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Mechanical Challenge Games on Nintendo Wii U

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satisfying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combination of angles and trajectories in Videoball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your opponents.

This list includes 9 games from the last 26 years, with 35 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to combine dexterity and instincts.

DetailsPlatform Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Traversal
Era: 1996 - 2020
Total Games: 9
Total Likes: 35
 

 

140

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 16/10/2013, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Platform and Rhythm

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Carlsen Games (@CarlsenGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

140 is a sliding, rolling and jumping game where you control a changing geometric shape to traverse a minimalist world. It's challenging for the timed jumps and reactions but keeps distractions to a minimum with its abstract colorful graphics.

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: You can play this by yourself or as a 5-player online game

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....

Mario Strikers Charged

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 25/05/2007

Platforms: GameCube, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: Next Level Games (@NextLevelGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Mario Strikers Charged, also Mario Strikers Charged Football and Mario Power Soccer, was the sequel to Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube. It offers a fast and furious game of football staring Nintendo characters.

Rhythm Paradise

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2016

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

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: tsunkuboy (@tsunkuboy)

Players: This is a single-player game

Rhythm Heaven (also known as Rhythm Paradise, Rhythm World and Rhythm Tengoku) is a Japanese rhythm game where you perform everyday action in time with a musical beat.

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 1 to 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...

Axiom Verge 2

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/03/2015, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Play

Developer: Axiom Verge (@AxiomVerge)

Players: This is a single-player game

Axiom Verge is a series of running, jumping and fighting games where you play as Trace, a scientist who wakes up in an unknown ancient world. It's similar to retro games like Metroid and Contra where you explore levels, collect items and progress your...

Wild Guns Reloaded (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 30/10/1996, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: Natsume Inc (@Natsume_Inc)

Players: You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room

Wild Guns Reloaded is a fast retro shooting game where you control the gun with one stick and your character with the other. It's set in an alternative steampunk Wild West.

Battle Princess Madelyn

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/12/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Traversal

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Real Monster Bath (@RealMonsterBath)

Players: This is a single-player game

Battle Princess Madelyn is a running and jumping game where you defeat hordes of enemies like the classic arcade game Ghosts 'n' Goblins. It's similarly fast-paced and difficult, here though you have to pick your way through labyrinthine levels, and use...

Lovely Planet (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-13 year-olds

Release Date: 31/07/2014, updated in 2016

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Shooting and Traversal

Developer: Quick Tequila (@QuickTequila)

Players: This is a single-player game

Lovely Planet is a shooting game which focuses on athletic flow and accuracy rather than headshots and gore. You jump and shoot your way through five worlds full of treacherous enemies with your trusty pop-gun. It's an unusual, almost balletic, shooting...

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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