Vidjagame Apocalypse 240 – The Best of Wii U

The Wii U turns 5 this week, about a year after Nintendo first moved to pull the plug on its short-lived system. Oh, but what a short life it was! To celebrate it, we’re joined once again by Bob Mackey as we count down a list of our five favorite Wii U games. Then, we talk about Star Wars Battlefront 2, the mysterious reappearance of L.A. Noire, loot boxes, Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2, and the games in which you’d love to create a character.

Question of the Week
Which Wii U game was your favorite? (If you didn’t have a Wii U, which game interested you the most?)

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UPCOMING VIDEO GAME PRE-ORDER BONUSES

Kingdom Hearts III
Red Dead Redemption 2
Death Stranding
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Spider-Man
Crackdown 3
God of War
Metro: Exodus
Monster Hunter World
Dragon Ball FighterZ

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39 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 240 – The Best of Wii U

  1. QotW: Didn’t have a Wii U, so I’m hoping Nintendo/third partiea ports over more titles, titles like Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad, ZombiU, DKC: Tropical Freeze, just to name a few. A port or sequel of Mario Maker would be nice too. I have the gimped 3DS version, and would love to play the fully fleshed out version, as opposed to watching it on youtube 🙁

    1. wow Bayonetta 2 was #1..NOW I really hope we somehow get it…Sega/Nintendo are pretty buddy-buddy now and days..so there’s some hope. I loved part 1 (played it on PS3).

  2. QOTW: the only Wii U games I played at length are Mario Kart 8 and “Super Smash Bros for Wii U”. Between those two, I’d have to give the edge to Mario Kart 8. Among the games I haven’t played, the one that most fascinated me is goddamn Mario Maker – I thought it was kind of a lame half-step to just put out a Mario level editor, but holy shit does it actually look fun & the community has made some awesome stuff.

  3. QOTW: Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is the purest form of vidjagaming. It fun to learn and tough as nails to master and it provides perfect form of escapism with it’s lovely visuals and perhaps the greatest soundtrack of this millennium. My second option is this little hidden gem called Affordable Space Adventures which gave us the ultimate Gamepad experience and still remains as one of the greatest offline co-op’s (three players max.) to ever grace the world of gaming.

  4. QOTW: For the sake of being different, I’ll say my favorite Wii U title was Scribblenauts Unlimited. The Wii U was a great home for that franchise, and while I think that game has some issues with being an actual game, it was actually the title I had the most fun with when people would come over to my apartment and check out the system. We would basically just try to think of the most obscure items from reality we could come up with and see if the game would recognize it. That’s how we ended up tossing flaming colostomy bags at zombies. Recently we hosted a first birthday party for my daughter and to entertain some of the older kids not interested in hanging with adults and babies, I let them play the game on my Wii U and they had a blast with it. It may have been the last hurrah for my console, but at least it proved it can still entertain someone in 2017.

  5. So without having played any WiiU games, I confidently say that my favorite of the bunch is Super Mario Maker. The promise and community enthusiasm for that game very nearly made it worth a console purchase. Even though I never pulled the trigger, there was a glut of videos on Youtube showcasing the creativity and troubling sadism of level creators worldwide.

  6. Man, there are so many good games to choose from… Mario maker, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Star Fox (fuck you, it was good), zombi U…

    But Monster Hunter was on the system, and Monster Hunter games are better than any other game, therefore, my vote goes to Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Its the best reason to own a wiiu still if you want to play MH in HD in English. Even when MH World comes out, there are plenty of monster here that wont be in World.

  7. QOTW: Tough call but I’ll go with a different one: Yoshi’s woolly world. Game is gorgeous and just brings me joy when playing it and I’ve always been a sucker for Yoshi games (Yoshi’s Island on SNES was my favorite game way back then).

    This was a tough call overall, lots of good games. I didn’t go with Wind Waker because it was a remake even though it is my favorite Zelda of all time (yes I’ve played BotW). Mario Kart 8 and Smash are great as well but I never put as much time in them as I would have liked. My biggest gripe with MK8 was how they changed character unlocks and seemingly less characters compared to Wii. I liked having to do time trials to unlock Funky Kong on Wii.

    1. I second Yoshi’s Wooly World. I only got it about a month ago, but me and my four year old daughter have had such a good time unlocking all the different yoshis! Very fun and underrated.

  8. QOTW: since my actual favorite (Bayonetta 2) has already been said by multiple people, I’ll go with my 2nd favorite, Pikmin 3. Loved the switching between the varying playstyles of the characters and exploring the world. Hoping we get a Pikmin 4 on Switch.

  9. I know it wasn’t an exclusive, but I couldn’t pry myself away from Shovel Knight. It was an absolute gem of a game. The gameplay flowed so well, was challenging without being unfair, and it felt like I was playing Super Nintendo again for the first time. It’s one of the few games I own on almost every platform it was released for.

