While the Wii U is still struggling to gain a foothold on the market, those who have one love its innovative controller and the offering of exclusive Nintendo games. Here's a few suggestions on what to give Wii U gamers. Also be sure to read my guide on how to choose a game as a gift.
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The first thing any fan of Nintendo home gaming wants this year is a Wii U. Nintendo is offering the console in a few different game bundles, including one for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, one for Just Dance 2014, and one for New Super Mario Bros U/New Super Luigi U. Personally, I'd go for the Wind Waker, but it's your call.
A game that typifies Nintendo's emphasis on fun and virtually flawless mechanics, Mario Kart 8 isn't fundamentally different from previous games in the series, but that's okay. It's arguably the best-looking game on the Wii U right now and tremendously fun.
It's not out until November 21, but Super Mario 3D World is already predicted to be the console's biggest Wii U hit to date. Every fan of Mario-style 3D platformers is eagerly awaiting its arrival.
I didn't love Tropical Freeze
, but I'm in a ridiculously small minority. If you like very, very challenging side-scrolling platformer, this is a game you'll want to have.
While the Wii U's gamepad has a rechargeable battery, the Wii remotes that are often used for some games, particularly in local multiplayer, still require batteries unless you buy a charging system. Nyko has ingeniously combined a gamepad charging based with a two-Wiimote charger, offering a convenient place for everything to charge up. Two caveats. One, it does not come with its own cord, instead using the charging cord that comes with the Wii U. Two, it's a conductive charger, so you have to take the remote out of its silicone sleeve, if you use that. But it's still a Wii U must-have.
A lot of Wii U games take advantage of theWii U's touchscreen, but when they don't, the more conventional Pro Controller, with its 80 hour battery life, slighter build and more comfortable feel is a good substitute for the gamepad. For some gamers this is a must-have device.
If you're looking to save money, Nyko's Pro Commander is also an excellent choice.
While the main Wii U controller is the gamepad, in multiplayer games you'll still need Wii remotes. The standard remote will work for most games, but you might as well go ahead and get the newer, more sophisticated Wii Remote Plus, which will work with any Wii U game that needs a Wii remote.You'll may also want to throw in a nunchuk.
The Wii U doesn't have an internal hard drive, and while it does have enough storage for owners to download some games, those who want to buy a lot of games will soon run out of room. Fortunately the Wii U supports external USB drives, and they even have a very short list of drives
they have successfully tested with the console (although other drives will work
). They don't have to be on this list, they can be smaller than 1 or 2 terabytes, but this is what Nintendo suggests for those who don't want to guess at compatibility.
Almost every game released for the Wii U is available for download, both eShop-only titles and major retail releases. This makes a prepaid eShop card a really handy gift. You can also use this card to buy 3DS games if you have a mind to.