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The Wii U isn’t as popular as the Xbox One and Ps4. Yet. 2015 might be the year it all turns around. Why?

Because it’s a smart system that does something a bit different to other companies: maybe people’s intrigue (and boredom with PS4 and Xbox One Do You Really Need That New PS4 Or Xbox One? 5 Reasons To Choose The Wii U Do You Really Need That New PS4 Or Xbox One? 5 Reasons To Choose The Wii U Though indisputably less powerful than the hardware Microsoft and Sony have put together, Nintendo’s console has also been around long enough to start building a library, and it has unique features its rivals don’t offer. Read More ) will finally lead them to buying one and discovering it for themselves. Here are a few underappreciated features 3 Underrated Wii U Features [Opinion] 3 Underrated Wii U Features [Opinion] Nintendo’s new console is now available across the globe and gamers are weighing in. Most impressions are based of game selection, graphics and the new controller. Gamers, like everyone else, prefer to pay less and... Read More .

There are some fantastic games on Wii U already: Mario Kart 8 proved a massive success (here’s the fascinating history of the franchise Excited About Mario Kart 8? Relive What Came Before! Excited About Mario Kart 8? Relive What Came Before! A lot of game franchises start off slowly and gradually build up a following. But Mario Kart burst into the gaming world and has never stood for anything less than brilliance. Read More ), and Super Smash Bros. shows how well Nintendo knows its audience (you might be interested to know the differences between the Wii U version and the 3DS What's The Difference Between Smash Bros. On 3DS And Wii U? What's The Difference Between Smash Bros. On 3DS And Wii U? Super Smash Bros. For 3DS and Wii U are both here, but what's different about them? Check out a few big differences to see which version is right for you. Read More ).

Nintendo is ploughing onwards, steadily releasing great games. Here’s a brief snapshot of what’s coming our way this year…

The Legend of Zelda

This could easily be the biggest Wii U game of 2015.

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Its promise is enough to excite both hardcore Zelda fans and complete newbies. Game footage was released last year at E3, and we can safely say that Hyrule has never looked more beautiful. The world is once again shown in glorious precision using cel-shading: it’s bright and colourful and – this is the most interesting part – huge.

The Legend of Zelda (working title, obviously) will be an open world. The right word for it is extensive. At E3, footage showed mountains in the distance. The idea is that, if you walk for long enough, you’ll find yourself in those mountains.

If you’re hankering for a new Zelda game this side of the summer, Majora’s Mask for the 3DS will be out this spring.

Mario Maker

This, too, could be the biggest game of 2015 – because it’s a genius idea.

That chubby plumber in the red dungarees is a popular fella. Nintendo knows his appeal. And despite claiming that there will be no new Mario game on the market in 2015, the company went and announce this. For many, it might be the ultimate Mario game: it’s about as hands-on as you’re going to get.

You design and make the levels. It’s that simple. And you can switch between classic 2D NES mode and newer 3D visuals. As the tagline says, “the only limit is your imagination!”

It’s expected early this year, so expect plenty of videos on YouTube, some displaying ridiculously easy levels, and others focusing on impossible ones. Teasers of Mario Maker helped urge MUO to claim Nintendo ‘won’ 2014’s E3 Mario, Hyrule, Splatoon: Here's How Nintendo Won E3 2014 Mario, Hyrule, Splatoon: Here's How Nintendo Won E3 2014 With shaky sales since the launch of the Wii U, very few expected it - but this year's stand-out company is Nintendo. Here's why. Read More , as the company once more shows us how well it know its market.

Star Fox

It’s been nine years since the last Star Fox game, Star Fox Command on the DS. Fox McCloud’s appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series have just fuelled the need for a new one. Fans have been begging for more.

According to Shigeru Miyamoto, the as-yet-untitled game will be playable at this year’s E3, so we’ll see some amazing footage in June. We’ll also find out exactly how it utilizes the Wii U’s unique gamepad. Early speculation suggests the TV will show the action in 3rd person, while the gamepad will drop you right into the cockpit as you whizz through the stars.

Miyamoto, creator of the series as well as other highly-successful franchises like Mario and Donkey Kong, is directly involved, so, basically, it’s going to be good. You’ll have to wait for the tail-end of 2015 to get your mitts on it, though.

Splatoon

This is probably the most insane game Nintendo has released in quite some time.

Here’s a fun, family-friendly solution to the typical, broody shooting games littering the PS4. Your ammo: ink and paint. You claim territory by squirting bright colours all over the place. And you’re an Inkling (brilliant name), who can also travel through the paint, rushing through the map in a high-octane menagerie of madness.

Frankly, it looks like great fun.

