5 Overlooked Wii U Games, New Owners Should Play


So you finally bought a Wii U? Well, congratulations! The Wii U may have had a slow start, but everything is now coming together the way we all thought it would when the system launched. Thanks to the recent launch of Mario Kart 8, the Wii U has become a very popular gaming system. However, Mario Kart 8 is not the only great game on the system, in-fact, the Wii U has some of the best games this generation. Unfortunately, many new Wii U owners may not know about some of the great titles that came before Mario Kart 8, you have; Pikmin 3, Rayman Legends, Darksiders 2, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD, Trine 2, just to name a few. However, there are a handful of Wii U games that could be separated into a completely different category. The Most Overlooked category – every gaming system has them, and the Wii U is no exception.

5. Nano Assault Neo Developed by Shin’en

Nano-eshopThere’s no surprise for most first-day Wii U owners that Shin’en is a force to be reckoned with it. These guys make some incredible looking games. Nano Assault Neo is one of the best-looking games on the Wii U eShop; it’s seriously a game that every Wii U owner with the twin stick shoot em’ up itch should check out. Besides the amazing graphics, the game’s controls are super precise and the firing and explosions feel very satisfying. In addition, the game supports off-TV play, allowing co-operative local multiplayer for two people to play each level simultaneously, with one player using the Wii U GamePad and the other using a Wii U pro controller, Wii-mote, or classic controller, on the TV. Unfortunately the game released along the Wii U launch back in 2012, and has since been a forgotten gem. You can find the game via the Wii U eshop for $7.99


4. The Wonderful 101 Developed by Platinum Games

Wonderful_101_box_artworkWhen I heard that the folks over at Platinum were making a Wii U exclusive, I knew that whatever the game they released, it would be something special. The game turned out to be one of the best games that the Wii U has to offer. The easiest way to describe The Wonderful 101 is Viewtiful Joe meets God of War.

Unfortunately this is another game that released during the Wii U’s unpopular days and while not the least known game in the bunch, it’s certainly one that gets overlooked by many. You can pick up the game via Amazon.



3. Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director’s Cut Developed by Square Enix

deuDon’t be mistaken by the fact that the game released on other consoles a few years before it hit the Wii U. The Wii U version of the game is said to be the best version of them all for a few reasons; the game has been patched, tweaked and even enhanced graphically. In addition, the game takes full advantage of the Wii U’s GamePad, adding unique features to the game, such as hacking and inventory. This is a fantastic action/stealth game that takes full advantage of the Wii U and shouldn’t be overlooked. The game is available via Amazon. It’s been under $20 for a few days now.




2. LEGO City: Under Cover Developed by TT Fusion

LegoLEGO: City Undercover is nothing like other LEGO games, this game has been called the Grand Theft Auto of LEGO games, the game caters to every gamer of any age, giving players all the hard-core, open-world adventures found in the Grand Theft Auto games without the overtone and violence. And let’s not forget that the game uses the GamePad seamlessly, making it the complete game that could only be found on the Wii U. So why is it always on the “overlooked” or “underrated” stack? While LEGO video games are mostly always good ones, having an exclusive LEGO game on the Wii U when the system was less popular, may have had something to do with its lack of popularity. Today the game has become somewhat of a rarity. The game is available via Amazon. The game has kept it’s value, if you can find it for under $35-40, jump on it.



1. Zombi U developed by Ubisoft

zombiI might come off as biased with this particular pick, so please bear with me. I love the survival-horror genre and I personally think that Zombi U is one of the top 3-survival horrors games of all time. Zombi U was a huge unexpected release. Who would’ve imagined that a game as creepy and bloody as Zombi U would be a Nintendo exclusive at launch? Unfortunately, the game was as successful as the Wii U was during launch; it sold well, but nothing to brag home about – mostly due to the Wii U’s early dismissal. But, here’s the thing — Zombi U is something special. If you happen to be a fan of the survival-horror genre you would agree. This game really digs deep and makes you jump, scream, and go through some serious anxiety that I could only explain as “almost reality”.

The GamePad is a big help to this gaming experience; it’s the best use of the GamePad that I’ve seen on the Wii U. And have I mentioned its multiplayer mode? The game has a local multiplayer mode that is done right. The reason this game is number one on our list is because Nintendo finally got their shit together. Excuse my French, but it’s true. The company is doing a phenomenal job releasing or previewing their first party titles out now or soon to be released, so it’s putting games like Zombi U and the other’s on this list into a forgotten list. If you own a Wii U for only first party Nintendo games, you are missing out on what is possibly the best experience on the Wii U. Forget the Ubisoft BS, this game is the real deal. The game is available via Amazon for under $20.

Let us know if you have other Wii U games that you think should be on this list.

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  • Moon Baby

    I hear Deus Ex is the best on the Wii U. Might pick it up, especially for $13 on Amazon.

  • one balled zombi u 2 playa

    i’d give my left nut for zombi u 2

  • Crimson

    I would add Darksiders 2 also. It’s great on the wiiU. The game pad makes things infinitely better.

    • PreyMantis

      It’s buggy, though.

  • PreyMantis

    I would add Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Scribblenauts Unmasked, Puddle, and Edge.

  • PreyMantis

    I would add Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Scribblenauts Unmasked, Puddle, and Edge.