Let’s be honest 2014 wasn’t a terrible year for the gaming industry, it could have been better but it wasn’t by any means terrible. A lot of people are arguing that the Wii U “won” 2014 because it had the most amount of highest rated exclusives released according to Metacritic. With such titles released last year like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros it is hard to argue against. One negative point in 2014 for the Wii U was that Watch Dogs was released, no I am not saying the game is bad but it seems like it will be the last third party multi plat (not including casual games like Just Dance etc) releasing on the console. While this is not exactly set in stone I find it hard to believe otherwise, here’s hoping Nintendo can rectify this in 2015.
Now I am going to give you a list of 8 exclusive games that are coming out for the Wii U in 2015 but before I do that I want to mention that Shin Megami Tensai X Fire Emblem did not make the list. The reason for this is purely because we do not know anything about it yet, I would like to believe that it has not been cancelled as I feel it could have a lot of potential. I am hopeful we won’t have to wait too long into 2015 before Nintendo gives us some information on the game including a 2015 release. So without further ado, in no particular order are my 8 great reasons you should be interested in the Wii U in 2015. Enjoy!
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While Mario Maker may not be the next main Mario game entry or a new Super Mario Galaxy or even a HD remaster of Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Maker offers players something no other Mario game ever has. The ability to create your own Mario levels using one of the four following skins: Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros will be available exclusively to Wii U gamers. Not only will you be able to create your own Mario levels for yourself, friends and family to try and complete but you will also be able to upload them online for people around the world to try. While Mario Maker might not be a GOTY contender for a lot of people, I for one am looking forward to the challenge of other peoples Mario level creations. The possibilities while creating these levels could easily be endless and I could spend a heck of a lot of time with this game.
Yoshi’s Wooly World
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Fans of Kirby’s Epic Yarn on the Wii will feel right at home with this one. What we have here is a fully fledged Yoshi adventure (I dare say one is long overdue) that can either be played single player or 2 player co-op in the same kind of Wooly knitted style graphics that Kirby’s Epic Yarn had, only in HD. While initially the game didn’t have me leaping for joy when first unveiled at E3 2014, Yoshi’s Wooly World is slowly turning me and the more I see gameplay videos of it the more I want to play it. You cannot help but feel obliged to try the game for the enjoyment of running around the knitted game world and unravel secrets behind knitted obstacles. It is the kind of game that will charm the socks off even the most stubborn of souls and behind the beautiful looks of the game will surely lie a gratifying Yoshi adventure to enjoy.
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
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The sequel to Kirby and the Canvas Curse which hit the Nintendo DS back in 2005 will be released exclusively on the Wii U in 2015. Like Mario Maker, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will neither likely win any GOTY awards or set the sales charts on fire but it will give you a different experience that won’t be found in many other places. The gameplay mechanics will predominantly have you using the stylus to draw these rainbow like lines on the gamepad (although it has been announced that the game supports multiple controller options) which control Kirbys movement. What I am expecting from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is not an overly long game but a shorter game with maximum enjoyment to be had. It looks like a game that I will not mind replaying over and over because of its addicting nature and brightly coloured visuals, the game could be a real gem.
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It was a sad day in the gaming industry when THQ went into administration, but one good thing that came out of this was that Nintendo snapped up the publishing rights to Devils Third, an action game with Tomonobu Itagaki behind it, the guy behind Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive. What you should expect from Devils Third is fast paced action, FPS elements and a strong emphasis on online multiplayer. If this games action can get anywhere near that of Bayonetta 2 we are in for a treat, also it’s nice to see that there is at least one game coming out in 2015 on the Wii U that features a strong emphasis in online multiplayer. Not only will you be able to battle it out on the usual Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag type matches you see in just about every single FPS game in the world, you can also join guilds and create your own maps to fight in and attack other players maps as well. It might not be the most hyped game releasing on the Wii U this year but I am certainly looking forward to it.
