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Wii U
Wii U Boxed Game Collection (33 games)
Note: The Wii U can be used and played without the GamePad—that is, unless a game says requires in the lists below. To turn off the Wii U GamePad, walk it out of range and then hold down power on the tablet.
** indicates Off-TV Play is NOT supported
[MP] specifies the Wii MotionPlus accessory
  • Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!
    • up to 4p co-op same screen (does NOT support the Wii Classic Controller)
  • Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition
    • requires Wii U GamePad (1p only)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
    • GamePad allows 2p co-op on separate screens (also has 4p split screen); supports Wii U Pro, Wii Classic, and Wii Remote/Nunchuk motion controls
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
    • requires Wii U GamePad (1p only)
  • Ducktales Remastered
    • requires Wii U GamePad to start; may use Wii U Pro controller (but NOT the Wii Classic Controller)
  • Guitar Hero Live **
    • uses GH guitar w/ 6 buttons
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 (no manual)
    • GamePad allows 2 players on separate screens (P2 must use Wiimote; Wii U Pro controller NOT supported)
  • Hyrule Warriors
    • GamePad required (P1) for 2p co-op on separate screens (no split screen);
      P2 may use Wii U Pro controller (but NOT the Wii Classic Controller)
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • Wii U GamePad needed to 100%; Wii U Pro controller lacks Gyro
  • Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
    • use Wii U GamePad for maps, inventory, and Gyro; also supports Pro controller
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
    • use Wii U GamePad for maps, inventory, and Gyro; also supports Pro controller
  • LEGO Jurassic World
    • GamePad allows 2p co-op on separate screens; P2 may use Wii U Pro (but NOT the Wii Classic Controller)
  • Madden NFL 13
    • Detached: hold (-) button on GamePad for 3 seconds before game; P2 may use Wii U Pro (but NOT the Wii Classic); separate screens for playcalling
  • Mario Kart 8
    • no Steering Assist like on Switch; multiplayer only supports split screen (no Off-TV); supports all controllers
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
    • Co-Driver: P1 drives with Pro controller or Wiimote, and P2 uses
      Wii U GamePad to provide assistance
  • NES Remix Pack
    • short, rapid-fire challenges from 25+ NES classics
  • New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U Bundle
    • requires Wii U GamePad for one player, but it cannot be used in multi-player
    • Original disc for saves; Luigi U bundle disc for DLC
  • Nintendo Land [MP]
    • requires Wii U GamePad and supports up to 5 players; some mini-games require Wii Remote/Nunchuk (MotionPlus is required for Zelda & Metroid)
  • Planes Fire & Rescue
    • requires Wii U GamePad (1p only)
  • Pokkén Tournament
    • GamePad required (P1) for 2p on separate screens; also supports Wii U Pro, Wii Classic Controller, and HORI Pokken Tournament Pro Pad
  • Rabbids Land **
    • requires Wii U GamePad and only one (1) Wii Remote/Nunchuk combo for up to 4 players
  • Shakedown: Hawaii
    • Standard Edition; 1 of 3000 copies made in 2020; supports all controllers
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
    • GamePad allows 2+ players on separate screens (but also has split screen); supports all controllers and up to 5 players w/ GamePad
  • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
    • GamePad allows 2p co-op on separate screens in Story Mode (press + on controller 2); also includes 4-player in Team Challenges mode
  • Star Fox Guard **
    • requires Wii U GamePad (1p only) for touchscreen while monitoring security camera feeds on the TV
  • Star Fox Zero **
    • requires Wii U GamePad for Gyro motion aiming while maneuvering on the TV; for Co-op Play, start a level, back out, and then re-select the level;
      P1 uses GamePad to aim and fire, whereas P2 uses Wii U Pro for piloting
  • Super Mario 3D World (NS)
    • Wii U GamePad needed to 100%, incl. Captain Toad levels; 4-player mode requires GamePad
  • Super Mario Maker
    • requires Wii U GamePad (1p only)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
    • also supports Wii U Pro controller, Wii Classic Controller, and GCN controller w/ adapter
  • Tank! Tank! Tank!
