Now that Star Fox Zero is out and Nintendo’s next console is on the horizon, support for the poor ol’ Wii U seems to be dried up. Sure, Zelda is still getting a Wii U release, but it’s also scheduled for the NX, and aside from downloadable indie games, what else is worth watching for?
As it turns out, there’s still a small handful of games still coming to Wii U that are worth keeping an eye on, and nearly all of them will be available physically. So, if you plan to keep rocking the Wii U into 2017 and want to continue building up your library, here are some recommendations.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Koji Igarashi’s Boodstained: Ritual of the Night is a spiritual successor to the Castlevania games he worked on at Konami, including the classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Bloodstained will follow the tried and true metroidvania-style gameplay, and promises to be his biggest game ever.
While the game is being developed by Inti Creates, the Wii U port is being handled by Armature Studio, who plans to implement exclusive Gamepad and Mii functionality.
The main game is tentatively scheduled for a March 2017 release, with extra content following after.
Also coming to: PS4, Xbox One, Vita, Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Mighty No. 9
If you’re among those who has not started feeling animosity towards Keiji Inafune, then Mighty No. 9 could still be the scratch for your Mega Man itch. Bearing more of a resemblance to the Mega Man X series, Mighty No. 9 boasts a high challenge level, full voice acting (with both English and Japanese options), and an online co-op mode.
And if they stick to their release date, you could be blasting robots as soon as June 21, 2016, in North America (June 24 in Europe).
Also coming to: 3DS, PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One,Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
The latest in the Paper Mario series seems to be taking some cues from Splatoon, as Mario will be restoring color to the land with his magic paint hammer. The lack of RPG elements seen in the classic Paper Mario games has left some fans wary, but hey, it’s a new Mario game for Wii U.
And if Nintendo doesn’t bump the game to the NX, as some are speculating, it should be due out this year.
Exclusive to Wii U.
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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
The fourth game in WayForward’s Shantae series will also be the first developed specifically for HD platforms. If you’ve never played a Shantae game, they’re a series of “cute” metroidvanias with an off-beat sense of humor. Half-Genie Hero will mark the beginning of a new story arc, making it a good entry point for new fans.
While a physical release has not been confirmed, a recent update from WayForward mentioned they were in talks with several publishers. There also isn’t an exact release date, but development seems to be in its final stages. Cross your fingers for a 2016 release.
Also coming to: PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
Atlus’s unusual crossover between their Shin Megami Tensei series and Nintendo’s Fire Emblem brings another meaty RPG to the Wii U. Being a more traditional RPG rather than the tactical style of Fire Emblem, it may have difficulty finding its audience, but if your Wii U needs a new RPG after Xenoblade Chronicles X, this is your best bet.
The game features a modern-day Tokyo setting, with the original Japanese voice acting and pop music intact. It’s also just around the corner with a June 24, 2016, release date in both North America and Europe.
Exclusive to Wii U.
Consisting of many former employees of Rare, particularly from the Nintendo 64 era, developer Playtonic is poised to bring back their distinct brand of 3D mascot collect-a-thon platform games. Taking its cues from the Banjo-Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee will feature a dual-character gameplay mechanic and plenty of MacGuffins to collect (but in a “meaningful” way, whatever that means).
Look forward to lots of googly eyes and British humor this October.
Also coming to: PS4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac OS and Linux.