By Furious Francis, editor-in-chief
The Wii U is out in the US, Australia, Europe, the UK, and is hitting Japan this week. Many Wii U owners might have skipped the Wii generation in lieu of the Xbox 360 and PS3 due to the lack of HD visuals, friends codes, and bad online infrastructure. Thankfully, Nintendo has fixed all the defiencency’s the Wii had while including fully functional Wii into the Wii U. If you didn’t play some of the Wii’s best games, booting those games up on your Wii U is easy, and up-scales the games to 1080p via HDMI. Check out the list of must play Wii games, for your brand new Wii U.
– Wii games need to be played with either Wiimotes or a Wii classic controller. You cannot use your Wii U gamepad or Wii U Pro Controller to play Wii games on your Wii U.
The Last Story:
From the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, The Last Story is an epic adventure, that has a unique battle system, fantastic visuals, and online multiplayer. The music is conducted by legendary video game music composer, Nobuo Uematsu. Mistwalker’s Wii debut should not be missed. Check this out on your Wii U for better visuals and sound quality.
Xenoblade is one of the best, if not the best RPG made last generation. The combination of traditional RPG, MMO, and real time battle is one of a kind for console games. The story is a bit crazy, especially at the end, but is very enjoyable. The world is massive, varied, and provides hundreds of side quests to do. If you enjoyed games like: Final Fantasy 12, Guild Wars, Skies of Arcadia, KOTOR, and Lost Odyssey, Xenoblade should be a game you boot up on your Wii U.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a fast paced action side-scroller, that tasks players to collect a wide variety of blades and switch them gracefully in combat before they break. Each blade has its own unique attributes and special attacks, and the frame rate is rock solid, providing a smooth gameplay experience that is really fun. The hand drawn art already looks phenomenal on Wii, playing it on Wii U is a double bonus.
Mario Galaxy 1 & 2
You can’t own a Nintendo system without playing a proper Mario game. Nintendo thankfully provided us with two core 3D Mario titles on the Wii. Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 are the pinnacle of 3D platformers. Mario Galaxy 1 introduces you to the physics of the world and the type of creative levels Nintendo can only come up with. Then Mario Galaxy 2 takes everything that was awesome about Mario Galaxy 1, times it by ten, then adds more awesome content: like a boss rush mode, final challenge levels, special remixed difficulty worlds, oh and 240 stars, double that of Mario Galaxy 1!
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Retro just knows how to make amazing games. I did not think Donkey Kong Country Returns was going to be as good as it was….. and boy was I wrong. The game is near perfect. Blistering difficulty, multiple boss battles, nostalgic levels and music, secrets, co-op, and so much more. The only blemish is the lack of classic controller use without the homebrew fix.
Punch-Out takes all that was good about the original game and makes it modern, with more boss fights, extra modes, split screen multiplayer, challenges, and Mr. Sandman….. and yes, he’s still harder than hell to beat. Good luck you’ll need it, especially on the remixed title mode.
Super Smash Bros Brawl
Chances are you already played this game in some form, but it’s a game worth having at all times. Super Smash Bros Brawl is good for parties and offers more content that most PS3 and 360 games. Over 30 characters, Hundreds of hours of playtime, custom stages, mini games, special single player modes, multiple difficulties, and more. Super Smash Bros Brawl is the essential Wii game for all Wii U owners.
Red Steel 2
Red Steel 2 is an underrated game. It has a slick cel-shaded presentation, with a blistering fast frame rate that tops 60 FPS at times. As a lone survivor of your clan, you have to seek revenge on your clans murderers. Red Steel 2 was one of the first 3rd party games to really push the Wii’s graphics hard, while using their brand new Wii motion plus device. Players can expect to use the Wiimote to slash and shoot their enemies with accurate precision. The first Red Steel was a piece of crap, Red Steel 2 is nothing of the sorts.
There are more Wii games the Wii U owners can pick up if they missed like: Metroid Other M, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, Kirby’s Epic Yarn and more. What other Wii games should Wii U owners go back and play? list them below.
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The Playeressence VidCast is back with the full crew. Furious Francis, Atrain, and Hero the Impaler are back discussing all things Wii U in this episode. ZombiU, New Super Mario Bros, Nintendo Land, Batman Arkham City, and a slew of other Wii U games get discussed. Plus our overall system impressions. Get the VidCast below.
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