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One of the coolest looking games to release on the Wii U in 2015 in my opinion, Splatoon is basically Nintendo having a shot at the shooter genre like Mario Kart is to the racing genre. There is a fully fledged single player campaign to be enjoyed in Splatoon but the core game lies within the 4 vs 4 online multiplayer aspect. Each player takes control of a squid that can turn into human form with a gun that shoots paint and the object of the game is to use your paint gun to cover as much of the terrain as possible with paint. The winning team will be the team that covers the most terrain and boy does it look fun! That’s not all, you can transform into squid form and doing so will enable you to travel in your own colour paint that has been sprayed on the floor in order to travel quickly, a skill that looks like it will need to be mastered. Splatoon is a more family friendly take on the shooter genre in third person really looks like it cranks up the fun factor, we have another Nintendo gem in the making here and it’s releasing this year!
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I know what you are thinking, the above video does not really do the game much justice, while I am fully aware of this it’s probably the best on offer right now. It was a shock to me when I heard Miyamoto announce that he is working on a new Star Fox game at E3 2014 as I had all but given up on the idea. One of the biggest disappointments about the Wii for me was no Star Fox game as I had always dreamed of using the motion controls to control the Arwing. Unfortunately, Mr Miyamoto could not show us a proper trailer for the game but as long as I know it’s definitely coming (and will be released before Zelda in 2015) I am satisfied. The possibilities of using the gamepad for a Star Fox game are very exciting and Mr Miyamoto has confirmed that you will be able to use the gamepad as a cockpit view while the TV screen shows a normal wider area view. I cannot wait to see the first trailer of the game, if it’s meant to come out before Zelda surely that means a Star Fox trailer will be soon right? RIGHT?!!
Xenoblade Chronicles X
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My second highest anticipated game of 2015, Xenoblade Chronicles X looks STUNNING! The sheer massive scope of this game looks mind blowing, if you thought Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii was big, this is supposed to be much bigger! Not only that, this time around we will be able to fight in and travel around in giant mechs, use the gamepad features as your map among other things and possibly play the game online (Please!). While we have had an announcement that the game will indeed feature some online functionality we are yet to get full details on what that actually entails. Xenoblade Chronicles X looks like the game will last such a long time with many side quest accompanying the main story, I cannot wait to finally get into it. The games HD visuals are enough to make your jaw drop especially when you notice the huge size of some of the monsters from the trailers. If you want to read my full write up on why you need to be excited for this game please do so, I fully recommend you all get behind this game.
Zelda Wii U
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This is the big one, my most anticipated game of 2015, it’s Zelda on the Wii U! Imagine playing a huge open world Zelda game set in the land of Hyrule with breathtaking visuals and with many side quests to do along the journey. That is basically what Zelda Wii U will be like only better, you will be able to use the gamepad for map features like making beacons to highlight certain points of interest. I’m guessing this will be an important feature considering how big the world is looking like it will be. Every time we have a new Zelda game release on a Nintendo home console we get the usual “will it be better than Ocarina of Time” articles. To my disappointment even though there have been Zelda games since Ocarina of Time that I have thoroughly enjoyed, there has yet to be one that takes that crown in my opinion. To this day, I still see Ocarina of Time as the best Zelda game ever made but it is hard to not get carried away this time around because Zelda on the Wii U is looking like it really CAN take Ocarina of Time’s crown! We probably wont see the game release much sooner than Christmas 2015 but it will be worth the wait, will 2015 really see the release of the best Zelda game ever made? It begs the question….
While these 8 games are arguably the best exclusives that we know of releasing in 2015, I can’t help but think there are other announcements coming this year. For example, I am going to go out on a limb and say that this years E3 will see the announcement of a new Metroid game developed by Retro Studios. We will no doubt have Nintendo Directs throughout the year highlighting release schedules as well as game specific Nintendo Directs. I am hoping that inevitable Xenoblade Chronicles X direct we all want to see is not too far off and as mentioned earlier, I am hopeful for a proper unveiling of Shin Megami Tensai X Fire Emblem at some point this year.
What do all of you think about my list? Are there any games I have missed out? Do you think there are game on the list that I shouldn’t have included? What else do you think we might see Wii U related this year? Any big E3 announcements perhaps? I would love to hear what you all think, please let me know in the comments section below.
Written by Sammy J on 04 January 2014