The 8 Best Nintendo Wii U Games to Buy in 2017

Shop for the top games on Nintendo's best gaming console

After years of market domination with machines like the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and the trailblazing Nintendo Wii, the international king of family gaming has amassed an impressive library of titles for its latest console, the Nintendo Wii U. If you’ve only recently given into the pull of this incredible experience, you may be overwhelmed by the selection, especially the variety of exclusive titles. So we're here to help you decide which games should be some of your first purchases.

You don’t need a Nintendo Switch to enjoy the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild. With what many reviewers consider a masterpiece, and the best selling Wii U game on Amazon to date, The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild reinvents open world exploration and brings the best overall Nintendo Wii U game experience available to date.

The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild reigns as the best overall Wii U game due to its immersive gameplay in a wide-open world environment that encourages and rewards exploration, throwing spontaneous sequences of both dangerous peril and pure tranquility. There is never a dull moment as players survive in the brisk of the wild where over 100 shrines and dungeons await. Each challenge presents a unique difficulty, like solving various puzzles or strategizing weaponry and approaches against enemies of all different shapes and sizes.

Wii Sports Club is the perfect family video game because it virtualizes universal and familiar real world sports games such as baseball, tennis and golf. Every dad can rejoice with their son as they compete head to head in bowling; sisters and brothers can fight their parents in duo tennis competitions; the possibilities are endless with the best family game for the Wii U.

Did you and your brother get in a fight? Well, take it up with Wii Sport’s Club Boxing, where you can jab the air with a Wii MotionPlus controller. Wii Sports Club is best enjoyed with family, but can also be played alone, too, and comes with four different games with various modes play. Motion control settings allow for perfect calibrations for any member of the family, and players can play cooperatively or competitively in both relaxing and exciting game levels.

Though Mario Party 10 may be the best multiplayer game for the Wii U on the list, it’s also one of the best games to ruin friendships. With up to five players, Mario Party 10 has you going head to head with your friends on a game board and participating in various mini-games to collect coins and buy stars (that act as points.) Don’t worry, the rules are simple enough for anyone to pick up, and there’s an optional warm-up mode before you jump into each mini-game.

Unlike the other Mario Party games before it, Mario Party 10 features Bowser Party, a new mode where a fifth player controls Bowser with the Wii U GamePad. Four other players team up to escape from Bowser, with their mission to reach the end of the game board without getting caught. Playing as Bowser gives one the feeling of a “dungeon master” that can only be defeated by the power of cooperation. Good luck.

Nintendo has never been a brand known for combat games, which make it somewhat ironic that they have one of the most beloved smash-em-up franchises in the world in Super Smash Bros. The version of this long-running series for the Wii U is one of the console’s best offerings, bringing together characters from generations of Nintendo games into one brightly-colored arena. The latest game even draws characters from other franchises, including Pac-Man, Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog. But, of course, the iconic characters like Mario, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Link, and even Kid Icarus are the real draw. This series has evolved a bit with every new release—adding new characters, moves, arenas, etc.—which makes the version for the Nintendo Wii U the most impressive Nintendo fighting game to date. Ad it’s one of the rare fighting games that you can feel comfortable letting your kids play without worrying about the gore.

There’s really only one racing game for the Nintendo Wii U that’s so definitive that some of the most popular iterations of the console come with it. Again, Mario rules the Nintendo world for a reason, and part of that is the fact that so many of us grew up playing addictive games like Super Mario Kart. As with the Nintendo Wii U versions of classics like Super Mario and Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8 is really just the biggest, baddest, coolest version of what you already know and love. It’s detailed in its track design, character differentiation and consistently joyous gameplay. It’s a perfect game for all ages and an essential, must-own if you have a Nintendo Wii U. The system isn’t really complete without it. 

Fun, affordable and a throwback, the NES Remix Pack is a compilation of over 25 of the best games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Multiple Amazon buyers find it to be the perfect gift for older adult gamers who want a taste from the past with games that might have otherwise never got the shot to play.

Adult games don’t have to be “adult” – the NES Remix Pack is ideal for any adult who used to game as kid with original classics that they played like Punch-Out!!, Kirby’s Adventure and The Legend of Zelda. The modernized games within in a game come with multiple modes that test you in improving your score and doing rapid-fire challenge modes. You can even share your replays with players online or friends offline.

While one may look at a game that’s essentially a remastering of a 2002 GameCube title and ask why revisit an old game, The Wind Waker feels like an entirely new experience on the Nintendo Wii U. Updating the GameCube story with modern graphics and Wii U GamePad functionality, The Wind Waker is the first and still best Zelda game on the latest Nintendo console, which makes it a must-own. It is a gorgeous rendering of Hyrule in 3D with the bright colors that only the Wii U can provide. And it features one of the most engaging narratives in the history of the franchise, enhanced by reducing some of the fetch quest in the end game of the first title. Nintendo is very good at being both nostalgic and forward-thinking at the same time, and the Wii U version of The Wind Waker may be the best example of that duality.

Flying at the speed of light in an intense space battle against an army of monkeys is what you will find in Star Fox Zero. From the start of your first mission, you will be launched directly into the heat of war as you fight an onslaught of enemy forces in the galaxy, piloting jets, flight drones and tanks among lush terrains.

Star Fox Zero is the latest installment of the ever-popular Star Fox series. The on-rails shooter places you in the action of dogfights over various planets. Gameplay relies on the strategy of evasive maneuvers like barrel rolls and somersaults as you strategize with your teammates while facing off a myriad of enemy fighters. With the Wii U’s gamepad, you’ll be able to have a first person perspective from the cockpit of your fighter pilot, while the view on your TV shows the full landscape of the planets you traverse.

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