Mario Kart 8 is a blast to play and is easy enough for almost anyone to pick up and enjoy. Its brilliantly designed tracks, inclusion of new weapons, and online refinements make it a no-brainer for Wii U owners.
It may not be revolutionary, but Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze packs in enough top-notch platforming action to keep Wii U owners at bay (for now).
The bare-bones Wii Mini gets rid of many Wii features to just focus on playing disc games, but the stripped-down experience isn't worth the savings.
The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 may be stealing headlines, but Nintendo's latest Mario effort might be the best game of the holidays.
Pikmin 3 is undeniably fun to play, even though it's not without a few control quirks. It's a gift for fans of the series, but it probably won't be moving Wii U units.
If you don't mind waiting for the game to load, Lego City: Undercover has a lot of fun packed inside, even if most of the gameplay is stuff you might have seen before.
Despite some clever dual-screen gaming mechanics, the Wii U's lack of compelling exclusive software and an overall unpolished user experience make it tough to recommend in its current state.
FIFA Soccer 13 on the Wii U might lack some of the series' latest tweaks, but it still plays an enjoyable and thoroughly rewarding game of football.
Scribblenauts Unlimited continues the franchise's penchant for ridiculousness, though lackluster puzzles temper the excitement.
Assassin's Creed III's joyous blend of parkour and storytelling is enthralling, even when technical issues threaten to derail the fun.