The Wii U does already have some quality exclusive titles in it’s library already with more on the way. The likes of Super Mario 3D World, The Wonderful 101, Mario Kart 8 and Pikmin 3 are prime examples of what the Wii U already has while the likes of Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Xenoblade Chronicles and Devils Third are good examples of what we have to come. The Wii U arguably has the best exclusive games on 8th generation consoles out right now and no doubt after the 8th generation finishes people will be arguing that the Wii U had the best exclusives period.
It’s not too selfish to ask for a bit more though is it? Let’s face it, the crippling lack of 3rd party support on the Wii U has pretty much got every Wii U owner wanting a bit more. This is why I have put together a small list of five games that I would like to see as a Wii U exclusive. There are a lot of Nintendo franchises that people would like to see remade or a sequel made but I have limited my choices down to just five and have also given reasons why I think they are suited to the Wii U. So without further ado, please enjoy my top five exclusives in no particular order that I would like to see exclusively on the Wii U.
1. F Zero
Nintendo are know for some excellent franchises that scream quality and appeal. Yet unfortunately over the past few generations Nintendo have also been known for neglecting some of their quality IP’s. One such IP is F Zero, a futuristic fast as hell racer that made it’s debut on the SNES. We all know how good this game is and if you don’t go download it now on the eshop it’s a real blast! The last game we had in the F Zero franchise was F Zero GX on the Gamecube which was fast, eccentric and a lot of fun to play.
Nintendo Fans and F Zero fans alike have been waiting a long time for a new installment for the franchise and a new F Zero game would work wonders on the Wii U. Imagine the over the top fast paced racing in those futuristic cars in stunning HD! Imagine being able to race online against your friends and random people around the world! Imagine being able to create your own tracks and race them online and even send them to people! Also you would have the added bonus of Miiverse integration. It’s not a game that Nintendo would consider a big seller but imagining myself playing a new gorgeous looking F Zero game on my Wii U even if on the gamepad only makes me want it even more. It would be a great fit on the Wii U and in my opinion is a game that is long overdue a sequel. Captain Falcon has been announced for the new Smash Bros which I am sure he is grateful for, but I know he would rather have his own game and get back on the race track. Come on Nintendo, make it happen!
2. Pokemon MMO
Now I know I am not in the minority with this one, I have lost count with the number of occasions that I have come across an article on the internet from a Pokemon fan that is desperate for a fully fledged online Pokemon RPG for the Wii U. We had Pokemon Colosseum on the Gamecube and while the game wasn’t that bad, it was not what the fans have been crying out for all these years. This week, Nintendo made a Pokemon announcement that was sure to “shock” us, and for me it did anything but. What was announced was a Pokken Fighter game for the arcade in Japan only which may be a big deal for Japanese Pokemon lovers it does nothing for anyone else.
I will admit, I am not actually a Pokemon fan. Don’t consider myself to be one in the slightest and the only games I enjoyed in the Pokemon series were the very first red and blue iterations on the Game Boy. As soon as the game got bigger and there were more than 150 odd Pokemon I suddenly lost interest. But an epic 3D online Pokemon RPG with random encounters, gyms, trading, battling other players and teaming up with other players online on the Wii U would easily get me interested. I cannot personally come to terms with why Nintendo is deciding against this idea, maybe they think it would be a detriment to the Pokemon series on the 3DS? I just think if Nintendo need a game that will sell millions and persuade millions of 3DS owners to get a Wii U, this is it!
3. Skies of Arcadia
Have you ever heard of a game made by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast called Skies of Arcadia? If the answer is yes then you will know that was a fantastic RPG focusing on the main character Vyse who sets off on an epic quest in the sky aboard his pirate airship gathering a crew of pirates along the way. It featured Final Fantasy like turn based battles with random encounters and airship battles like no other, it was a real cult favourite for its time. Skies of Arcadia Legends was released on the Gamecube sometime later that featured slightly enhanced visuals and some new features that were not included in the original Dreamcast version. Some people (myself included) had this game down as being better than any Final Fantasy game!
The Wii U is getting Xenoblade Chronicles X next year which I am forever grateful for, but the Wii U could do with more massive RPG’s. If Xenoblade Chronicles X is indeed more than five times bigger than the original Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii than imagine how big a new Skies of Arcadia game could be? It is the game that I have been crying out for a sequel more than any other game since I Played Legends on the Gamecube and cannot see why Sega haven’t made my wish come true. I know there are a lot of Skies of Arcadia fans out there and Nintendo gamers love RPG’s so a new Skies of Arcadia game could do really well on the Wii U.
4. Battalion Wars 3
Battalion Wars 2 on the Wii was one of my favourite games on the Wii. It combined 3rd person action with strategy in a blend that worked so well it became a game that was worthy of so much more attention than it got. Could Battalion Wars 2 have been the most under appreciated game on the Wii? I certainly think it was. You command an army of troops that have different weapons that work better against certain units for example, machine gunners worked well against other soldiers whereas bazooka troops worked better against tanks. You also get to control tanks, planes and naval vehicles.
This is a game that I believe could work wonders with the Wii U’s gamepad. You could be playing on your TV screen and use the gamepads touch screen to command troops and have an overview of the entire map. Battalion Wars 2 on the Wii also featured online gameplay with three different game modes: skirmish, assault or co-op, on the Wii U think how easy it would be to communicate with another player playing co-op with the gamepads built in mic. Battalion Wars 3 could be a true classic on the Wii U and could also act as a showcase to other developers how to use the gamepad to its strengths. It’s a real pity that Battalion Wars 2 was so under appreciated and never got the sales it deserved.
5. Zombie U 2
A lot of you will probably be wondering why I have decided to include a Zombie U sequel in my list when there are clearly a lot of other games that you might feel are more worthy of a release. You might be right as well, but for me Zombie U was a good experience on my Wii U and when the Wii U is done I will always remember playing my first game I owned and Zombie U has some very memorable moments like the nursery. The chances of seeing a sequel to this game any time in the near future are quite slim however, since Ubisoft have claimed that they did not sell anywhere near enough copies to warrant a sequel. I personally cannot see how this is possible since they sold over 700k copies world wide (not including digital copies) and the game could not have cost too much to make. Not when you take into account that it featured no online multiplayer, the graphics were last gen and the game was short and had bugs.
It didn’t stop me from enjoying the game though, personally I think a sequel that is bigger, bug free, included more weapons (particularly more melee weapons) and featured online co-op would make a welcome addition to the Wii U’s library. Nintendo gamers DO buy mature games and are particularly partial to survival horror games, The Resident Evil franchise has always sold quite well on Nintendo platforms if you wanted an example. Although it had it’s problems, Zombie U will always go down as a rather under appreciated title on the Wii U.
So there is my short list, I am sure you will no doubt have your opinions of my list which are always welcome. I do feel that there are a lot of other games that are deserving of a come back that did not make my list and I will no doubt be mentioning them in future articles. Some of the above list may not be million sellers or system sellers, but having all these games on the Wii U as exclusives would certainly boost the Wii U’s appeal. The one game I would like to see a sequel to though is unquestionably Skies of Arcadia, a man can dream…
I would love to hear what you all think, do you agree or disagree with my list? let me know what games you would like to see exclusively on the Wii U in the comments section below.
Written by Sammy J on 30 August 2014