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Down to the Wire: Wii U for the Holidays

/ Dec 19th, 2014 No Comments

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With Nintendo finally showing the Wii U is worth buying, the console is expected to be big hit this holiday season. If someone on your list is expecting a Wii U under the tree this year, that person will need some games and accessories to complete the experience. With time winding down to pick up a gift, here are some quick, easy last minute gift ideas to help get the new or current Wii U owner all set up.

Wii U Pro Controller

The Wii U itself comes with a GamePad, which is more conducive to propping up a wobbly table than actually playing video games. While some games require the GamePad, a majority of Wii U games are compatible with the Pro Controller.

Wii U Pro Controller

The gift of proper control.

While it doesn’t boast the features of the GamePad, the Pro Controller makes players feel like they are actually playing video games. For anyone with a brand new Wii U (or someone who has lagged), the Pro Controller is a great gift. It gives the gift of comfort and better battery life, which is really the gift that keeps on giving.


The distribution and demand for certain Amiibos caught Nintendo off guard, and the launch was shaky at best. These little figurines are an excellent gift for Wii U owners, and won’t break the bank (unless you want Marth).


Simple as a tap.

While certain characters are going to be nearly impossible to find before Christmas, mainstays like Mario, Link and Pikachu should be easy to grab at your local retailer. The Amiibos make the perfect accessory for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and a great stocking stuffer.

The Wonderful 101, ZombiU, or The Wind Waker HD

The early life of the Wii U wasn’t packed full of amazing games, but there are a few gems from that time period that newer owners missed. These games can now be found relatively cheap. The Wonderful 101 is a squad-based action game where players form tiny heroes into various weapons by drawing shapes. The larger the shape you draw, the bigger the weapon.

The Wonderful 101

The Wonderful 101 was a delightfully unconventional action game.

ZombiU did survival horror right with creepy atmosphere and punishing gameplay. It was the most interesting game from the Wii U’s launch lineup. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD remains one of the finest games in the series, and with gorgeous remastered visuals, the Wii U version is one of best looking games available for Wii U.

Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, or Captain Toad

The last few months have been good to the Wii U. While you probably can’t get that special person in your life all the latest Wii U games, one of these games would make a fantastic gift. Hyrule Warriors mashes up the Dynasty Warriors series with the Legend of Zelda universe, resulting in a fun hack-and-slash experience.

Hyrule Warriors

Hack-n-slash the holidays away with Hyrule Warriors

Bayonetta 2 is one of the finest games of the year, and a delightfully over-the-top action game with deep combat and stunning visuals. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is packed with so much charm and pluck that it is hard not to melt over. It also would make a nice companion to Super Mario 3D World, which comes with most new Wii U consoles.

Mario Kart 8 or Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

These are the most obvious gifts to get someone with a Wii U. Hell, the only issue is they might already own them. Mario Kart 8 is more Mario Kart to be sure, but it is a damn fine Mario Kart game. Thanks to HD visuals and a ton of tracks and racers, this is one hell of a game to play with friends.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Things get hectic with eight Bros.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the game Wii U owners have been waiting for since day one, and with good reason. The new additions to the game — like eight-player Smash battles and an incredibly expansive roster — make the game one to get.

Nintendo eShop Prepaid Cards

If you’re at the point where you’re desperate for a gift and you’re facing down the barrel of a Duck Hunt gun, this is your last resort. That said, you can spin this one fairly easy. There are a number of great eShop-only releases, including many of the GameBoy Advance Virtual Console releases and Nindie games. Hand these babies out and be like, “Treat yo’ self to The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap or Advance Wars or Earthbound or Mighty Switch Force, kiddo”. Then walk out of the room dressed like a whiskey-soaked Santa Claus smoking a cheap cigar.


Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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