So, just what is left for the Wii U?

Don’t start digging its grave yet

With the release of Paper Mario: Color Splash today, the future of the Wii U is looking a bit thin. There is just one big Nintendo title left for the platform, and that appears to be it. The end of the Wii U feels a bit like the final year of the GameCube, another console that went out with a Zelda title that also shared a release on its successor. Except in its final year, Nintendo published Chibi-Robo, Odama, and Baten Kaitos Origins. The Wii U doesn’t have anything like that.

But just because the house that Mario built isn’t making any more games for it, save one, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to look forward to. As a Wii U owner who likes to get the most out of his electronics, I wanted to see just what is left for the little console that couldn’t. By the looks of this admittedly incomplete list, I’ll have no issue playing my system well into 2017. You know, as long as these games aren’t cancelled or anything.

Confirmed 2016:


  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • Release Date: October 16 (US), October 14 (EU)
  • Developer: Toys For Bob

  • Just Dance 2017
  • Release Date: October 25 (US), October 28 (EU)
  • Developer: Several Ubisoft studios

  • Darksiders: Warmaster Edition
  • Release Date: October 25
  • Developer: Nordic Games

  • SteamWorld Heist
  • Release Date: October 20 (US), September 30 (EU)
  • Developer: Image & Form

  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
  • Release Date: Q4, 2016 (Delayed from September 27)
  • Developer: Wayforward Technologies, Inti Creates

Confirmed 2017:


  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Release Date: Either the same day as the NX version, after the NX version similar to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the GameCube, or before the NX version because that thing has been pushed back again.
  • Developer: Nintendo EPD

  • Yooka-Laylee
  • Release Date: Still on track for Q1, 2017, according to Team 17 spokesperson.
  • Developer: Playtonic Games

TBA:


  • World to the West
  • Developer: Rain Games (Teslagrad)
  • Latest Update: Appeared at Nindies @ Night during PAX West.

  • Soul Saga: Episode 1
  • Developer: Disastercake
  • Latest Update: Beta V10 released on September 26 to Kickstarter backers.

  • Earthlock: Festival of Magic
  • Developer: Snowcastle Games
  • Latest Update: Released on Xbox One, PC and Mac in August & September.

  • YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG
  • Developer: Ackk
  • Latest Update: PC & Mac demo released on September 6.

  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Developer: Squad
  • Latest Update: Given general “Winter 2016” release date back in July.

  • Rive
  • Developer: Two Tribes
  • Latest Update: Release not definite, according to an interview with Nintendo Life.

  • Stardew Valley
  • Developer: ConcernedApe
  • Latest Update: Announced for winter 2016 release.

  • Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut
  • Developer: Ackk
  • Latest Update: Will release after YIIK according to August blog post.

  • Cryamore
  • Developer: NostalgiaCO
  • Latest Update: Last Kickstarter post says publisher Atlus is pushing for a Q1 2017 release, Q2 at the latest.

  • Hollow Knight
  • Developer: Team Cherry
  • Latest Update: Missed initial release date. New release date won’t be announced until team knows they can hit it.

  • RISE: Race the Future
  • Developer: VD-Dev (Ironfall: Invasion)
  • Latest Update: Announced for winter 2016 release on the Wii U and 3DS.

  • forma.8
  • Developer: Mixed Bag Games
  • Latest Update: New Nintendo 3DS port confirmed this past June with Cross Buy.

  • Hive Jump
  • Developer: Graphite Lab
  • Latest Update: New programmer hired over the summer to work on Wii U version.

  • Exile’s End
  • Developer: Magnetic Realms
  • Latest Update: Xseed announced back in June it is bringing the game to the Wii U.

  • The Girl and the Robot
  • Developer: Flying Carpets Games
  • Latest Update: Announcement of Wii U and PS4 release expected later this year.

  • Slime-san
  • Developer: Fabraz
  • Latest Update: Being published by Headup Games in Spring, 2017, according to Nintendo News.

  • Assault Android Cactus
  • Developer: Witch Beam
  • Latest Update: Still being developed in-house for Wii U and Vita, according to PlayStation Lifestyle.
CJ Andriessen
Just what the internet needs: yet another white guy writing about video games.