So You Want To Buy A Wii U? (Holiday Purchase Guide)

So you want to buy a Wii U? I bet you have a lot of questions. Like how much is it, or what games should I purchase, and are there any necessary accessories? Well luckily for you, Geeks Under Grace has you covered. This guide will cover everything you need to know and will provide a link to every single item as well for easy purchase. Essentially, this can be your one stop shopping place. Pretty easy, right?

 

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The Wii U is Nintendo’s first foray into HD gaming. While more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360, it is not quite as powerful as the PS4 or Xbox One. The Wii U is unique in that it uses the Wii U GamePad as the primary controller. Most games also support the Wii U pro controller and Wii mote as well.
It is backwards compatible with the Wii and utilizes every controller scheme that the original Wii had. However, it does not play GameCube games like the Wii did. The Wii U is home to all of the great Nintendo franchises such as Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros., Star Fox, etc., etc.

 

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The Wii U will run you about 300 bucks online and usually comes packaged with a game as well. This includes all the equipment to play Wii games and Wii U games. It comes with a GamePad, but Wii U Pro Controllers and Wii Motes are sold separately. Unlike the PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360… Wii U’s online is free! The one downfall is the Wii U does not play Blu-Ray movies despite the games being on Blu-Rays.

7 Must-Play Games for All Ages On Wii U

Super Mario 3D World [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00DC7G0GG]

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Read our review HERE
“Work together with your friends or compete for the crown in the first multiplayer 3D Mario game for the Wii U console. In the Super Mario™ 3D World game, players can choose to play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Toad.
Features:
Each character has unique abilities and play styles. For example, Princess Peach glides over gaps, while Luigi has his trademark extra-high jump.
The new cat transformation allows players to run on all fours, pounce on enemies, attack in midair, or use their claws to scamper up walls and goal poles.
Explore colorful 3D environments filled with obstacles and contraptions like transparent pipes and vertical conveyor belts, which add new puzzle elements.
Use the Wii U GamePad Controller’s touch screen to search for hidden blocks and freeze enemies in place.”

Mario Kart 8 [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00DC7G2W8]

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Read our review HERE
“Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart™ game yet! Take on racers across the globe and share videos of your greatest moments via Mario Kart TV.
Driving up a waterfall or across the ceiling can provide an intense adrenaline rush, but that’s not all anti-gravity is good for. It also provides a wild new gameplay mechanic: if you collide into other racers in zero-g, you’ll earn speed boosts worth bragging about. Luckily, you can upload and share your best moments and watch your friends’ using the all-new Mario Kart TV.* Returning features include 12-player online play*, gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, and custom karts. You can even race as Bowser’s seven minions, the Koopalings!
Race along walls and upside-down on twisting anti-gravity racetracks!
Share highlight videos of your greatest moments with friends via the Mario Kart TV feature and Miiverse™*
Race and battle with friends locally* or connect online to play with random players from around the world.
Fan favorite features from past Mario Kart™ games include gliders, underwater racing, motorbikes, mid-air tricks, and more.
For the first time ever, play as all seven of Bowser’s minions, the Koopalings!
Crisp HD graphics and fluid animation offers players the most visually stunning Mario Kart™ yet.”

Hyrule Warriors [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00KWEHBAG]

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Read our review HERE
“Cut down entire legions of enemies as Link, Zelda, Midna and other characters from The Legend of Zelda franchise using over-the-top powerful Dynasty Warriors-style moves. This tour de force through the beloved locales of Hyrule will have players battling some of the fiercest enemies in The Legend of Zelda history. Two players can play local co-op, with one player joining with the Wii U GamePad controller and another with the Wii U Pro Controller or Wii Remote + Nunchuk controllers (additional accessories are sold separately).
Features:
The delicate balance of the Triforce has been disrupted and Hyrule Kingdom is once again being torn apart by a dark power, this time led by Sorceress Cia.
Heroic Link carves through a huge onslaught of enemies as he executes flashy moves with combat attacks. This also marks the first time that many other iconic characters from The Legend of Zelda franchise are playable for any length of time, including Princess Zelda, Impa and Midna.
Protect and reclaim recognizable landmarks from multiple games in The Legend of Zelda series, including such classic areas like Hyrule Field and the Palace of Twilight.
Push back armies of classic enemies from The Legend of Zelda, as well as powerful enemies making their debuts in Hyrule Warriors.
Advance the story to unlock new playable characters, each with unique moves and weapon types. Collect Rupees and other useful items to upgrade weapons and craft badges, which players can use to bolster each warrior’s abilities.
Two warriors are better than one: Battle armies with a friend using local co-op mode, with one person playing on the TV and the other on the GamePad, providing each player with his or her own screen.”

