6 Things To Do With Your Wii U While Waiting For New Games

Matt Smith 01-06-2013

wii u gamesI must admit that the Nintendo Wii U Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with... Read More , 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 many others) were excited for, like Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3 and Rayman Legends, have been delayed and won’t be showing up until at least August.


A console with no games to play isn’t great, but that doesn’t mean your Wii U has to collect dust. There are some things you can do with it, including playing games, even if they’re not the new AAA exclusives you bought the console to enjoy.

Play The Virtual Console

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The virtual console was one of the Wii’s more interesting featuring, and while the Wii U didn’t launch with much of a selection, Nintendo has now begun to flesh out what’s available. There are now 18 games available that have been ported over from the NES and SNES.

Highlights on the list include Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario World, F-Zero, Super Metroid and four Kirby games. These ports have been fully emulated 30+ Great Emulators You Can Run on Your Nintendo Wii With these emulators, you can play virtually any retro video game on the Nintendo Wii. Here are the best emulators on the Wii. Read More , so they’ll work perfectly on your Wii U console and support off-screen play. That means you can for the first time enjoy Super Metroid while someone else watches TV.

Pricing is decent, too, as titles are under 10 bucks in most regions (sorry Australia) and gamers who already own a title on the Wii’s virtual console get an 80% discount.


Enjoy Wii Games You Missed

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The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 had to abandon backwards compatibility because of their shift to x86 hardware, which is fundamentally different from what was used in the Xbox 360/PS3. Nintendo hasn’t made such a leap, however, so the console is backwards-compatible with Wii games.

Everyone knows the major Wii titles, such as Mario Kart Wii and Super Mario Galaxy. But did you ever find the time to play Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, No More Heroes, Kirby’s Epic Yarn and other lesser-known entries? If you didn’t, now is a fine time to catch up, and the games aren’t expensive (particularly if you buy them used).

There are many Wii “best of” lists online, but I suggest checking out the list published by Amazon user Michael Leisz. He does a better job of picking out lesser-known titles than many professional game journalists.


Check Out Indie Titles

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While new games for the Wii U have been few, some indie titles have hint the platform. These include Zen Pinball, Bit.Trip Runner 2, The Cave and Trine 2: Director’s Cut. If you haven’t downloaded these indie titles yet, you should, as they’re great – Zen Pinball 2 and Trine 2 are my personal favorites.

Browse The Web & Watch Video

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The Wii U is a game console, but like the other major consoles, it can also be used as an entertainment center.


Why use there Wii U instead of your Xbox or PS3? There are several reasons. First, the Wii U’s touchpad offers unique control that isn’t possible on the other consoles, and I find Netflix in particular to be better on the Wii U. Second, the Wii U is almost silent, so you don’t have to worry about fan noise interrupting quiet scenes. And there’s no charge for access to online content, an advantage it shared with PS3 over Microsoft’s Xbox.

The web browser is handy, too. Yes, competitors also have web browsers, but the touchscreen tablet with stylus making browsing on the Wii U much easier than on other consoles. You can even use the web browser to view online video on some sites and services that don’t offer an app for the console.

Chat With Friends

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Microsoft boasted of Skype integrated in the Xbox One at its press conference. That’s great, no doubt about it, but the Wii U already has a feature that can be used to talk with friends via audio and video. It is, as you might expect, called Wii U Chat.


The feature is pretty simple. Just fire up the app, find a friend to chat with, and that’s it. You’re able to draw images on the chat window in addition to talking. Not exactly ground-breaking stuff, but if you know others with a Wii U, it’s nice to have and it’s free to use.

Browse The MiiVerse

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The MiiVerse is Nintendo’s unique take on an online forum. Users can post there with their thoughts about games and also create art using their touchscreen and stylus. This may seem like a gimmick (‘cause it is) but community is actually great and users have created some really awesome bits of black-and-white fan art. If you haven’t checked it out recently, give the MiiVerse another look.

Wii U Games are coming. Really!

We are about three months away from some major Wii U games. After that, the titles available should start to come out at a steadier pace if there are no major delays. Yea, I know, that’s a big if; but at least there are some things you can enjoy on the console while you’re waiting.

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  1. james braselton
    August 24, 2013 at 3:22 am

    hi there we have the wounderfull 101 coming out soon may increase wii u sells

  2. Joey1013
    August 19, 2013 at 2:40 am

    So what your saying is a system with No games and no extras like movie playback or internet services is good deal? Wii U is garbage and so is Nintendo. The company needs to go away period.

    • j
      September 6, 2013 at 6:50 am


  3. Xiro
    June 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Huh. Well you guys have fun waiting. I'll just have fun playing Monster Hunter, ZombiiU, Batman, Scribblenauts, Injustice, Nintendo Land and some VC titles. Actually I should get super Metroid again, haven't played in years.

    I don't think that the issue is a complete lack of games. I think that the issue is "oh boo I'd rather play games I'm familiar with or special exclusives". Broaden your damn horizons people.

  4. Zhong J
    June 2, 2013 at 3:21 am

    People said that the Wii U is a major flop in the market right now as it's not selling well and Nintendo might port their Wii exclusives to other consoles in order to recuperate with that loss. I personally think Wii U to be a detriment among serious gamers as there are not good selections of games exclusive Nintendo's blueprint of their own games and the consoles design is flawed, as you'll more power to run the thing, touchscreens with the gamepad, and generally the size.

  5. Richard Borkovec
    June 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    With the ways things have been shown with the Xbox One and PS4, the WiiU is actually looking more and more like an option. I'm just waiting for the price to drop, because $350 for the "Deluxe" version isn't worth it.

  6. Richard Servello
    June 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Do wii games play in hd?

    • TravenousMaximus
      June 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      The Wii U renders Wii games in 480p, then upscales the image to a 1080p HDMI signal.

  7. jonen
    June 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    i read the legal material at page 29 in its inbuilt manual, i was that bored. did you know some of the Wii U source code is open source? its available on the japanese Nintendo page. wasn`t anything too special there except some of the code confirms that it was indeed named "project cafe" during development

  8. Fuad Rony
    June 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I will buy it 4 sure

  9. Eian Ampoloquio
    June 1, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Wii U gamer need to wait.. ;)