It looks as if Nintendo has clearly moved on from the Wii U.
While it hasn’t yielded the smashing success that Nintendo basked in during the Wii’s lifespan, the Wii U still offered up a bunch of awesome games to play. But for 2016, there wasn’t a whole lot of quality releases released regularly. Now that the Nintendo Switch is ready to take over 2017, “The House That Mario Built” is leaving the Wii U behind. For what looks like the final year of relevancy for the Wii U, let’s give it a proper sendoff. We checked in with our Wii U from time to time and thoroughly enjoyed these seven picks on our list.
These are the top Wii U games that we hope you didn’t pass up in 2016.
When the word “Pokemon” pops up in regards to 2016, the word “Go” is probably what comes to mind first. Besides the latest Sun and Moon main entry releases, the world of Pocket Monsters shined in another release. The developers behind the Tekken games helped deliver a surprisingly deep arena fighter called Pokken Tournament. Pokemon that made the most sense as fighters (and some not so obvious choices) graced the roster for some much bigger battles. The special moves are especially flashy and there’s a wealth of mechanics to master. Watching Pikachu engage in battle with Mewtwo in this fighter is a much more entertaining affair to play and watch.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has made the unbelievable a reality. Ever since Tony Stark and his armor donning alter ego hit the big screen, comic book fans have gotten to witness awesome Marvel films. Lego Marvel’s Avengers compiles some of the most memorable adventures from those movies into a brand new Lego game that’s worth a look. There’s just a certain type of joy derived from defending NYC with the world’s mightiest heroes that must be experienced. All of the familiar elements you’d expect from the long line of Lego games are here, but the added element of hundreds of playable Marvel heroes/villains in an open world makes this pick worth so much more.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars‘ 7th mainline episode was equal parts nostalgic feels and newfound travels. When we reunited with some of the universe’s most standout characters, there were some mysteries surrounding what they were up to beforehand. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens should appeal to hardcore fans thanks to the fact that it features official lore for the film. Luckily, you get to actually play out a ton of side missions that fills in the blanks (you’ll finally find out how C-3PO got that red replacement arm). Enjoy all those fun tasks, get embroiled in all the new cover-based shootouts and take to the air in some fun spaceship battles.