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The Nintendo Wii U was the 2012 follow-up to the hugely success Wii console. It took the idea of the Wii's family motion controls and added in a controller with a built in screen. Although this is seen as s commercially less successful (or to many gamers, a failed system), for families it has been hugely successful at offering ways of playing together still not possible on even never consoles like the Nintendo Switch that followed it.Because the Wii U is a console that uniquely has two screens displaying different views of the game world it's excellent for games where players take on different roles. This was epitomised by the launch title Nintendo Land and extended with games like Affordable Space Adventure and Wii Party U. In these games one player uses the Wii U gamepad and screen with up to four other players use the classic Wii Remote controllers and the TV view. For families it can be quite magical.The Wii U also has a strong library of big budget exhuberent games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Wonderful 101 and of course The Legend of Zelda Breath Of The Wild which is visual as good as the Switch version of the game (the Wii U was the system it was originally design for).The Wii U also has the benefit of being able to play many games on just the gamepad screen, freeing up the TV for other viewers. This turns the gamepad into a pseudo portable system and can even be used to play Wii games. Although it's worth noting that the range from the Wii U base isn't that great.Finally, the Wii U fully supports all the Wii controllers and game discs. This opens the door to a huge library of games and greatly reduces the cost as purchasing a newer console with four controllers can almost double the price of a Switch, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Because of its reputation as a "failed" console you can regularly find Wii U consoles and games second hand at a really low price (£100/$120).
As part of our Accessibility Report, this page lists games that have been flagged with Controls - Gamepad accessibility (how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs) for the following:
Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.
Release Date: 03/03/2017
Out Now: Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and...
Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks, Day and Night, Hand-Made and Open World
Don't Starve is an open-world survival game where it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you have to work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so...
Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Minecraft is an open-world adventure where you collect, craft and construct structures and items. Play involves exploring the world to find resources and good locations to build. Some of the best aspects of the game are less well known; along with the...
Release Date: 23/11/2011, updated in 2021
Out Now: Switch, Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an adventure game in the Zelda series. You navigate the floating island of Skyloft before diving down to explore, escape dungeons and bring balance back to the world. It stands out not only for the cleverly designed...
Release Date: 29/10/2009, updated in 2018
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Bayonetta is a fighting game where you use fantastical guns and outlandish attacks to defeat hordes of enemies in bombastic combat. As you play, you attack enemies with oversized weapons and supernatural powers. It stands out for how outrageous outfits,...
Release Date: 20/09/2014, updated in 2018
Bayonetta 2 is a fighting game where you use fantastical guns and attacks to defeat hordes of enemies in over-the-top and dramatic combat. You attack enemies with extreme weapons and magical powers and, in a new addition for this second entry, can...
Release Date: 12/11/2007, updated in 2020
Super Mario Galaxy is a running, jumping and exploration game that takes Mario to hundreds of different planet-shaped levels as you race to save Princess Peach from Bowser's claws. It stands out for the way the mind-bending physics and ever-changing...
Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person and Blocks
Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular...
Release Date: 11/08/2000, updated in 2020
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
Paper Mario: The Origami King is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well-balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.
Release Date: 29/10/2013
Out Now: PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is an action-adventure game set in a fictional telling of real-world events around the 18th Century Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. You run, jump, climb, explore and fight as a notorious Welsh pirate Edward...
Release Date: 18/10/2011, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Batman: Arkham City is an open world adventure, the second instalment in the Arkham series taking place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. You play Batman fighting crime, and his dwindling reputation,...
Release Date: 26/03/2021
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PS2, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U and Xbox One
Monster Hunter is a series of action role-playing games where you hunt, kill and trap large monsters through wide-ranging landscapes. Each successful hunt rewards you with materials that accrue to slowly upgrade equipment that in turn enables you to...
Release Date: 26/10/2001, updated in 2009
Out Now: GameCube, Wii and Wii U
Pikmin is a real-time strategy game where the main character Captain Olimar crash lands on an alien planet filled with strange small creatures called Pikmin. You are able to control and use these creatures to knock down walls, build bridges and attack...
Release Date: 13/11/2014, updated in 2018
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Toadette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...
Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.
Release Date: 28/09/2011, updated in 2021
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
The Binding of Isaac is a series of adventure games where you progress through randomly generated rooms, collecting items and fighting off monsters. It's a twist on the simple Zelda dungeon, with hundreds of enemies, room variations and upgrades. The...
Release Date: 20/11/2007
Out Now: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...
Release Date: 23/06/2000, updated in 2017
Out Now: Android, Oculus, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Deus Ex is a series of narrative-driven role-playing games where you use stealth, shoot enemies, and upgrade your character with body modifications to progress. In the latest main game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you explore a dystopian future on a...
Release Date: 19/09/1997, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On
Oddworld Soulstorm is a running and jumping game where you guide members of your species through labyrinthine levels to free them from brutal oppression. It's a remake of 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus and a sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Its...
Release Date: 01/12/2011, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Bridge Constructor is a series of physics-based building challenges to make stable bridges over chasms and ravines. While it's a simple concept, the variety of locations and different geometry means that building a stable bridge requires patience and...
Release Date: 21/12/1998, updated in 2017
Out Now: Android, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person
South Park: The Fractured but Whole is an adventure role-play game based on the sitcom of the same name. The most notable recent games, South Park: The Stick of Truth and South Park: The Fractured but Whole are role-playing games where you explore the...
Release Date: 19/11/2015, updated in 2017
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Typoman is a running, jumping puzzle game where you use letters and words to solve puzzles and progress. You play as a character made of letters in a hostile land with evil creatures. As this unusual character, you make your way through the world...
Release Date: 20/04/1990, updated in 2023
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, GBA, GameCube, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night and Grid
Fire Emblem Engage is a series of strategy games where you help an ensemble cast of characters fight off evil. You gather heroes, unlock weapons and special abilities to aid your fight in tactical turn-based combat. It's not just a tactics game though,...
Release Date: 27/05/2014
Out Now: PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Watch Dogs an open world adventure. It's the first instalment in the Watch Dogs series. You navigate and explore the world on foot or in a variety of vehicles. The novelty is the futuristic setting that highlights the use (and misuse) of social media to...
Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Sky Force Reloaded is a fast arcade-style shooting game where you defeat enemies, earn money and upgrade your ship. As you shoot down huge opponents and dodge barrages of attacks, you save civilians and upgrade your ship with unique upgrades that make...
Release Date: 23/05/2010
Out Now: Wii and Wii U
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a running, jumping and exploring sequel to the critically acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy. It takes Mario to hundreds of different planet-shaped levels with their own gravitational fields and wacky...
Release Date: 12/09/2001, updated in 2018
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Toki Tori is a puzzle game where you traverse 2D levels and use limited resources to rescue all the eggs. Similarly to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, you can build bridges over gaps. Here though, you can also unlock...
Release Date: 04/06/2015, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Adventures of Pip is a running and jumping where you play Pip, who can transform between three different of himself (1-bit, 8-bit and 16-bit), each with different abilities. As you fight monsters and traverse the deadly terrain, you need to pick the...