Top 10 Wii U Exclusives of 2014

Top 10 Wii U Exclusives of 2014

Nintendo's still got game

A.J. Maciejewski

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The Wii U has had its dry spells since its debut back in 2012, but 2014 was a great year for Nintendo's little console that could. This list consists of ten of the best Wii U console-exclusives that every Wii U owner would be proud to have in their collection.

10 Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones

If you ever wanted to feel like Solid Snake in a 2D side-scroller then Stealth Inc is the game for you. This Wii U exclusive sequel features a level editor and community levels that will have you strategizing to sneak past enemies and solve puzzles long after you complete the campaign's 60 levels. If you happen to die then don't worry; there's plenty of you to go around.

9 Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails

Scram Kitty is a unique arcade-style indie game that will make you wonder why this concept hasn't been done before. You control Buddy who glides along the stage's many rails as he uses his momentum to fling himself around, defeat enemies, and rescue kitties. If you dig this game then be sure to check out the developer's similar title: The 2D Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character.

Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails screenshot
Hey, Scram Kitty, don't call me Surely

8 NES Remix 2

Following the same formula as the previous installment, NES Remix 2 is a collection of challenges from classic games such as Kirby's Adventure, Super Mario Bros. 3, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Dr. Mario, and Metroid. This sequel will inspire you to keep saying "I can do better!" especially with the newly introduced leaderboards.

7 Pushmo World

Previously only available for 3DS, Pushmo finally made its way to the Wii U. Pushmo World features hundreds of noodle-scratching puzzles where you control Mallo (a sumo wrestling cat) to push, pull, and climb blocks in order to rescue the super-cute children that are trapped in each stage. This is yet another game that features a level editor and community levels. Therefore, if you ever complete all 250 stages then you still have a lot more to do!

Pushmo World screenshot
Mallo proudly stands atop a cow

6 Hyrule Warriors

What if Link gave up on adventuring and decided to hack-and-slash his way through life? Well, he can in Hyrule Warriors which combines the gameplay of Dynasty Warriors and the universe of The Legend of Zelda. Although it's far from the new Zelda that everyone is waiting for, this game definitely has a lot of fun in store for fans of the series.

5 Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

It's about time that one of Nintendo's cutest characters got his own game. Treasure Tracker stars Captain Toad who alternates between being rescued by and rescuing his constant chum Toadette. With tons of innovative and colourful stages and simple yet diverse gameplay, what's not to love about this little Wii U gem?

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker screenshot
Captain Toad always has his head in the clouds

4 Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta's back in a sequel to her 2010 action-packed adventure and now it's... exclusive to Wii U? But, there's tons of violence, an overly sexualized main character, and foul language. I guess not every Nintendo exclusive can star Toad. Anyway, this is an over-the-top sequel to an awesome game and you should probably play it (if you're old enough).

3 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

As a sequel to the Wii's Donkey Kong Country Returns, Tropical Freeze hits all the right notes for a solid Donkey Kong platformer. Fans of DK know how challenging his games can get and Tropical Freeze is no different. If you're up for the challenge, grab a Pro Controller and help Donkey Kong get his island ice-free and back to normal.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze screenshot
DK's ready to take on yet another adventure

2 Mario Kart 8

It's hard to believe that Mario Kart has had eight games on eight different consoles so far. Well, it's back and better than ever in the first HD installment. You'll have to keep throwing turtle shells and finding shortcuts if you want to win these races. Just remember not to make Luigi angry. I hear he's a poor sport.

1 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Everyone loves Nintendo and their large cast of characters so why not put them all together with plenty of guests and have them duke it out? This version of Super Smash Bros. features the largest cast to date and a ton of content to unlock while battling in the many available modes. But, don't just buy the game; get a GameCube Adapter with a few controllers and some amiibos of your favourite characters. No one said this would be cheap!

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U screenshot
Four cuties battle to the death

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