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Which of these Wii U eShop games would your recommend?

Internal Invasion
Poker Dice Solitair Future
Super Toy Cars
Ice Cream Surfer
PING 1.5+
Shuttle Rush
Xavier
Alphadia Genesis
Lucadian Chronicles
Blok Drop X Twisted Fusion
Sportsball
Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
A World of Keflings
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
Master Reboot
Teslagrad
Kickbeat Special Edition
Art of Balance
The Swapper
Spy Chameleon
Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut
Thomas Was Alone

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Best of the Wii U eShop (Round 4: 2014 - Part 2)
« on: December 13, 2020, 12:44:16 PM »
Background
The Wii U e-shop will only be open for a limited time so it is worth looking at the games there while there is still time to buy them. I will be going through the list of eShop games chronologically by release date using Nintendo's Game Store site. I will be skipping over Virtual Console releases for now, but I will cover them at the end. I am also skipping games that were released on disc, unless that disc is not available or prohibitively expensive.
The Games: Round 4 - 2014 - Part 2
This fourth set of games encompasses the last six months of 2014. The following 37 titles are up for discussion with info in the following format:
Title (Developer/Publisher, price, availability on other consoles, Metacritic score (Metacritic Rank on Wii U), NWR review score [link to review])
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (DrinkBox Studios, $14.99, Switch/PS4/XB1, 90 (8th), 9 NWR review)
  • Internal Invasion (Any Ford/Bear Box Media, $4.99, Wii U only)
  • Bombing Bastards (Sanuk Games, $6.99, Switch/Vita/PS4/XB1, 55, 5 NWR Review)
  • ZaciSa's Last Stand (ZeNfa Productions, $0.99, Wii U only, 5.5 NWR Review)
  • Poker Dice Solitair Future (RCMADIAX, $1.49, App Store, 55, 6 NWR Review)
  • The Letter (TreeFall Studios, $1.99, PC, 14, 2 NWR Review)
  • Master Reboot (Wales Interactive, $14.99, PS3, 64, 6, NWR Review)
  • Super Toy Cars (Eclipse Games, $7.99, Switch/PS4/XB1, 56, 6.5 NWR Review)
  • Shut the Box (RCMADIAX, $1.49, Wii U only, 46)
  • Ice Cream Surfer (Dolores Entertainment, $2.50, Switch/Vita/PS4, 53, 7 NWR Review)
  • Teslagrad (Rain Games, $14.99, Switch/Vita/PS4/XB1, 79 (66th), 8 NWR Review)
  • Kickbeat Special Edition (Zen Studios, $9.99, Vita/PS4/XB1, 62, 5.5 NWR Review)
  • Spikey Wall (RCMADIAX, $1.49, Wii U only, 3 NWR Review)
  • Arrow Time U (XenoHorizon, $1.99, Wii U only, 2.5 NWR Review)
  • Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Cypronia, $1.99, Switch, 33, 3.5 NWR Review)
  • Darts Up (EnjoyUp, $2.49, Switch, 38, 5, NWR Review)
  • Red Riding Hood (Brave Rock Games, $1.0, Wii U only)
  • Art of Balance (Shin'en Multimedia, $8.99, Switch/3DS/PS4, 82 (48th), 8.5 NWR Review)
  • PING 1.5+ (Nami Tentou, $4.99, PC, 8 NWR Review)
  • Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (Superflat Games/Curve Digital, $12.99, Vita/PS4, 76, 6.5 NWR Review)
  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Curve Digital, $9.99, Vita/PS4/XB1, 82 (45th), 8.5 NWR Review)
  • Rock Zombie (EnjoyUp, $6.99, XB1/App Store, 50, 5.5 NWR Review)
  • SDK Paint (HullBreach Studios, $2.99, Wii U only)
  • The Swapper (Curve Digital, $19.99, Vita/PS4/XB1, 83, 8 NWR Review)
  • Sportsball (Just Clicks, $9.99, Wii U only, 78, 8.5 NWR Review)
  • Shuttle Rush (Takusan Works, $3.99, Ouya, 7 NWR Review)
  • Flapp & Zegeta (Denysoft, $1.99, Wii U only, 1 NWR Review)
  • A World of Keflings (NinjaBee, $9.99, XB360, 70)
  • Xavier (Prison Lab, $4.99, Wii U only)
  • Alphadia Genesis (Kemco/Natsume, $14.99, Switch/PS4/XB1, 60)
  • Thomas Was Alone (Curve Digital, $10.99, Vita/PS4/XB1, 79)
  • Lucadian Chronicles (Dark Roast Entertainment, Free (to start?), PC)
  • Plenty of Fishies (Nitrolic Games, $4.99, Wii U only)
  • Toss N Go (RCMADIAX, $1.49, Wii U only, 5 NWR Review)
  • Blok Drop X Twisted Fusion (RCMADIAX, $2.99, Wii U only, 6 NWR Review)
  • Spy Chameleon (EnjoyUp, $4.99, Switch/Vita/PS4/XB1, 80, 8.5 NWR Review)
  • Toon Tanks (Vilmos Gyokeres/Petite Games, $1.99, Wii U only)
Highlights
The second half of 2014 saw a significant increase in quantity with nearly double the games compared to the first half of the year. The list was so long I only included the better reviewed games in the poll. If you recommend any of the games not in the poll, just post a comment. The cheapest option this round is Lucadian Chronicles, which appears to be free (let me know if there are in-game purchases). If you are a big spender the you might be interested in The Swapper, which at $20 is the most expensive title in this list. The best reviewed game of the bunch is Guacamelee!, which has an 90 on Metacritic and is ranked the 8th best game on the Wii U, the highest rank of any eShop game! The lowest reviewed game appears to be Flapp & Zegeta, which carries the shame of receiving a 1 from NWR. If you interested in demos, there are three games that offer one: ZaciSa's Last Stand, Art of Balance, and SDK Paint. Of course if you have read this far then you clearly want to know Mr. Bungle's pick of the week. This round that distinguished honor goes to Sportsball, which garnered good review scores (an 8.5 from NWR) and appears to be a Wii U exclusive.
Comments
I welcome any corrections to the information I found when compiling the list. The information here is for the US so let me know about differences in other regions. Not sure what to comment, consider questions like:
  • Is Lucadian Chronicles free to play or just free to start?
  • Whatever happened to Flappy Bird?
  • Why was Thomas alone?
  • When are we going to get to the Virtual Console?

