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Nintendo Wii U

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).

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

Duration: Between half an hour and 1 hour to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...


Mario Party (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing, Sports and Strategy

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario Party (Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Gamecube) is an interactive board game. Players compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw dice and proceed around the board. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...


Super Mario Galaxy (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

Duration: Between 16 hours and 26 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario Galaxy is a different style of running, jumping and exploration game. It takes the Mario character to 100s of different planet shaped levels adding more realistic physics to the platform Ing play. Each world, or collection of worlds is different...


Let's Catch

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Narrative and Rhythm

Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a game on the Wii about catching. It's created by Prope, who made the Sonic the Hedgehog games. You use the Wii Remote controller to motion a catch or a throw to a player in the game. The challenge is to learn how to press the button just right...


Runbow

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 9 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Runbow is an unusual racing game where each player controls a coloured figure who must run and jump their way through the platform levels ahead of their opponents who are trying to do the same thing.


Just Dance

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Web Browser, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 6 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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....


FIFA (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 10 minutes and half an hour to complete.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

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...


Wii Fit (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wii Fit is a collection of games designed to help you exercise. They use the Wii Balance Board peripheral that works with both Wii Fit on the Wii and Wii Fit Plus on the Wii U. The Balance Board measures the pressure you place on it and enables a range...


Mutant Mudds

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mutant Mudds is a retro platform video game. It's unusual because it Is unforgiving and hard to play so presents a substantial challenge. Also, playing to the 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS console, the game allows you to jump into the background of the...


Chariot

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 14 hours and 15 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Chariot is a co-op platform game where you haul around a wheeled Chariot, to the end of each level. Pushing, pulling or dragging with ropes, you need to use the real physics of the game to solve puzzles and time jumps to get the heavy object to the...


F1 Race Stars

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

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and short-cuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.


Wii Party U

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wii Party U is a collections of games to play with families in the same room. Different modes suite different groups and ages but are all light hearted fun and make use of the Wii U Gamepad in creative ways.


Wii Party

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wii Party is a party game that offers a variety of challenges that each use the Wii Remote motion controls. These 80 mini game challenges are organised through three sections of the game: Party Games, House Party Games, and Pair Games.


Grand Slam Tennis (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Grand Slam Tennis is a tennis game. You choose one of the 23 real tennis players or create your own. You can play either singles or doubles. Unlike other tennis games, this focuses on hitting the ball with a gesture via the Wii Remote. This extends the...


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 11 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to...


Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 14 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Pikmin is a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to destroy obstacles, avoid...


Sonic Mania (Series)

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series of games staring an athletic blue hedgehog who runs, jumps and bounces his way around platform levels. Created as Sega's answer to Mario, Sonic is now on all modern video game platforms.


Yoshi's Wooly World

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 12 hours and 18 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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


Super Mario 3D World

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 22 hours and 35 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Super Mario 3D World is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this co-operative and competitive play makes it great for families and friends to play together.


New Super Mario Bros. U

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 18 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...


Sonic Racing (Series)

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

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Team Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks,...


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 11 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Todette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...


Lego (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...


Child of Light

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

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 12 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Child of Light is a platform game presented like a fairy tale, where you play a young girl, Aurora, on a quest to save her kingdom from the darkness. Battle encounters break up the adventure and power up your character. To finally make it home, you must...


Paper Mario: The Origami King (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.


Nintendoland

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the four seekers...


Wii Sports (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

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

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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

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

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

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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 (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Splatoon on the Wii U and Splatoon 2 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 not only...


Affordable Space Adventure

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Shooting

Duration: Between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Three people work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and weapons. A third player steers the craft through the...


Shadow Puppeteer

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U and PC

Genres: Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 4 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

In Shadow Puppeteer one player controls a shadow and the other player controls the main character. Their task is to help each other progress through a series of platform levels to recover stolen shadows from their hometown.


Skylanders (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

Duration: Between 8 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.


Lego Dimensions

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Duration: Between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Lego Dimensions is like other Lego games but uses real Lego sets to unlock content like Skylanders. Although it’s not being updated any longer, its interactive cooperative brick format offers a novel way to play...


Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Most games design their controls to be easy and accessible. Octodad: Dadliest Catch takes a different approach. Using a combination of sticks and buttons, it creates an awkward, stomach-churning feeling of having too many limbs that you can’t directly...


Mario Strikers Charged

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Steamworld Heist

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

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

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


WarioWare (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a one-word clue about what to do. In the few seconds of the countdown you...


Advance Wars (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Advance Wars is a strategy war game where you control different units on a small map made of squares. Each unit has different abilities and must be used carefully and strategically to win. Each player takes it in turns to make their move, meaning there...


Costume Quest (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

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

Duration: Between 18 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii U

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

Duration: Between 35 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Game & Wario

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Game & Wario is a series of small games designed for families to enjoy. Like NintendoLand it shows off the different sorts of game you can play on the Wii U not possible on other systems. Because of this the quality and depth...


Disney Infinity (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Disney Infinity is an action game with themed adventures around iconic Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters. Players unlock content in the game with physical figurines and PlaySet pieces placed onto a Base peripheral plugged into the console...


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.


Extreme Exorcism

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Extreme Exorcism is a running, jumping and fighting game set in a series of haunted locations. The graphics are retro but the gameplay has a novel twist. Each enemy ghost you hunt mimics your moves on previous lives.


The Swapper

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

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Swapper is a platform-adventure where you explore a damaged space station to collect orbs that open doors into other areas. Unusually, you can clone your character multiple times and then control it to help you solve puzzles and progress in various...


Rayman Legends

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Rayman Legends is a platform game, the sequel to Rayman Origins, where you get sucked into a painting that takes you to a fantasy world with all sorts of creative running and jumping challenges.


Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 6 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight who's primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get...


Thomas Was Alone

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

Genres: Action, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 3 and a half hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Control different-coloured rectangles in this simple running, jumping and puzzle solving platform game. It sounds boring and derivative but each of the distinctly coloured shapes comes to life in the game as a character embroiled in this escape story...


The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

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

Duration: Between 50 hours and 200 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Terraria

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

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

Duration: Between 50 hours and 80 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Don't Starve

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Duration: Between 32 hours and 46 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Super Smash Bros. (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Duration: Between 23 hours and 30 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.


The Wonderful 101

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Duration: Between 17 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Wonderful 101 is an action game where you control not one but a huge horde of superheroes. Viewed from above, you work your way through levels defeating enemies. The group can "Unite Morph" into different shapes with specific powers.


Severed

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Severed is a dungeon adventure game where you wake up in a strange place, dazed and confused your family has been taken and with a severed arm. You embark on a perilous journey to find them and return home.


Never Alone

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Duration: Between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Never Alone is a running, jumping and exploring game based on the traditional Iñupiaq tale, "Kunuuksaayuka". You swap between controlling an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as you complete puzzles and move the story forwards.


Scribblenauts (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in...


The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

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

Duration: Between 45 hours and 60 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an adventure game in the Zelda series. As with the other games, you play Link, who must prevent Hyrule from being engulfed by corruption from a parallel dimension. Unlike other Zelda games, you can take the form...


The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

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

Duration: Between 45 hours and 60 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Limbo

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


No Time to Explain

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

No Time to Explain is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a man chasing his future self through time. As the game evolves you must progress to solve time puzzles and complete platforming challenges.


Assassin’s Creed (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 30 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Assassin’s Creed is a game where you enter a past civilisation and explore pseudo history of real events and locations from the past. You can climb the environment extensively, interact with different characters, collect items to unlock more the...


Mass Effect (Series)

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

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

Duration: Between 75 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...