The Wii U Has Nintendo’s Best Games

I bought a Nintendo Switch. I didn’t need it. I have a Wii U. But I’m sold on the Switch’s portability – playing the new Zelda on the go has been a childhood dream come true. It’s everything I wish the Wii U hardware was.

But it needs more games.

I’ve been mulling this over the past couple weeks, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the Wii U has the best game library of any Nintendo console, bar none. Because it can play Wii games, it’s one of the most complete gaming experiences you can buy out of the box. Think about what’s available on this system:

  • Four great Zelda games: Wind Waker HD, Twilight Princess (the original and the remaster), Skyward Sword, and Breath of the Wild.
  • Pikmin and its console sequels. Pikmin 3 for Wii U might be the series’ best.
  • Super Smash Bros for Wii U (perhaps the best Smash game) and Brawl.
  • Two excellent Mario Kart games. (8 is my all-time favourite.)
  • Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, all the New Super Mario Bros., Mario 3D World, and Mario Maker.
  • The Bayonetta series.
  • The Xenoblade series.
  • The Metroid Prime trilogy.
  • The new Donkey Kong Country games.

And I’m sure I’m forgetting a few.

That’s not including what’s available on Virtual Console either. If you include that catalogue of vintage titles, your list can also include classics like Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and many more.

In fact, it would be a much shorter list if I wrote down the classic games Wii U is missing. (Mario Sunshine, Luigi’s Mansion, and Melee, more or less.)

By contrast: my Switch has Breath of the Wild.

All I want for the Switch are more games, but frankly, Nintendo could simply port their Wii U library and I’d buy it all over again. Because the Wii U might have the best games, but wow, what an awful piece of kit.

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