Pikmin 3 [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B0050SWBAE]

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“In the Pikmin 3 game, players take command of three explorers and a legion of adorable Pikmin in a fight for survival. By employing the unique abilities of these tiny Pikmin creatures, players will solve puzzles, battle dangerous predators and recover food needed to save the explorers’ depleted home planet.
Features:
Discover the charming personalities of the plant-like Pikmin creatures as they come to life in multiple shapes and sizes. Five different Pikmin types, including new Rock Pikmin and Winged Pikmin, each offer unique abilities. Rock Pikmin are sturdy creatures who can be tossed at solid objects to break them down. Winged Pikmin have the ability to fly and can carry objects in the air.
Divide and conquer! Split your Pikmin squads among the three explorers to maximize your strategy.
Use the Wii U GamePad controller as an in-game camera to capture the alien-safari environment from a pint-sized perspective. Snap and caption photos, then share them via Miiverse.
Show off your skills in a variety of modes or challenge a friend in the wild and frenetic multiplayer battle mode. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.)
The intuitive controls of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers make it easy to lead your explorers and pinpoint the location where you want to throw Pikmin.
The game can also be played off the television using only the Wii U GamePad.
Intense new challenges come to Pikmin 3 in downloadable stages! The new Collect Treasure! DLC pack for Pikmin 3 adds five remixed stages to Mission Mode. The first stage is available free of charge and is included as part of a software patch. To purchase the entire stage pack, select “downloadable content” from the Pikmin 3 page in the Nintendo eShop.”

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00DC7O77A]

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“Help Donkey Kong and his friends save their home and banana hoard from marauding Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country™: Tropical Freeze game from Retro Studios. All the challenging ground-pounding, barrel-blasting, side-scrolling mine cart action from the Donkey Kong Country series is back along with a bushel of new game play elements and features.
Features:
Dixie Kong is back to join the adventure as a playable character alongside Diddy Kong. Either can buddy up with Donkey Kong, and each character offers a different game play experience.
Explore new dynamic levels that twist, turn, and transform in new ways. Enjoy spectacular views from the dynamic rotating camera.
On their journey to reclaim Donkey Kong Island, Donkey Kong and his friends travel across five islands with a variety of stages that include underwater areas and frozen environments.
Enhance Donkey Kong’s exploration and unlock secrets with a variety of new moves, including a “plucking” system to pull items right out of the ground.
Team up with friends in a cooperative multiplayer mode that lets two players share in the fun together. (Additional accessories required for multiplayer mode and sold separately.)”

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B002I0GF72]

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“The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker makes its glorious return on the Wii U console with gorgeous HD graphics and enhanced game features. In this timeless classic with a unique and colorful “toon-shaded” art style, players guide Link as he sets out on the massive Great Sea to find his kidnapped sister. You will sail the seas in search of lost islands, fight fearsome enemies, take on mighty bosses, and seek out the legendary Triforce.
New Features:
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD features 1080p visuals that will immerse players in the game like never before.
With the Wii U GamePad controller, it’s easy to manage your inventory and view maps.
Players will enjoy cruising the open sea with a new Swift Sail, bringing them to their next destination and action-packed adventure that much faster.
Once players receive the “Tingle Bottle” item, they can connect with others by posting comments to Miiverse. Through this new feature, comments or screen shots posted on Miiverse will wash up on the shores of other players’ games. It’s like finding a message in a bottle.
Players can also take and store more pictures with an improved Pictograph and then post them on Miiverse.
If the television is already in use, this game can been played off-TV on the Wii U GamePad.”

Super Smash Bros. Wii U [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00DD0B0BM]

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“Mario! Link! Samus! Pikachu! All of your favorite Nintendo characters are back, along with plenty of new faces, in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the next entry in the beloved Super Smash Bros. series. Up to four players can battle each other locally or online across beautifully designed stages inspired by classic Nintendo home console games. With a variety of control options and amiibo compatibility, the timeless Super Smash Bros. battles come alive.
FEATURES:
  • Compete with classic players from the Super Smash Bros. series, along with new challengers like Mega Man, Little Mac or newly announced Palutena, the Goddess of Light from the Kid Icarus games.
  • For the first time, players can even compete as their own Mii characters.
  • Use a variety of control methods during the high-energy and action-filled battles, including Nintendo GameCube controllers – the longtime controller of choice for hard-core Super Smash Bros. players.
  • Customize move sets when playing locally or online with friends.
  • Connect with amiibo for added fun.
  • Experience the beauty of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in stunning HD, a first for the series.
  • Fight against friends and family locally or online, or battle random challengers from all over the world online in “For Fun” or “For Glory” modes.”

