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These are the games aren't eligible for the actual list since they're remakes or are good but not good enough to make it to the top 10.
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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate - Nintendo Wii U

I pretty much credit this console for getting me into franchises that I didn't like before. Monster Hunter is one of them. I have mentioned before in one of my list that my first impression on Monster Hunter was not very good. The one I previously played was the one on the PSP and that one pretty much soured my opinion on the series until this game. Progression was painfully slow, side quest were vague and repetitive, the combat takes ages in getting used to. I played it for about 10 hours but that was the most I could do. Of course, the curious and reasonable gamer that I am, I really wanted to know what the fuss is about as it was with this iteration where the series came into popularity outside of Japan. So I grabbed all the patience I possibly had and dived through Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I even had Monster Hunter expert and fanatic Pro Jared to help just to get me started. At first, it had the same complaints I had with the previous game but as I pulled through, I noticed certain intricacies that I never noticed previously and I was delighted that I got into this game a lot easier. It's title pretty much says it all. If you think about hunters in the real world, you don't see them dropping in suddenly in a game zone and start shooting randomly at animals. In a hunt, there is preparation - plan a strategy, study the monster itself, gather necessary equipment, and train to get better with your weapon. The thrill doesn't just come from hunting the monster itself but in planning out on what you need to do to take it down. Another appreciated aspect is that no monster is the same, making hunts feel like they're always a different experience. While I am still an absolute noob at this game, I am having a blast with it, slowly realizing the true appeal of this series.




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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0


The second Zelda game to be remastered on the Wii U and much like Wind Waker HD, it is a another testament to how almost timeless Zelda is in terms of gameplay and lasting appeal. The story is still, in my opinion, the best the series has ever offered, the dungeons - while quite easy, are still creative and fun to explore, the overall gameplay is still solid as hell, and Midna is still by far the best character in the series - and one of the greatest side characters to be ever conceived. Unlike Wind Waker HD, however, the game has not aged well aesthetically as while it does look okay, HD-ing it up and getting rid of the visual smog that gave the original its dark look really does show that realistic graphics doesn't always give the most everlasting visuals. Nevertheless, glad it was remastered so we can experience one of the best Zelda adventures ever.



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People who added this item 89 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0


Boy, this was really hard for me putting this on honorable mentions. I've mentioned before in my Top 50 Favourite Games that the original Wind Waker is the greatest game I have ever played in my life. And to be graced with an HD remaster of a game that didn't even need to be remastered in the first place, makes it even more difficult not to put this on the Top 10. If I didn't have my "No Remakes" rule, this would be Number 1 for very obvious reasons but I have to be fair to the original games for the Wii U. As I've said before, Wind Waker did not need an HD remake since the original still looks great back then and it still looks fine now. Granted, being remade in High Definition really emphasises how absolutely timeless the game's initially maligned by stupid idiot "fan boys" cartoony cell-shaded visuals. Out of the Zelda games that I've played, I think this one has the best sense of adventure. Its gorgeous visuals and music, the series' most expressive Link to date, sense of discovery and exploration, the sea-based travelling system, and a story that actually starts out being the most grounded in comparison to the usual series' method where it's just about saving your sister from a sudden kidnapping rather than the usual Link is the prophesied hero right at the beginning, really makes it one of a kind to me. There are some changes in this remake that fixed a supposedly major problem that I actually loved in the original and that was collecting the Tri-Force pieces. Hunting those babies down was just downright fun and really opened up the world of Wind Waker for me. Now, you only need to collect a smaller, certain number and some of them are found in the chests where it originally had the map of where the pieces were. It did hinder my sense of adventure but hey, it's still Wind Waker, it's still a masterpiece.



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Top 10

These are in my opinion, the very best Nintendo's struggling console offers.
People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Hyrule Warriors - Nintendo Wii U

Speaking of franchises that I don't like but have started to like thanks to the Wii U, another one is Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warrior series. I have played a few in the series and every one of them were completely repetitive and boring with little sign of evolution or improvement. The combat never changes pace, the AI enemies are possibly the stupidest I've ever encountered and the overall gameplay is pretty dull. So why in the hell did I like Hyrule Warriors so much? Well, being a huge Zelda fan, I was already disadvantaged in a biased way but in all seriousness, the fact that it has Zelda plastered all over it makes it so goddamn fun. Yeah, it still has the Dynasty Warrior gameplay with zombie AI and repetitive objectives but the way it embodies and pays tribute to the Zelda franchise - aesthetically and gameplay wise -  makes me forgive all that. The art-style is fantastic, characters are unique in terms of looks and play-style, the combat - while never changing - is more satisfying than any of the Dynasty Warriors game, and the amount of Zelda-related content and easter eggs is staggering. Also, its DLC is one of the best I've ever encountered in a game. After playing Hyrule Warriors, I decided to give Dynasty Warriors a chance and played through a Dynasty Warriors game, which was the 7th entry and to my surprise, I did not like it. Oh well, I'll just stick to Hyrule Warriors.


