As Wii U prepares to bow out to make way for Nintendo NX, we can take time to reflect on a console that, while it had never attracted any particular sales momentum, was able to build a software library of undeniable quality.
At E3 2016, Game Informer took the opportunity to ask which Wii U game Shigeru Miyamoto believed had been overlooked by players. That saw him respond with Star Fox Zero, which only saw release earlier this year.
“I think personally Star Fox is a really fun game if you sit down and play it,” Miyamoto explained. “I think, for example, an elementary school kid who plays it without any preconceived notions, I think it would be really fun for them. I think it’s also really, really fun for siblings to play it together.”
Nintendo of America’s director of product marketing Bill Trinen soon chimed in to share his own suggestion, diverting the conversation onto mass-action strategy title Pikmin 3.
“Personally, I think Pikmin 3 is the most amazing game on Wii U,” Trinen shared. “It’s probably one of my favorite games in the last six or seven years. I think that hardly anyone realises that the multiplayer Bingo Battle mode was literally the best new multiplayer mode that has been created since Smash Bros. It is so much fun.”
Miyamoto added: “Pikmin is the kind of game that you have to play maybe three times to get the full effect, but you know, people don’t have a lot of time, so they just clear the stage and just move on. Games are becoming more of a consumable product, and it’s getting harder and harder for people to let a game to sink in and enjoy leisurely.”