 

Here is a game your kids will love (and you will too).

Lego City Undercover [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B002I0K3PM]

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“For the first time, the fan-favorite LEGO City vehicles and play sets come to life in LEGO® City Undercover, exclusively for the new Wii U console. Players assume the identity of Chase McCain, an undercover detective armed with clever disguises. The mission is to put a stop to the fiendish Rex Fury and end his crime wave in LEGO City. As players run, drive and even fly through the city, they’ll use the Wii U GamePad controller as a new police gadget.
The Wii U GamePad is woven seamlessly into the game-play experience. Players use it to scan for hidden clues and criminals, receive mission updates and place waypoints on an overhead city map that displays their position in real time.
Experience LEGO City like never before. Players will encounter familiar play sets come to life as they explore the vast city, looking for clues to bring RexFury to justice.
Players can go undercover with a variety of disguises, including a firefighter,a construction worker and even a robber, and use their unique abilities tosolve puzzles and access new areas of the city.
There are more than 100 vehicles for players to collect and use to explore the city, including sports cars, motorcycles and even aircraft.
LEGO video games are known for their humor and parody, and LEGO City Undercover delivers this and more with fully voiced characters and ambient crowds, bringing LEGO City to life.”

 

Here is a bonus game that adults will love but the kids should probably avoid.

ZombiU [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00897Z27C]

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Read our review HERE

 

“ZombiU™ is designed to take advantage of the Wii U and its revolutionary new controller and will test your will to survive in a zombie Survival-Horror First Person Shooter. So grab hold of the height of survival kits – your new controller – and stock up your Bug-Out Bag with supplies! Make every second count; you only get one chance.
STAY HUMAN, WE ARE A DYING BREED.
TWO SCREENS, TWICE THE FEAR – Feel the tension mount as you try to keep an eye on your TV and Wii U GamePad screen.
SURVIVAL-HORROR AT ITS BEST – Resources are in short supply whilst the number of enemies continues to grow; you never know when you will find more weapons, ammunition, first aid and food. Use them wisely!
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR BOB: The GamePad becomes your Bug-Out Bag; the ultimate all-in-one survival kit for your tools, inventory, med kits, maps and more.
UNIQUE DEATH MECHANIC – If you die, you’ll take on the role of an entirely new character; another terrified soul struggling to survive. Your first task will be to recover your old BOB, but beware; it will still be worn by the last character you played… who is now a zombie!
HORDE AT YOUR DOOR – Prepare yourself for the inevitable onslaught. Stock up on guns, ammo and supplies, and lock down your Safe House. It’s time to defend your home against the ravenous, infected horde!
SURVIVORS VS. ZOMBIES – An adversarial multiplayer mode where one player takes over the role of Zombie Master (top-down view) to spawn enemies and springs traps with a simple touch on the GamePad, while a second player (first-person view) fights for survival with the Classic Controller!
MERCY KILLER – When your character gets infected, your online friends are alerted of your death and can come and hunt down your zombified character to loot the gear in your BOB and put you out of your misery!
BASED IN LONDON – A city steeped in grisly history, royal secrets and bloody tales, where the medieval fortress of the Tower of London and the stately Buckingham Palace contrast with the modernity of the world’s most cosmopolitan city!”

Here are 2 games that are coming out in the near future that you may want to pre-order.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00KWF38AW]

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“The intrepid Captain Toad sets off on his own adventure for the very first time through a wide variety of tricky, enemy-infested, maze-like stages to find hidden gems and nab elusive gold stars.
FEATURES:
  • Equipped with nothing more than a neck scarf, backpack and oversized head lamp, Captain Toad finds hidden gems, coins and power-ups on his way to the gold star at the end of each tricky, trap-filled stage.
  • Captain Toad isn’t particularly fast or strong. He can’t jump and he has no super powers. But he knows that sometimes, it’s all about wits and perspective.
  • Twist the camera to reveal hidden locations and other secrets. The Wii U GamePad offers a closer view of the dangers and hidden items in each maze, and its gyro controls can also be used to peer around.
  • Captain Toad’s world is brimming with life, with dangerous enemies, tricky platforms, nasty traps and secrets to uncover. Each stage is its own puzzle to solve, and littered throughout are hidden items in hard-to-reach places. Can you help our tiny adventurer survive to find them all?”

