As Nintendo slowly begins to shift it’s focus away from the Wii U in assiduous preparation for their next iteration in gaming, the NX, I think it is a good time to view this gaming console in retrospect. To this day, the Wii U has been a commercial failure in comparison to the console that preceded it, the Nintendo Wii. According to vgchartz, the Wii U has sold 13 million units, while the Wii has sold over 100 million units. This drop-off in sales can be attributed to a myriad of factors such as, poor marketing, very little third-party support, and the name of the console itself.
With that being said, I think that the Wii U is an excellent console filled with a solid catalogue of games to choose from. Here are some of my favorite titles.
Mario Kart 8
Kollar, Philip. Mario Kart 8 Review: Shell Game. Digital image. Polygon. Vox Media, 15 May 2014. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.
This is a fun and frenetic experience for gamers of all ages. Each of the race tracks are creatively designed and brimming with gorgeous colors and details that truly pushes this console to it’s limit. In addition, the motion controls in this game are very responsive and is a nice gameplay option if you decide to play differently from just the standard button-pressing mechanics. The only gripe I have with with this game is the limited set of characters to choose from compared to previous Mario Kart games. Other than that, this game is a must-have.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
Janc, Nathanial Rumphol-. An Interview with Eiji Aonuma. Digital image. Zelda Informer. Game Revolution, 5 Oct. 2013. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.
Even though this is a remastered version of the GameCube edition, this is still a game worth picking up whether or not you have played it in the past. The Cel shaded graphics have aged beautifully and is a welcome treat to the eyes since a good majority of the games made today seem to be primarily aiming for photorealistic visuals. While it isn’t an open-world game, the world in this game does feel pretty gargantuan since you will be constantly traveling to various islands, which are separated from each other by the vast ocean in this world. The puzzles and bosses throughout this game are made with a lot of ingenuity; they’re unique and fairly challenging for both beginners and those that have played other Zelda titles.
Otero, Jose. Bayonetta 2 Review. Digital image. IGN. Ziff Davis, LLC, 13 Oct. 2014. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.
Over the years, I feel that Nintendo has developed a reputation for being a gaming platform only catered towards children since not a lot of rated M games have appeared in their consoles compared to the ones found on Xbox and PlayStation consoles. This Nintendo exclusive (the first game was on the 360 and PS3) blows that notion out of the water. Bayonetta 2 is an extremely violent gore fest, some might call it gratuitous. You play as a witch named Bayonetta. She’s able to shapeshift, wield firearms, and inflict magical attacks with her hair by summoning demonic creatures to eradicate her enemies. If you enjoy high-octane violence in your games, Bayonetta 2 is right for you.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Serrels, Mark. Xenoblade Chronicles X Review. Digital image. Kotaku. Allure Media, 1 May 2015. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.
Many years in the future, Earth is destroyed by an alien invasion that has wiped out most of humanity. The humans that have survived the perilous onslaught land on a planet that’s teeming with exotic flora and creatures called Mira. Before you even start playing this game, you go through an extensive character customization feature where you decide on the name and overall aesthetical look of the character that you will be playing throughout the game. On terms of sheer scale and design, I think that it’s amazing that this game was even able to fit in this console; 32 gigabytes of storage is pretty tiny for a gaming machine. The planet of Mira makes Skyrim and Fallout 4 feel pretty miniscule, which isn’t a light thing to say since both of those games are colossal. As for the gameplay, the combat system is very fun and intuitive once you get more acquainted with the controls. Definitely give this a title a chance if you love role-playing games with a heavy emphasis on exploration.
Otero, Jose. Splatoon V2 Review. Digital image. IGN. Ziff Davis, LLC, 13 Nov. 2015. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.
Splatoon is an online-multiplayer shooting game featuring squid-like characters that resemble human children called “inklings”. What sets this apart from other multiplayer shooting games is that instead of having the objective be about killing other players, the goal is to cover as much of the ground with the color of your ink before the time runs out. While that might sound strange on paper, this actually adds a whole new layer of nuanced complexity since it changes up conventions for this particular genre, and it is extremely addicting. Splatoon also comes with a single-player mode which unlocks extra content such as, weapons, clothing, and head gear. While the single-player mode feels a bit tacked on, the levels are impeccably designed and aesthetically pleasing. As a fellow squid kid, I highly recommend this game.
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Langley, Hugh. Nintendo Wii U Review. Digital image. Tech Radar. Really Simple Syndication, 16 May 2014. Web. 24 Sept. 2016. <http://www.techradar.com/reviews/gaming/games-consoles/nintendo-wii-u-1113919/review>.
Norris, Evan, Daniel Carreras, Jared Katz, William D’Angelo, Patrick Day-Childs, and Taneli Palola. “Global Hardware Totals.” Video Game Charts, Game Sales, Top Sellers, Game Data – VGChartz. VGChartz Ltd, 20 Aug. 2016. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.