Top 5 Wii U Exclusive Video Games of 2015

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Nintendo is in a really weird spot right now. Their next console codenamed NX is on the horizon and it’s clear that their focus on Wii U is diminishing. While this year might not have been as good for the console, there was still a notable amount of great games to play. A couple of these will go down as some of Nintendo’s greatest hits so let’s get started!

5. Runbow!

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Great, now that I’m thinking about Runbow! I immediately get the music stuck in my head. Not that that’s a problem though, it’s awesome! Runbow! is an independent title made by 13 AM games that aims to bring craziness into your living room with up to 9-player support! The prime focus of this game is color, meaning the background will change its palette to blend in with the colorful platforms making them disappear. Even though the single player is lacking, game modes like King of the Hill, Arena, Run, and ColourMaster make for a fun time with 8 other people. Check out our review if you want to know more!

4. Yoshi’s Woolly World

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I was indifferent on Yoshi’s Woolly World when it was announced, but after playing it, I realize it is the Yoshi’s Island sequel we deserve. In the same art style as Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Woolly World aims to please longtime fans of the series while also bringing in a younger audience with an option that turns Yoshi into a flying invincible menace. This game is one of the best 2D platformers on Wii U utilizing the yarn element in the most creative ways possible. The real challenge in Woolly World comes from finding all the collectibles in each level, so if you’re a completionist like me you’ll have plenty to do in this game.

3. Super Mario Maker

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Mario fans rejoice! If you’ve been itching to make your own 2D Mario level for the past 30 years, then you picked the right time to be alive because Super Mario Maker has you covered! Unlike most games, the only limit to Mario Maker is the player’s imagination. When I say players, I mean the hundreds of thousands of people uploading their levels for everyone to play! What I like most about this game is that it encourages all players to make their own levels in order to unlock more content. You’d be surprised how easy it is to make a basic Mario level or even one meant to frustrate the living hell out of you. Although it started out missing key elements (like checkpoints), the Super Mario Maker continues to receive free updates adding more content (like checkpoints). Let’s hope they add slopes later down the line.

2. Xenoblade Chronicles X

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How does an open-world game bigger than Skyrim, The Witcher 3, and Fallout 4 combined make it on the graphically underpowered Wii U? Your guess is as good as mine, but hey it’s there so be grateful. I wasn’t really into Japanese RPGs, but after playing Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on the New 3DS, I knew I had a game to look forward to in December. Sure size isn’t everything, but Xenoblade Chronicles X features so many quests accompanied by an addicting battle system that I continue to have fun with. I’m only about 15 hours in and I’ve barely scratched the surface, especially since the main story quests require certain levels and missions to be completed. If you’re upset that the Wii U currently doesn’t have a new Metroid or Zelda game, this is your next best bet.

1. Splatoon

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“What’s that? An online shooter game made by Nintendo? How’s that going to work?” Only in the best way possible! Splatoon is unique in every sense of the word. It’s like paintball but ink instead of paint and your goal is to cover the stage with as much ink as possible. All this while having the ability to turn into a squid underneath your team’s ink to avoid enemy fire or maneuver up ink-covered walls. Splatoon continues to receive free DLC in the form of maps, game modes, weapons and the monthly event known as Splat-fest which has you choose a side and rack up the most points in matches. Even though the single-player is lackluster, the multiplayer will always be where it’s at and with the continued updates, Splatoon will always be the online shooter I go back to and deserves its place as the Best Wii U Exclusive of 2015.

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l love to play games and write stuff about them. I can't play something and not tell anyone how I feel about it. Call it a sickness, because it is.