Top 3 Hidden Gems on the Nintendo Wii U
Like the 3DS, the Nintendo Wii U has its share of games that don’t get the attention they deserve. While several of the non-Mario platformers on the 3DS are definitely Wii U hidden gems as well, let’s take a look at a few others.
FreezeME is a 3D platformer from Rainy Night Creations, and it really wants to be Super Mario 64. The gameplay and overall presentation are reminiscent of that and other Nintendo 64 classics as you run and jump through several open levels, grabbing coins and other collectibles along the way. It also has a twist: the main character can use her camera to freeze enemies and platforms in place.
Despite slightly clunky platforming and awkward swimming controls, FreezeME is a charming game. Other 3D platformers are on their way to the Wii U, but in the meantime, FreezeME is a great place to turn if you’re nostalgic for games like Super Mario 64.
2. The Wonderful 101
Often overshadowed by Platinum’s more popular action game Bayonetta, The Wonderful 101 puts you in control of a group of superheroes capable of combining into large shapes like fists or guns to battle enemies. It’s a challenging and sometimes chaotic game, but if you feel overwhelmed when you start, stick with it for a while. Once you get used to the controls, The Wonderful 101 becomes a crazy gem you don’t want to miss.
1. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE
Probably the most well-known of these hidden gems, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE was first revealed as Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, which created certain expectations. When Atlus and Nintendo’s game was finally shown, as a bright, colorful RPG with an emphasis on the entertainment industry, it didn’t quite meet expectations. Add in some censorship controversy when a dungeon’s gravure modeling theme was changed to regular modeling, and several people turned away from it.
All of this made it easy to overlook one thing: along with the lighthearted presentation and idol music, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE brought solid turn-based RPG gameplay to the Wii U. It wasn’t the game people expected, but that didn’t make it a bad game.
All three of these games have been largely overlooked for one reason or another, but they’re worth giving a chance. What are some of your favorite hidden gems on the Nintendo Wii U?