There were a lot of great original games on the Wii U, but many of them have since been ported to other platforms. The Virtual Console was a big hit on the Wii U, though. DS games were able to be included in this, which isn’t likely to happen again unless they’re made. With that in mind, as well as many of its other unique games, we’re going to go over 10 of our favourite Wii U Virtual Console games before the eShop shuts down in March of next year. Some of the books will be on their own, while others will be part of a series. We’ve chosen a variety that we think everyone will enjoy a little bit.
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Like our 3DS list, this one has mostly spin-offs. The Pokemon Ranger series and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon are two of them. As a side note, the original Pokemon Mystery Dungeon was remade and is a huge improvement over its predecessors. The Wii U is home to a game called Explorers of Sky that hasn’t been released on any other platform. This is also the only place where players can get their hands on all three ranger games, which makes them worth picking up if physicals are out of reach for people who want to spin to win.
A lot of people love Metroid because Dread has been so popular. There are some games on the Wii U that fans might want to check out. There’s a first-person shooter game for the DS called Metroid Prime Hunters. Samus plays a unique role in this game because she hunts down a group of people who are just as interested in her as she is in them. Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion are two games for the GBA, as is Metroid: Zero Mission. Metroid: Zero Mission is a great remake of the first Metroid game, and it’s the best way to enjoy it now. Metroid Fusion is the game that comes before Metroid Dread if you want to learn more about Samus.
The Legend of Zelda (Various)
There are three main Zelda games on the Wii U that can be hard to get in the real world these days, but you can play them on the Virtual Console. You can play Minish Cap on the GBA and Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks on the DS, as well as two other games. You should buy all three if you haven’t played them or want to make sure you can play them in the future if Nintendo doesn’t make it easy to play them in the future. There are a lot of other games on the Wii U, but almost all of them are also available on the Switch through NSO for people who have it. This means that the value of each game is different for each person.
Fire Emblem (Various)
In the Fire Emblem series, there are a lot of older games that are both pricey and hard to find. The Wii U has a lot of games that could fall into this category. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, and Fire Emblem as it was known here are some of the titles. Fire Emblem was the first game to be released in English. Those who want to learn a lot about how the Fire Emblem series came to be in English should get all of these. They’re also worth getting for anyone who knows how hard it is to find games that are worth a lot of money and hard to find.
Super Mario Bros.U (Various)
In a lot of different games, that Mario guy moves around a lot. The Virtual Console on the Wii U has one of the largest libraries of his adventures from over the years. This includes Mario Part 2, Super Mario 64 DS, New Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario RPG, as well as a lot of other games. Those are our favourite games in the bunch, but there are a lot more to choose from, like a lot of different sports games. These are some of Mario’s best, so you should check them out before they’re no longer around.
Much like Mario, Kirby has a lot of games to choose from on a lot of different platforms, just like Mario. There are a lot of games on the Wii U Virtual Console for people who want to see as much of Kirby as possible. In this category, you’ll find games like Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Kirby Mass Attack. You’ll also find games like Kirby Squeak Squad. If you love Kirby and you love platforming games, you should check out these games. They helped shape Kirby into the character we know today, so they’re worth a look.
Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop)
We’ve been talking about this game a lot since the Wii U eShop shut down, and for good reason. It’s a great game. When the store closes, Affordable Space Adventures will be one of the biggest things to lose. Because it is still only available through the system, it will be a big deal. It was made by Nifflas, and it’s probably the best example of how the GamePad can improve gameplay outside of Nintendo Land.
The GamePad is very important, because the touchscreen is basically your ship’s control panel. When you play alone, you manage engines and ship functions, fly, and direct your flashlight. That’s a lot of fun, but you can also play with two other people to share the work and work together. It doesn’t matter how you play the game, but how you manage the ship and use it to solve puzzles is top-notch game design.
Probably the best Wii U eShop game to keep in your library before it’s gone for good.
The Swapper (Wii U eShop)
For people who like dark Sci-Fi, The Swapper is a good choice. If you want to solve puzzles and find out what happened, this is the game for you.
It’s not the longest game, and it can be played on other platforms that aren’t Nintendo. But its clever clone-based puzzles and beautiful art style make it worth a look.
Nano Assault Neo (Wii U eShop)
Shin’en Multimedia has been making great Nintendo games for a long time, seemingly making the most of the hardware’s abilities while other companies struggle. Nano Assault Neo was a follow-up to DS and 3DS games in which you play as a tiny ship that fights bugs and other things. It looked great when it came out on the Wii U, but more important, the orb-like battlefields and stages are still great fun.
If you haven’t seen this Shin’en series before, it’s worth a look.