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DualShockers Wii U Buyer’s Guide: Bundles, Titles and Accessories

by on December 3, 2013 10:00 AM 13

‘Tis the season for buying new consoles.

With such a heavy purchase on a gamer’s shoulder you need to know if a system has the type of games you’d even be remotely interested in. DualShockers has looked extensively into the PS4 and Xbox One in our recent Buyer’s Guide series–now it’s the Wii U’s turn.

Below I’ll be outlining the system bundles, accessories and major games that are available this holiday season, all in the name of having a go-to guide if you decide you might be interested in Nintendo’s latest console.

Note: This guide is based off what is available in North America.

System Bundles

Wii U Mario Bundle

Mario Bundle Pack

This classic bundle includes two games, New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, as well as a 32 GB Wii U system. All this for $299.99, which is an excellent deal.
Wii U Wind Waker HD Bundle

Zelda Bundle Pack

Next up is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle that comes with said game and a 32 GB Wii U. The GamePad is decorated in a beautiful Wind Waker design as well. Once again the price of this bundle is $299.99.
Wii U Skylanders Bundle

Skylanders Bundle Pack.

Skylanders SWAP Force will also be getting its own bundle pack which includes Skylanders SWAP Force for Wii U, a Portal of Power (used for summoning the figurines into the game), three Skylanders figures–including Ninja Stealth Elf, Blast-Zone and an exclusive color shift Washbuckler–a collector poster, trading cards and sticker sheets and the Nintendo Land game. This pack sells for $299.99.

Holiday Titles

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New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Platformer

New Super Mario Bros. U is a sequel to New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and is just as fun, if not a little uninspired. New Super Luigi U is a downloadable add-on to the game and has you playing as Luigi only in time-attack versions of New Super Mario Bros. U. You can check out the DualShockers review of New Super Luigi U here for more on the game.

Game and Wario

Game & Wario
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Party game

This unique party game is the latest in the long running Wario series, which stars Mario rival Wario. A constant barrage of incredibly fun and short minigames keep you on your toes and you can choose from single-player or mulitplayer, each mode housing unique games.

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Pikmin 3
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Real Time Strategy

Pikmin 3 is the latest installment in Nintendo’s Pikmin series and combines the strategic elements of an RTS with cuteness overload. It’s difficult but rewarding and the polished gameplay and wonderful visuals make this game a real treat. Check out my review of Pikmin 3 here.

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The Wonderful 101
Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action

The Wonderful 101 is Platinum Games’s tribute to the Sentai genre, an extremely popular genre of Japanese shows that features a three to five man band of superheroes wearing multicolored outfits. The battle system is unique, the bosses are action-packed and fun and the visuals are awesomely stylized. Read up on my review of The Wonderful 101 here.

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Rayman Legends
Developer: Ubisoft Montpelier
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: 2D Platfomer

Rayman Legends was originally a Wii U exclusive before coming to other platforms, and this shows in the gameplay features unique to the Wii U. The GamePad is used as a second screen to control secondary characters, which aids Rayman in his exploration. If you’re curious about the overall game, read up on our Rayman Legends review here.

Batman Arkham Origins (4)

Batman: Arkham Origins
Developer: Warner Bros. Games Montréal
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action-Adventure

The fourth entry in the Batman Arkham franchise and the prequel to the previous games, Batman: Arkham Origins features graphics and gameplay just as refined as the other titles. The Batman in this game is a much younger and unrefined loner who is being targeted by crime lord Black Mask.

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Sonic: Lost World
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Genre: Platformer

In Sonic: Lost World, Sonic is back in a new adventure. Stages are colorful and varied, while the new Parkour system adds more gameplay variety to Sonic’s already wide range of classic moves. My review of the Wii U version of Sonic: Lost World can be found here, and will give you a better idea of the game.

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Super Mario 3D World
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Platformer

Super Mario 3D World is one of the definitive titles for the Wii U. The gameplay is incredibly inventive and additively fun, while the graphics are stunning at every turn. This is one of the top games of the year and is more than worthy of a spot in anyone’s library. The DualShockers review of Super Mario 3D World here gives a nice summary of what makes this game so great.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action-Adventure

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is the newest entry in the Assassin’s Creed series and id the most ambitious one to date. The game has gameplay on both land and sea, with the former featuring the usual stealth action (albeit more refined) while the latter features epic ship battles and treasure hunting. Check out the DualShockers review of the game here for more info.

