What I Played on Wii U in 2015

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Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – What I played of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse was mainly in Co-Op with my wife.  While the game does have the charm of the Kirby series, and the claymation style art looks really cool, I wasn’t overly impressed with it.  We currently are around the 5th World, I keep telling myself I want to go back and finish this, but I never pick it back up.   It’s not a bad game at all, but compared to other Nintendo titles it feels like filler material.

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Mario Party 10  – I’ve never been that big of a Mario Party fan, but I do like to play casual multiplayer games with friends who aren’t gamers.  I also got suckered into buying this sooner because of the included amiibo.  The regular mode is unsurprisingly like regular old Mario Party.   The amiibo Mode was a little more interesting, getting to use your amiibo like a game piece and upgrade/level up your amiibo/character on-screen.   I had the most fun with the Bowser Mode where the players all played together trying to reach the end of the board before Bowser could capture them.  Overall though Mario Party 10 is your typical Mario Party game and similar to Kirby, it was filler material for early 2015.


 

Quarter 2

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Splatoon – I was excited for Splatoon when it was announced at E3 2014, but when I got to try it out in the Global Testfire I knew it was something special.  After the Testfire I couldn’t wait for release, and then once it was released I sunk a bunch of hours into it.  This was the most refreshing shooter I had played in years, it is one of my Game of The Year candidates.  Nintendo did a great job introducing a new IP and it did very well supporting the Wii U through the summer and Fall with added free DLC.  It’s a great game to pick back up and jump into at any time, I can’t wait to see what Nintendo does with the franchise next.


Quarter 3

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Super Mario Maker – This is the ultimate 2D Mario Experience.  Ever since I was a child I wanted to create my own Super Mario Bros levels, and now I can.  There is an infinite amount of replay value, even if you are playing the same kind of levels over and over with no end goal.  Seeing it played at the Nintendo World Championship during E3 got my hype level very high for the game.  I was not disappointed at all and highly recommend it to old-school Mario fans.  This game is probably the best use of the GamePad yet, I hope to see more “Maker” games from other classic Nintendo franchises.

Yoshi’s Wooly World – I only played through the first 2 worlds with my wife, we got overly obsessed with collecting all of the collectibles in the levels and completing all the tasks (such as beating the level with full health).  I’m surprised we didn’t play more of this.  Yoshi’s Wooly World is a great 2D platformer with some clever level design, it is something I plan on playing more in 2016 and hopefully finishing.


Quarter 4

Animal Crossing amiibo Festival – I was expecting this game to be similar to Mario Party, but it’s really not.  The main game plays like an interactive board game, it’s about rolling the die (with your amiibo) and landing on the space and getting results.  The mini-games are a lot of fun too and some of the best uses of amiibo so far, booting up AC amiibo party and playing some quick mini-games is a lot of fun.  We still play this off and on.  For more on my first impressions of it, read here

Mario Tennis Ultra Smash – This was pretty bare bones from what I played.  I never actually tried it online so I need to give it a fair chance.  From what I played though, it seemed very basic and simple.  It didn’t seem like much content was put into the game and it, like other titles this year was just filler material.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X – I actually didn’t start playing this until January 2016, but I felt like squeezing it in here.  This game is very deep, and somewhat overwhelming at first.  The combat system is an evolved version of your standard JRPG turn based combat, and I love it.  There is so much to do in this game, both my wife and I have been hooked on it (particularly my wife).  We have nearly 30 hours into it already and this is a very strong candidate for Game of The Year 2015.  This is one of the big “hardcore” games Nintendo should flaunt off much more, if this were on Playstation 4 or XBox One I’m sure the media would’ve been much more excited about it.


Backlogged

Devil’s Third – This always interested me, even when it didn’t look like it was going to be a good game I still was hoping they’d bring it to the US.  Now it’s here, and it’s apparently pretty rare so I held off on opening my pre-ordered copy, now it sits on the shelf as a collector’s item.  I was able to find another copy online and it will arrive early February.  As soon as it comes, I will open that one up and play it.  I’m very curious how this is, it seems like something I would enjoy even if the main population doesn’t think it’s very good.

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