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.

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  • 30.

    Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

    Flawed yet addictive, Assassin's Creed may be in need of a change. Editor's Note: The below review is based on the PS4 version of Black Flag. Having played the PS3 version for around three hours in comparison, players should... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U

  • 29.

    Call of Duty: Ghosts

    Diminishing with every return, Ghosts' addictive nature is tempered by over-familiarity. On PS4 and Xbox One it may be, but Ghosts is a current-generation game. In fact, it's the current-gen game, the one that defined systems... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

  • 28.

    Valiant Hearts: The Great War

    Valiant Hearts is a confused game, but also a brave one tackling difficult subject matter. Valiant Hearts is confused game, and one that seems to have two distinct ideas as to what the Great War was about. On one hand, it... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

  • 27.

    Hyrule Warriors

    Hyrule Warriors is fun, pays decent fan service, and uses the Dynasty Warriors template well. If you know what Dynasty Warriors is about (bash out combos in an attempt to defeat thousands of enemies), you'll know exactly... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 26.

    Skylanders: Trap Team

    Activision's toys-to-life series is still wonderfully entertaining, but Trap Team's relentless encouragement to buy new toys can be draining on your enthusiasm – and your wallet. As much as I try and tell myself otherwise,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii

  • 25.

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker isn't the most taxing puzzle game in the world, but it's well-paced and enjoyable all the same. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is causing me a lot of trouble. Not from a legal standpoint or... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 24.

    Splatoon

    By turns brilliant and frustrating, a Nintendo classic and a missed opportunity. Update: Splatoon has been out for over a week now, and Steve has had time to sit down with the retail copy of the game and see how it fares... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 23.

    Skylanders SuperChargers

    Skylanders Superchargers is another solid entry in a franchise that has done gangbusters for Activision, and fans will enjoy the new vehicle gameplay and adventure-strewn story. A bit like Manchester United post-Alex Ferguson,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U

  • 22.

    Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water

    If you're bored of relentless jump scares in horror games, you'll probably get a nice kick out of this paranormal adventure. For a while after playing Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water on Wii U I was slightly afraid of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 21.

    Star Fox Zero

    Star Fox Zero is worthy of the name, but a few inconsistencies stop it from hitting the highs it otherwise may well have achieved. The first time you turn into a chicken during Star Fox Zero, you'll undoubtedly be a little... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 20.

    LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    It captures the spirit of Star Wars, but will feel very familiar if you've played a Lego game recently Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the latest Traveller's Tales Lego game, in a long series of such games, based on... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita

  • 19.

    New Super Mario Bros. U

    New Super Mario Bros. U is a fantastic game hindered by a disappointing opening act. Bad news: New Super Mario Bros. U opens with all the issues that have hindered previous entries in the series. Uninspired level design,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 18.

    ZombiU

    A welcome return for true survival horror, where death is around every corner of this brutal world you timidly creep around. A couple of months back, Bill Clinton appeared on The Daily Show and began to discuss computer companies,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 17.

    The Cave

    Ron Gilbert's latest might have been on his mind for the last 30 years, but The Cave is a deft combination of old and new, classic and modern. Ron Gilbert claims to have had the idea for The Cave bouncing around his skull... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

  • 16.

    New Super Luigi U

    Proves just how smart and ahead of the pack Nintendo are with level design and gameplay. There was once a time when Luigi was nothing but a palette swap. In the last decade or so, however, he's really stepped out of his brother's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 15.

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist may not be for those who want a purer Sam Fisher experience, but it's still very good. If you were unsure about Splinter Cell: Conviction, I cannot begin to fathom what your thoughts towards Blacklist... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

  • 14.

    The Wonderful 101

    Almost as good as Kamiya’s twitter feed. Almost. At times, The Wonderful 101 represents Platinum games at its very best. Don't be deceived by the isometric view or the cutesy looks, though: this is a Hideki Kamiya action... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 13.

    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 Origins proved a tough act to follow. As a sequel Rayman Legends initially disappoints... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, PS Vita

  • 12.

    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' gaming on beastly next-gen machines, Nintendo seems more than happy to live in the past, constantly... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 11.

    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 that was true, Super Mario Maker is the game you need.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 10.

    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 never really made the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U

  • 9.

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U

  • 8.

    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... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 7.

    Pikmin 3

    A beautiful-looking and beautiful-playing video game. Trying to quantify Nintendo's magic is a thankless task, but the fact I can't stop thinking about Pikmin 3 is testament to its power. After all, this is the third game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 6.

    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 audience thinks, then the Wind Waker debacle of the early 00s is it. Remember... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 5.

    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 to keep things rather familiar. Whereas Galaxy introduced new ideas, the likes of New Super... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 4.

    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 that offers both accessibility and complexity, it is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U

  • 3.

    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 fear', heed this, and heed this well: Mario Kart 8 is exactly what you want.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U

  • 2.

    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

  • 1.

    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 test the online portion of Smash... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii U