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Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

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Jonathan Lester
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Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

2014 was an incredible year for the Wii U, but 2015 is set to be an absolute blinder. Nintendo are following up the triple threat of Mario Kart, Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros with a year of games large and small that promise hand-crafted quality, massive fun factor and, erm, Zelda.

A great philosopher once wrote, "don't call it a comeback." But I'm going to anyway.

So without further ado, I present the hottest upcoming Wii U games of 2015 complete with links to our previews and videos where possible. It's going to be one heck of a year.

Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

Yoshi's Woolly World - Early 2015

Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

I am so ready for Yoshi's Woolly World. It's designed to be the most adorable thing you've ever seen. Taking inspiration from Kirby's Epic Yarn and more real-life wool than you can shake a knitting needle at, it's a colourful world of soft fuzzy floors, warm cuddly walls and bouncing balls of string. However, Yoshi's Woolly World is also no slouch when it comes to gameplay, with great mechanics and interesting material-based puzzles. Having played it myself, I found it both heartwarming and lightly brainteasing, with big levels that encourage serious exploration. Either way, this is set to be a genuinely delightful start to the Spring barring any delays.

Click here to read our Yoshi's Woolly World preview and watch our Yoshi's Woolly World gameplay footage!

Splatoon - Q2 2015

Nintendo aren't known for their shooters, but Splatoon is set to give the genre a fresh lick of paint. See what I did there? Sorry. Failed attempts at wordplay aside, this vibrantly colourful multiplayer shooter throws teams of players into hectic territory battles with paint-based weapons. Not only is paint your armament, but it's also a brand new form of traversal, as players can effortlessly leap into the ink by transforming into squid, swimming about the maps and leaping up for maximum effect.

It's unlike any shooter I've ever played; fast, joyful and effortlessly enjoyable when I checked it out at Gamescom. Definitely one to watch, but we naturally want some more details about the number of maps and modes, not to mention how progression is handled.

Click here to read our Splatoon preview and watch our Splatoon hands-on preview.

Mario Party 10 - 2015

Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

The Wii U comprehensively brings local multiplayer fun back into the living room, and hopefully Mario Party 10 will be another feather in its cap. With the crazy board game layout and zany minigames to partake in -- not to mention a new Bowser boss mode where a fifth player becomes an evil nemesis using the GamePad -- with any luck this should help to make up for the sour taste of Mario Party: Island Tour.

Let us never speak of it again.

Mario vs Donkey Kong - 2015

No, it's not the Mario vs Donkey Kong you remember, but this Mini Mario adventure should be good for a laugh if the price is right.

This definitely isn't our most anticipated Wii U game of 2015, but it's nice to see more niche software filling in the gaps.

Xenoblade Chronicles X - 2015

Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

How do you top the best JPRG of modern times?

By adding pilot-able mechs, that's how. Xenoblade Chronicles X seems set to take the massive open-world exploration and tactical real-time battles of the original Xenoblade Chronicles to new heights with eyepopping art design, HD visuals and even greater scope - not to mention custom characters.

And did I mention the fact that we'll be able to pilot freaking mechs? Professional detachment be damned, this has been a long time coming and we can't wait.

New Zelda - presumably 2015

Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

It's happening.

Though the new Wii U Zelda title is still in the "fun stage" of development according to Aonuma's recent statements, the project seems to be taking shape nicely. An enormous open world to explore, complete with side-quests and even Hyrule Warriors-style brawls. Dungeons. Slick combat. Probably a hookshot, I guess. Either way, though Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds were both excellent, we've reached the point where only a true 3D sequel can tide us over.

2015 will likely be a long year for Zelda fans, but here's hoping that the payoff will be spectacular.

Star Fox?

Do Call It A Comeback: The Wii U Games Of 2015

Note the question mark. Though the new Star Fox Wii U title doesn't have a firm release window or even a single screenshot, Shigeru Miyamoto has announced that the demo will be playable at E3 this year, which means that the finished product could sneak into 2015.

But probably not. Either way, though, we know that it will heavily feature the Wii U GamePad's second screen and likely allow us to perform an aileron roll. Not a barrel roll. An aileron roll. And more to the point, we're long overdue for another Star Fox game and it's great to see the series making a welcome return.

What Wii U games are you most looking forward to in 2015? Let us know in the comments!

Add a comment7 comments
SavageDonkey  Jan. 7, 2015 at 13:40

You guys have got a bee in your bonnet about this shocking system (yes it has some niche value).

Meh... Painfully slow last gen system (browsing through the menus takes an eternity). You've also played every game before.

Sold mine before Christmas, was happy that the A games hold value and sold console with lots of Shovelware bought for £4-£8 (80% of the games).

e-shop is shocking, slow interface and the palaver I had to go through to get my log on detached from the console. Ninty should be shot with **** for this very reason.

