Top Wii U Games of All Time

It’s been a bit of a rough ride for the Wii U. The console launched a year earlier than Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen offerings, and has always felt vastly underpowered. While that may have worked for the Wii, lightning has failed to strike for a second time.

Many called for Nintendo to bring an abrupt end to the console’s life cycle and usher in a new, more powerful console, but the company stood firm with a strong first party line-up alongside new indie projects.

Nintendo finally gave players the power to create their own Mario levels with the announcement of Mario Maker at E3 2014, and looked to take a slice of the Skylanders pie with the Amiibo toy line.

Although the Wii U may not be blazing a trail in the console market, there’s still plenty of great games to enjoy. Take a look at our list of top Wii U games to see which ones are worth your time.

  • 30.

    Rayman Legends Review

    Rayman Legends

    Rayman Legends isn't perfect, but it's still a cracking game. After shunting the recent efforts of Mario into a lurid green U-bend, Rayman... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 29.

    Batman: Arkham Origins Review

    Batman: Arkham Origins

    A worthy addition to the Arkham franchise. Batman: Arkham Origins is a wonderful version of somebody else's game. While... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 28.

    Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review

    Octodad: Dadliest Catch

    A rewarding, idiosyncratic romp imbued with nonsense, humour, and pathos. Although less convincing than a trenchcoated, bowler-hatted,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 27.

    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Review

    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    Another high-quality first-party title for the Wii U. While the rest of the console world busies itself with intensely 'cinematic'... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

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  • 26.

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

    LEGO Batman 3 starts slow and then gets a lot better, and then overwhelms with so much content it's hard to be disappointed. I don't think I've ever played a game so clearly made with hardcore fans in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 25.

    Project CARS Review

    Project CARS

    It's been a long road to release, but Project Cars delivers. Update: With Project Cars having now having been out for two weeks, we've... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 24.

    Super Mario Maker Review

    Super Mario Maker

    Super Mario Maker is a fantastic creation tool. Just don't expect it to be much more than that. You are not Shigeru Miyamoto. If for some reason you always wanted proof... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 23.

    Disney Infinity 3.0 Review

    Disney Infinity 3.0

    The Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Pack is a great introduction that will keep kids and kidults alike entertained for a long time. Disney Infinity has, to me at least, always felt like a great idea that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 22.

    LEGO Dimensions Review

    LEGO Dimensions

    LEGO Dimensions is the most fun I've had with a LEGO video game since the whole idea was new back on the PS2. It's full of cool new ideas and a story rammed with iconic references and witty humour. LEGO Dimensions breathes new life into a series that had started to feel a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

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  • 21.

    Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series Review

    Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series Episode 1: The Order of the Stone

    If Minecraft was around 25 years ago, this would be the Saturday-morning cartoon tie-in. And that's a good thing. The union of Mojang and Telltale is the kind of marriage that Auntie Maureen... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 20.

    Guitar Hero Live Review

    Guitar Hero Live

    In theory it sounds terrible, but Guitar Hero: Live's approximation of old-school music TV programming, coupled with the excellent hardware, makes it a winner. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Guitar Hero: Live is that it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 19.

    Fast Racing Neo Review

    Fast Racing Neo

    FAST Racing Neo is a simple game, its roots clearly planted in a simpler time. It's good, honest, fast, arcade fun, priced perfectly to match its ambitions. FAST Racing Neo isn't exactly F-Zero, but it's so close that for about £10 a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 18.

    Bayonetta Review

    Bayonetta

    It's fast, thrilling, gorgeous, punishing, rewarding and tremendous fun. It's an old-fashioned game at heart, will test your skills to their limit, and more than lives up to its billing. "Seven years ago I created Devil May Cry. Many of you have said that it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 17.

    Super Meat Boy Review

    Super Meat Boy

    Super Meat Boy is bright, huge, colourful, funny and painfully annoying. Super Meat Boy is one of the reasons I play video games. It's bright, huge,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 16.

    Lone Survivor Review

    Lone Survivor

    Lone Survivor deserves to be massive, because it might just be the most interesting thing I've played all year. When it comes to indie games, there's one word that always makes me cringe,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 15.

    Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Review

    Minecraft

    4J Studios has played its part in one of gaming's grandest success story with affable competence, allowing console owners to grab their tools and build something in Mojang's intricate world Minecraft is only limited by your imagination. The limit of my imagination,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 14.

    FIFA 13 Review

    FIFA 13

    FIFA 13 is definitely an improvement on its predecessor. Despite producing an outstanding game last year, FIFA 12 unravelled after a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 13.

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012) Review

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

    Need for Speed: Most Wanted's greatest achievement is how it sets such a firm focus on racing. Criterion set out to make an open-world arcade racer where competition is king, and succeeded. Like the cold metal girders and sun-glinted glass panels that make up... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 12.

    Pikmin 3 Review

    Pikmin 3

    A beautiful-looking and beautiful-playing video game. Trying to quantify Nintendo's magic is a thankless task, but the fact I... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 11.

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Review

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

    A beautiful upgrade that makes an already wonderful game even better. If proof was ever needed that you shouldn't give a flying monkey's what your... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 10.

    Skylanders: Swap Force Review

    Skylanders: Swap Force

    A brilliant, imaginative game for kids of all ages In the face of strong competition from Disney Infinity, Skylanders really... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 9.

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review

    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

    The strongest Lego title yet, and the best Marvel game ever made. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is, for the most part, plastic proof that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 8.

    Super Mario 3D World Review

    Super Mario 3D World

    The game that deserves to sell Wii Us the world over... A major and fair criticism of recent Mario games has been their inclination... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 7.

    Child of Light Review

    Child of Light

    A beautifully-presented and surprisingly deep RPG that is deserving of everyone’s attention. Child of Light is bloody brilliant. Mixing a wonderful aesthetic with combat... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 6.

    Mario Kart 8 Review

    Mario Kart 8

    It may just be more Mario Kart, but that continues to be no bad thing. In case you're the type of person who sees a wall of text and gets 'the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 5.

    Bayonetta 2 Review

    Bayonetta 2

    Bayonetta 2 is a system seller. It's a Nintendo-published game that is rarely seen, and a game that will legitimately make non-Wii U owners jealous. I don't think I enjoy Bayonetta, and its sequel, for the reasons gaming's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 4.

    Super Smash Bros. Review

    Super Smash Bros.

    Smash Bros. for Wii U outshines its portable counterpart, comfortably sitting as one of Wii U's very best games. Update - 29/11/2014: Now that EU servers are live it's finally possible to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U,Wii U

  • 3.

    Axiom Verge Review

    Axiom Verge

    Whereas many modern takes on classic retro genres fall foul of style over substance, this has been built with such skill that it doesn't need to rely on our annoying fondness of the past to impress. Confession time: I've never played a 2D Metroid game. I've only even played... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 2.

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    You know when you were a kid, in the summer, you used to have huge pretend adventures in the back garden with all your mates? Where the shed was a castle and the hedge was a jungle? And it was like really having an adventure? This is sort of like that.  For more thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild check out the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 1.

    Batman: Arkham City Review

    Batman: Arkham City

    It doesn't take the world's greatest detective to spot that this is an expertly crafted adventure, one that maintains a breathtaking pace and invigorating rhythm from beginning to end. Batman: Arkham Asylum's success hinged on the fact it would have been an... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U