While Wii U owners are basically taking comfort in knowing what’s “coming soon” for the machine, some people (mostly non Wii U owners, I suspect) have been complaining that there’s nothing to play. I say that’s rubbish. There’s heaps to play on the machine, definitely more than I have the time to get through. Here I’ll silence the whiners and outline the best the machine has to offer right now.
1. New Super Mario Bros. U
Everyone enjoys a Mario game. I’ve been critical of the graphics in this Wii U edition, but it’s great fun and should be played.
Survival horror debuts on Wii U. ZombiU is difficult and uses the gamepad in innovative ways. Suck up the average graphics and play it. Right now you can download it for $44.95. Which in Australia is a good price.
3. Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed
It’s the best Mario Kart klone there has ever been, and five players on the Wii U version means it’s the best version out there.
4. Lego City Undercover
A well received and original Lego title, Undercover is an open world adventure full of action and humour.
You’ve probably played it to death, but it’s still a great game with incredible variety you can come back to time and time again.
6. Scribblenauts Unlimited
A more non linear, open world feel helped this logic puzzler transition to the big screen. Scribblenauts is a adorable and fun to play by yourself or a friend.
7. Zen Pinball 2
Using the gamepad as a pinball table controller definitely feels natural, and you can pay for table packs you want after trying them for free first.
8. TANK! TANK! TANK!
It may be simple, but for a few dollars you can grab a few hours of entertainment from the eShop. Download more multiplayer maps as you like them. Despite the low critical scores it is actually fun for a few hours here and there.
9. Trine 2 The Director’s Cut
Trine 2 is a puzzle/platformer with incredibly detailed 1080p graphics. All accounts say the Wii U version looks the best and adds some interesting control features thanks to the Wii U gamepad.
10. Need for Speed Most Wanted
Sure it’s a port of a 360/PS3 game, but extra features and better graphics give Wii U owners the definitive version of the game.
11. Bit.Trip Presents… Runner 2: Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien
I haven’t played this yet, but by all accounts this rhythm based “auto running” platformer is a blast to play. Read some reviews and you’d have to agree that Wii U exclusive is worth looking at.
12. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
It’s a system seller, this game. If you’re looking for a hardcore RPG adventure that you can sink some serious time into, here it is on Wii U.
13. Call Of Duty Black Ops 2
It’s the latest and best modern COD, and it’s here on Wii U. Play 2 player with a screen to yourself thanks to the gamepad. Sold.
14. The Ports
There’s a multitude of high rating ports on Wii U Mass Effect 3, Ninja Gaiden 3 and Darksiders 2 are the most notable.
15. Chasing Aurora
For a unique multiplayer experience give Chasing Aurora a go. I reckon it deserved a better write up than it got, for less than $10 on the eShop it’s a good few hours entertainment. Just play multiplayer.
16. Nintendo’s 30 cent Virtual Console specials
Right now there’s Punch Out!! to play for 30 cents. Even if you play it for 30 minutes just to see how hard it was, it’s worth 30 cents.
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So I came up with 16 games there is to play for the type of fan I am. Toki Tori 2 on the eShop is also getting some great reviews. If you like Tekken there’s Tag Tournament 2, if you like sport there’s NBA2K13 and FIFA 13. There’s also Assassin’s Creed 3 and Batman Arkham City for the adventurers. I just can’t cop people saying there’s nothing to play on Wii U. I know the big games like Pikmin 3 aren’t here and other games we want are still around the corner, but come on. Look and you’ll find something to tide you over.
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