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Forums - Nintendo Discussion - Wii U Turns 10 TODAY!


Did you own a Wii U?

Yes 73 81.11%
No 17 18.89%

Nintendo released the Wii U 10 years ago today, on November 18, 2012 in North America, November 30, 2012 in Europe, and December 8, 2012 in Japan.

Did you own a Wii U? What are your favorite games on the platform?

Here are the top 10 best-selling Wii U games (VGChartz GameDB for Wii U):

  1. Mario Kart 8 - 8.46M
  2. Super Mario 3D World - 5.88M
  3. New super Mario Bros. U - 5.82M
  4. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - 5.38M
  5. Nintendo Land - 5.21M
  6. Splatoon - 4.95M
  7. Super Mario Maker - 4.02M
  8. New Super Luigi U - 3.07M
  9. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - 2.36M
  10. Mario Party 10 - 2.27M

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It's still hooked up but not used it in over a year. I need XBX ported to Switch.

Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

I did and I still do. It was my favorite of the three consoles, and I owned all three. Like the Wii, it was unique and fresh... only unlike the Wii, its games were more "core" in the way they were played and developed. I really miss its vibe.

It is still hooked up to the TV. I really need to get back to finishing some games on it.

Switch Code: SW-7377-9189-3397 -- Nintendo Network ID: theRepublic -- Steam ID: theRepublic

Now Playing
Switch - Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
Switch - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019)
Switch - Bastion (2011/2018)
3DS - Star Fox 64 3D (2011)
3DS - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Trilogy) (2005/2014)
Wii U - Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (2010/2017)
Mobile - The Simpson's Tapped Out and Yugioh Duel Links
PC - Deep Rock Galactic (2020)

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Yeah I have one. It's actually one of the only ones I've ever got since launch day. I think maybe Dreamcast is the only other one but I'm not sure. It's funny that two very low selling machines happen to be the ones I had since launch.

WiiU sadly never really hooked me. It didn't while it was current and since then every game, or basically every game, that was worth it, has since been ported to Switch so it also isn't a very useful console now. The system's best game, easily the best game, Breath of the Wild, feels more like it is Switch's game instead of WiiU's. It's technically my favourite game on the system, and I played it on it, but if I don't count it, I'll have to say I was positively surprised by Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. A fun little game. I spend most time on Super Mario Maker though, that was made to be on WiiU.

I own a Wii U. It's still hooked up but hardly used. Got the white 8gb model right before they discontinued it so it was dirt cheap at Walmart.

Had a blast with Mario Party 10, Super Mario 3D World. and Bayonetta 2.

That was the last console I ever geeked on. I didn’t want to get it but ended scouring for one at launch. Went full digital and bout a terabyte of games that I eventuality beat. I sold it as Nintendo left a bad taste with me.

I enjoyed the Wii U especially the Ubisoft games. Everyone hated on those but they f-ing amazing. I 100%’d a lot of them. I used the Wii U for porn ALOT! Met cool friend on miiverse. Joined some people from here on the D&D remake. Lots of good times.

I had a blast with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, EarthBound, and some other titles. While you did have to pay a la carte for Virtual Console, the game selection was better than Nintendo Switch Online until late 2021 or 2022. And you can play virtually every Wii game ever. I can't fault the Switch much for this, because there would be no way to do backwards compatibility on it.
The OS might have been more sluggish than the Switch, but it had far more personality. If you could take the Wii U OS, make it faster, and add a few more things you would have the perfect Nintendo OS.
Switch is better as a pure gaming machine, but the bells and whistles and other features are better on Wii U. But ultimately, it's not enough to make it rival the Switch in quality.

Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 156 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million, then 144 million, then 151 million)

PS5: 115 million (was 105 million) Xbox Series S/X: 48 million (was 60 million, then 67 million, then 57 million)

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

"Let go your earthly tether, enter the void, empty and become wind." - Guru Laghima

Used to own a white Wii U 8GB model on day one, i had so much fun playing Super Mario 3D World and Splatoon with my friends. I think i had large Wii U collection before selling them for the Wii U ports on the Switch, this was i believe back in mid 2017.

This year, i got it back but black Wii U 32GB with Wii U pro controller and small Wii U games collection that still have never been ported to the Switch yet. Wind Waker HD, Twilight Princess HD, Splatoon 1, Star Fox Zero/Guard, Xenoblade Chronicles X, NES Remix Pack and Sonic Lost World.

And i got one extra Wii U game that have been released at the same time together. Zelda: Breath of the Wild.