Six Wii U Games to revisit now that (probably) not much else is coming out this year
It's been a rough time, recently, for Nintendo fans.
First, we found out that the NX won't be launching until next March. And with that, Zelda Wii U was also delayed until March, and will be launching on NX, as well. Nintendo also announced that Zelda would be the only game on the floor playable at E3 in June.
What does this mean for the Wii U? Looking at the release schedule, and given that there will be no other Nintendo titles at E3 --and that Nintendo isn't doing a Nintendo Direct proper then, just a Zelda live stream -- it seems unlikely that there will be any other big Wii U projects left to come out this year.
Sure, there's Paper Mario: Color Splash, and there's the possibility of some other Wii U titles being announced after E3 and releasing this holiday, but it looks like Wii U owners are going to have slim pickings... if there are any pickings left at all, that is.
So, what are Wii U fans to do? Fear not, because there's still plenty of solid Wii U games out there, and if you've only gotten games with "Mario," "Smash," Kart," or "Splatoon" in the title, there's some other good games to pick from. Here's a list of 6 Wii U titles you may have missed the first time around, and why they are still worth checking out now.
LEGO City Undercover
Lego City Undercover -- actually published by Nintendo -- was a title I never got to play until last year. But the game's great, and actually one of my favorite Wii U titles.
Undercover is Grand Theft Auto meets the LEGO universe...except you are playing as a cop, not a robber. You play as Chase McCain as you explore Lego City, a large open-world environment with plenty of missions and a decently long story campaign, as well.
The normal trappings of the LEGO-genre games are all here, but Undercover brings them all together so well -- and is quite funny, to boot -- that it's a shame the game didn't get more attention when it originally came out.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was the version of Monster Hunter that made me a fan of the series.
To the unfamiliar: Monster Hunter is an action RPG where you... well, hunt giant monsters. The stronger the monsters you kill, the better weapons and armor you can craft. It's super addicting (once you get past the initial learning barrier), and is an easily hundred-plus hour adventure.
It's also one of-- if not the-- best multiplayer online experience on the Wii U. MH3U has online voice chat (!!!!!!), meaning you can play and hunt and communicate with your friends directly. So grab some friends, and start hunting some monsters.
A launch title for the Wii U, ZombiU is still one of the only games that actually managed to use the GamePad in a way that enhanced gameplay and felt worthwhile. ZombiU used the GamePad to create tension by forcing players to balance the two screens for inventory and map management, and working between the two helped in part to successfully create the game's atmosphere.
Ubisoft's survival horror game is a tense, thrilling title that does a good job of placing you in the middle of London during a zombie outbreak. Ammo is important. Once your character dies, it's dead for good and you start over with somebody else. It's a great example the Wii U GamePad's potential, and one of the Wii U's launch titles still worth revisiting.
Xenoblade Chronicles X
The most recent title on the list, Xenoblade Chronicles X was released last December, squeezing itself in the middle of the crowded holiday shopping season.
But what is Xenoblade? It's OK if you missed it-- it's not like it has Mario in the title-- but you know Shulk, the guy with the red sword from Super Smash Bros.? He's from the first Xenoblade Chronicles, which came out on the Wii U. So this is his series... kind of.
He isn't in Xenoblade Chronicles X, which is considered a "spiritual successor," and not a direct sequel. But XCX is lengthy, real-time RPG adventure that places you on the planet Mira as the human race struggles to survive after Earth has been blown up. It's a massive -- and beautiful -- world to explore.
If you are an RPG fan, check it out. It's not a perfect game and has its share of problems, but at the very least, its length could keep you busy with your Wii U for months to come. Oh, and did I mention the giant fighting mechs?
Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze
He's the leader of the bunch...you know him well. And he's finally back, to kick some frozen tail.
The follow up to the Wii's phenomenal Donkey Kong Country Returns, Tropical Freeze puts Retro back behind the DK series. Originally met with some fan backlash (people were angry to see Retro doing DK, again, and not Metroid), Tropical Freeze is worth giving a second look.
It's hard. It's tough. It's a beautiful game, full of unique and creative worlds and environments. There's also local co-op, which means you and a friend can join up to try to survive the game. If you like platformers, give it a shot.
With Zelda Wii U delayed...again, there's got to be some other way to get your Zelda fix on the Wii U. And no, I'm not talking about the remakes, let's focus on something new and original.
Boom. Hyrule Warriors.
While it's not a mainline Zelda game, Hyrule Warriors is still quite a bit of fun. It's a game in the vein of Dynasty Warriors, where you'll be repeatedly fighting waves and waves of enemies. It's very different from your regular Zelda game, but if you go in knowing that, it can still be a enjoyable experience.
It reminded me a bit of Zelda fan fiction: This is what Link's story might sound like if he was retelling it to his kids and totally embellishing just how many moblins he chopped down on his way to rescue princess Zelda.
Hyrule Warriors also pulls in a cast spanning the entire Zelda universe: It's the only title where you can play as the likes of Midna, Impa, Fi, Zant, Ghirahim, and even Ganondorf. At the very least, it can scratch that Zelda itch until next March.