Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is too much of a traditional JRPG to bring new players to Wii U, but it’s a solid exclusive that Shin Megami Tensei or Persona fans will adore.
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Game Freak's solitaire-meets-horse-racing mashup Pocket Card Jockey may be niche, but the gameplay is so quirky, addictive, and simply unique there's no excuse to not give it a try.
Bandai Namco's Pokkén Tournament makes the fighting genre accessible to a younger audience, but does little to accommodate more experienced players.
SteamWorld Heist is another huge leap forward for Image & Form. It's more than just a worthy successor: it's a magnificent showcase for an entire genre.
FAST Racing NEO delivers Shin'en's trademark aesthetic polish and applies it to an otherwise fully-fledged package that racing fans will lap up.
AlphaDream has refined its own RPG formula to near-perfection while accommodating another series. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is a modern classic.
Kadokawa's interpretation of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U misses the mark on so many levels, and it's a prime example of how to butcher a solid idea for aerial action.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash serves up a feast for the eyes, but Camelot has lost too much of the charm and character that made its predecessors so special.
The Wii U eShop proves to be the perfect home for STARWHAL, as a multiplayer-focused gem; however, its lack of online modes make this one difficult to recommend.
Three Links are better than one in the latest The Legend of Zelda game, as Tri Force Heroes' focus on multiplayer gives the series a breath of fresh air.
Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut is too flawed to recommend, and its audience will have already grabbed it at a fraction of the Wii U eShop price in a Steam sale or similar.
Super Mario Maker isn't much of a 30th anniversary game; it's more of a tool. A tool that takes advantage of the most iconic mechanics from an entire genre's 30-year heritage.
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