It’s likely to be release mid-2015, so it would be a great addition to any household over the summer, especially as you can play as two teams of four people.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Tired of waiting for new games? Don’t worry: they’re coming. And there’s plenty else you can do on a Wii U 6 Things To Do With Your Wii U While Waiting For New Games 6 Things To Do With Your Wii U While Waiting For New Games I must admit that the Nintendo Wii U, though I love it, hasn’t done as well as I’d hoped. The problem is simple. Games – there are none! All of the major releases I (and... Read More . Or, of course, you could buy Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – out right now!

In a very short space of time, Captain Toad has garnered some very positive reviews: Eurogamer called it “the best Nintendo spin-off in years”; Nintendo World Report gave it 9/10; and it’s been nominated for various ‘Best of 2014’ awards. It combines the same tone and style as Mario games, and stars classic baddies like Goombas, Shy Guys, and Boo.

But, as a puzzle-platformer, Captain Toad is something different, and takes advantage of the gamepad without distracting from the main action.

Tip Of The Iceberg

There are many more, obviously. Christmas is over, and you’re left with the cash you received from relatives who aren’t sure which console you actually have.

Nonetheless, the Wii U has split opinion. Dave Parrack, for instance, came up with four reasons why it would fail 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Fail [Opinion] 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Fail [Opinion] While there is no sign yet of a PS4 or Xbox 720 (not likely to be the real names when they do finally arrive), we do have one next-generation games console on the horizon to... Read More . And then, he gave us four reasons it would succeed 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Succeed [Opinion] 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Succeed [Opinion] This generation of home games consoles is nearing an end. Sony and Microsoft are surely both working on successors to the PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively, even though neither will admit to it. While they... Read More . He’s a mixed-up kind of guy, but you know what? He was absolutely right. It could still go either way.

The majority of those with a Wii U love it, and I think if detractors gave it a chance, they might withdraw some of their harsh words. It’s a fun, unique console… and now is the perfect time to jump on board.

  1. TheOneS2K
    May 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    $299 is still too expensive

  2. Victor
    January 19, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    How about Yoshi?? Great compilation!!

  3. OnlyGeek
    January 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Reasons to not buy a Wii U:
    - Region Locked
    - Dubbed-only games
    - I can't run imports!
    - Too expensive for being just a video game console (local price tag: US$650)
    - Lack of 3rd party support of Japanese developers - other than Platinum, where's Capcom, Konami or Level 5?
    - Did I mention the stupid region lock?
    - Basically it's a Nintendo console for Nintendo fans. At least the 3DS has a wider variety of games, even considering the ridiculous region lock. It feels they haven't left the late 80s and those stupid protectionists schemes (cartridges with different shapes, redesign of plugs, censorship, firmware locking out games from other areas, etc).

    So, yeah, get rid of the stupid region lock and, Nintendo, I'll be sold and I'll get a Wii U.
    Before that? No, thanks, you already made me buy 2 3DSs from different regions already.

    • Philip Bates
      January 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      I do agree with you actually: even though the region-lock has never really affected me, it does seem pretty pointless, especially as you're not the only person I've heard unhappy about it - it's putting a lot of people off, and Nintendo needs to recognise that.

  4. Reguzeeb
    January 19, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Yeah I have a Wii U as well, and it's well worth the purchase at this point. Bayonetta 2 is probably my most played game at the moment, at least until Xenoblade Chronicles X comes out. Personally though, I kind of doubt the game industry will ever return to its former self. I hope against hope that it will be as varied and gameplay focused as it was in the 80s and 90s, but it seems like we just get more and more cinematic/feature obsessed as time goes by.

  5. McFuzz
    January 19, 2015 at 3:53 am

    As the owner of a Wii-U, I would say it already has enough games to justify the purchase. Super Smash Brothers, Bayonetta, Pikmin 3, Mariokart if you're into that, and my personal favourite Wii-U game Wonderful 101. They're all amazing, new games that's aren't just a rerelease of games from 2013 (Looking at you, Last of Us and GTAV!)

    You see, the biggest argument I get into people about the three consoles, it's always about the others having 'superior hardware'. Whilst, obviously, yes this is true, very few people ever bring up games that are currently out as the factor for their console of choice; it's always about 'the features' like PSN, Xbox Live, Skype, Netflix, and stuff like that which doesn't actually enrich my gaming experience. And, I know they're coming eventually, hardware doesn't matter if you don't have any exclusive games to play on it. If I want to play Dragon Age Inquisition or any of the Halo games, my Xbox360 still works. If I want to play Little Big Planet 3 or The Last of Us, my PS3 still works. Stop rereleasing your games for nothing but minimal-work-maximum-profit!

    I cling onto my hope that the games industry will go back to being actually about the videogames and less about 'the features' (which ironically, never have anything to do with videogames), and until then, I have Nintendo to make quality games targeted at people who are fans of them and their beloved, non-tier-one franchises like Star Fox and Pikmin.

    (Even if Nintendo are trying their hardest to break this fandom by making freemium pokemon Candy Crush clones. I mean c'mon guys, you're supposed to push the envelope, not follow the trend.)

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