In the video game industry, Nintendo's Wii U has a reputation as a bit of a punching bag. It's much less powerful than the competition, its tablet-like GamePad controller hasn't been utilized well in many games, and most games you'll find on other consoles aren't available for the Wii U.
All of those things, as well as the fact that plenty of people don't realize it's a whole new console, have made it Nintendo's least successful console, from a financial standpoint. But the games that are exclusive to Wii U tend to be really, really good. To that end, we put together a list with the best games to play on the Wii U right now.
"The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker" charmed the world almost 15 years ago with its uniquely cartoonish look and seafaring gameplay, and the HD update for Wii U is the best version to play.
This remake actually uses the Wii U's second screen to make things like item management more convenient, and the upscaling the game to HD makes it look brand new. Seriously, the game originally came out in 2002 and it's still a sight to behold at a high enough resolution. That is an achievement.
It doesn't hurt that "The Wind Waker" is also one of the best "Zelda" games. The puzzles and boss fights are exceptional, and even though the last few hours of the game still aren't great, the HD update made some changes to streamline that part of the game. If you never played "The Wind Waker," this is the best way to do it.
9. "Pokken Tournament"
The Pokémon games continue to be huge hits on the 3DS handheld console, but for those of us who are tired of those and want something new from the franchise, "Pokken Tournament" is a treat. It's actually a one-on-one competitive fighting game that's accessible enough for kids and deep enough to be fun for older players.
As a lapsed Pokémon fan, I appreciated the game's good mix of old and new Pokémon on the roster. You get your classic heavy-hitters like Machamp and Gengar, but there's also Chandelure, who appears to be a living chandelier.
Really though, "Pokken Tournament" makes this list because of Pikachu Libre, a brand new character. She's Pikachu in a luchador wrestling outfit and a bunch of wrestling-themed moves, including a perfect Stone Cold Stunner. It's the best.
8. "Hyrule Warriors"
"Hyrule Warriors" was a bit of an odd decision for Nintendo, as the "Legend of Zelda" spin-off gets rid of any exploration or puzzle solving in favor of killing hundreds and hundreds of enemies with ridiculous combos and spectacular ultimate moves.
It's mindless, but it just works. The combat is genuinely fun, and the diversity of playable characters from across the "Zelda" series gives it some much-needed variety. You can even play as women!
Really, "Hyrule Warriors" succeeds because it fully embraces how goofy it is. One ultimate move lets you pull the moon down to the ground, spltting it in half and killing every enemy onscreen in the process. It also has some pretty terrific (and cheesy) "Zelda" guitar shredding.