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.
Yoshi's Woolly World - Early 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.
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.
Mario Party 10 - 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
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
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.
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!