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People who added this item 126 Average listal rating (75 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Super Mario 3D World - Nintendo Wii U

One of my main criticisms of the first party entries on the Wii U is that there isn't a lot of evolution and just kept it safe. Of course, that isn't a bad thing as long as they're still fun to play and Nintendo's always the best at refining their franchises with newer iterations, regardless if they usually feel the same. Super Mario 3D World may feel way too similar with previous Mario games but it is so well-designed and so well-polished, as well as a ton of fun, that it was hard to complain about it. It's one of the most beautiful looking and smoothly running games on the console, with its controls and level design being primo Mario, even if the levels themselves are quite short. The most impressive thing about 3D World is that it probably has the best difficulty curve out of all the Super Mario games out there. Not like Galaxy where its way too easy or NSMB Wii where it's too hard, it was just the right progression of difficulty.



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People who added this item 57 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
Pikmin 3 - Nintendo Wii U

The Pikmin series, in comparison to Nintendo's other big franchises, is probably the most underrated in terms of recognition. Ever since the second game on the Gamecube, I have always loved this series for its unique take on the RTS genre and its juxtaposition of real-world level design and fantasy elements. In my opinion, Pikmin 3 is the best game in the series yet. It lands between Pikmin and Pikmin 2 in terms of disparity as this game balances time management the best. While Pikmin had the 30 day limit and Pikmin 2 didn't have it at all, 3 had the best of both worlds. While it didn't have a day limit, it added a survival aspect where you had to gather food to survive throughout you exploration. That means you had freedom to explore but had immediacy as well. Gameplay-wise, it is still the same engaging Real Time Strategy/Puzzle-Solving title with new Pikmin that offers more possibilities in exploration than ever before. On an HD console, its realistic level design really shines through as it looks damn good.


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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 0
Splatoon - Nintendo Wii U

While I have said that there isn't a lot of evolution with old, established franchise on the Wii U, Nintendo throws a curve ball and graced us with one of the best online experiences you can play on a console. Not only is Splatoon a brand new IP from a company that milks its old series like a battery hen, it is an answer to modern, realistic shooters of today. In contrast, the game is extremely colouful and instead of shooting bullets, you shoot paint. Or ink. I actually don't know if it's ink or paint that they shoot but fuck it, this game is fun as hell. You can turn from a human for shooting at the enemy or a squid to move about and hide for ambushes. While a lack of voice chat and limited freedom in choosing maps is a downside, at least I don't have to listen to bigoted, racist pricks blasting through my TV and spoiling my fun, and the randomized maps is a benefit as you won't see an influx of the same maps in every match, allowing you to master different environments. The gameplay itself is a very innovative mix of hectic shooting and platforming, with its mechanics revolving around territorial coverage and strategic team work. Getting the most kills will not win you the game but covering the field with your ink/paint will. The more territory you cover, the more advantage you have in terms of maneuverability. Couple that with a deep customization system, free and consistent updates, and a great soundtrack, Splatoon is just friggin' great.


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People who added this item 34 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Xenoblade Chronicles X - Nintendo Wii U

Can I just first say that this game is friggin' HUGE. Five continents? 400km? Bigger than Skyrim, GTAV, and Witcher 3 combined? Thank fuck they added never-ending sprinting on it. Anyways, the spiritual successor of the overly priced, difficult to find yet amazing Wii exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles is a great follow-up. Unlike the original, X is more structured like an MMORPG where it is more focused on open-world exploration and quest involving your custom character be part of a new civilization, all the while sacrificing a straight-forward story that the original followed. While the lack of charm and character in its narrative, and vague fetch quests lets it down a bit, it really makes up for it with its improved combat, various customisation options, a varied plethora of monsters, and - with the exception of fetch quests - a lot of interesting quests to complete. Oh and you can ride gigantic robots that can turn into cars and use them to fight monsters. I mean, seriously? That doesn't sound awesome to you?





 
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People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Mario Kart 8 - Nintendo Wii U

Repeating myself again with the no evolution or change complaint but at least there is refinement on Nintendo developed games on the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 is the same game from previous entries but with better controls, better track selection, and better online component. If its battle mode wasn't so disappointing, Mario Kart 8 would have been the best in the most successful video game spin-off in the world. As with all of Nintendo's in-house titles on the Wii U, it looks absolutely beautiful and it runs on a smooth 60fps on single player and online multiplayer. It has also in my opinion the best selection of tracks I have ever seen in the series. Not only are they well-designed, they're also epic in scale thanks to the game's gravitational mechanics, with older tracks in unlockable cups getting the same treatment. If you have a Wii U, there is no reason why you would not have this game in your library.


