Nintendo's latest console debuted three years ago today and it's seen some great downloadable titles so far. Here, I list the ten best eShop exclusives that came out since Wii U's launch, so clear some internal memory and let the downloading begin!
Before we start, I should explain that I'm using a somewhat loose definition of "exclusive" for this top 10 list. The following games may appear on other Nintendo consoles or PC but they're still console-exclusives only available on the Wii U eShop. Anyway, please enjoy!
What happens when you combine the 1982 arcade hit Joust with Soccer? You get Sportsball! Grab a few pals and experience frantic matches in one of the most exciting competitive local multiplayer games on the market.
9 Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
Although it isn't the best game in the series, Tipping Stars' satisfying puzzles with a gentle learning curve and easy to use level editor makes it the complete package. Watching little toy versions of Nintendo characters march to victory is so cute! It's on 3DS as well so you can create, share, and solve puzzles on the go. [Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Review]
8 NES Remix
There are so many great NES games that are fun to revisit and some of the best are featured in the two NES Remix titles for Wii U. Mastering each bite-sized challenge feels awesome, so good thing there's a ton of them to work through. You'll never see The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Excitebike, Metroid, and Kid Icarus the same way again.
7 Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
This Hyper Drive Edition is a remake of the classic 3DS game and now it's better than ever. If there's one thing police officer Patricia Wagon can't stand, it's escaped convicts. So, your job is to round them up as quickly as possible in many thrilling stages. To assist your efforts, the ability to make certain blocks appear or disappear allows for some fantastic noodle-scratching platform puzzles.
6 Affordable Space Adventures
Developers are always striving for new ways to immerse players in their games. Affordable Space Adventures turns your GamePad into the control panel of a dilapidated spaceship. Having to stay stealthy while skillfully taking advantage of the implemented physics isn't easy but it sure is a ton of fun, especially with a dark sense of humour joining it all together. [Affordable Space Adventures Review]
5 Art of Balance
Art of Balance's concept may have been done countless times before but never with this much finesse. Stacking and balancing objects on top of each other sounds boring yet once you start playing this hidden gem, you'll definitely find it hard to put down.
If you've read anything that I've written before then you know that I love indie games. Runbow boasts an impressive cast of 16 awesome indie game characters including Shovel Knight, Commander Video, Azure Striker Gunvolt, and a couple of chums from Guacamelee. Oh, the local and online platforming races are a heck of a lot of fun, too. [Runbow Review]
3 Pushmo World
It was only a matter of time for gamers to be able to play the classic 3DS puzzler Pushmo on their televisions. Therefore, when Pushmo World for Wii U came out, many fans were excited. After you figure out all 250 stages, the level editor and community levels will keep you playing for more hours of puzzle-solving cuteness.
2 Freedom Planet
Considering there hasn't been a great classic Sonic game in a while, this clearly Sonic-inspired 2D platformer more than fills the void. Once you start playing, you'll immediately fall in love with the authentic 16-bit gameplay, wonderful cast of colourful characters, and massive stages that are incredibly rewarding to explore. [Freedom Planet Review]
1 Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
From the makers of the previously mentioned Mighty Switch Force comes their best platformer yet. Over the years, Shantae has become synonymous with quality 2D platforming and it's obvious why. The tight gameplay and vibrant lovable characters make every second spent exploring the beautiful world all the more enjoyable. Who knew playing as a half-genie could be this much fun? [Shantae Review]