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Re: Best of the Wii U eShop (Round 4: 2014 - Part 2)
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2020, 08:01:01 PM »
There's a few things on here I liked, though I think I played most of them on other platforms, with the exception of A World of Keflings, which I reviewed for the site, which Mr. Bungle must have missed when compiling this post.
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Re: Best of the Wii U eShop (Round 4: 2014 - Part 2)
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2020, 01:14:36 AM »
It's possible the game was delisted. Alot of Wii U stuff has been going that way unfortunately.
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Re: Best of the Wii U eShop (Round 4: 2014 - Part 2)
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2020, 02:51:50 PM »
There's a few things on here I liked, though I think I played most of them on other platforms, with the exception of A World of Keflings, which I reviewed for the site, which Mr. Bungle must have missed when compiling this post.
Apparently I misunderstood the order the games are listed on the NWR Games page :-[. It did seem odd that there was no review as NWR was reviewing almost every game at this point. Thanks for posting the link Insanolord!

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Re: Best of the Wii U eShop (Round 4: 2014 - Part 2)
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2021, 10:03:43 AM »
Thomas Was Alone is fantastic, many are saying this!
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Re: Best of the Wii U eShop (Round 4: 2014 - Part 2)
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2021, 10:27:01 AM »
Khushrenada is the best member on the forums. An indeterminate amount of people are saying this.

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Re: Best of the Wii U eShop (Round 4: 2014 - Part 2)
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2021, 11:28:57 AM »
Thomas Was Alone is fantastic, many are saying this!
It was released on Switch on February 18, 2021. NWR did not review it so please comment if you have played the Switch version. Also, good to hear from you RABicle!