Nintendo has always excelled at providing gaming experiences that entertain the whole family. Seeing as today is Wii U's fourth anniversary, here's a list of the best local multiplayer games for the console so far.
10 Pokkén Tournament
Funnily enough, today is also the release day of the long-awaited Pokémon Sun and Moon. Anyway, if you want to fight your friends with your favourite pocket monsters, there's no better way to do so than in the action-packed Pokkén Tournament. Shifting from the freedom in Field Phase to the intimate combat in Duel Phase creates one exciting fighting formula.
9 Dr. Luigi
It's true that Luigi's PhD hasn't been as recognized as his brother's yet this is a very fun puzzler to play against a pal. Whether you prefer to keep it old-school in Retro Remedy or take part in the brand new Operation L, Dr. Luigi is full of competitive puzzle gameplay in its purest form. For more on Luigi's lab coat phase, be sure to check out my full Dr. Luigi review.
8 Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
If it's variety that you want then the Mario & Sonic series of sports compilations is sure to deliver. Diving into the 14 events from Football to Volleyball and Swimming to Gymnastics is a great way to spend an afternoon of gaming. Of course, not all events are created equal but there's definitely enough here to keep a couch full of Mario and Sonic fans happy. If you'd like to read more then head over to my complete Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games review. Also, for those who prefer to keep things chill, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games offers a wide selection of winter sports such as snowboarding and curling.
7 Mario Party 10
No matter what the haters say, I love Mario Party 10. It may not be the best of the series but there's an impressive variety of modes that keeps my pals and I hooked whenever we boot it up. My favourite way to play is the amiibo mode where you can use your statuesque Nintendo character of choice to compete on a simplistic array of game boards. To learn more about it, read my detailed Mario Party 10 review. Also, Wii Party U is a pretty fun little compilation of mini-games that's worth checking out as well.
Hey, how did an indie game get in here? Although it's not as accessible as most games on this list, you may be surprised how much fun this competitive 2D platformer can be. With constantly changing background colours that make platforms appear and disappear, you'll be on the edge of your seat throughout every grueling match. If you'd like to know more about this colourful runner as well as explore a list of all the included indie game guest characters, run over to my Runbow review.
5 Yoshi's Woolly World / Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Wait, I thought this was a list of multiplayer games... Actually, both of these incredibly charming platformers can be played cooperatively with a pal. Whether you prefer inviting some chums over to form a gang of Yoshis or have a friend join you as the clayful Waddle Dee, both of these games are perfect multiplayer adventures. For more on each of these cute games and to find out which one I personally enjoy more, here's my Yoshi's Woolly World review and my Kirby and the Rainbow Curse review.
4 New Super Mario Bros. U
Speaking of charming 2D platformers, New Super Mario Bros. U is a fantastic game to play with friends. What puts it above similar titles is the fact that one player can make platforms appear via Boost Mode using the GamePad. Also, you can stun enemies so your buddies can deal with them easier. The question is; will you use your power for good or evil? Oh, the possibilities...
3 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. has been a go-to title for local multiplayer gaming since its Nintendo 64 debut back in 1999. Being able to play as your favourite Nintendo characters (and more) as you beat on your friends in chaotic four-player battles is just awesome. This newest installment of the series surpasses its predecessors by offering tons of DLC and constant updates to keep things fresh and exciting.
2 Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario 3D Land was an awesome 3DS game yet Super Mario 3D World took the established formula and improved on it in a huge way. Now, you can play with four simultaneous players as either Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, or even Rosalina once you unlock her. One of the coolest aspects is that the characters retain their attributes from Super Mario Bros. 2 such as Luigi being able to jump higher and Peach floats a bit. It's colourful, nostalgic, and above all else; an absolute blast to enjoy with friends.
1 Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart has been delighting Nintendo fans since 1992 and for good reason. It's such an accessible game that anyone from a toddler to a grandma can enjoy. Putting a plastic steering wheel in someone's hands then telling them briefly how to race makes it such an intuitive setup. On top of that, the variety of power-ups allows anyone to jump from last to first place. In the end, whether you're competitive or not; Mario Kart 8 is bursting with multiplayer thrills that'll make you want to boot it up whenever anyone comes over.