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Best Games on Nintendo Wii U with "All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game)" Accessibility Settings

The Nintendo Wii U was the 2012 follow-up to the hugely success Wii console. It took the idea of the Wii's family motion controls and added in a controller with a built in screen. Although this is seen as s commercially less successful (or to many gamers, a failed system), for families it has been hugely successful at offering ways of playing together still not possible on even never consoles like the Nintendo Switch that followed it.

Because the Wii U is a console that uniquely has two screens displaying different views of the game world it's excellent for games where players take on different roles. This was epitomised by the launch title Nintendo Land and extended with games like Affordable Space Adventure and Wii Party U. In these games one player uses the Wii U gamepad and screen with up to four other players use the classic Wii Remote controllers and the TV view. For families it can be quite magical.

The Wii U also has a strong library of big budget exhuberent games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Wonderful 101 and of course The Legend of Zelda Breath Of The Wild which is visual as good as the Switch version of the game (the Wii U was the system it was originally design for).

The Wii U also has the benefit of being able to play many games on just the gamepad screen, freeing up the TV for other viewers. This turns the gamepad into a pseudo portable system and can even be used to play Wii games. Although it's worth noting that the range from the Wii U base isn't that great.

Finally, the Wii U fully supports all the Wii controllers and game discs. This opens the door to a huge library of games and greatly reduces the cost as purchasing a newer console with four controllers can almost double the price of a Switch, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Because of its reputation as a "failed" console you can regularly find Wii U consoles and games second hand at a really low price (£100/$120).

As part of our Accessibility Report, this page lists games that have been flagged with accessibility settings in the following areas.

Reading: Each of these games has been assessed for how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose. Each game offers the following accessibility features and settings:

Subtitles:

  • All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game): All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to hear spoken dialogue or narrative to play the game.

 

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character that can (usually) suck enemies into their large mouth to gain new abilities. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming...

Don't Starve

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/04/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

This is an open-world survival game. Here it’s the environment and enemies, rather than other players, that you work with. You need to find and develop food, weapons and shelter to survive. It’s enjoyable because it’s hard, so repeat-plays to...

Wii Sports (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 4-14 year-olds

Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offer is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require considerable...

Minecraft

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-16 year-olds

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 36 features

Developer: Mojang (@Mojang)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

Splatoon 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 21/07/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Terraria

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Terraria Logic (@Terraria_Logic)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser, version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block building game. To the world-crafting and survival it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/11/2011

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Role-Playing and Stealth

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single player game

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an adventure game in the Zelda series. You play Link and navigate the floating island of Skyloft before diving down to the land below it. While the island locations and flight drew from Wind Waker, the combat and...

Just Dance 2021 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Release Date: 17/11/2009, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online

Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even grandparents off the couch and dancing along with the on-screen moves....

Skyblock

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Creative, Fighting, Platform and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Sky Block Server (@SkyBlockServer)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 5 players online

Skyblock is a game played on Minecraft servers where you start on a bare island floating in the sky and must gather resources to thrive and reach other players. It's the Minecraft equivalent to being washed up on a desert island and is hugely popular....

Yoshi's Wooly World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Gbit Good Feel (@Gbit_GoodFeel)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game of knitted yarn. You explore, jump and run your way around, solving puzzles and collecting items to complete each stage.

FIFA (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 15/12/1993, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

FIFA is one of the two main football video games (the other being Pro Evolution). Each year it's released with improved visuals, more realistic physics and enhanced competitive play. For those that follow the game closely and play it a lot, it offers a...

Limbo

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 05/06/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, PS Vita, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Playdead (@Playdead)

Players: This is a single player game

Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...

Batman: Arkham City

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 18/10/2011

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Rocksteady Games (@RocksteadyGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Batman: Arkham City is an open world adventure, the second instalment in the Arkham series taking place one year after the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum. You play Batman fighting crime, and his dwindling reputation,...

Costume Quest (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2010, updated in 2011

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Double Fine (@DoubleFine)

Players: This is a single player game

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...

Mario Tennis Aces (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.

Mass Effect (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 20/11/2007

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: This is a single player game

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...

Monster Hunter

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS2, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Monster Hunter is a series of action role-playing games where you hunt, kill and trap large monsters through wide-ranging landscapes. Each successful hunt rewards you with materials that accrue to slowly upgrade equipment that in turn enables you to...

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Retro Studios (@RetroStudios)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a running, jumping and bashing game where you play Donkey Kong and other characters trying to reclaim their island from the Tiki Tak Tribe. It's a return to the side-on platforming of the classic Donkey Kong 64 in 1999.

Draw a Stickman: Epic 3 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/12/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: Hitcents (@Hitcents)

Players: This is a single player game

Draw a Stickman: Epic 3 s Epic 3 is the latest game in the series, and you are on a mission to save your friends who have been scattered throughout the world by an earthquake. Work out the puzzles so you can progress through the game.

Oddworld Soulstorm (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/1997, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Oddworld Inc (@OddworldInc)

Players: This is a single player game

Oddworld: Soul Storm is a running and jumping game where you guide members of your species through labyrinthine levels to free them from brutal oppression. It's a remake of 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus and a sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Its...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 24/05/2004, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo America (@NintendoAmerica)

Players: This is a single player game

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a series of puzzle games where you guide miniature Nintendo characters to the end of the level. The twist is that you can't control the characters, only the level itself. The exact interactions vary from game to game, but in...

Tallowmere (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 03/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Chris NZL (@ChrisNZL)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Tallowmere is a series of running, jumping and fighting games. You aim to get a high score as you journey through a vast, randomly generated 2D retro-style dungeon, dodging traps and killing enemies in gory and unusual ways. Its unique combination of...

Watch Dogs (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 27/05/2014

Platforms: PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Stealth

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Watch Dogs an open world adventure. It's the first instalment in the Watch Dogs series. You navigate and explore the world on foot or in a variety of vehicles. The novelty is the futuristic setting that highlights the use (and misuse) of social media to...

Blek

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 01/12/2013

Platforms: Android, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Kunabi B (@KunabiB)

Players: This is a single player game

Blek is a puzzle game where you control the repeating motion of a moving line. Your challenge is to pass through coloured dots. However, you can only enter a short motion that repeats. In this way you have to draw in a motion that, as it repeats,...

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 20/02/2015

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative and Platform

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a rolling, dashing and jumping game where you draw rainbow ropes for Kirby to follow. You journey through the clay world on a mission to restore the colour that has been drained by a mysterious force. You are guided along...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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