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10 Games That Will Save The Wii U (Part 2/2)

July 30, 2013

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Part One

Welcome to part two of out 10 Games That Will Save The Wii U feature. To see part one, click the link above, or to continue the feature from Number 5, read on from below.

5. Sonic Lost World (Europe – October 18th/North America – October 22nd/Japan – October 24th)

Next up on our list of games to save the Wii U is the first third-party Nintendo exclusive on the list, Sonic Lost World. The Wii U game is developed by Sonic Team, and published by Sega and Nintendodepending on the region. With levels that are based on Sonic the Sonic-Lost-WorldHedgehog from the Genesis era, Sonic Lost World looks set to be a truly special Sonic experience. The game has a range of level styles, with some being 2D and others being 3D. The most impressive levels on Sonic Lost World are the ones which take place on spherical worlds, akin to the Super Mario Galaxy games.

These styles of levels are what makes Sonic Lost World different from other platformers. The range of types of levels will mean the game shouldn’t feel repetitive, the main criticism other games in the same genre often face. With Sonic Lost World, you could play for hours on end without getting bored; this is why the game will be so important for Nintendo, who made a deal with Sega to make the title exclusive to the Wii U and 3DS. With good reviews, success will be a certain with Sonic Lost World, as Sonic is such a massive franchise. This is the first game on the list which people will buy a Wii U to play. Although, this is permitting the game does get the reviews we all fully expect it too.

**Sonic Lost World Official Website**

4. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (November 2013)

Next up is the Retro Studios developed Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which Nintendo will publish this November. This 2D-ss7Scrolling Platformer is the fifth in the Donkey Kong Country series, which allows you to play as Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong. The game is a sequel to the Wii game Donkey Kong Country: Returns, and will be the first HD title in the series

Some may question why this game is so high up the list of games to save the Wii U, but these queries will be quickly diminished when you take a look at the sales of the previous Donkey Kong Country game. First of all, Donkey Kong Country: Returns sold 4,980,000 copies worldwide in one year. For a game which was released so late on into the Wii’s lifetime, this is particularly impressive. This is a game which outsold The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. On top of these sales, you have those of the 3DS remake Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, which was reported to have sales which bettered those of the Wii original. So if the Wii U sequel can match the sales of the Wii and 3DS games, Donkey Kong will be crucial for Nintendo.

**Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze E3 Page**

3. Super Smash Bros. Wii U (TBA 2014)

Next is Super Smash Bros. Wii U, which is developed and published by Nintendo. The fighting game is perhaps the most anticipated game on this list, so you may wonder why the game is third. But in all honesty, the top three could be put in any order. However, I decided thatWiiU_SmashBros_scrnNew02_06_E3 as Super Smash Bros. Wii U may not be released for over a year, the title isn’t as important for the revival of the Wii U. Anyway, in case you aren’t aware, Super Smash Bros. is a game in which Nintendo characters from any series come together and fight. Super Smash Bros. Wii U will feature most players from previous installments in the series, like Mario, Link, Zelda, Kirby, Yoshi, as well as new characters. These new characters are Mega Man, Wii Fit Trainer and Animal Crossing Villager. These characters, alongside new stages and revolutionary cross play with the 3DS title, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, all add up to make what should be the best Smash Bros. game to date.

This is a game which manages to make Nintendo fans hyped years before release. It’s the kind of game which if you enjoy, the wait between one title an the next is agonizing. However, with Super Smash Bros. Wii U, this won’t be the case. This is because the game launches alongside a 3DS counterpart, Super Smash Bros. 3DS. Owning each of these titles will allow you to carry in game data between the two titles, which will make the replay value of Super Smash Bros for these two titles even larger.

