Super Mario Maker is a must-have game for the Nintendo Wii U.
Nintendo’s Wii U system got a whole lot better in 2015 thanks to a push from the company in the game department. Whether you’re young or old the system offers something for everyone, making it the must-have family gaming system (and compared to the XBOX One and PS4, the relatively low price of the Wii U makes the decision to purchase one less painful).
With the holiday’s around the corner (and Black Friday sales coming up on Nov. 27), here are the five Wii U games you need to put on your wish list or buy for your kids (cause you know you’ll be playing them, too).
Super Mario Maker
I used to dream about making my own levels in Super Mario Bros. when I was a kid. With Super Mario Maker my dream has finally come true! And while it is exciting coming up with crazy stages to share with friends, family and strangers online, playing the stages other people come up with is the best part of this game (my 4-year-old has a bright future ahead annoying gamers with some of the insane levels he’s made).
While Super Mario Maker can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop, the physical version comes in a box similar to the ones NES games came in. It also includes a very nice collectible book. Both of these points make it a worthwhile physical purchase in my opinion.
Using amiibo figures, such as the 30th anniversary Mario amiibo, you can unlock special game content (like a giant mushroom), which is very cool.
Check out the Super Mario Maker trailer below.
Yoshi’s Woolly World
The mad genius at Nintendo that came up with the idea of Yoshi’s Woolly World deserves some sort of award. Besides being visually stunning (everything looks like it’s made of real wool) the game is a ton of fun to play and can be challenging in a puzzle-solving sort of way (Mellow Mode let’s the young ones easily fly through the game while Classic Mode keeps it real).
While there are many great things about the game, my favourite part (and it’s a bit childish) is that Yoshi poops out balls of yarn instead of eggs in this game. For some reason my kids and I find this hilarious.
The Yoshi amiibo made of yarn that comes bundled with some versions of the game is also pretty sweet and can be used to give you two Yoshi’s in the game at once.
Check out the trailer for Yoshi’s Woolly World below.
LEGO Dimensions (Wii U)
Right out out of the box, LEGO Dimensions is unlike other toy-based video games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity. For starters, you have to build the LEGO Gateway (part of the portal you use to add characters into the game) out of real LEGO bricks. Then the figures and vehicles you get have to be put together in order to use them in the game (the Wii U version comes with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle minifigs, as well as a LEGO Batmobile).
Since LEGO has licensed everything from Ghostbusters and Back to the Future to The Simpsons and Scooby-Doo, the available expansion packs turn this into an endless money pit of collecting fun.
Watch the trailer for LEGO Dimensions below.
Splatoon is a first-person shooter style competitive game where you play in online teams to lay down as much of your paint colour on the course as possible in order to win. It’s highly addictive and fun to play and is an overall cool gaming experience (it will eat lots of your time once you start playing).
Splatoon is amiibo compatible and will open up new challenges and in-game gear with Splatoon-series amiibo figures.
Check out the trailer for Splatoon below.
Based on the Disney cartoon and originally released for the NES in 1989, DuckTales was a tough little platform game back in the day. DuckTales: Remastered keeps the same challenging courses but delivers updated sound and graphics. The game can be downloaded via the Nintendo eShop for $14.99 and can be played directly on the Wii U gamepad. Be warned that you won’t be able to get the theme song out of your head for days after playing.
Watch the DuckTales: Remastered trailer below.
Other games highly recommended for the Wii U include Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, LEGO City Undercover and Need for Speed Most Wanted.
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