The Best Wii U Games

Woohoo for the Wii U!

The Wii U has a tough act to follow, coming hot on the heels on the wildly successful Wii. And while its games library may have been slow to populate in its early months, the fact is that Nintendo's newest home console now has a good list of top titles that would make most gamers happy. Check out our choices for the best games released on the Wii U so far by looking at the list below. And with the console's library continuing to expand, make sure to check back on this page as we update in over the coming weeks and months.

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Mario's back in Super Mario 3D Land. Click below to see more screens from our top Wii U games.
Mario's back in Super Mario 3D Land. Click below to see more screens from our top Wii U games.
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Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition

"From the speedy exhilaration of soaring high above the streets to the atmospheric thrill of discovering long-forgotten secrets in the tunnels below Gotham, this is an unforgettable adventure that will keep you coming back to the cape and cowl long after you've seen the credits roll." -- Read our review

Bit.Trip Presents...Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

"Runner 2 doesn't just offer you an entertaining experience; it throws its arm around you companionably, ushers you into its whimsical world, and makes you feel like part of something special." -- Read our review

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

"Though it's a shame that league play is dead on arrival, there's still a lot of taut action to enjoy online, helping Black Ops II provide the Wii U with its first great shooter experience." -- Read our review

Deus Ex: Human Revolution -- Director's Cut

"Human Revolution sets you free into its world and gives you the tools to succeed. In combat, this means wielding guns and grenades; when sneaking, it means performing stealthy assassinations and activating temporary invisibility; and when exploring, that means punching through concrete walls and breaking into storage facilities." -- Read our review

Darksiders 2

"The Wii U version of Darksiders II may suffer from some additional technical hitches, but this vast adventure is so absorbing, it's still easy to lose yourself in its oppressive world." -- Read our review

Lego City Undercover

"There are bigger, more complex, more beautiful open-world games on the market. But none of them are this good at making you feel so young at heart." -- Read our review

Mario Kart 8

"Mario Kart 8 shifts its focus from chaotic weapons to precise driving, and that makes this one of the most rewarding entries in the series" -- Read our review

Mass Effect 3

"When your goal is no less than ensuring the survival of an entire galaxy, sacrifice is inevitable, and Mass Effect 3 makes sure you feel each and every one." -- Read our review

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

"It's easily the best Monster Hunter game so far, and while it would be nice to see a console sequel with more up-to-date visuals and all-new locations, Ultimate is an great entry into the Wii U catalog." -- Read our review

Link goes on an ocean voyage in Wind Waker HD. Click below to see more screens from our top Wii U games.
Link goes on an ocean voyage in Wind Waker HD. Click below to see more screens from our top Wii U games.
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New Super Mario Bros U

"Nintendo seemingly recaptured traditional, distilled platforming, but also incorporated a newfound attention to modern gaming trends and expectations. It's a challenging platformer, an excellent recreation of Mario's best moments, and it's the perfect way to kick-off Nintendo's journey into HD." -- Read our review

Nintendo Land

"Nintendo Land isn't just a fine showcase of the Wii U's capabilities, though it certainly is that. It's also a great game in its own right, and particularly if you have friends or family members with whom you can play all of the multiplayer attractions, it's a great way to start getting a lot of enjoyment out of the new console immediately." -- Read our review

Rayman Legends

"Momentum is the name of the game in this 2D platformer. Rayman runs, leaps, swings, glides, and swims with a kinetic grace that compels you ever onward. Being able to squeeze past spikes and thunder across toppling towers should be expected in any adventure that presents such formidable challenges, but what makes Legends special is how joyful such movements are." -- Read our review

Pikmin 3

"There's nothing quite like Pikmin out there, and its delightful combination of survival strategy and unflinching cuteness should entertain you throughout this lengthy adventure." -- Read our review

Super Mario 3D World

"Mario has always had that uncanny ability to cross the boundaries of age and gender, to bring a smile to the face of every player who crosses his path. Super Mario 3D World is no different. This is a dazzlingly inventive game that brings the fun in spades, and will leave you grinning like a loon from start to finish." -- Read our review

There are a lot of heros in Wonderful 101.
There are a lot of heros in Wonderful 101.

