I wanna know the general opinion of the community on which year was the best for Wii U in a general way. You can argue from any point of view: games, sales, 3rd party support, etc. Since Wii U was a controversial console and had a rocky lifespan, I find this topic to be quite intriguing. Also, which year do you consider to be the worst?
This is the general overview.
2012: Launch Year. Nintendo Land and NSMBU. Nice 3rd party support (CoD, AC3, Darksiders, FIFA) and some exclusives (which were meh). Decent sales.
2013: Low sales. Empty first semester. Good games (mostly in the second half) like Pikmin 3, SM3DW, TW101, Lego City, Wind Waker HD and Game & Wario. Still retained some 3rd party support (AC4, Ghosts, Need for Speed). The console got its first price drop.
2014: Meh sales. Excellent games like Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, Donkey Kong and Bayonetta 2. 3rd party support disappeared. At this point the lineup as a whole was actually kinda strong.
2015: This year the console had the best sales. New great IPs like Splatoon, Mario Maker, heavy hitters like Xenoblade Chronicles X and games like Yoshi WW and Kirby. This year also had the worst Nintendo games ever in the eyes of many: Amiibo Festival, Ultra Smash, Mario Party 10 and Devil's Third. Nindies also exploded this year.
2016: Almost everyone agrees that 2016 was Wii U's worst year. It was a hard time to be a Nintendo fan back then. NX was around in the corner, Nintendo was focused on mini consoles and Pokemon Go. Terrible sales. Games that year were Star Fox Zero, Pokken, Twilight Princess, Tokyo Mirage Sessions and Paper Mario.
2017: Nintendo killed the console. It got the long awaited Breath of the Wild which technically is a Wii U game.Last edited by camilosanchez16 - on 23 August 2020