  10. QOTW: DKC Tropical Freeze. My son was just three when the game came out, and loved to watch me play it. I definitely persevered through some of the harder stages because he would keep asking me to play the game so he could watch, and before I knew it, I had completed all the stages and the bonus world. After all that, I was pretty burnt out on the game and had no desire to start Hard Mode, but my son still wanted to see the game, so I gave him the controller. At first, all he could do was make DK duck or jump – he has Autism, and his motor skills were lacking. But watching DK do things when he pushed buttons sent him into fits of laughter. Over the course of days, he learned to move DK around the stage and do more actions. Later that year, he managed to beat the first stage by himself. It really helped improve his motor skills, allowing him to complete Occupational Therapy earlier than expected, and he’s still a huge Nintendo fan.

  11. QOTW: My favorite game was definitely Mario Kart 8. My significant other and I scraped together and bought a Wii U MK8 bundle. The time spent playing and learning the mechanics of my first experience with the franchise since Double Dash contains some of my only happy memories of a really awful relationship and time in my life. The Wii U was eventually sold to Gamestop out of desperation and have been looking for a deal on one for the last several months.

    1. I’m gonna be a Bisic Batch and say Smash Brahs, I know it’s both the lazy fans fighting game and Nintendo game rolled into one but as someone with 0 tolerance for Zelda’s characters and poor depth perception issue making 3D World a nightmare, Smash and Mario Maker are kinda all that’s left for me to love I was a Playstation kid thus hold no Nintendo Nostalgia but I still appreciate the fun characters and chaos those games bring, turns out once you divorce white meat ass Link from a 90 hour game he’s a really fun to play character I’m breaking balls but playing Smash 1 as a 5 year old really spoiled my view on Nintendo characters and is kinda the only way for me to enjoy those worlds mostly.

  12. SPLATOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously this is the best shooter of this generation. It has a lower barrier for entry and so despite my not owning a Wii U, I found myself making trips over to my friends house to play this glorious game. It also used the gamepad in a non-crappy way. Spaltoon 2’s announcement sealed my purchase of a Switch, Splatoon 1 sold that console to me.

  13. I’m surprised I don’t see more love for #FE Tokyo Mirage Sessions, or whatever that was called. It really feels a lot like a Persona game, but with Fire Emblem characters put into it. It also is set in the world of J-Pop and idols, which is very interesting. The characters are great, and cover the gamut of the idol industry, from child idols hosting cooking shows to the senior jaded idol. You even get a manager character who was implied to be in what felt like it was supposed to be Megadeth, but who had turned into a major otaku. The gameplay was also pretty spectacular, with characters being able to join together with session attacks, if they hit an enemy’s weakness.

    1. I played it for a few hours and enjoyed it, but the timing of the game’s release was terrible for me. We had just moved our youngest into her own room and (as with most babies) she would be easily awakened and that would ruin our whole night. That room was next to the room where the Wii U was, and you can’t listen to the game’s audio through the Gamepad headphone jack, so I was never able to play during what is basically the only time I am able to play games. She sleeps perfectly now, but years of me never using the Wii U (and my kids using it a lot) has left the Gamepad… less than ideal to use. Here’s hoping for a Switch port.

      1. The timing of the release was awful too. The Wii U was pretty much dead when it came out. I think it might be the second to last disc Nintendo released? Or was Paper Mario on disc?

  14. My favorite games on Wii U were definitely Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World and Mario Maker. Me and my wife also enjoyed Captain Toad, Paper Mario Color Splash and Yoshi’s Wooly World. So I’d say we got our money’s worth out of the system.

  15. It’s weird commenting here instead of the forums…

    My favorite Wii U game is by far Super Mario 3 World. Not only is it my favorite Wii U game it’s my favorite 3D Mario game, which I know is a controversial statement (especially after Odyssey). I’ve never been a huge fan of the 3D Mario games, so a 3D game that apes most of its style and gameplay choices from the 2D games is right up my alley. I really liked the more limited levels and very interesting new gameplay mechanics, especially the Double Cherry clones. Also, the ability to play a Mario game in 4 player multiplayer is some of the most fun I’ve ever had. The addition of the crown, which was awarded to the player who finished the level first, but could be stolen on subsequent levels turned a fun cooperative game into a Mario Party-esque free for all.

  16. Definitely Captain Toad. I wanted a Wii U for it, but by the time I could afford to buy one, I bought a Switch instead.

    Just got it, Cat Peach, Cait Sith.

    1. Mikel’s final part of the question reminded me of the biggest feature on the Wii U when it came out, the TVii. Apparently Nintendo hired some company to build TV guide and Hulu integration, and both companies bragged about how the Wii U gamepad could control your TV, even though the Wii had the same feature on Japanese TVs five years prior. I was interested in that feature considering how much a PITA universal remotes would be, but I never got the system, and tablet computers still did it better.

