Best Wii U Games: Many Of These Games Walked, So Their Switch Ports Could Run

Nintendo’s Wii U console may be remembered for being the most disappointing hardware that the company put out since the headache-inducing VirtualBoy 3D, but during the five years that it was up for sale, it was also home to some of the best games ever produced on any Nintendo console. The console itself resembled an ugly brick that was devoid of Nintendo flair, the Gamepad was a bulky controller that didn’t translate well to regular gaming experiences, and third-party developers were quick to jump ship in an era dominated by the Xbox one and PlayStation 4. That said, the handheld tablet approach probably influenced the Nintendo Switch’s hybrid design. In that respect, we can thank the Wii U for walking so the Switch could run. But the Wii U at its best is a console that’s still worth celebrating. Here are our picks for the 15 best Wii U games, in alphabetical order. A decent number of these games are easily attainable on Nintendo Switch nowadays, so we’ve included links to the Switch version (if available) below each entry.

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Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition

Busting out of the asylum and into a larger section of Gotham City that had been transformed into a hellish prison, a straight port of Batman: Arkham City was still worth having on the Wii U. The Armored Edition wasn’t content to play it safe though, as this version of the award-winning game added a few Wii U-exclusive features to the package. Battle Armored Tech Mode gave both Catwoman and Batman additional power-ups by building up kinetic energy during combat, and once unleashed, they could deliver brutal amounts of punishment on enemies.

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Author: Darryn Bonthuys