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Best Games on Nintendo Wii U with "Save Anytime" 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.

Difficulty: Each of these games has been assessed for how you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck. Each game offers the following accessibility features and settings:

  • Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress. This avoids being forced back to the start of a level, or checkpoint when you fail a particular challenge.

 

Batman: Arkham City

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 18/10/2011

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @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 a dwindling reputation,...

The Binding of Isaac (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 28/09/2011, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @EdmundMcMillen

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

The Binding of Isaac is a series of adventure games where you progress through randomly generated rooms, collecting items and fighting off monsters. It's a twist on the simple Zelda dungeon, with hundreds of enemies, room variations and upgrades. The...

Steamworld Heist

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 16/11/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Stadia

Genres: Action, Platform, Role-Playing, Shooting and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @ImageForm

Players: This is a single player game

Steam-powered robots fighting for space supremacy sounds like the script for a 1950s B-movie. As in those matinee hits, the point here isn’t realism but interesting characters. Like the related games (SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Quest), SteamWorld...

Tallowmere (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+

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

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

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @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...


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