 

Splatoon [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00KWFCV32]

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“Splatter enemies and claim your turf as the ink-spewing, squid-like characters called Inklings in Nintendo’s new third-person action shooter game for the Wii U console. Challenge your friends in chaotic four-on-four matches, in which the goal is to get your ink on as many places as possible and claim your turf, all while strategically submerging yourself in your team’s colors and blasting your enemies. This is a colorful and chaotic online third-person action shooter – exclusively on Wii U.*
FEATURES:
  • Team up and take on other teams in an action-filled battle to cover the level with as much ink as possible. Spray walls to access hard-to-reach areas.
  • Covering more territory with ink unlocks powered-up super weapons that can be used to attack rivals or cover more turf.
  • Strategy is everything. Defeat enemies to splatter them in an explosion of ink, covering more turf for your team. But choose wisely: Players who only go after the enemy might find their turf redecorated in their enemies’ colors.
  • Refill ink tanks, hide from opponents or move faster by turning into a squid and diving into the ink with the tap of a button.
  • Select between multiple control options on the Wii U GamePad controller, including using gyroscopic controls to look around, allowing for better aiming and control.
  • Hop online and battle in four-on-four matches.”

Here are some accessories that you might want to pick up for your brand new Wii U:

 

Wii U Pro Controller [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00MUY0OFU]

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“The Wii U Pro Controller can be used for playing a variety of games–from packaged retail games to downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop. Look on the back of Wii U game packaging to see which games use the Wii U Pro Controller. Not compatible with the Wii system or games.”

 

Wii U GamePad Silicone Protector [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00A878J4E]

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“Protect your Wii U Gamepad from scratches and increase comfort with the Wii U Silicone Jackets! The Wii U Silicone Jackets provide extra grip while playing, and are compatible with the Wii U Charge Stand. Wii U Silicone Jackets are available in assorted colors.”

 

Wii U Quad Dock Revolution Charger [amazon template=add to cart&asin=B00BHISQMI]

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“The dreamGEAR Quad Dock Revolution Charger is the perfect device to take care of all your Wii U charging needs. The charger enables you to simultaneously charge your Wii U GamePad, 2 Wii Remotes and a Wii U Pro Controller. The Quad Dock Revolution Charger features a rotating base for easy access to each controller and also has charge indicator lights. Included in the box are (2) rechargeable batteries for the Wii Remote Controller as well as a 100/240V AC adapter. The dreamGEAR Quad Dock Revolution Charger offers ultimate convenience and functionality while keeping your Wii U charging needs covered!”

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Thank you for checking out Geeks Under Grace and our purchasing guide for the Wii U. We have other purchasing guides as well and you can check them all out HERE.
The Wii U is the perfect system for anyone who loves games for the pure fun they can be. If you are only into the Madden/First Person Shooter scene then the Xbox One or PS4 may be a better choice for you. Otherwise, the Wii U is a fantastic system home to many games other systems do not have.
Every game on this list is an exclusive and this is not even all of the good games that are available now! I didn’t even show you Sonic Lost World (exclusive), Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (exclusive)Assassins Creed III and IV, New Super Mario Bros U (exclusive), New Super Luigi U (exclusive), Nintendo Land (exclusive), Scribblenauts Unlimited and Unmasked (exclusives), Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (exclusive), Need For Speed Most Wanted U, Lego Batman 2 and 3, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Lego Hobbit, Lego Movie Videogame, Resident Evil: Revelations, Ducktales Remastered (exclusive), Splinter Cell Blacklist, Rayman Legends, Mass Effect 3, Batman Arkham City and Origins, Call of Duty Black Ops II and Ghosts, NES Remix 1 and 2 (exclusives), Shovel Knight (exclusive), The Wonderful 101 (exlcusive), Watch Dogs, Just Dance 4/2014/2015, and Bayonetta 1 and 2 (the second game is an exclusive).
I had to cut down the list to fit within the standards of our purchase guides. There were also a couple more games coming out in 2014 you may want to look at too. Such as Ultimate NES Remix (exclusive).
Side Note – Zelda U, Star Fox, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Splatoon, Mario Party 10, Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Wooly World, Kirby and The Rainbow Curse, and Mario & Donkey Kong are the major exclusives coming to the Wii U in 2015.
*All quotes are from Nintendo.com

Thank you for checking out our purchasing guide! Do any of these games interest you? Tell us in the comments!

Wesley Wood

Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

2 Comments

  1. Lindsay Barbee on December 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I have a question… A long time ago, we had a regular WII and bought some of the old school games off of the Nintendo store (Donkey Kong Country for SNES, Super Mario 64, etc). Will I be able to redownload them for free again on the WII U? I’m new to this super-advanced technobabble stuff, lol. Thank you so much for your help!

    • Dylan on December 19, 2014 at 3:12 am

      You can transfer purchases from the original Wii to the Wii U. 🙂

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