Top 3 Games That Defined the Wii U
Even though Nintendo denied the rumors that the Wii U would end production by the end of the month, the fact remains that the Wii U’s life cycle is most likely nearing its end. The Nintendo Switch will be out in March 2017, and only a handful of titles are still slated to release for the Wii U.
To celebrate the Wii U, let’s take a look at three of its defining games.
3. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
While Super Smash Bros. has appeared on many Nintendo consoles and this particular incarnation also came out for the 3DS (which makes it less of a defining game for one specific system), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is one of the console’s most enduring games. It keeps players going back to their Wii U time after time. For many players, it’s the reason they bought a Wii U, and it will be the source of many wonderful Wii U memories.
People often criticize Nintendo for sticking to their old franchises and not trying anything new. Well, Nintendo tried something new with Splatoon, and it paid off in a huge way. Not only did it prove Nintendo can still innovate and create a unique shooter, it also made excellent use of the Wii U’s features. Splatoon was a surprise, but it made a name for itself and earned a large fanbase despite being a new IP.
1. Super Mario Maker
Despite earlier games like New Super Mario Bros. U and Super Mario 3D World, the Wii U didn’t really have a defining Mario game until Super Mario Maker came along. Unlike a traditional Mario game, Super Mario Maker was primarily a course-creation game–and one that perfectly showcased the benefits of the Wii U GamePad. Between its use of the Wii U’s features and its nature as a massive homage to all the side-scrolling Mario games, not to mention the way it encourages creativity, Super Mario Maker is not only the Wii U’s defining Mario game, but the game that best defined the Wii U overall.
While few people would call it a defining game, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE deserves a shout-out for defining the Wii U a bit more literally: a fun experience with slightly confusing marketing that many people didn’t give a chance.
These are our picks for the top 3 games that defined the Wii U, but maybe you think differently. What game do you feel best defined the Wii U? Let us know in the comments.