins (action adventure)
    [1] Lego Marvel Superheroes
    [1] Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (platformer)
    [1] Super Mario Bros 3 (eshop; platformer)
    [1] Epic Mickey 2 (action adventure)
    [1] Wii fit u (sports / fitness)
    [1] Cloudberry Kingdom (platformer)
    [1] Color zen (puzzle)
    [1] Knytt Underground (metroidvania / platform / puzzle)
    [1] Olli Olli (platformer/racing)
    [1] One piece: unlimited world red (action adventure)
    [1] Child of light (platformer)
    Last edited by Taleweaver, Jan 16, 2018 - Reason: Last addition: post 404
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  2. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    +1 ZombiU (survival horror)
  3. Alexrose

    Alexrose Untitled

    Jan 20, 2009
    +1 Nintendoland

    I like New Super Mario Bros U, but I feel like I might be biased because it's my only substantial launch game. Like.. had a 3D Mario came out at the same time I would've barely played NSMBU, so it isn't all that essential.

    Nintendoland was genuinely great though, I stayed up till 7 in the morning playing Battle Quest with a mate the other day. Haven't had a gaming session like that in a *long* time. With that in mind, I'll just vote for that for now.
  4. dgwillia

    dgwillia The Bacon Lover

    Mar 9, 2008
    United States
    Columbia Station, Ohio
    +1 Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing Transformed

    Only 40$, and easily one of the best kart racers I have played. Awesome cast of racers (WiiU has Wreck It Ralph and Danica Patrick as bonuses), and also comes with the Metal Sonic+Stage DLC. Online is fluid and fun, the framerate seems to be just as good if not better than the other console counterparts. And the new Flying/Boat portions of maps are well done, makes me think back to Diddy Kong Racing on the 64.

    Oh, and you can play it on the Gamepad, and have another person racing full screen on the television. That was a pretty big plus for me
    andy249901 likes this.
  5. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

    Global Moderator
    Oct 27, 2002
    Engine room, learning
    I stickied it.

    I own only ZombiU and Nintendo Land.
    I recommend only Nintendo Land from the two (fun and good graphics, show the gamePad capability for future games).

    ZombiU is not as beautiful than I thought, there are still a lot of not so detailed elements and textures. Look at the signs/wall posters/etc., the writing is blurry and sometime unreadable. is that their opinion on HD?
    I went up to the market, so I'm not far away in the story maybe it's better later, but it looks like some area are visually better than others.
    On the control, I have a little difficulty to get used to the gamePad (I prefer wiimote pointing for FPS games :P)
    Ray Lewis likes this.
  6. Daku93

    Daku93 GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    Gambia, The
    Düsseldorf, Germany
    +1 for ZombiU. I really like the Game.
  7. mori123

    mori123 GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 20, 2010
    +1 for NSMBU great game
    PsionicRoshambo likes this.
  8. linuxGuru

    linuxGuru GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 9, 2011
    United States
    +1 Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I played for 20 hours so far, it's a very fun game.
  9. jefffisher

    jefffisher GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 17, 2006
    United States
    +1 mario bros U

    i own 3 games and rented many more that's the only one i can %100 say is needed.
  10. thebsharp

    thebsharp Why'd you have to go and Gunt my fries?

    Jun 29, 2009
    United States
    +1 NSMBU
    Easily the best of the NSMB games, and my most played WiiU game by far (I only own NSMBU, ZombiU, and Nintendoland)
  11. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    I've added the aforementioned games to the list. :)

    But please:
    * state the full name of the game in a clear and readable fashion (one game per line, preferably with a "+1" prefix). If you can't be bothered to type more than "BLOPS 2", I'm assuming you just aren't too motivated to see it in the list. See my first reply below as an example.

    Of course I know what 'NSMBU' means, but I can't make that promise for all abbreviations.
  12. YoshiKart

    YoshiKart GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 12, 2009
    United States
    +1 NEW Super Mario Bros. U
    +1 ZombiU
    +1 Nintendo Land

    "Asymmetric gameplay" on Nintendo Land is a blast. I grabbed ZombiU as my first Wii U eShop purchase and it's pretty solid too. NSMBU finally has challenges that won't make the completionist bored. Overall, pretty good launch lineup for me even though I haven't even had a chance to touch the Pro controller.
  13. Supercool330

    Supercool330 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 28, 2008
    United States
    +1 New Super Mario Bros U
    +1 Nintendoland
  14. mysticwaterfall

    mysticwaterfall Streamforce Supreme Commander

    Aug 11, 2008
    United States
    Right behind you
    +1 Batman. Never played the other versions, but im really enjoying this one.

    +1 Nano Assault Neo. Well worth the 10$. Much better then the 3ds version.
  15. 10_0ARMY

    10_0ARMY THE *Original* 1 Man Army

    Apr 21, 2009
    United States
    Wouldn't you like to know
    +1 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

    This game is great, unlike the last one...

    Also, I'm glad we have a list now. Gotta figure out what games to get next :P
  16. julialy

    julialy Homebrewer

    Nov 26, 2012
    United States
    United States
    +1 NintendoLand
  17. Lanlan

    Lanlan GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Feb 4, 2011
    United States
    +1 Nintendo Land
  18. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    +1 Nintendo land

    (I was thinking of adding it earlier, but decided to wait 'til I've played it in multiplayer. But now I've found out there's a more difficult setting for most (or even all?) games, I'm voting for it even without that. :D )


    added the aforementioned.
  19. Nollog

    Nollog GBAtemp Addict

    Oct 10, 2008
    Trine 2

    Is an adventure platformer with XP.
    Great Co-op on and offline.

    haven't gotten my zombiu or nsmbu order yet :'(
  20. tofast4u

    tofast4u GBAtemp Fan

    Dec 2, 2012
    United States
    +1 New Super Mario Bros Wii U, and Assassins Creed 3
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