When you look at the sales of other Smash Bros games, you can see how popular the series is. Super Smash Bros. Brawl sold 11,490,000 worldwide since the games release on the Wii; the only Wii games to sell more titles than this are Mario Kart WiiNew Super Mario Bros. WiiSuper Mario Galaxy  and some of the Wii…. titles (Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Wii Play etc.). At the end of the last 3 Nintendo consoles life, you could look back and see a Super Smash Bros. game in near the top of the game sales charts of that console. You can say for certain that the same thing will be repeated with the Wii U.

**Super Smash Bros. Wii U Official Website**

2. Mario Kart 8 (Spring 2014)

Second place on our list of games to save the Wii U is the Nintendo published and developed Mario Kart 8. This game is, as suggested by WiiU_MarioKart8_illu01_E3the title, the eight game in the Mario Kart series, following the popular Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. Since the game was only revealed at E3 last month, we are yet to know much about this title. However, we do know what the new feature in this title will be. The ability to race in anti-gravity sections. This means for some parts of a course, you will be able to race on the walls or ceilings in the course. Not the most innovative feature Nintendo have ever come up with, but for fans on Mario Kart, exciting no the less. On top of this, there will also be returning features, such as being able to race on motorbikes and the ability to fly and to drive underwater.

Mario Kart 8 looks set to be one of the best games for showcasing the online abilities of the Wii U, just like Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7 did on the Wii and 3DS. For starters, you will once again be able to compete in 12 player online races, which means the game is set to return to its excruciatingly aggravating nature which we have become so accustomed to over the past few years. Mario Kart 8 will also be one of the Wii U games to make best use of Miiverse, with players able to upload clips from their races onto Nintendo’s social network.

While Mario Kart 8 may not be as innovative as some of the other titles on this list, it simply doesn’t need to be. When you look at the sales of Mario Kart Wii, you see that the title was the second best selling Wii title, selling 34,260,000 copies. Mario Kart 7 sold 8,080,000 copies worldwide, which makes it the second best selling 3DS title. If our prediction is correct, Mario Kart 8 will be the second best selling Wii U games as well. But behind what?

**Mario Kart 8 E3 Page**

1. Super Mario 3D World (December 2013)

Taking the top spot on our list of games to save the Wii U is the once again Nintendo developed and published Super Mario 3D World. This is a title which no Nintendo fan is unaware of, what with it being the first 3D Mario game to be released on the Wii U. Being developed images (1)by the same team who made Super Mario Galaxy 2 for the Wii and Super Mario 3D Land for the 3DS, this will surely be yet another fantastic installment into Nintendo’s most popular franchise. The game, which was announced at this years E3, will play in a similar style to Super Mario 3D Land. Players will play on a 3D level, but the goal is to get to the flag at the end of a set course, like in the 3DS game. While it may just sound like a new version of the 3DS game, one feature makes sure that it is certainly is not.

Super Mario 3D World will be the first 3D Mario game to ever allow for proper multiplayer. Up to 4 players are able to play in any level at the same time, with the playable characters being Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach. Each of these characters has different abilities, which means playing in multiplayer is essential for completing the game. While multiplayer has been put into the previous New Super Mario Bros. games, this is the first time multiplayer enhances the gameplay of a Mario game. This makes the title an essential purchase for any Nintendo fan.

The main reason this title is ahead of Mario Kart 8 at number one is because of what happened with the 3DS at the end of 2011. Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land were both due for release at the end of the year; despite what most predicted, Super Mario 3D Land was the title to sell more copies. As the Wii U is in an almost identical position, there is no reason to suggest the games will sell any differently on the Wii U. Alongside the fact that Super Mario 3D World will be released before the holiday season, unlike Mario Kart 8 which will be released in Spring 2014, we reckon that the 3D Mario title will be the one to have the most important part in helping to save the Wii U.

**Super Mario 3D World E3 Page**

So that’s the end of our two part series of the 10 games which will save the Wii U. Did you agree with our placement of the games on our list? Comment below or talk to us @world_nintendo on Twitter to tell us what you think. If you enjoyed this article, follow us on WordPress and Twitter for more updates on the latest Nintendo news.

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