Nintendo and its Wii U have had a rocky road thus far. The reason for its slow uptake among gamers is quite simple; the software is not enough to keep gamers interested. That’s finally starting to turn around as some exciting games have finally just hit the market, or are coming very soon. If you’ve been eyeballing that Wii U, but just have not found that it’s worth spending the money on, now might be the perfect time to head to your local game store and put one on your entertainment center.
Super Mario 3D World
If you even have the most remote love of video games, there is no way not to be excited about this one. It looks absolutely marvelous in every way. It features cooperative gameplay with players taking the roles of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad. For old-school fans, this lineup should sound familiar, as it is the very same featured in the second Super Mario Brothers game.
On top of what promises to be incredibly fun gameplay, the latest Mario game also features visuals that are absolutely stunning. Sure, the Wii U can’t compete with the Xbox One and PS4 from a pure hardware standpoint, but the designers at Nintendo look to be making the most of the power available, and this game promises to be an absolute joy to look at. Plus, there’s the cat suit, which sounds like it might be the greatest Mario powerup ever conceived. This game comes out at the end of November, so gamers don’t have long to wait!
Super Smash Brothers
When we first covered upcoming Wii U games, we didn’t know much about Super Smash Brothers on the Wii U other than the fact it was coming at some point. Now, we have plenty of information, and it’s only made gamers even more excited about the upcoming release. Of course, it will feature the same beloved fighting mechanics with some modern upgrades. All of the items we’ve grown to love will be included, along with some new additions that should make things a great deal more fun and exciting.
The biggest piece of news is, in my opinion, is the announcement that Mega Man will be coming to the game. While Mega Man is not a Nintendo franchise, it got its start on the NES, and in the hearts of minds of most gamers, the Blue Bomber will always feel like he belongs with Nintendo. With that in mind, he’s an absolutely perfect fit for the game, and I cannot wait to play as him, and all the other awesome characters in SMB on both the Wii U and 3DS. Nintendo has not announced an official release date, but we do know it’s coming sometime in 2014.
Mario Kart 8
Who doesn’t love Mario Kart? Like Smash Brothers, it brings all of your favorite Nintendo characters together in a single experience. Instead of fighting, you are racing crazy cars around a track riddled with powerups and other entertaining nonsense. Whenever Nintendo releases a new Mario Kart I always think I am sick of the formula, but as soon as I pop it into my console I remember just how fun the game is.
With Mario Kart 8 we get a hover kart mechanic, which should shake up the formula enough to make things more exciting. The bikes we saw in Mario Kart on the Wii are making a return in the Wii U version, and those were one of the most fun ways to race in the that game. Plenty of staple characters have been confirmed for the game’s Spring 2014 release, as it gets closer, hopefully Nintendo will announce some surprises (maybe Mega Man will find his way into the racer).
The Legend Of Zelda: Windwaker
Windwaker is one of the most contested entries in the Zelda series. Some gamers love it, some think the cute art style and boating is a pox on the Zelda name. I fall into the first camp, but I am happy to admit that the game was far from perfect. The rerelease of the game fixes many of the issues, and it should go a long way towards helping the nonbelievers see what makes it such a fantastic game.
Besides taking the already beautiful game and making it HD, the remake also greatly streamlines the boating mechanic, which helps make the game flow quite a bit more smoothly. What was once a tedious task is now an absolute joy on the Wii U. The classic remake is available now, and it’s a great option for anyone who loved the first game, or for anyone who never had the chance to experience it when it first came out.
If you are having a hard time deciding if the Wii U is for you, maybe these games will put you over the edge. If spending $400 or $500 the other next gen consoles is not for you, perhaps the $300 price tag of the Wii U is a little more suitable to your needs.
Do you have a Wii U? Do you use it as much as your other consoles? What games are you looking most forward to on the platform? Hit the comments section below and let us know!