I'm a big Monster Hunter Fan and really enjoyed Lego City (how long to load the next level!!!!) but the hardware is out of date.

B31  Jan. 8, 2015 at 03:31

why do you feel the need to troll?
not even sure why I'm asking you that question,
because...the internet.

fowler002  Jan. 8, 2015 at 13:15

why do you feel the need to troll?
not even sure why I'm asking you that question,
because...the internet.



We 'need' the obligatory' anti-nintendo/wii u bs that's why, wouldn't be a wii u thread/article/whatever without at least one idiot spouting anti-nintendo/wii u bs(otherwise the world would end, hell would freeze over, other such cliche).

JonLester  Jan. 8, 2015 at 13:55

@fowler002 and B31: Thanks guys... but I don't actually think that SavageDonkey is trolling. The comment is based on (and backed up by) personal experience, and it's an opinion I wish I'd been able to reply to sooner. So:

@SavageDonkey: It's all about calling it how you see it. It's clear that the Wii U isn't the console for you and I'm sorry you had to find out the hard way. There's no denying that many aspects of the system need serious work, not least the archaic way Nintendo deals with their accounts.

But by the same token, I always call it how I see it. As a day one Wii U owner, I spent a year and a half slamming Ninty's odd priorities while praising the software that deserved it, but now the Wii U has an extraordinary wealth of superb games that's set to expand even more this year - and is more than worth shouting about until I'm blue in the face in my estimation.

It's not so much a bee in my bonnet as an opportunity to highlight a huge slew of potentially great games, not dwell on the more negative aspects of this industry. The Wii U definitely falls short in a number of aspects, but ultimately it's all about the games - and it now has those in abundance.

Last edited by JonLester, Jan. 8, 2015 at 13:55
MattGardner  Jan. 8, 2015 at 16:47

We also like underdogs, and the Wii U is definitely that.

Also, it has the best game of 2014 on it.

That said, Nintendo are still shooting themselves merrily in the feet day in and day out. The services are pretty terrible, the eShop is indeed a mess, and the Wii U itself is a shambolic console. For a company that amassed a huge audience of casuals, ensuring that their follow-up required picking up a compatible external hard drive for a games library bigger than two titles seems like madness. Maxing out your premium SKU at 32GB? Who sodding thought that was a good idea?

Hilariously, my super shiny new portable HDD doesn't work with it, but the eight-year old, creaking drive from my old, defunct laptop does.

It's so easy to see why the Wii U isn't selling, and I can't fault SD's logic on the games either. NSMBU and Donkey Kong Tropical Bullsh1t are both facepalm-worthy.

But it does have Bayonetta 2. And the best Mario Kart since MK64. And the exceptional W101. And the vastly underrated ZombiU. And I'm loving it.

fowler002  Jan. 8, 2015 at 22:29

We also like underdogs, and the Wii U is definitely that.

Also, it has the best game of 2014 on it.

That said, Nintendo are still shooting themselves merrily in the feet day in and day out. The services are pretty terrible, the eShop is indeed a mess, and the Wii U itself is a shambolic console. For a company that amassed a huge audience of casuals, ensuring that their follow-up required picking up a compatible external hard drive for a games library bigger than two titles seems like madness. Maxing out your premium SKU at 32GB? Who sodding thought that was a good idea?

Hilariously, my super shiny new portable HDD doesn't work with it, but the eight-year old, creaking drive from my old, defunct laptop does.

It's so easy to see why the Wii U isn't selling, and I can't fault SD's logic on the games either. NSMBU and Donkey Kong Tropical Bullsh1t are both facepalm-worthy.

But it does have Bayonetta 2. And the best Mario Kart since MK64. And the exceptional W101. And the vastly underrated ZombiU. And I'm loving it.


I take it you don't like the donky kong game on the wii u :p
It does get generally good reviews from what I've seen, I even bought it over Christmas tho not play it ye(did also buy mario 3d world).
For your portable hard disk do you have either a powered usb hub or one of those USB adapters that allows you to 'power' portable drives through two USB ports?

MattGardner  Jan. 9, 2015 at 00:15

I just find it deeply irritating that Nintendo would take the one studio (Retro) that managed to breathe fresh new life into one of their older IPs (Metroid) and put them on such a backwards-thinking game. I have no doubt that DKTF is a fine 2D DK game, but it is also a title that innovates in no way shape or form, flying in the face of Miyamoto's recent declarations regarding Nintendo's place in modern development.

Mind you, in terms of noting one's own biases, I say that as a huge DK64 and retro Rare fan.

As for hard drives, yeah I've found that single USB HDDs don't play nice with the Wii U, but that's mainly for power reasons. If you have an AC-powered HDD you should be fine.

Nintendo have a list, themselves, here: https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Wii-U/Storage/Compatible-USB-storage-devices/Compatible-USB-storage-devices-676063.html

Last edited by MattGardner, Jan. 9, 2015 at 00:15

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