Nintendo Wii U is one of the best video game systems for kids and families, and 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for exclusive titles for this gaming console. Unlike other systems, Wii U has an LCD screen on the controller, so you can keep playing games while another person watches TV. A lot of the best games for this platform allow you to sync your game up with an electronic toy called an Amiibo, which is basically a figurine that stores game data, such as the level you’re currently on and the moves your character knows.
1. Mario Party 10
Mario Party 10 is the long-awaited game that everyone is talking about. It’s one of the top games in 2015, because it gives you all the action and exciting game play of previous Mario Party versions while updating the graphics and features for the new system. The latest version lets you sync your game with a compatible Amiibo so that you can save your character’s level in a cool figurine.
2. Super Smash Bros.
Of course, everyone knows about the classic multi-player game Super Smash Bros. in which you can play as any of Nintendo’s famous flagship characters, from Link or Mario to Donkey Kong. The new version offers all the great fighting and effects of previous versions while adding compatibility with Amiibo characters and online game play. The graphics are now in high-definition, and the charming, cartoon-like artwork is appropriate for all ages.
3. Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 is one of Nintendo’s best-known multi-player games, and the eighth edition in the series is the most entertaining version yet. The powerful graphics processing of the Wii U console allows you to play in a game world more realistic than ever before, and the tricks and secrets available in Mario Kart 8 are truly inventive and surprising. It’s another title that provides hours of fun for players of all ages.
4. Kirby & The Rainbow Curse
This unique game, centered around classic Nintendo character Kirby, lets you get in touch with your creative side by molding claymation objects within the game world. It features Kirby roaming through a rainbow-colored world filled with fun objects and levels such as caves, clouds and a young child’s bedroom. You can switch between being Kirby and other physical forms, such as a tank, rocket or submarine, and Kirby’s friends meet you in the game to help defeat the bad guys who are responsible for the rainbow curse.
5. Hyrule Warriors
This action game, based on Nintendo’s classic Legend of Zelda series, is a fun game for older kids, teenagers and adults. It lets you travel through Hyrule, the land in which the Legend of Zelda games are set, fighting bad guys with a large selection of exciting battle moves. You can discover hidden treasures and secret game characters, and the sound effects are the familiar sounds from earlier games in the series. It’s a fast-paced fighting game for anyone who loves the classic Zelda action games.
6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is now in HD, and players of all ages will have a great time traveling through Hyrule by ship, horseback or simply by walking through the cartoon-style fantasy world. The 3-D graphics have a cel-shaded look, which means that Link and Zelda look like cartoon characters in a 3-D world. The action, fighting and puzzle-solving for this game are some of the best in the series.
7. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
This exclusive title for Wii U lets you solve challenging puzzles and walk through cool maze worlds as the Toadstool character from the Super Mario franchise. The puzzles are challenging enough to be interesting for adults but not too hard for kids, and the fun, quirky cartoon style is appealing for players of all ages. If you love Mario games, you’ll love playing Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
8. Super Mario 3D World
This game lets you control Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toadstool through an elaborate 3-D world similar to the previous Super Mario World games for earlier Nintendo consoles. The levels are some of the most imaginative in any game, and you will have long-lasting fun discovering all the hidden treasures and secrets buried in the fantastical 3-D levels. You can even wear Mario’s raccoon suit from Super Mario Bros. 3 on the original Nintendo.
9. Just Dance 2015
The smash hit Just Dance is updated for 2015, so you can rock out in multi-player mode or just by yourself, listening to some of the biggest hits on the radio, including “Maps” by Maroon 5 and “Walk This Way” by Run DMC and Aerosmith. This game lets you get a cardio workout while having lots of fun grooving to your favorite music. You can choose from a huge selection of cool game characters, and when you dance, your character mirrors your moves on the screen.
10. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
Donkey Kong’s tropical habitat is frozen, and he has to travel across five island worlds to find out why. In this hilarious adventure game featuring Donkey, Dixie and Cranky Kong, you can travel on ships and even swim underwater. The levels feature some of the best graphics of any game on Nintendo, and the puzzle-solving and game play are just challenging enough to be fun for players of all ages. If you’re a fan of past Donkey Kong adventure games, you will definitely love this new addition to the franchise.