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Top 5 Games That Make Buying a Wii U Worth it

The Nintendo Wii U went off to a very sluggish start, squandering its early lead against the PS4 and Xbox One by releasing too few games worth playing. But by the second half of 2014, Nintendo finally got their groove on by releasing gaming gems almost consecutively. As a big Nintendo fanboy and satisfied Wii U owner, here are five games which in my opinion are worth buying the console for. With Super Smash Bros. 4 just around the corner, there is no better time to buy a Wii U.

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1. Super Mario 3D World
The beautiful 3D graphics of Super Mario Galaxy without the awkward motion controls, combined with classic Mario platforming similar to Mario 64, 3D World is without a doubt the most gorgeous looking traditional Mario game to date. It’s about damn time we get to hang with the Mushroom Kingdom gang in full 1080p HD quality! Playing the game on solo mode is quite a lot of fun, but when I play it with 2-3 more friends, the fun multiplies tenfold. We seriously couldn’t stop laughing when one of us screws up. I never had this much fun and laughter in a multiplayer game since perhaps Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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2. Super Smash Bros. Wii U
With its release date just around the corner (November 21 for the US), this game is one of the big reasons why people buy a Nintendo console. It’s the ultimate fan service game for all things Nintendo. It offers something to all spectrums of gamers, from casuals to pro gamers. Whether played solo, with friends or online with anyone, this game, just like its 3DS counter part, is sure to offer unlimited replayability and is worth the purchase just for that.

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3. Mario Kart 8
With its almost realistic handling, wide choices of karts and characters, Mario Kart 8 is the quintessential kart racing game and has once again raised the bar for the genre. It also sports some excellent online multiplayer mechanics not to mention tons of cars, characters and racetracks to unlock. Mario Kart 8’s replayability is practically endless.

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4. Bayonetta 2
Not yet released (October 24 in the US) but already making waves with the critics with early reviews already out. The first Bayonetta game was an excellent, over-the-top action game.  And now with Bayonetta 2 being a Wii U exclusive, there is no other way to play it. Nintendo made a wise decision to fund and publish Bayonetta 2 when Sony and Microsoft were not interested.

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5. Wind Waker HD
This 11 year old Gamecube entry has aged really well. Whether you’ve played the original version or not, Wind Waker HD is worth revisiting if not for the chance to relive the epic adventures of Link, Tetra and the gang in full 1080p resolution. Nintendo also added some really convenient updates that were lacking in the original such as the really useful Swift Sailing which doubles the speed of your boat, lessening sea travel time.

Honorable Mention:

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Zelda U
This could have easily been the #1 reason. But for now it only gets an honorable mention because the release date is too far off (2015). Also, we haven’t really seen adequate gameplay yet to really make a better judgment. But from what I’ve seen so far, it looks awesome! If you’re a Nintendo fan, then chances are, you’re also a Zelda fan, and you would understand how important the franchise is for fans.

Will you buy the Wii U for these games? Let me know in the comments!

Comments
  1. Cartwright

    2 years ago

    5 games, three of them unreleased, and one of them a gamecube port? Seriously?

    • String Player Gamer

      2 years ago

      Seriously. These 6 games are what personally made my Wii U purchase worth it. Even if I have to wait a little more, which is not really that long. Unlike if I bought the Wii a year too early.

      This is, after all, a personal blog and the content here reflects only my opinion and no one else’s.

  2. Jacob Lindberg

    2 years ago

    Pikmin 3 is a better game than both no. 4 and 5.

    • String Player Gamer

      2 years ago

      While Pikmin 3 is a great game, it is not one of the games that made me want to own a Wii U, being I’m not a big fan of the franchise, but I still played it anyway. And also, this is my list.