    • GamePad allows 2+ players on separate screens; supports Wii U Pro, Wii Classic, and Wiimote in multiplayer
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
    • includes exclusive Mushroom Battle and Tekken Ball modes and Nintendo-themed costumes; also supports Wii U Pro controller and Wii Classic Controller
  • Yoshi's Woolly World
    • offers 2p co-op; also supports Wii U Pro, Wii Classic, and Wiimote; Mellow Mode is easier for kids
  • ZombiU **
    • requires Wii U GamePad for real-time inventory management; in multiplayer, P2 may use Wii U Pro controller or Wii Remote/Nunchuk (but NOT the Wii Classic Controller)
Nintendo eShop Downloads
Wii U Downloads (18 games)
  • amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits
    • One (1) amiibo accessory is required
  • Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (NS)
    • not downloaded to Wii U; play via Switch
  • Art of Balance
    • supports Wii U GamePad touchscreen & Wii Remote motion controls
  • Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues
    • supports Wii U GamePad touchscreen & Wii Remote motion controls
  • Dolphin Up
    • also supports Wii U Pro controller
  • Dr. Luigi
    • requires P1 to use the Wii U GamePad
  • Ducktales Remastered
    • not downloaded; play via physical disc
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
    • up to 4p co-op same screen in Tower of Doom (1994) & Shadow over Mystara (1996); supports all controllers
  • Games for Toddlers
    • requires Wii U GamePad (touchscreen)
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (NS)
    • not downloaded to Wii U; play via Switch
  • Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge
    • Mario-series amiibo required (Mini Spek can't access amiibo doors)
  • My First Songs
    • requires P1 to use the Wii U
      GamePad for the microphone;
      P2 may connect a USB microphone
  • New Super Luigi U
    • not downloaded; play via bundle disc
  • Pikmin 3
    • Wiimote & Nunchuk + GamePad is ideal
  • Pumped BMX +
    • also supports Wii U Pro controller
  • Shovel Knight (NS)
    • not downloaded to Wii U; play via Switch
  • Star Fox Guard **
    • not downloaded; play via physical disc
  • Wii Sports Club (Bowling and Tennis) [MP]
    • requires Wii U GamePad for some menus and sports, and MotionPlus is
      required for each Wii Remote
** indicates Off-TV Play is NOT supported
[MP] specifies the Wii MotionPlus accessory
Wii U Virtual Console Breakdown (72 games)

Nintendo (NES) = 25 
TurboGrafx-16 (
TG-16) = 2 
Super Nintendo (
SNES) = 14 
Nintendo 64 (
N64) = 9 
Game Boy Advance (
GBA) = 17 
Nintendo DS (
DS) = 4 
Wii (
Wii) = 1 


Wii U Virtual Console (72 games)
  • 1080° Snowboarding (N64) *
  • Adventures of Bayou Billy, The (NES) *
  • Axelay (SNES) *
  • Balloon Fight (NES) *
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
  • Castlevania: Dracula X (SNES)
  • Donkey Kong (NES) *
  • Donkey Kong Country (SNES) *
  • DKC2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES) *
  • DKC3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (SNES)
  • Dr. Mario (NES) *
  • Duck Hunt (NES) * Wii Remote
  • EarthBound (SNES) *
  • EarthBound Beginnings (NES)
  • Excitebike 64 (N64)
  • F-Zero (SNES) *
  • F-Zero X (N64) *
  • Game & Watch Gallery 4 (GBA)
  • Hogan's Alley (NES) * Wii Remote
  • Ice Climber (NES) *
  • Konami Krazy Racers (GBA)
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin (GBA)
  • Legend of Zelda, The  (NES) *
  • Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) *
  • Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)*
  • Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
  • Life Force (NES) *
  • Mario Pinball Land (GBA)
  • Mega Man & Bass (GBA)
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 (GBA)
  • Mega Man Zero 3 (GBA)
  • Metroid (NES) *
  • Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
  • Metroid Fusion (GBA)
  • New Adventure Island (TG-16)
  • New Super Mario Bros. (DS) *
  • Ninja Gaiden (NES) *
  • Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of (NES) *
  • Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of (NES) *
  • Pilotwings (SNES) *
  • Punch-Out!!* feat. Mr. Dream (NES)
  • Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii) Wii Remote
  • Salamander (TG-16)
  • Star Fox 64 (N64) *
  • StarTropics (NES) *
  • Stinger (NES) *
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (SNES) *
  • Super Mario Advance:
      Super Mario Bros. 2 (GBA)
  • Super Mario Advance 2:
      Super Mario World (GBA)
  • Super Mario Advance 3:
      Yoshi's Island (GBA)
  • Super Mario Advance 4:
      Super Mario Bros. 3 (GBA)
  • Super Mario Bros. (NES) *
  • Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels (NES)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES) *
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) *
  • Super Mario RPG (SNES) *
  • Super Mario World (SNES) *
  • Super Mario 64 (N64) *
  • Super Mario 64 DS (DS)
  • Super Metroid (SNES) *
  • Super Punch-Out!! (SNES)
  • Tecmo Bowl (NES)
  • Vs. Excitebike (NES/Famicom Disk) *
  • Wario Land 4 (GBA)
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! (GBA)
  • WarioWare: Touched! (DS)
  • Wave Race 64 (N64) *
  • Yoshi (NES)
  • Yoshi's Island DS (DS)
  • Yoshi's Story (N64) *
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES) *
* indicates a game I also own on cartridge
All-Time Favorite Wii U Games
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U) screenshot
Guitar Hero Live (Wii U) screenshot
3. Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) screenshot
4. Tank! Tank! Tank!
Tank! Tank! Tank! (Wii U) screenshot
5. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U) screenshot
6. Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (Wii U) screenshot
7. Nintendo Land
Nintendo Land (Wii U) screenshot
8. LEGO Jurassic World
Lego Jurassic World (Wii U) screenshot
Super Mario Maker (Wii U) screenshot
Honorable Mention: Super Mario Maker,
New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario 3D World, NES Remix 1 & 2 Pack
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