The Best Wii U Games of 2013

It is that time of the year when most of what the year had to offer has passed us by, and we get ready to reflect back to all that we have experienced and start to judge the merits of its offerings.

We here at Segment Next have compiled our own best of 2013 for every category of games that came out during the year.

The following article will present five best games in its particular category, and the winner will be determined by the result of the reader poll in the coming month.

Best Wii U Games of 2013

Although the Wii U was dubbed as the first contender in the next-gen console war, Nintendo’s new baby has faced quite an uphill battle in its first year of existence.

While the console suffered a lot due to dearth of bankable titles in its roster of games, Nintendo was able to muster couple of excellent titles to headline its new console, with the following five taking the cake:

Super Mario 3D World
A spiritual sequel to 3DS game; Super Mario 3D Land, 3D World brings the series to the Wii-U allowing players to explore the games ingeniously designed levels with five playable characters, each with their own unique abilities.

With four player simultaneous play, Miiverse community integration, new power-ups and WiiU gamepad functionality, Super Mario 3D World offers an immensely enjoyable experience than can last for days on end.

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Not only is the game a visually better version of the critically acclaimed Game Cube title; Wind Waker, but it also addresses a couple of complaints people had with the original, such as the Triforce quest and the lengthy and slow sailing exploration times.

The worth of this title can not only be accessed through its near-universal critical acclaim but also the effect it had to the overall WiiU sales with its mere release.

Wonderful 101
A “mass hero action” games brought to us by the creators of Viewtiful Joe and Okami, Wonderful 101 features a unique gameplay mechanic where players control horde of superheroes and combine them through “Unite Morphs” to turn them into views objects to battle off enemies.

The game’s cartoon-like graphic style, flashy battle effects, ridiculous story, copious amounts of humor and the unique feeling of controlling hundreds of characters at once make it an experience that is worth sampling for any and every gamer.

Rayman Legends
Direct sequel to 2011’s Rayman Origins, Legends features the familiar motley crew from the Rayman series, the same lums collecting action and four player platforming fun but with addition of a plethora of new content.

Though a sore subject for the WiiU owners with its loss of exclusivity, the WiiU loyalists can take heart in the fact that Legends still presents them a unique gameplay mechanic with the WiiU pad that adds a refreshing element into the mix that is lacking on other consoles.

With its creative level design, wonderful platforming mechanics, delightful visual style and over 120 levels to conquer, Legends offered a refreshingly light hearted yet deep gameplay with enough content to satisfy young and experienced gamers for hours on end.

Pikmen 3
The long-awaited sequel to Pikmin 2, Pikmin 3 retains the gameplay mechanics introduced in the previous Pikmin games and adds to them with now playable chracters, Pikmin types as well as new Pikmin abilities.

Along with the addition to gameplay, the game also benefits from creative level design as well as great visual makes it a worthy addition to the Pikmin franchise that thousands of gamers love to play.