One year with the Wii U and the games that are topping my wish list

So it’s be a year now with the Wii U, and, yes, I still absolutely love it. As a Nintendo Brand Ambassador, I had the opportunity to wait for one, as part of a champaign we would be doing… or I could buy one on release day. As you’ll recall, I showed up 3 hours before Best Buy opened and was first in line. I don’t regret a penny of that purchase. The Wii U is a part of my daily life now.

I have a small game collection, around 14 titles (including eShop purchases), and while I’m enjoying them, the holiday season is approaching… So, here’s my list of Wii U games and accessories that are on my list this year.

Super Mario 3D World – I was sold on this game from day one. Cat. Suits. Of course, there’s a whole lot more than just cat suits… For one, Princess Peach is a playable character again. The free world game play has been said to be reminiscent of Mario Galaxy. I mean, yes, it’s Mario vs. the bad guys again… but you know, that argument is old. GTA-Whatever is always the same in each game too.

Anyway. Mario’s back for another fun adventure that looks to be awesome for either solo-play or multiplayer. It comes out this Friday, November 22nd.

And I’m going to trust all the reviews and just tell you now this game is going to be amazing.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Ok. Confession time: I haven’t owned a Zelda game since the NES. But I’ve always loved Link and have eyed the games from the sidelines. I guess I felt a little intimidated to just pick up and start, but seriously, that’s all I really need to do. And I want to start here. (I mean, I also want to start with the new 3DS Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, too…)

Wind Waker originally came out for the Game Cube in 2002, they remade the game and released it in early October.

Pikmin 3 – Ok, so Pikmin is another series I’m just now getting interested in. My first introduction was through Nintendo Land, however, I am indeed aware that the game play is completely different.

The graphics look great, and the story sounds adorable. There’s puzzles and battles and an in-game camera. Plus, weird creatures. I love weird creatures.

Pikmin 3 was released in August.

Wii Party U with Black Wii Remote Plus – I loved the original Wii Party. I feel like this game will partner well with Nintendo Land and RabbidsLand for group game nights. I mean, yes, I live alone currently and most of these games are best suited for 3-4 players. But this just means I need more game nights.

Given the current cost of Wiimotes, the bundle is definitely worth it. Wii Party U came out in late October.

Mario & Sonic Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with Blue Wii Remote Plus – I had the 2010 Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics game for the Wii. It was a lot of fun. It’s like other sports mix games, you choose your event and compete for the high title. The 2010 game was such a big hit between my younger sisters that I recently just gifted my copy to them. So, now I need my own copy for the Wii U. Naturally.

Again, always go for the bundles when you can. (Which is another reason why the Deluxe Wii U is the best way to go. And there are bundle options there too.)

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games just came out last week on November 15th.

Rayman Legends – My first introduction to Rayman was through the world of rabbids… You know, those crazy rabbit-like things that mostly just ran around screaming and scratching their butts… Yeah, those.

Rayman Legends was hyped up to be a huge hit for the Wii U in the Spring… But then Ubisoft decided it wouldn’t be a Wii U exclusive any more. Ok, no big deal. A lot of games are cross-platform. But then Ubisoft, much to the dismay of fans and developers, decided to push back the release so it’d come out for all the platforms at once. This initially caused me to be very grumbly. But you know, I’ve just heard too many things about Rayman Legends, and otherwise had positive things to say about Ubisoft in the past, to just let this one go.

Due to the above mentioned delays, Rayman Legends didn’t come out until September.

Nintendo Wii U Pro Controller
– So many games mostly just require the game pad and maybe some Wiimotes, but some games are somewhat better suited for the pro controller. Like ACIII and ZombiU. I don’t necessarily need this controller to play the games, but it would be nice to have around.

There are a handful of others that I wouldn’t mind… but those top my list of the games I don’t own yet.

If you’re looking for a game suggestion, definitely feel free to hit me up. I can help out with pretty much any Nintendo system game recommendation. Or if you’re curious about the different systems (including the 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS), just get in touch with me. I’m more than happy to help!

Though I’m a Brand Ambassador, Nintendo did not compensate me for this post. They didn’t even ask me to write it in the first place. So, yes, all opinions are my own. And, yes, the links are affiliate links. I’m unemployed and broke… You buying games helps me buy games later.