Last week I covered the five best PS4 games available for $20 or less, and today we turn our attention to the Wii U. The Wii U from Nintendo has a huge list of titles available for under $20, largely due to it having backwards compatibility with the entire original Wii lineup. It makes for a staggering collection, but I’ll be focusing on games published specifically for the Wii U and not simply playable through backwards compatibility.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut
He never asked for this, but it became a hit anyway. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a prequel game looking at the story of Adam Jensen, a security specialist who becomes terribly scarred after a terrorist attack at his employer’s HQ in Detroit. Just so happens his employer, Sarif Industries, specializes in human augmentation. Imagine bionic implants and artificial limbs that give better performance, and you have the right idea. Revived, his mission becomes finding out who took a leading scientist and why. Gameplay sees you using any means at your disposal to complete your objectives. If you want to kill nobody, and be a stealthy hacker you can. The Director’s Cut boasts improved boss fights that become tailored to your style of play, all the DLC, and fantastic use of the gamepad’s screen. GameStop offers up used copies for $19.99, but it’s still $50 on Nintendo’s eShop.
Child of Light
In Child of Light, you play as Aurora, a princess who has been transported to a world called Lemuria. She quickly comes to discover that she needs to rescue the moon, stars, and the sun from the Dark Queen and that her father’s life depends upon it. Child of Light is a turn-based RPG that looks gorgeous at every turn. The dialogue is all text-based, and might grate on some, as it’s done in a very poem like fashion and everything ends up rhyming. The combat itself is well done and features plenty of abilities for you and your companions, and never feels cheap or unmanageable. Child of Light is available as a download for $15 on the eShop Store. Or, you can download it for the same price on the Playstation Store for PS4, PS3, or PS Vita, over Xbox Live for the Xbox One or Xbox 360, or for Windows PCs over Steam.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
This is one of the best games a Marvel Comics fan could hope for. You control all your favorite characters from all corners of the Marvel Universe in blocky form in a convenient version of Manhattan. How is it convenient? I’m pretty sure the X-Mansion is not in the city. Despite nitpicks like that, Lego Marvel Super Heroes introduced a number of new gameplay elements like Big Figures, and does excellent fan service. Dead pool narrates some side missions, and even some B-characters like Moon Knight and Captain Britain get highlighted. Lego games also make for one of the best co-op games out there. It’s available as a download on the eShop for $19.99, or sold as a disc at Gamestop for the same price. Have a different system? It’s on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, or Mac and PC via Steam.
Life is like a hurricane here in Duckberg. Now that that song is stuck in your head, Ducktales will take you back just as quickly. It’s a remaster of a classic NES system. It’s a great, but challenging alternative to a Mario game. The game sees Scrooge and his nephews hunting down the Five Legendary Treasures. It’s a download on the eShop for $15 or on a disc for $20 at Gamestop. It’s also on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PCs via Steam.
Metroid Prime Trilogy
Without a doubt, this is one of the best values in all of the eShop. For $19.99, you’re given three games, all tooled to take advantage of the Wii Remote. You guide bounty hunter Samus Aran as she pursues Ridley and the Space Pirates and stumbles upon a dangerous compound: Phazon. This trio of games are all first person, which at the time of the first game was a huge gamble but it paid off immensely. If you can handle a first-person game with plenty of exploration, don’t hesitate to try these out. It’s a Wii U exclusive download right here.
There you have it, five fantastic titles to play on your Wii U, right now. Some of them are available through Gamefly, but Redbox does not offer any Wii U titles. Stick around as next week we are looking at the Xbox One’s best titles under $20.