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Best Games on Nintendo Wii U with Game Map 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 review, this page lists games that have been flagged with accessibility settings in the following areas.

Navigation: Each of these games has been assessed for how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds and spaces. Each game offers the following accessibility features and settings:

  • Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with points of interest and missions highlighted throughout the entire game. This enables the orientation of the player and the world, confirming a direction of movement and the location of destinations or points of exploration.

 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibilty: 11 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

This game departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and the passage of the sun and moon...

Minecraft

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Accessibilty: 22 features

Developer: @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...

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 24/03/2003, updated in 2013

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibilty: 1 feature

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an adventure game in the Zelda series. This one is set on a group of islands in a vast sea, and follows Link as he attempts to save his sister from the sorcerer Ganon. This soon develops into a struggle to find the...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 21/11/1991

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibilty: 1 feature

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an adventure game in a long "Zelda" series. Like the other games, you play Link, who must defeat an evil force in the land of Hyrule. You do this by exploring the world, killing spawning enemies and finding a...

Assassin's Creed Black Flag

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 29/10/2013

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibilty: 16 features

Developer: @UbisoftMTL

Players: This is a single player game

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is an action-adventure game set in a fictional telling of real-world events around the 18th Century Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. You run, jump, climb, explore and fight as a notorious Welsh pirate Edward...

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

Accessibilty: 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,...

Batman: Arkham Origins

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 25/10/2013

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Open World

Accessibilty: 1 feature

Developer: @RocksteadyGames

Players: This is a single player game

Batman: Arkham Origins is an open-world adventure game. It's the prequel game to the Batman: Arkham series, taking place about five years before the first game, in the early years of Batman's career as a crime-fighter. You explore Gotham, collect items,...

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

Accessibilty: 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...

Monster Hunter

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and Xbox One

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

Accessibilty: 22 features

Developer: @Capcom

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...


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