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Polygon’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Wii U games

The Wii U's decline may be obvious, especially with the new Switch console imminent, but the platform still has a handful of great picks this year. Here is what's worth a look this holiday season.

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Welcome to our gift guide selections for Wii U games! Scroll down to see the list, or if you want to head back to our gift guide hub covering games, hardware and memorabilia, click here.


Tokyo Mirage

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

The Wii U might have had a quiet year, but it's the only system with a Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem mashup that feels like a magical anime series. It's also pretty amazing: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is bubbly and engaging, with a lengthy role-playing quest that is unlike any we've played elsewhere.

Nintendo, $60

Twilight Princess

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

We'll have to wait until March to dive into the new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but now's the time to revisit a remastered favorite from the back canon. Twilight Princess HD updates the Wii and GameCube odyssey with extra content, Amiibo support and other tweaks, making for the best version of an old favorite.

Nintendo, $60

Pokken

Pokkén Tournament

It's Pokémon meets Tekken ... and somehow, that works startlingly well. This cartoonish fighter switches between close-up 2D action and open arena maneuvering, yet coheres well into a fast and fun flurry of Poké-chaos. It's still not a full-fledged Pokémon console game, but fans should love it.

Nintendo, $60

Severed

Severed

DrinkBox put an oddball spin on the "Metroidvania" formula with Guacamelee, and now applies its own special touch on first-person dungeon-crawling with Severed. As a one-armed woman, you'll explore and slay on a quest for revenge, consuming monsters' entrails for upgrades and using the GamePad screen for sword strikes.

DrinkBox Studios, $15

Paper Mario Color Splash

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Paper Mario is Nintendo's opportunity to get a little weird with the gaming icon, and Color Splash shows a lot of personality with its dialogue and "thing" cards alike. This vibrant and quite funny adventure has some missteps, but given the Wii U's library of late, it's still one of the more enticing games on the platform this year.

Nintendo, $60


Head back to Polygon’s 2016 Gift Guide hub.

Header illustration: Alice Carroll