  17. I’ve been listening since episode 20 of TDAR and am very active in the Lasertime Facebook Community but I’ve never answered a VGA question until now. The WiiU will always have a special place in my heart because it helped me get through the most difficult period of my life. In early 2014 my dad was killed in a helicopter crash in downtown Seattle. After spending many days grieving with my mom, sister and other family members, I went home and wanted a distraction. I fired up Battlefield 4 and early on in the campaign there’s a level where you blow up a chopper. It sent me into a spiral, when my favorite form of escapism reminds me of my dad’s death, I just didn’t know what to do. I decided to round up all of my violent games, the CODS, the Battlefields, the GTA’s and traded them in for the WiiU Windwaker bundle that came with Mario Kart 8. From the instant I set up the console and started Mario Kart, a soothing comfort washed over me. Over the next couple years I put hundreds of hours into MK8, playing online almost every night. It really helped lift me up in my darkest times, and I’ll be forever grateful to the fine folks at Nintendo who take the time to make such delightful games that value fun over everything else.

  18. QOTW: I never owned a Wii U but I did play one game on it, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
    I got so swept up in the hype around that release that I bought a copy off Amazon and convinced my friend to let me borrow his Wii U to play it. It’s easily in my top 10 this year and I loved every second I spent playing it despite its technical shortcomings (it froze up on me for seconds straight multiple times).
    Breath of the Wild is so goddamn good that it makes me wish Nintendo would’ve given up on consoles after the Wii U and just put their games on PC or something.

  19. My two cents are for Hyrule Warriors. It’s a solid Warriors game with plenty of fanservice and a solid combat system, hundreds of hours of content, fun characters, tough challenges, and satisfying animations for the weak point attacks–especially against the bosses. I loved almost every one of the dozen or so games that I bought for the Wii U, but I definitely got the most value out of Hyrule Warriors.

  20. QOTW: My favorite WiiU game is Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. I am a HUGE Shin Megami Tensei fan and I am a huge Fire Emblem fan. That game was pretty much getting my chocolate and peanut butter mixed together. It’s a sad thing that most people won’t get a chance to experience that amazing game because it was such a late WiiU release. I have a feeling it will go down as the Panzer Dragoon Saga of the WiiU. If they make a sequel/remake for the Switch, that will be a day 1 purchase.

    1. Same here… Except I don’t own a WiiU. Didn’t stop me from buying the game though. Found a friend that’ll let me borrow his console :D.

  21. QotW: Pikmin 3.

    I loooooove the Pikmin series and when I saw this game drop to Nintendo Select price a couple of years ago, I jumped on it even though I didn’t have a Wii-U to play it on. In fact, I still don’t. Like many I waited for it to fall in price with a hardware revision or Black Friday sale, but nothing ever came of that. I still played it on a friend of mines system, but the dream of opening up the Wii-U library will probably never happen on the original hardware. AND with the lack of reverse compatibility on the Switch (which should go without saying) I’d say these games are doomed to never be played by the masses unless re-released. …but HOW DO YOU DO THAT FOR A DUAL SCREEN CONSOLE?!?!? WHY NINTENDO, WHY!?!?!

    1. I second this. I have fond memories of playing Pikmin 2 with my brother on GameCube when I was younger, and I would love to experience another micro-sized adventure with Captain Olimar and those colorful little flower people 🙂

  22. Hey guys, first time posting long time listener. Here’s my QotW. First video’s the answer and the second is a special unboxing for my buddy I’d like to share. It’s past his birthday but since it was Zelda night, I decided to fork in some dough for an early Christmas gift. P.S. I also go by Jeopardy Host Pat Sajak!
    Zelda Concert Lobby @ Chicago
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNzi-YU4LAo

    Oscar’s Early Xmas Unboxing —–This is pretty relevant!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNzi-YU4LAo

  23. QOTW:
    All of the usual suspects have been already mentioned (and for good reason), but I want to give a shoutout to Rayman Legends.
    Yes, I know it was a multi-platform game, but the Wii U Game Pad made the platforming sections where you control the blue wispy thingy whose name I cannot remember right a lot more intuitive than using a regular controller like on the PS3/360, making it a much more enjoyable experience IMO. It is an incredible game, and one that if you haven’t played… WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING READING MY POST INSTEAD OF PLAYING IT?!

  24. QOTW
    Sorry but I can’t say anything other that Bayonetta 2. After the playing the first game for 50 hours, buying the art books, figures and a poster, I was all in. If Bayo was a real woman I’d probably either be married to her or have a restraining order against me. So when it got announced as a WiiU exclusive I was the very definition of butt hurt fanboy. I convinced myself it wouldn’t sell on the WiiU and have to get ported. Then I convinced myself the WiiU would fail and it would have to get ported. I’m a twat, I know. Eventually I resigned myself to buying the game sans console waiting for a time to pick up a cheap WiiU. Long story slightly shorter, I ran into an old friend in the pub one night who practically gave me his unused WiiU. I now get to satisfy all my witch fantasies on the cheap.

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