History Behind Wii U Purchase
The Wii U is somewhat of a weird system for me.  For years, I believed that the original Wii would be the last Nintendo home console that I would buy as I moved onto the next chapter of my life.  Furthermore, after the Wii U was officially announced, I definitely cannot say that I was dying to get one.

As we got closer to the Wii U release, I kept telling people that I was unsure if I would get one or not.  It was interesting, yet it did not seem to be compelling enough.  Nevertheless, after Nintendo announced on September 13, 2012 that you could reserve Wii U at GameStop, I decided to run out that evening and reserve one -- just in case.  I figured that I could sell it on eBay if I really did not want it.  Of course, let's not kid ourselves: I wanted it.  What Nintendo fanboy has not dreamt of playing Mario and Zelda in HD?

On the afternoon of November 18, 2012, I walked into GameStop and picked up my reserved Wii U Deluxe Set (black) for $349.99.  I also purchased New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU on launch day.  No crazy stories this time.

Unfortunately, my foray into Wii U has been disappointing.  Although the asymmetrical gameplay idea and Off-TV Play had potential, they were not realized to their fullest.   In fact, I would say that Nintendo botched the Wii U worse than anything other than Virtual Boy. 

After Nintendo's past several generations of home consoles, it's clear that they need to get out of this business.  Their hardware continues to be underpowered, and it could take another 20 years until Nintendo has a different innovation that sets the world on fire.  There's just too much technology-wise going on within the PC market and mobile space for the traditional Nintendo hardware cycle to remain relevant.

Personally, the only reason that I own a Wii U is that I'm a Nintendo fanboy, and I relish the thoughts of playing Nintendo properties in HD for the first.  Yet Nintendo has given us "more of the same" with early Mario and Zelda titles on Wii U that look like they could have been done on Wii.  Maybe late-cycle Mario and Zelda games or something unexpected will set the world on fire, but I won't hold my breath.

I am officially a Nintendo retro gamer now.

Quick Links
All-Time Favorite Wii U Games
Wii U Boxed Game Collection (18 games)
Nintendo eShop Downloads
Random Notes & Thoughts
What lies below is a listing of my Wii U collection along with some history behind the system's purchase. Please note that all of the games listed below are actual discs or digital downloads. I'm not into pirating the latest games.
  • Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Guitar Hero Live
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The
  • Mario Kart 8
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
  • NES Remix Pack
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Nintendo Land
  • Pokkén Tournament
  • Rabbids Land
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
  • ZombiU
The following bulleted points are some random notes and thoughts about the Wii U. In the list, you will find information about the system and games that I could not place anywhere else.
  • Thanks to Nintendo's Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign -- which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Famicom with $0.30 games in 2013 -- I downloaded a few Virtual Console games that I never would have purchased otherwise.
  • Also, I decided to download the 8- and 16-bit Mario, Zelda, and Metroid games to the Wii U because I realized that some of my classic systems might be packed away at times.
Last Updated: March 5, 2017
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1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2. Guitar Hero Live
Wii U
Wii U Downloads (15 games)
  • amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits
  • Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
  • Art of Balance
  • Dolphin Up
  • Ducktales Remastered
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Games for Toddlers
  • Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge
  • My First Songs
  • New Super Luigi U
  • Pikmin 3
  • Rayman Legends Challenge App
  • Shovel Knight
  • Star Fox Guard
  • Wii Sports Club (Bowling and Tennis)
Wii U Virtual Console (25 games)
  • Balloon Fight (NES)
  • Donkey Kong (NES)
  • Duck Hunt (NES)
  • F-Zero (SNES)
  • Game & Watch Gallery 4 (GBA)
  • Kirby's Adventure (NES)
  • Legend of Zelda, The  (NES)
  • Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The (SNES)
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The (N64)
  • Mario Pinball Land (GBA)
  • Metroid (NES)
  • New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
  • Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii)
  • Super Mario Bros. (NES)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
  • Super Mario World (SNES)
  • Super Mario 64 (N64)
  • Super Metroid (SNES)
  • Vs. Excitebike (ARC)
  • Wario Land 4 (GBA)
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! (GBA)
  • WarioWare: Touched! (DS)
  • Yoshi (NES)
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U) screenshot
Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) screenshot
Super Mario Maker (Wii U) screenshot
Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (Wii U) screenshot
Guitar Hero Live (Wii U) screenshot
Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) screenshot
NES Remix Pack (Wii U) box art
3. Mario Kart 8
4. Super Mario 3D World
Nintendo Land (Wii U) screenshot
5. Nintendo Land
6. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
7. Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
Honorable Mention: Super Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U,NES Remix Pack, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Wii U) screenshot