The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD

"The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is a loving restoration of a bold and beautiful adventure, with Nintendo shifting some elements of the original game's aesthetic, and streamlining the pace where it had occasionally sagged." -- Read our review

The Wonderful 101

"This is an ambitious, funny, and inventive game that's keen to impress but slightly scrappy in its presentation, packed with ideas but is slightly confused about how to express all its abundant creativity." -- Read our review

* GameSpot's Best Of Lists will be updated periodically as new games worthy of inclusion are released on their respective platforms.

Last updated May 10, 20147.

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urbanman2004

Didn't realize most of the 3rd party titles even existed on Wii U

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Pikminmaniac

And the best game on the console, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze. It's debatably the best platformer ever crafted alongside Donkey Kong Country Returns.

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YearoftheSnake5

@Pikminmaniac: I was about to write something similar. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze is hands down the best game I have for the system. It deserves far more praise than what Gamespot gave it.

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TJDMHEM

I enjoyed super Mario 3D world

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GregoryBastards

i want to buy wii u desperately but i dont have anyone to play with....and wii u is known to be a group oriented console.....also im scared that as soon as i buy it nintendo will launch the next cosole with backward compatibility and id feel stupid.

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HarlemStruggle

@GregoryBastards: I just bought mine 2 weeks ago, its great, its a fun toy, nothing like the PC/PS4/Xbone, Yes it plays videogames but the games are so diverse and the gameplay of each game is so different. Games are more pick up and play arcadey feel. The Gamepad is the game changer, you don't need your TV, as you can play just about all your games on the gamepad and the screen is plenty big enough, it comes in handy more than you would think, amazing feature. I play Nintendo, than pass it to my friend while we watch movies, It is definitely a social console but is great alone for long or short bursts. I play a round of Smash, then a Cup of Mario Kart, then pop Splatoon in and have a blast then throw in Mario World and jump all over the place, its pretty high quality although cartoony games here.

Here is the kicker. There are 10 games you want to own to allow your Wii U to be enjoyed with Zelda U and Star Fox down the road. and no matter what you do, savings, sales, etc. the games will average $48. thats about $500 for 10 games plus the cost of the console which should include a classic game itself for a minimum of $225. So you are well over $700(Well I am) for just the essential library of the newest Nintendo. I like it, I may grow to love it and Wii U might justify its price tag if i am playing it 2 years from now.

I cannot recommend buying a Wii U Exclusively because of the price tag. I play it enough and enjoy it but It just feels like an unnecessary toy like a Jet-ski. If you have basically no problem spending $1000 dollars to play Nintendo, go for it. I did. I would be lying if I said I didn't have some buyers remorse, and the Gamepad and interface is certainly not perfect. I do recommend however buying a Wii U with a ton of games and accessories from a person tired of it, second-hand off Ebay or what have you.

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GregoryBastards

@harlemstruggle: Thank you...your reply has nearly solved my dilemma....you had me at its nothing like PC/PS4/Xone....im quiet tired of all those now...and their dull repetitive shooters....i think im gonna go for the Wii U.

Also im at a point now where dont have time for playing the same game for 5 hours everyday....so 'the pick up and play' quality of wii u games you mentioned would suit me perfectly.

Jet skis might be unnecessary but sure are awesome to own...i hope the wii u is too.

Thanks again for the amazing answer....maybe ill see you soon online in Splatoon or something...??

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HarlemStruggle

@GregoryBastards: I felt your pain lol. I had been going back and forth about getting the Wii U for the past year. I put about 100 hours in Borderlands the Handsome edition and after I was done, no games interest me on PS4, certainly nothing I felt compelled to play, after a few weeks of not gaming at all, I plopped down the Cash and bought Wind Waker Bundle with Mario Kart 8, Nintendo Land(sucks alone), New Super Mario & Luigi Bros U, and Mario 3D World all refurbished directly from Nintendo, it came in 3 days new in box. Saved a bit of change not going the new route, But even with those 5 games the system felt naked and baron so I ordered Smash Bros, Splatoon, and a week later Hyrule Warriors, Pikmin3, and Dues EX. Now i have games am still breaking them in and exploring the different worlds. You will see the brilliance of their gamepad idea but find their execution failed to meet their level of genius.

