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The Ten Most Critically Beloved Wii U Games

Updated on July 14, 2014

The Wii U is still kind of a young system, but critics have already found games to rave about. Some of the games featured here are probably unexpected. In fact, out of the ten games, seven of them are from third-party publishers. I guess that beats the notion that only first party games from Nintendo are worth owning.

This list is based off of GameRankings' All-Time Best list found in the Wii U section of the website. GameRankings compiles review scores from print magazines and video game review websites to determine a particular game's final score. Because of the specific selection of review scores that GameRankings use, the order of the games featured here might be different from other review aggregators.

1. Rayman Legends - GameRankings Score: 93.00%

Rayman Legends
Rayman Legends

What Critics Have Said:

"Legends is easily one of the Wii U's best games." - Scott thompson, Nintendo World Report

2. Super Mario 3D World - GameRankings Score: 92.77%

Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario 3D World

3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - GameRankings Score: 91.08%

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
The Legend of Zelda™: The Wind Waker (HD Deluxe Set) for Nintendo Wii U
The Legend of Zelda™: The Wind Waker (HD Deluxe Set) for Nintendo Wii U

The Wind Waker Wii U bundle includes a copy of the game pre-installed in the system. The Wii U GamePad also has a nifty design in this bundle.

 

4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut - GameRankings Score: 89.30%

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut

5. Mario Kart 8 - GameRankings Score: 88.52%

Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8

6. Skylanders Swap Force - GameRankings Score: 88.44%

Skylanders Swap Force
Skylanders Swap Force

7. Shovel Knight - GameRankings Score: 87.70%

Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight

8. Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - GameRankings Score: 87.36%

Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Bit.Trip Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

9. Pikmin 3 - GameRankings Score: 86.59%

Pikmin 3
Pikmin 3

10. Need for Speed: Most Wanted U - GameRankings Score: 86.46%

Need for Speed: Most Wanted U
Need for Speed: Most Wanted U

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