When I brought my Wii U home, I brought 5 games along with it. These games are: New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.
Because life gets busy, I’ve only played 3 of these games so far. I wanted to leave a little fun for later, anyway!
The first game I tried out was New Super Mario Bros. U. If you’ve read my other Wii U posts, you may have noticed I’ve been leaving off the “New” part of the title, perhaps out of stubborn refuses to recognize this as part of the title. Since this was the first game I ever played for Wii U, I was expecting obstacles with the new gamepad. It was, however, surprisingly comfortable to use and easy to master. The thing that was difficult for me was that what shows on your TV screen also shows on your gamepad. With my bad eyesight, I tended to keep my eyes on the gamepad instead of the screen farther away from me. I can see how this would be a perk, because you can literally walk around and keep playing this! I did think that it was an underutilization of the gamepad though. You literally don’t need both screens. Gameplay itself gives you a heavy dose of nostalgia. There are some fun new features like the acorn power-up that gives you the ability to fly– not like Superman, but like Knuckles Sega’s in Sonic & Knuckles.
I also mentioned before that I was feeling a little ripped off by the fact that the two games that came with my deluxe set seemed like one game. New Super Luigi U came on the same disc as New Super Mario Bros. U. Admittedly, it took me a while to find how to access this other game. When I did, I was again slightly disappointed that the intro was exactly the same. It’s basically the same game minus Mario. As promised, all the levels are different. However, they’re kind of half levels? Each time you start one, you get that hurry up! music indicating you have 100 seconds left. This kind of made the levels easier to beat once you got used to it. This music actually gives me anxiety so that was a bit obstacle to overcome.
The game I’ve played most, and obsessively at first, has been Pikmin 3. I’ve never played either of the first two Pikmin, but I just knew this game was for me… and was I ever right! I’m in love with the adorable little Pikmin army you command, but feel March of the Penguins sad when a couple guys get left behind or eaten in battle. It’s so hard to watch those little guys get hurt! All and all, I find the puzzle-solving quests for fruit super fun, and best of all, the game is on the TV screen while your gamepad becomes a map you must use to get around. This is the first time I’ve had to use both, and it took a little practice to sync my eyes and hands up. Once you’ve mastered it, the gamepad’s screen serves a real, important purpose and feels necessary, finally. I’m super into Pikmin now, and would love to get my hands on the previous two GameCube incarnations!
So, based on my love of Pikmin, any recommendations for me? It doesn’t have to be Wii U– I’ve still got Wind Waker HD and DK Country Tropical Freeze to test out!