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JustBeFahad

Where are Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2, Super Smash Bros and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker?

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kdavenport88

All I know is that my wife and I played the demo of Mario Kart 8 at a Gamestop and it was really great. I want it now!

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TheJamin

<< LINK REMOVED >> did the same... i bought one yesterday. Been playing mario kart all evening like i'm 10 again.

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argotto

All of my hopes lie with smash brothers atm. Monster hunter was great, but aside from that, nothing else is really compelling enough for me to care. I wasn't a huge fan of the mario games so far, and pikmin isn't my thing.


Now that I think about it... is it even worth playing the wii u just for one game this winter? Dark days for nintendo console gamers. 3ds may be booming, but it saddens me that they all but abandoned wii u. Smash brothers is literally the only game that could possibly cause mass amounts of people to buy the console... but even then the 3ds version is essentially going to be the same thing, but with an exclusive game mode to boot.

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spemanig

<< LINK REMOVED >> Mario Kart Wii sold more than twice what Brawl did last generation. Mario Kart 8 has way more selling potential than Smash ever could.

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The_Micksta

This is good bringing praise to the underrated Wii U. It is a really good system with the best games at the moment and it has backwards compatible which is awesome.Not to mention the TV features like changing the volume and channel and play the game on the Wii U Game Pad screen as well. Hopefully when Mario Kart 8 is out that game will sell a lot of units.

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HybridExtreme

Batman Arkham City Armored Edition is fantastic

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PlaystationZone

Well be honest not much Will U games because consle didnt sell but on another hand ps3 didnt sell and guess what they have more games than Will U but only great game is mario and hd of zelda and forthcoming mario cart 8 thats about it and no news if Ninendo coming to E3214 because it might be canceled again.

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Mandrew257

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You're seriously comparing a 7 year old consoles library to a 2 year old Wii U's library?

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19James89

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>Yes they are and it's utterly stupid. Granted I do think the Wii U is suffering immeasurably from a lack of third party support.

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SkullScience77

It is good to see an article showing the virtues of the Wii U and helping destroy the notion it has no games. I own Wii U, XB1 and PS4 (although I mainly game on PC) and my Wii U gets far more play time than the other 2. It is disgusting to see the media spout on about a game drought on Wii U when the other 2 have had utterly nothing worthy of them that you could count on more than one hand in 6 months now, after all the hype. What we get are rushed launch titles or rehashed remakes. if you are a gamer, and still had your PS3 or 360, there was, in retrospect, no good reason to jump ship. I still own my PS3 and 360 but feel sorry for the people who traded theirs in back in November 2013 (many did). They won't see the benefit for at least a year after they did. The Wii U, being backwardly compatible, also has some stellar games like Xenoblade, Last Story, Pandora's Tower as well as the more well known Wii games. It helps when there are quiet times, a luxury PS4 and XB1 do not have.

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skateryanboarde

I own most of these games and I don't regret purchasing them for my Wii U. I still want to get Deus Ex, Darksiders 2, and repurchase Lego City.

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Banyek

<< LINK REMOVED >> repurchase???? what happened?

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darkwarriorx7

Donkey country tropical freeze must be here, the graphics are good, is challenging, the level design is great,and the sound track is amazing

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Mandrew257

Where's Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze at? That game kicks New Super Mario Bros U's ass on every level.

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nintendoboy16

<< LINK REMOVED >> The 6 given by Mark Walton ruined that.

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Necrotron

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> An individual's opinion and review has never stopped a game from reaching a 'best games' list before. Still, I'm curious about the curator's choice for it's absence.

