originals\ Nov 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Opinion: In Remembrance, the top 5 Wii U games

Gone too soon, and not soon enough

Opinion: In Remembrance, the top 5 Wii U games

The Wii U is officially dead, the confirmation coming a mere week after Nintendo denied rumors of its passing. Quite frankly, the system was an underappreciated, but flawed gem. I still maintain that the Wii U possesses the best games of the generation, many of which will find their way to the Nintendo Switch as updated semi-sequel ports.

In light of the Wii U's passing, we've decided to bring you the top five games the Wii U has to offer, starting with:

5. SplatoonSplatoon

People laughed when they heard Nintendo was going to make a competitive shooter on their own. Almost everybody in the gaming community pinned it as a flop, or at very least severely underestimated its potential appeal. Very few realized it would go on to be the best shooter of the generation.

That's not hyperbole, I stand by my claim that Splatoon, as it is now, is the hands down best console shooter in the world, followed very closely by DOOM. It's not flawless, the single-player campaign is laughably short, and the inability to pick your own stages in standard online is a drag. Some say the lack of voice chat is a negative, but its absence has prevented the toxicity of modern shooter chat in a game that has an unusually high number of younger children. Besides, who doesn't have Skype these days?

Splatoon took the most violent genre in gaming, made it child-friendly, and used the ink mechanic to create dynamic levels that other shooters simply cannot replicate. The ink is the lifeblood of the game. It's ammo, it alters how players can traverse the map, and laying ink to claim territory or alter how the opponents can proceed allows less skilled players to contribute greatly to their team's success. It's unique and genius.

The spirit of 90's Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network is alive and well within the confines of Splatoon. It did something different, reinvigorating the completely stale shooter genre. The ease of entry and obscenely high accessibility is simply amazing and is part of the reason why the game has sold over 4.5 million copies, despite being on a console that has failed to sell much more than 13 million units. If the Nintendo Switch is a success, it's not a big leap to assume Splatoon will become the biggest shooter IP on a single platform metric. Just like…

 

4. Super Smash Bros for Wii USmash

Super Smash Bros. is currently the best selling fighting game series in the world. There are five games in the series (if you count Wii U and 3DS separately), which make up five of the top eight best-selling fighting games in history. In fact, positions 1-3 are held by Smash. With a new version coming to Nintendo Switch, the franchise is set to overtake Tekken as the best selling fighting game series of all time.

In this illustrious franchise, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the worst selling entry due to it being on a failed console, is the cream of the crop. You may hear some Melee fans cry loudly about wave dashing, etc, but SSB4 is the most balanced gameplay experience in the series. It has the biggest roster, the best online, 8 player smash, runs at 1080p/60fps, has a lot of customization, and boasts the best crossovers in all of gaming. Best. Smash. Ever.

It would rank higher on this list, but the single-player campaign is nonexistent after Brawl had the utterly amazing Subspace Emissary. Also, the new mini-games are garbage. Board the Platforms and Break the Targets were ingenious ways to teach players how to use their character's techniques to the best of their abilities. The new stuff? Not so much.

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