Exactly ten years ago, on November 18, 2012, Wii U made its appearance in the gaming world, precisely in the United States, accompanied by the launch of titles such as New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land e Zombie U.
Europe will wait until November 30 of the same year before seeing the debut of Wii U on its territories, while December 8, 2012 was the time of the landing in Japan. Despite all the good intentions at the start, the platform will never achieve effective success, on the contrary proving to be the most unfortunate of the home consoles of Nintendo placing only 13.56 million units globally throughout its life cycle, paltry figures if you think of the 114 million units sold by Nintendo Switch, its successor, up to now.
In any case, Wii U has hosted some games of undeniable depth and quality over the years, many of which have entered the list of best-sellers ever on the platform. To remind us of the Top 10 of the previous console of the Grande N was Mat Piscatellaanalyst of NPD who shared a post with an amarcord flavor on Twitter aimed at revealing the most commercially successful games in the United States. Here are the top ten:
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Mario Kart 8
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario 3D World
New Super Mario Bros. U
Mario Party 10
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
As noted by Piscatella himself, the vast majority of Wii U best-sellers in subsequent years have been then also re-proposed on Switchoften also in editions enriched with new content (think for example a Super Mario 3D Worldwho enjoyed the additional adventure Bowser’s Fury), so as to allow the much more numerous users of the hybrid console to rediscover some of the most characteristic games of the old system.
In the meantime, the definitive closure of the Nintendo eShop on Wii U has been set for March 27, 2023, as well as on 3ds. Did you buy Wii U at the time or not?