Wii Party U

Wii Party U
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Party game

If you’re looking for a fun party game for the whole family to enjoy, then look no further than Wii Party U. The variety of simple and fun minigames make this game surprisingly hilarious and will dole out the good times for hours. Read my preview of Wii Party U here to learn more about the various minigames and overall gameplay.

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Wii Fit U
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Fitness game

The sequel to the popular Wii Fit game, now with more minigames and features. Wii Fit U even comes with a handy Fit Meter that measures the number of steps you take, the elevation climbed, and the amount of calories you burn in a day. Read up on our preview of Wii Fit U here for more information on the game.

Accessories

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UBoost

The UBoost is a handy device that works in conjunction with the existing GamePad battery providing 2x the battery power for up to 10 hours of playtime. The extra playtime of the built-in The UBoost easily clips on to the back of the GamePad with no need to remove the internal battery or back cover. The UBoost easily recharges through the standard GamePad AC adapter or by placing it in the Charging Dock that is included with the Wii U battery.
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Energizer Charging System

This ultimate charging station can not only charge your Wii U GamePad but also up to two Wii Remotes, which is really handy for extended multiplayer runs. Having rechargeable batteries for the Wii Remote is incredibly useful since you won’t have to worry about constantly purchasing batteries (which tend to run out very quickly, from my own experience).

 

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GamePad Silicone Protector

A cheap and useful accessory that protects your GamePad from dirt and scratches, as well as enhances the grip control and comfort of the Pad. Just remember that you can’t put the system in the charging dock with the cover on–instead plug the charger directing into the GamePad.
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Pro Controller

While the Wii Pro Controller was a terrible piece of plastic, the Wii U Pro Controller is far superior in every way, from the to material to the grip to the updated look. This controller is definitely a must buy for Wii U owners that are looking for a classic controller suited to their hardcore gaming needs.

 

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Wii U Remote Plus

An upgraded version of the original Wii Remote. This version has the Wii MotionPlus built into the controller, increasing the sensitivity of the motion sensors. The Wii Remote is especially useful for multiplayer games, such as Wii Party U, or for games that play more accurately with it, such as Pikmin 3.

Join the Discussion

  • islan

    I picked up the Windwaker bundle last week along with Mario 3D World. It really is a nifty system, though so far I don’t think I’d get any multiplatform games on it.

    • Orange Lada

      Get Deus Ex – better on Wii U than on other platforms. Gamepad makes a big difference.

      • islan

        I already have it on PS3 and PC. That’s already more than I really should have for that game, but at least I can mod the PC to fix a few things wrong with it.

      • Allisa James

        Now’s that’s some good advice–thanks!

    • Allisa James

      I really want that Windwaker bundle but I already have a Wii U. And yeah, right now I wouldn’t get any multiplats on it, just because none of them interest me haha

  • tilt

    Got my ZombiU bundle not to long ago.

  • Zealon

    Meh. The Wii U just doesn’t make it appealing to me with only 4 games I would ever consider getting which is: Windwaker HD, Super Mario 3D World, Sonic Lost World, and Pikmin 3. I would probably jump on board if it was around $200-$250 for the 32GB version. Besides these console exclusives I already have all of the good games on PC as well.

    • Allisa James

      Those sound like great prices a few years down the line. The console exclusives, if you’re interested, is what makes the system worth it.

    • islan

      Well technically it’s $250 for the 32 GB version with Windwaker for an extra $50, or $230 for the 32 GB version with Mario Bros. U and Luigi Bros. U for an extra $70, if you want to think of it like that.

      • Allisa James

        That’s a really good way of putting it. Seems like an even better deal when broken down like that.

        • islan

          Maths, I has it!

      • Zealon

        No, I meant $200 for the windwaker bundle and $250 for a bundle with 2 Games. $300+ for these bundles is a bit much for a Wii+ that so far is not impressing me.

  • Terramax

    After this long in the market, are these really the only games for the system worth owning? That’s pretty bad.

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