Alright, so for the past few Zorpix Dens, this has sorta been my mindset:
Well screw all that! It’s time to get talking about the reason you’re all on this site. You’re here because you love games. Specifically, Wii U games. There are some amazing titles out there on the Wii U, and chances are, you probably have a good number of them.
However, most people argue that the Wii U has awful third party support. While it’s not exactly at the level of other consoles, there are still plenty of 3rd party experiences for you to have. Some of these have been higher profile than others, but I think a good few easily slipped under the radar. Without further ado, here’s my official list of under the radar titles! (From here on out known as an O.L.U.R.)
Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party
eShop or physical: eShop only
If that image of two grown men with nothing between their luscious lips but a wiimote doesn’t make you want to buy this game, then you are sad and I have no desire to speak with you. But seriously, don’t let the name of this game scare you off either. Or the art style. What it’s really about is you and your friends (and maybe some alcohol. I won’t tell.) having wacky fun with each other and some wiimotes.
We talk a lot about games using the gamepad in unique ways, but I love giving this game credit for using the wiimote uniquely as well. It’s able to detect when it falls over, is dropped, and a bunch of other cool stuff. Honestly, hats off to KnapNok Games for their fantastic use of something that we thought was all used up.
Seriously, if you like parties, friends, and living room shenanigans, you’ll want this game. Make sure you have some living room space though, as this game will get you off the couch and moving!
Injustice: Gods Among Us
eShop or physical: Both!
If you’re itching for a traditional style fighting game and can’t wait for Smash Bros, Injustice may be the way to go. If you’ve ever played Mortal Kombat, you’ll feel right at home (I’ve heard), but this game is a lot easier to pick up and play. I normally can’t do anything when it comes to fighting games besides smash, but I seem to manage alright in this one.
Another thing to mention is that this is one of the few 3rd party games to come to the Wii U that actually has some DLC with it. Not all the DLC, but it’s something!
eShop or physical: eShop only
If you want to beat your head against the wall before throwing your gamepad out the window in frustration while still feeling oddly satisfied, this is a game for you. Cloudberry Kingdom starts out with a simple concept. Get from point A to point B. However, what’s in between those two points may prove to be a bit of a downer. Randomly generated levels with a guarantee that they’re possible doesn’t sound too promising, but once you get the rhythm of a level down, you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish.
There are many different modifiers for you to try as well, such as being stuck hopping in a box, or even turning into a spaceship. Either way, this game is packed with things to do, mainly because of the nature of random generation, but there are quite a few modes to keep you happy… or frustrated. Thanks for the game, Pwnee studios!
Zen Pinball 2
eShop or physical: eShop only
You may think a pinball game isn’t worth mentioning on this list. If you think that, you’ve never played Zen Pinball 2. The pinball tables are beautiful, the physics are spot on, and the tables are creative and feel like real machines. What’s better is that the base game is free! It doesn’t come with much, but you get free trials of all the cool tables they have to offer. Being a free download, I highly recommend at least giving it a try. It’s the only free thing on the list!
Props to Zen Studios for making Marvel tables too, so I could even out the amount of Marvel and DC in this article. Don’t need people on my back about that.
But seriously, go check it out. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had playing pinball. Even better than that game that used to come with every single windows XP computer.
Skylanders: SWAP Force
eShop or physical: physical only
I know I never shut up about this game, but it’s seriously fun. The reason it I consider it “under the radar” is because it gets written off as a cash grab pretty quickly. (And I needed a fifth game to round out the list)
However, if you like collectible figures, dungeon crawler style gameplay, and need a game to play with your kids or younger siblings, this is a good choice. Sure, it comes with a hefty price tag, but there’s a reason this franchise has made over 3 billion dollars. The game is actually fun. My first article on the site was actually a review for the game, so if you want a throwback, check it out!
Activision has done a great job with this series on the Wii U. They use the gamepad to either do off TV play or let you view stats of your skylanders on the fly. Normally those stats are tucked away in a menu, and this reason alone is why most players say the Wii U is the best version. Not to mention Activision and Toys for Bob have always done well with making its graphics really shine. With the recent announcement of Skylanders: Trap Team, now’s as good a time as any to get your collection started!
Zorpix and Miiverse
For this week’s Miiverse segment, I have a bit of a different story today.
Post Text: “I should hold a weekly “Zorpix Cup” Tourney once MK8 comes out. I can do it the same day as the Zorpix Den! But we’ll go hardcore. Blue shells only. Rainbow Road. No karts. You in?”
Post Link: Right here!
Alright guys, we all know it’s coming. Mario Kart 8. We’ve been talking about it nonstop here, seeing how we’re pretty excited about the game. So excited in fact, that I decided I’d use the new tournament feature to host a
weekly monthly tournament! It’d probably be on the third wednesday of each month, or something like that. I want it on a Wednesday, because that’s same day that the Zorpix Den releases. I’d use replay footage from the previous months to compile a neat little video of the race to post in a new segment in these articles.
What I need to know from you guys is whether or not you’re on board. Who wants to race me?!
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If you do happen to have any suggestions for next week’s topic, any questions about the content I wrote, or just wanna say hey, feel free to sound off below! If you really feel inclined, you can mosey on over to my Twitter, Facebook, or Miiverse account. Please don’t feel offended if I don’t respond to friend requests on the Wii U, as I reserve that for people I actually know in real life (usually…). I’ll probably follow back though!
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you at the finish line