It’s no secret that Nintendo has been having significant struggles with the Wii U. The original Wii sold like gangbusters, absolutely trouncing its competition with over 100 million worldwide sales. Unfortunately, Nintendo had an issue clearly marketing the Wii’s follow-up, as many consumers thought (and still think) it was only an upgrade to the original Wii, not an entirely new system. Barring its terrible name and reputation, the Wii U has actually managed to build a solid stable of titles, with enough fantastic games available to justify the purchase of the console. Its overall library still doesn’t have great depth, even now in its 3rd year on the market, but the following 10 games are must-haves for anyone looking to buy, or who already owns, a Nintendo Wii U.
The only exclusive game not be developed or published by Nintendo included on this list (which, as usual for a Nintendo console, speaks volumes about how poor the Wii U’s 3rd party support is), ZombiU was the best game available for the system when it launched in November 2012. The survival horror game, developed by Ubisoft , made fantastic use of the then-novel Wii U GamePad, and it remains one of the best showcases for the oft-ignored tablet controller’s capabilities. The GamePad can be held up and used as a vital in-game scanner, and also becomes a crucial second screen used in combination with players’ televisions. It’s difficult to find unique games with mature content on the Wii U, but luckily ZombiU fills that niche nicely.