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Wii U Recommendations: Sness

Wanderin Jim is reader of comics, novels, a player of many video games and a watcher of many shows and he has some opinions to share.

Before I Begin

I have made several lists of Wii U games that I would recommend at this point, and just as before the reason for this is because the Wii U eshop is shutting down March 2023, and it will no longer support credit cards by May 23, 2022. I really love this console and it had many games on it that still have yet to be released on anything else including some of the virtual console games which is where this list comes in. Of course, it goes without saying that if the game is somehow playable officially on any kind of modern hardware, then I don't count it, this dosen't mean that it won't become available in the future but, as of right now it is not. With that out of the way let's get started.

One: Super Mario RPG

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Super Mario RPG is perhaps one of the greatest turned based action games of all time and it has yet to become available on the Nintendo Switch online service and probably won't be due to the Square Enix technically being the ones to develop the game and even include a few elements of Final Fantasy within the game. This game also has several characters exclusive to it that quickly became fan favorites including the puppet Geno, Mellow the frog that looks nothing like a frog and many more, of course on the Wii U and unless Nintendo re-releases the game on the Switch or perhaps something in the unforeseen future, we may never enjoy this awesome game and its world with its fantastic music to boot again.

Two: Pac-Man 2 New Adventures

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While it is technically the direct follow-up to the original Pac-Man, Pac-Man 2 has little to no resemblance to the arcade game, except for the ability to play the original in the game. The player plays the role of an observer and assistant, that follows Pac-Man as he sets out to accomplish various tasks. Pac-Man himself walks around and interacts directly with the player, as well as with objects and other characters. The player cannot control Pac-Man directly, but instead can direct his attention in various directions, and is armed with a slingshot (represented by a small crosshair) that can be used to strike certain objects, including Pac-Man himself.

I'm how much "fun" this game is to play, but I can say that this game is hilarious to watch and see Pac-Man interact with his environment. This game has yet to be re-released on modern platforms which is a shame really.

Three: Harvest Moon

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The game follows a young man charged with maintaining the farm he inherits from his grandfather. The primary objective is to restore and maintain a farm that has fallen into disrepair. The player decides how to allocate time between daily tasks, such as clearing land, planting crops, selling harvests, raising livestock, attending festivals, building relationships with villagers, and foraging.

For vegetables to develop, they must receive water each day; lack of water does not kill crops but prevents them from growing. Animals must be fed once a day to keep them producing. While the only care that chickens require is feeding, cows must be continually talked to, brushed, and milked to retain their health. A cow may become sick if not fed for a day and, if untreated, sickness can lead to death. Chickens may die if left outside, where they can be blown away in a storm or eaten by wild dogs. After dark, the only business in town that the player can access is the bar, where a number of NPCs gather to drink and talk.

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Considering the copyright issues that Natsume had with Harvest Moon this game which started a whole series might never see the light of day agian, so you should probably get this while you can.

Four: Axelay

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Axelay is a scrolling shooter game similar to Konami's own Life Force where players take control of the D117B space fighter craft as a last resort to stop the Armada of Annihilation by recovering its lost weaponry through six stages, each with a boss at the end that must be fought before progressing any further. The gameplay varies quite a bit from that of traditional 2D scrolling shooters.

Rather than collecting weapon power-up items from defeated enemies in order to obtain more advanced weapons, players earn new weapons as they advance in the game instead. There are three weapon types with which the fighter is outfitted at the start of a stage: a standard weapon, a special weapon and a bomb or missile. Players may freely switch between each of these weapon types during a level. At the end of each level, a new choice of one of these types of weapons is added to the ship's armory and players are given the ability to modify their fighter to suit the needs of the next level. Examples of weapons include multiple way shot, vulkan cannon, and spread bombs. Similar to Life Force, levels transition between vertical and horizontal scrolling layouts, forcing the player to select weapons that will be most effective for each level.

There is no reason Konami hasn't re-released this in a retro game set or something but as of wrighting this, they haven't.

Five: Rival Turf

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Rival Turf is the first in the Rushing Beat trilogy which includes Brawl Brothers and The Peace Keepers.

Jack Flak (Rick Norton in Japan) or "Oozie" Nelson (Douglas Bild in Japan) are selected in a one or two player mode, to defeat a plethora of enemies using punches, kicks and various weapons collected throughout the course of the game. Jack Flak is the hero who is out to rescue his girlfriend Heather, with the flying kick and the backdrop as his specialty attacks. Oswald "Oozie" Nelson is a police officer who uses powerful professional wrestling moves.

This is the only game in the trilogy that as of writing this has not been re-released on the Switch onlinewhich of course is once again, is a shame.

Final Thoughts

This will probably be the last of my WII u Recommendations, I suppose I could cover the Nintendo DS games that the WII U supported but I never played any of those myself and I don't think i could recommend it, I personally really scratched my DS touch screen using the hard plastic styles that the DS comes with, I really don't want anybody's Wii U gamepad getting destroyed and a DS game would be very hard on it. But what do you guys think should I cover DS games? will you miss the Wii U has much as I will please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. I'm Wanderin Jim and i hope you all have a super happy day.

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