We’ll separate each article by platform, because we know a lot of you only read things that pertain to your gaming machine of choice. As such, you’re going to see some duplicates if you read the whole series. In fact, thanks to the way the gaming industry has turned, most of these titles will be duplicates.
Except, of course, for the Wii U. No third party love means that a vast majority of the Wii U’s games are exclusive.
I digress. These are some of the games of 2015 that we can’t wait to play on the Wii U. Remember, this is what we’re excited to see, it might not line up with what you can’t wait to play. On that note, what are you looking forward to?
If you own a Nintendo DS, 3DS or New 3DS and you never played Kirby: Canvas Curse, track it down. It’s an old game, and it sells for around $30, but it’s a gem. You draw on the screen to guide an ever rolling Kirby through stages in order to win.
That’s Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, only now this is a Wii U game, the world is made entirely of incredible looking clay and it features local multiplayer. This game genuinely looks gorgeous, and it comes out super soon, to boot.
Hyper Light Drifter has to be coming soon, right? We covered the game during its Kickstarter run, saw it in person at events, interviewed its creator and hoped to see it in 2014. It didn’t come, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still waiting for it.
You’ll play a drifter with a penchant for loot, wandering and discover as you blast and slice your way through an interesting and beautiful world. Heart Machine has showed a lot of love in its art style and music so far, and we’re hoping that translates to the player’s experience as well.
We’re not sure what to expect when we play this game in its full and final form, and that’s sort of why we want to see it so badly.
If there’s a new Zelda game on the docket for any year, it’s going to be exciting. This time around for the Wii U, we have a new art style, a world that’s supposedly enormous, smarter horseback riding and the ability to leap off of the stead and slow time in order to fire arrows.
All cool. The game looks brilliant in the screenshots above, and we’ll be chasing down every Zelda for Wii U story we see from now until release.
Mario Maker will make use of the Wii U’s GamePad to let players create and share their own Mario levels. They can use tools and palettes from Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, New Super Mario Bros. and, my favorite Super Mario World. Hopefully the latter means we’ll see Yoshi.
I really, really hope Nintendo makes sharing with this thing easy. Users should be able to share their creations on Twitter, Facebook and the Miiverse. That instant community will really help diversify content.
I’m of two minds when it comes to the Mario Party franchise. I think it brings some really great mini-games and get-together moments to my house whenever I bust it out, but I also think it’s seen a sharp decline in quality over the years. The most recent entry on the 3DS was bad, friends.
I’m hoping that Mario Party 10 will stand as a return to form with solid balance, a good mini-game selection and a diverse array of boards. I do know that it will feature amiibo support that will let players use their figurines to bring in themed boards, so that’s nice. If this is good, Mario Party 10 might actually make the cut at a few of my game nights. I’d like that.
If you needed any indication that the gaming world wants more from Keiji Inafune in a vein similar to Mega Man, all you need to do is look at the amount of money the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter raised during September of 2013. It earned $3.8 million. That’s a lot of scratch.
Yes, you’ll battle robot bosses, steal their powers and progress through stages in whatever order you like. Anyone denying the Mega Man formula is either lying or blind.
Mighty No. 9 should bring some new mechanics, too. There’s a dash and odd collection attack, and our hero Beck can turn into a unique shapes in order to dispatch enemies.
If it lives up to Inafune’s legacy, it should be good.
For me? I wasn’t really excited about Project CARS until I heard about PlayStation’s deal with Spotify. I know this is the PC list, but I’d personally play this racing game on the PS4 specifically to race with certain friends. News that I’d be able to drive to my own soundtrack, something I can already do on my PC, was going to happen on the PS4? That set me over the edge.
CARS stands for Community Assisted Racing Simulator. That means this game features funding by means of community purchased development tools. The community has aided with the QA and content creation, and that means we’re going to see a racing title built, in part, by it’s own feverish community.
Should Slightly Mad Studios nail that idea, Project CARS could be racer of the year.
Splatoon is a multiplayer shooter that’s being made exclusively for the Wii U. Players will attempt to cover the maps in paint while battling enemies and making use of special weapons and equipment.
The extra special deal here is that you can swim in paint of your own color, moving across painted parts of the map quickly and effectively. It looks like a fun tug of war that provides a unique alternative to the deathmatch, capture and hold and capture the flag modes that currently pepper the shooter landscape.
One of Nintendo’s series most in need of a quality reboot is Star Fox. The game was increidibly on the SNES and Nintendo 64, but it sort of lost its way on the GameCube with Adventures. Shigeru Miyamoto is Producing a brand new entry in the franchise on the Wii U, and I hope that means we’ll see it return to greatness.
Miyamoto has said that we’ll see Star Fox before Zelda this year, so there’s that. Project Guard and Project Giant Robot, two other unique Wii U things that Nintendo showed at E3 last year, are apparently connected to Star Fox as well, though in what capacity we aren’t sure.
JRPG fans should be tickled pick with excitement for Xenoblade Chronicles X. Here’s the next entry in a franchise western gamers begged to see launch on the Wii. Nintendo eventually obliged to that request, and Xenoblade Chronicles picked up a lot of lovers.
Now, it’s on the Wii U. It features a massive world, flying mechs, a strange city dubbed New Los Angeles, tons of content and a gorgeous environment. I’m really looking forward to plugging away at this experience for hours on end this holiday. I hope it’s as good as it sounds.
Yoshi’s Woolly World is an upcoming Wii U title that features our favorite dinosaur sidekick, development work from Good-Feel and a world made entirely of yarn and wool. It looks adorably brilliant, and it’s fun to play based on our brief hands-on time with it.
Good-Feel previously developed Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Wii, a game that was just as charming in the looks department though a touch too easy for most older gamers. We’re hoping Yoshi’s Woolly World straddles the fence of being adorable but challenging.
Either way, it’s already a win in the looks department.