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The best Wii U games 2024

The best Wii U games withstand the tests of time, remaining fun to play today. This list features games from genres such as action and RPG.

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Ah, Wii U games, some of Nintendo’s greatest ever offerings belong to the Wii’s successor, Twilight Princess or Wind Waker, anyone? However, the console gets a bit of a bad wrap, so we can’t help but champion the hardware and its surprisingly solid library of games. So, what are the best Wii U games? Yes, as you can probably already tell, Zelda features on this list, as does Mario, but there might still be some surprises.

Or, if you want to know what adventures those two Nintendo icons get up to specifically, it’s our best Mario games and Zelda games guides that you should read. We even have Mario characters and Zelda characters articles to help accommodate you with those that help on these wacky journeys.

Here are the best Wii U games:

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Twilight Princess

Perhaps one of the best Zelda games out there, Twilight Princess is one of the finest Wii U games and is a treasure for those who enjoy Nintendo’s somewhat underwhelming console (it actually has a pride of place on my Wii U games shelf). In fact, many await the day that Ninty announces a Twilight Princess Switch port, though that’s more likely to be something in consideration for the Nintendo Switch 2. Still, until that day comes, you must set up the Wii U, Wii, or GameCube.

Like any good Zelda game, Twilight Princess features an abundance of combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving. Basically, it has everything you need for a quintessential The Legend of Zelda experience.

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Mass Effect 3

Bioware’s epic conclusion to the initial Mass Effect trilogy is on various platforms, but the Wii U version hit the scene a few months after Bioware and EA released the sci-fi RPG on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Mass Effect 3 is one of the best RPGs on the Wii U and one of the best games from the entire generation.

As the last entry in the trilogy, you must finally face the Reapers and suffer the consequences of your decisions from the previous two titles – though that’s not to say you don’t face immediate story-altering choices throughout Mass Effect 3. Prepare yourself to make some impossible choices. No matter what you decide, sometimes you lose on a personal level.

You can also expect a lot of fun combat, once again choosing between gun-play, biotics, and tech-based abilities to deal with your enemies. Oh, and let’s not forget about all of the squad members you have at your disposal, just remember, some may compliment your play-style better than others.

Honestly, the fact that there isn’t a Mass Effect Switch port is quite baffling. Actually, now we think about it, why isn’t there a Dragon Age Switch port? Maddening.

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Who doesn’t love Splatoon? Exactly, we all enjoy this fun multiplayer experience, and those who play Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on Nintendo Switch have the Wii U original to thank. On a platform desolate of fun games, Splatoon is a standout, offering some of the best multiplayer experience on the Wii’s successor, well, alongside the likes of Mario, that is.

If you happen to enjoy Splatoon 3 on Switch and want to know when the next Splatoon 3 Splatfest is, make sure you check out our guide. we can even help you grab some freebies with our Splatoon 3 codes list. We can also tell you just how good this game is with our Splatoon 3 review. Oh, and as the expansion is now out, make sure you take a look at our Splatoon 3 Side Order review.

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Mario Kart 8

Honestly, any list of Nintendo games just has to include a Mario game, and as Mario Kart is a truly beloved title to this day, it makes the cut. Heck, it’s so popular that Nintendo just keeps adding content to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch rather than diving into Mario Kart 9 (that’s bound to be for the Switch’s successor). Mario Kart 8 is a must-play for any Wii U owner, featuring iconic tracks, fan-favorite characters, and great vehicle customization.

If you want to know what the Switch version is like, we can tell you in our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Booster Course review. We also have a Mario Kart characters guide if you want to know more about those who speed around the track.

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Wonderful 101

Many know of the Wonderful 101 after its release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2020. However, those are remasters. The original version of the game is a Nintendo Wii U exclusive, grabbing a loyal fanbase from the get-go as players became enamored with the world and those that inhabit it. In The Wonderful 101, you get to control a horde of heroes and lead them through different levels, each of which has plenty of citizens in need of a hero.

One of the most unique features of the game is the unite morphs feature, which is an ability that turns the heroes into objects. The mechanic makes good use of the Wii U gamepad, something that not many games could achieve on the platform, and that helps to push The Wonderful 101 forward as one of the best Wii U games out there.

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Pikmin 3

Yes, Pikmin 4 is amazing, and we’ll gush about it any time you ask, but we can’t help but reminisce about Pikmin 3, a fine game that helps elevate the Wii U’s library of games. Fans of Pikmin know exactly what to expect, but for those of you who are new to the series, in Pikmin 3, you’re a commander in charge of up to 100 cute little pals known as Pikmin.

With your new friends, you get to explore a vibrant world, though it’s not without its perils. There are plenty of enemies and bosses waiting to ruin your day, so you really need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the different colored Pikmin. Seriously, you’re all doomed if you don’t get this right. Just prepare yourself. The death of a Pikmin is a harrowing experience.

If you want to know how good the next installment of the Pikmin franchise is, read our Pikmin 4 review. Spoiler alert: it’s fantastic.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles is a revered RPG series that gives many players a nudge to own the console it’s on. Xenoblade Chronicles X is no different, as it offers one of the best experiences in the Wii U library. As with any game in the franchise, you can expect to engage in momentous battles, build a strong party to support you as you explore an open world, and experience a story so deep in lore you need to be ready to lose hours of your life.

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Wind Waker

Some might argue that Wind Waker is the best Zelda game out there, even above Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom, though our Tears of the Kingdom review might argue against that. For many, Wind Waker isn’t just a fantastic remaster with a great revamp to the art style and lighting, but it has some quality-of-life upgrades that help to make the entire game a more enjoyable experience. Who knows, we might even get a Wind Waker Switch port one day.

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Bayonetta 2

I love Bayonetta, any time I have the chance to include her in a list, you’d best believe that I will. One of the best Wii U games (and action games in general) is Bayonetta 2, the charming sequel to the 2009 action-adventure game. In the esteemed sequel, you once again get to play as the Umbra Witch, taking part in some hack ‘n slash combat, facing off against various angels and demons.

And that, dear reader, is our list of the best Wii U games. Do you agree with our picks? Did one of your favorites fail to make the cut? Either way, let us know. In the meantime, why not see if our picks for the best GBA games, DS games, 3DS games, and Game Boy games match yours?