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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - Nintendo Wii U

Here is another in-house Nintendo developed series that just gets better and better with each new entry. The fourth Super Smash Bros. game lives up to its series' reputation. It's full of content, its almost technically flawless, and its endlessly entertaining. While the lack of an adventure mode is disappointing, this game has so much shit packed into it that you could lose hours trying out the modes and characters and unlocking goodies. It is also the most mechanically refined title in the Smash Bros. series yet as its controls feel the most responsive. Not as overtly sensitive as Melee and not as slow as Brawl - just the right balance. Where this game - and this series - truly shines is the hectic multiplayer. While the online component has its inconsistencies, it is meant to be played on a couch with friends at your side, battling it out with numerous Nintendo characters and see who comes out on top. Nothing much to say but its a Smash Bros. game and it's awesome.


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Rayman Legends - Nintendo Wii U

The only third party Wii U game on this list. It was originally slated to be a console exclusive but Ubisoft saw through the Wii U's impending under-performance and have decided to port it on all platforms last minute. If the opposite was the case, this game would have gone down as the best non-Nintendo platformer on the Wii U. Easily way better than Rayman Origins, Legends keeps the latter's smooth, fast-paced, and responsive gameplay , beautiful cartoony visuals via the UbiArt Framework engine, and whacky sense of humour while improving on the level designs and overall scope. Even with its numerous ports, the Wii U version of Rayman Legends is still the definitive edition because of its compelling use of the Wii U gamepad. In numerous levels, you control a flying frog that can manipulate environments through the touch screen. While it's fun and responsive in single player, it's a hell lot of fun in co-op. Honestly, this is probably one of the finest 2D platformers I've played in years and there is no better console to play it on than the Wii U.


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Bayonetta 2 - Nintendo Wii U

As I write this now, Bayonetta 2 is in my opinion, the best action title of this generation thus far and the best game Platinum Games has ever made. While I did like the original Bayonetta, it never really stuck to me as a great game. That is until I played the follow-up. This title is an example of how to do a video game sequel. While the gameplay remains unchanged from the original - being the hectic, highly responsive, easy to control and combo-heavy hack-and-slash, 2 trumps it by being more bombastic, more visually breathtaking, and better paced when it comes to sequencing its set-pieces. It also transcends the title character, whom I liked but not loved in the first game, into one of my favourite video game characters ever. She's an extremely arrogant, overly sexualized individual who is self-aware of the latter traits, which makes her funny and incredibly entertaining but also showcases a genuinely caring side - something that was evident in the original - but is fully emphasized in 2. She flirty but isn't man crazy and while she usually just pays attention to her own self-satisfaction, she will stop at nothing to save her friends. With numerous and varied weapon types, many fun unlockables, gorgeous art deisgn and visuals, fantastic boss fights - with Nintendo themed costumes that actually changes gameplay, no other action game is more spectacular, bombastic and satisfying today than Bayonetta 2. Without Nintendo grabbing this series from Sega, we would not get this gem of a game.


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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Super Mario Maker - Nintendo Wii U

If there was a way to celebrate thirty years of Super Mario, I couldn't think of a better way than making a game that lets you make Super Mario Bros. This game and Bayonetta 2 are the most fun I have had with Nintendo's struggling console but I will give the edge to Maker for its endless replay value. Currently the best game on the Wii U in my opinion, Super Mario Maker embodies the greatness of 2D Mario games in a very personal way. The best thing about this title is its highly accessible and incredibly easy to use editing system. From the get go, you have absolute freedom to make whatever Mario level you desire, and its numerous tools gives the designing aspect numerous possibilities. Also, you can play other people's levels online, giving it more content than it already offers. The controls is as tight and responsive as any Mario game, its online features is one of the best I've ever experienced, it's fun to play with friends on the couch, and it is a game that you can possibly play for the rest of your life. Because of this game, I fear for future 2D Mario games because why would you want to buy a new one when you can just make one yourself? 


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On this current generation, Nintendo just cannot catch a break on the Home Console market. Their current console has sold poorly, has little to no third-party support, the PS4 is running laps around it in terms of success while the Xbox One is quickly catching up to it, and has only manage to break the 10 Million mark 3 years after it was released. It's no surprise that Nintendo is getting ready to ditch the Wii U as it's already preparing a new console.

Because of its lackluster performance, the Wii U might go down in gaming history as today's Sega Dreamcast. Why? Because even if it didn't have a strong third-party line-up, it makes up for an incredibly strong library of first and second-party exclusives, possibly one of the most unique I have ever seen.

To appreciate this underrated machine, here are my top games for the console as of now.

Rules: No remakes or remasters unfortunately.

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