Pixelkin 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Wii U

Posted by | November 21, 2016 | Feature, Wii U | No Comments
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Great for All Ages

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Twilight Princess HD doesn’t do much to change its original subject matter, but it doesn’t need to do much. This game is a classic for good reason. It plays like the cool, older sibling of Ocarina of Time in the best ways possible. Sometimes it’s a little weird, sometimes it’s a little slow, but overall it’s fun, satisfying, thoughtful, and gorgeous. If you love puzzles and spooky fantasy adventures, add Twilight Princess HD to your list.

 

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Besides the main gameplay there are gazillions of characters, vehicles and other collectibles to find through out the game. That’s the same tried and true formula that has been working in LEGO games for more than 10 years. At the end of the day it is a LEGO game and it’s Star Wars. That’s all you really need to know.

 

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Paper Mario: Color Splash
Paper Mario: Color Splash is one of the best titles now available for the Wii U. Not only is the story engaging and the gameplay just plain fun, the creative paper aesthetic of the characters and backgrounds are almost mind-boggling.

 

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Pokkén Tournament
While Pokkén Tournament lacks the advanced features and expanded campaign stories of most modern fighting games, it succeeds on transitioning fun pokémon characters into a fighting game formula. Numerous aesthetic unlockables and a leveling system help make each fight matter. And the training modes are some of the best I’ve seen. Pokémon fans wanting to play an easy to pick up brawler will delight in seeing beloved pokémon on the big screen.

 

Skylanders Imaginators

Skylanders Imaginators
Skylanders: Imaginators is the first in the series that really feels comfortable in its own skin. The overland map and loot overhaul to support the new Imaginators are fantastic additions. Though I do worry about how this full makeover will be supported in future games. For now, Imaginators is the best Skylanders game yet.

 

Star Fox Zero

Star Fox Zero
This is a game that tries some very weird, very new stuff with its controls and with its level formatting, and honestly using the nostalgia of the Star Fox franchise is probably the only way that such designs could have made it to market. And I’m glad it’s here. Star Fox Zero feels both smooth as a pearl and rough around the edges in a way that is extremely Nintendo.

 

 

Nicole Tanner

About Nicole Tanner

Nicole has been playing games her entire life. Now that she's a mom, she's passionate about promoting games as a healthy pastime to other parents around the globe. She has been an editor at IGN, where she launched and hosted the Girlfight podcast. In her spare time (which is not very much, honestly) she enjoys gaming, reading, and writing fiction. Most of the time she’s a mom to a crazy, intelligent, and exhausting little girl.