The Wii U Gift Guide

The Wii U continues to offer games you can't find anywhere else; here are a few suggestions on what to give Wii U gamers. If you're looking for gift ideas for the Wii, here are some great Wii accessories.

Nintendo Wii U Console

Wii U Legend of Zelda Wind Waker Bundle. Nintendo

The first thing any fan of Nintendo home gaming wants this year is a Wii U. Nintendo is offering the console in a few different game bundles, including one for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, one for Just Dance 2014, and one for New Super Mario Bros U/New Super Luigi U. Personally, I'd go for the Wind Waker, but it's your call.

Super Mario Maker

Super Mario Maker

This game-design game lets every gamer design their own Super Smash Bros. levels, and play creations by others that range from as easy as walking to so hard that you'll spend a week trying to beat a 3-minute level.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles X

The sequel to one of the best role-playing games ever made, XCX promises a vast open world for you to explore as you see fit. The Wii U has been short of RPGs since its inception, but as with the Wii, it could wind up with one game that blows all the others away.

Charge Station U

Nyko's Charge Station U will charge your gamepad and two remotes at once. Nyko

While the Wii U's gamepad has a rechargeable battery, the Wii remotes that are often used for some games, particularly in local multiplayer, still require batteries unless you buy a charging system. Nyko has ingeniously combined a gamepad charging based with a two-Wiimote charger, offering a convenient place for everything to charge up. Two caveats. One, it does not come with its own cord, instead using the charging cord that comes with the Wii U. Two, it's a conductive charger, so you have to take the remote out of its silicone sleeve, if you use that. But it's still a Wii U must-have.

Wii U Pro Controller


A lot of Wii U games take advantage of the Wii U's touchscreen, but when they don't, the more conventional Pro Controller, with its 80 hour battery life, slighter build and more comfortable feel is a good substitute for the gamepad. For some gamers this is a must-have device.

If you're looking to save money, Nyko's Pro Commander will also do. But don't get any of those no-name Wii U controllers; reports are many of them don't actually work with Wii U games.

Wii Remote Plus

Wii Remote Plus
Nintendo has folded MotionPlus capabilities into their remote. Nintendo

While the main Wii U controller is the gamepad, in multiplayer games you'll still need Wii remotes. The standard remote will work for most games, but you might as well go ahead and get the newer, more sophisticated Wii Remote Plus, which will work with any Wii U game that needs a Wii remote.You'll may also want to throw in a nunchuk.

An External Hard Drive

external hard drive

The Wii U doesn't have an internal hard drive, and while it does have enough storage for owners to download some games, those who want to buy a lot of games will soon run out of room. Fortunately the Wii U supports external USB drives, and they even have a very short list of drives they have successfully tested with the console (although other drives will work). They don't have to be on this list, they can be smaller than 1 or 2 terabytes, but this is what Nintendo suggests for those who don't want to guess at compatibility.

Nintendo eShop Prepaid Cards

nintendo eshop prepaid cards

Almost every game released for the Wii U is available for download, both eShop-only titles and major retail releases. This makes a prepaid eShop card a really handy gift. You can also use this card to buy 3DS games if you have a mind to.