Top 25 Best Reviewed Wii U Games
Nintendo hammered the final nail in the coffin for the Wii U back in 2017. Production of the console ceased and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the last first-party title to be released on the system.
The Wii U was released back in 2012 and had a fairly short lifespan without many Nintendo developed titles. The games that Nintendo managed to put out on the system were pretty amazing and showed off the power of the Wii U.
The console sold around 13.5 million units, making it Nintendo’s best-selling console. When the company first announced the system, people were confused. They focused primarily on the GamePad rather than the system itself, leading fans to believe that this was just an addition to their Wiis. The launch series had no big tempting titles that could also affect consumers’ wallets.
Since the console is long dead, we wanted to look back Wii U’s 25 best games, according to Metacritic. Many Wii U games have been ported to the Nintendo Switch. This list is unchanged from publication on February 2, 2017, fresh after the initial announcement that the Wii U was done getting new games.
Here are the best reviewed Wii U games
Freedom Planet – 84
Freedom Planet started out as an attempt to recreate the fast-paced action that Sonic the Hedgehog brought to the table in the 90s. This cartoonish 16-bit adventure turned out to be something more, doing very well with critics and Sonic fans everywhere.
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – 85
The third game in the Shantae series has the beautiful and brave spirit back in action to save Sequin Land from a new enemy, the Pirate Master, with the help of her nemesis Risky Boots. WayForward’s title was commercially successful and proved that old-school platforming is far from dead.
Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition – 85
This port of the highly reviewed Batman game, Arkham City, gave Wii U players all the DLC content plus a Battle Armored Tech mode, GamePad support and other additions. However, the game received mixed reception on this platform, with critics stating that the Wii U version suffered from visual quality issues and an inconsistent frame rate. It has a user score of 8.4, so fans seemed to enjoy it for what it was.
Darksiders II – 85
This version of Darksiders II doesn’t bring anything new to the table aside from the inclusion of previous DLC and Off-TV games. Darksiders II follows the exploits of DEATH, one of the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse, who is a complete villain. Similar to The Legend of Zelda, the game lets you go through dungeons to get new weapons and use said weapons to defeat the boss. However, it is different enough to be its own experience, and the user score is 8.2.
NBA 2K13 – 85
NBA 2K13 added Off-TV play, allowing fans to play sports on the GamePad while another person in their life watches TV. The game had a slightly choppy framerate, but the overall package stood up to Nintendo’s console.
Assassin’s Creed III – 85
The highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed game at the time put you in the role of Connor, warrior son of a Native American mother and British father. As the colonies approach revolution, Connor puts himself in a leadership role and finds himself in the middle of a war. Having an amazing sandbox mode and being able to put the HUD on the GamePad made this version a competitor to the other consoles. Some framerate issues held it back, like other Wii U ports, but it contained enough new features to convince Assassin’s creed fans to play it on Wii U.
Mass Effect 3: Special Edition – 85
This special edition of Mass Effect 3 contained the DLC that “fixed” the infamous ending of the original game. This Wii U port also had more missions, weapons, and characters for both single player and multiplayer, including an interactive story experience for people who never played the first two games. It allows you to make choices within minutes to weave together your character and start Mass Effect 3 the way you want.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – 86
The remaster that would whet our appetite for Breath of the Wild. The darker, more mature Zelda title added off-TV gameplay, updated graphics, motion controls, amiibo support, and better item management. With some of the best dungeons and items in the franchise, Twilight Princess HD was a great game to add to your Wii U library.
Gunman Clive HD Collection – 86
Originally released on Nintendo 3DS, Gunman Clive made its way to Wii U in HD. Clive must save the mayor’s daughter and bring order to the west. His fight against the bandits takes him all over the world and beyond, joining the ranks of amazing 2D games like DuckTales: Remastered and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Bayonetta – 86
PlatinumGames’ stylish third-person action title made its way to Wii U as a bundle with Bayonetta 2. Bold and challenging, Bayonetta looks more beautiful than it did on PS3 and Xbox 360. Added some Nintendo costumes and fine-tuned controls. this remaster appeals to newcomers and fans alike.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted U – 86
Like most other Wii U ports, Need for Speed: Most Wanted U added off-screen gameplay, Wii Wheel support, and touchscreen functionality. Critics praised the graphical upgrade from the PS3, Xbox 360 and Vita versions. Additional features include a unique blend of simulation and arcade gameplay, multiplayer support, and unique car customization options.
Pikmin 3 – 87
Pikmin 3 came out in the summer of 2012 as one of the first major Nintendo titles to hit the system. Pikmin 2 launched back in 2004, so fans were glowing with excitement for this third entry. Pikmin 3 added three playable characters to the mix, bringing a whole new level of strategy to the series. The Wii U GamePad also allows players to have a full view of the map at all times by simply looking down.