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DarthLod

Not one of them are worth a damn. They are either in better versions on another console, or just the same old recycled Nintendo crap.

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spemanig

<< LINK REMOVED >> Wii U version of Deus Ex it the best version.

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SkullScience77

<< LINK REMOVED >> Utter toss! I own all the 'new' consoles and can honestly say, at the moment, the Wii U gets the most play time. I own Deus Ex on both 360 and Wii U and the Wii U version destroys the 360 version. So much more lighting and post-processing. Having the inventory, quest markers and map on the gamepad really enhances the flow of the game. Games like Zombi U also show that, when used correctly, the gamepad really enhances a game. To call the likes of Mario etc... "Nintendo crap" just shows you up to be a Nintendo hater or, at least, a fanboy of another console. I mainly game on PC and can honestly say that, as others have said, that by your logic 360/PS3/PS4/XB1 aren't worth a damn due to PC releases. Fortunately we do not all have the brain of a turd like you. I suspect you read this article and realised the Wii U wasn't as bad as the school-kids would lead you to believe.

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skateryanboarde

<< LINK REMOVED >> I just thought I should tell you that your ignorance is showing. You might want to cover it up...

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Mandrew257

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By that logic. 90% of the games on PS3/PS4/360/X1 aren't worth a damn since they have PC releases.

The only Nintendo game that I'll admit is recycled is New Super Mario Bros U.

Everything else?

No.

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abHS4L88

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He's just a brainless hater whose first instinct whenever he sees a Nintendo article is to automatically trash talk Nintendo no matter what the article is about.

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eelektrik

Since you decided to include multiplatform titles, I would have put AC 4 on the list. The biggest omissions though to me are Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and ZombiU.

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Defender1978

Wii U has the best exclusives. I have PC for everything else I want coming out.

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Necrotron

<< LINK REMOVED >> Aye, Nintendo knows how to get things done. I just wish there were a few more exclusives to make the Wii U really pop as a system.

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skateryanboarde

<< LINK REMOVED >> This is pretty much my view.

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rmiller365

Show me an open world Pokemon game and ill Tell you to shut up and take my money.

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Yomigaeru

<< LINK REMOVED >> Sounds like a good idea to me. Keep the traditional games on handhelds, but make an open world sub-series for consoles (assuming Nintendo continues making them).

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Nev3rtime

Show your maturity Gamespot. Admit your mistake and add DK to the list.

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drekula2

I was eagerly awaiting getting a Wii U until I tried out my friends.

Turns out all the games I salivated over were very good but not that new or exciting.


Wind Waker HD is great but it's still just a port.

Pikmin 3 hasn't evolved much from the 1st or 2nd.

DK Tropical Freeze beats Returns but lacks the rhythm and flow of the 90's Donkey Kong Country games.

Mario 3D World ended up being much more boring than I had ever anticipated.

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SkullScience77

<< LINK REMOVED >> The problem is that argument can be applied to any console of this gen. Killzone, Titanfall, Deadrising, Thief, FFXIV, CoD, BF. All of them been done before, none of them original. So, you are either choosing to ignore this or are missing the very obvious point. At least you know the Nintendo variants will likely be the pinnacle of what they do. I am a PC gamer but I realise that, if I didn't own a Wii U, I would miss out on the best platformer, best kart game, Zelda, Metroid etc...

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Honest_Tony

I own a Wii U, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360. All my games were choses for fun and great visuals.The Wii U is a fine system and while graphically may not be as powerful as the PS4 or Xbox 360. The Wii U can still pump out nice games. I am waiting now for Fatal Frame hopefully this year sometime. Hopefully Nintendo can implement a cloud like server for the Wii U. So they can enhance and pump up the graphics on their future games. Sony has already said they may not need to build a future PS5 system. Because the cloud server can handle graphical upgrades and backwards compatibility. This is what Nintendo needs now for the Wii U.

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Yomigaeru

<< LINK REMOVED >> Is it confirmed that Nintendo will bring the new Fatal Frame over? I remember Zero being passed over for a localization in the States.