Skylanders SuperChargers – 87
Skylanders SuperChargers is the fifth entry in the Skylanders franchise. It introduced vehicles for the first time, as well as special guest appearances by Donkey Kong and Bowser in the Wii U version, which features Skylanders figures that can act as amiibo figures for other games. Critics praised the addition of vehicle-based gameplay sections; it gave the series some supercharged features that kept it entertaining and lively.
Knight of Spades – 88
Shovel Knight was the retro throwback we didn’t know we needed. Yacht Club Games gave old-school gamers a treat with this 8-bit retro 2D side scroller. Critics praised the near-perfect platforming, great soundtrack, and simple but effective graphics. It draws inspiration from older games, but stands alone as a classic.
Super Mario Maker – 88
Take every 2D Mario game and mix it in a big pan, throw it in the oven, take it out, you end up with Super Mario Maker. Being able to create any type of scene and having all the series design tools at your disposal was incredible. Super Mario Makers’ sharing aspect gave players millions of levels to try right out of the box. This game offers endless fun and adds a whole new spin to the 2D Mario series.
Mario Kart 8 – 88
The Wii U’s flagship racing title, Mario Kart 8, showed just how beautiful Luigi and Bowser could look in HD. More tracks, plus the inclusion of new DLC characters like Link and the folks from Animal Crossing, make this the best Mario Kart to date. The odd battle mode change rubbed most critics the wrong way, but the whole package was so strong that people brushed the negatives aside.
Deus Ex Human Revolution Director’s Cut – 88
In Human Revolution, you play as Adam Jensen, part human part super-enhanced being. The director’s cut for Wii U fixed many issues that the original had, including boss fights that clashed with the stealth gameplay.
Axiom Guardian – 89
When Nintendo doesn’t give us a brand new 2D Metroid, this is the kind of game we get. Tom Happ developed this Metroid-inspired title all by himself. You enter the deeper recesses of a vast, sprawling maze, discovering items, upgrades and new abilities to defeat your enemies. Beautiful retro visuals make the game shine and is a must play for any “Metroidvania” fan.
Skylanders Swap Force – 89
The second Skylanders game to make the list is Swap Force. The series once again does a fantastic job of mixing real-life collectibles with fantastic platforming.
Guacamole! Super Turbo Championship Edition – 90
The name may be unpleasant, but don’t let that keep you away from Guacamelee! Originally released for the PlayStation 3 and Vita, this side-scroller eventually made its way to the Wii U. The Mexican-inspired 2D beat-em-up is absolutely stunning and provides a great challenge to those who take part in the journey. You learn new wrestling moves as you progress through the game, which makes you feel stronger and creates a completely satisfying experience.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – 90
Wind Waker HD is the definitive version of the GameCube title. The cell-shaded presentation of Link’s adventures looks better than ever on Wii U. The streamlined interface of the GamePad allows players to easily manage inventory and maps. Sailing the blue ocean through that world has never felt better.
Bayonetta 2 – 91
When Nintendo managed to get Bayonetta 2 as a Wii U exclusive, they went all out on the wacky Japanese action title. Nothing about Bayonetta 2 is boring or simple; PlatinumGames’ third-person action style of gameplay really shines in this sequel. Fight on top of a plane crashing into a city, punch a demon in the face – or an angel, whatever you like. Bayonetta 2 leaves nothing to the imagination and is a fantastic title in the Wii U library.
Rayman Legends – 92
Rayman Legends takes full advantage of the Wii U and its new GamePad features. Use the touch screen to take out enemies, manipulate platforms, cut ropes to clear a path and much more. The gang must run, jump and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover new secrets. The hand-drawn art style also looks amazing on Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. Wii U – 92
Super Smash Bros. The Wii U added everything we could want to the franchise. Just the fact that you could play as Mario, Sonic, Pac-Man, Cloud, Bayonetta and Ryu in one Nintendo game was a dream come true. Nintendo shows us once again that competitive couch gaming isn’t going away anytime soon.
Super Mario 3D World – 93
While we didn’t get a proper 3D Mario adventure on the Wii U like Sunshine or Galaxy, we did get the next best thing – a four-player co-op Mario adventure that provided hours upon hours of great fun. Cat suits, double cherry power-ups and purrfect platforming make this colorful world a joy to play in. The Wii U’s number one title is accessible to everyone, whether you’re six or sixty; Super Mario 3D World is the epitome of multiplayer platforming.
There you have it, all the best Wii U games, according to Metacritic reviews from 2017 when the console was declared finished. Let us know your favorites in the comments below!