here are my two rupees on some of your fence-sitters and a couple others:
- Definitely get NPC Pikmin 2 if you don't have it
- Harvest Moon 64 is the entry I grew up on and I think if you think you might like life/farm management sims, it's well worth the price, and this is a great way to try it out
- DuckTales Remastered was just alright IMO, I couldn't get into it much
- I don't think Affordable Space Adventures would be as fun as a Solo player but it's hard to say since I've only played about 30 mins in co-op and it didn't grab me especially
- I love Pikmin 3 but the missions are really more of score and goal chasing, it doesn't feel as engrossing to me as the regular gameplay. I preferred the Pikmin 2 challenges.
- 3DL starts out pretty easy, but gets a lot more engaging as you play through it, especially the back half of the game. The levels are bite size fun, it's like a proto-3DW which makes sense. If you like 3D Mario, you might find a lot to love in there
- I'll forever go to bat for Dream Team, as you said it's much like BiS, the two are about equal in mind; the tutorials are plentiful in the first 1/3 of the game but part of that is because so many creative mechanics are thrown at the player. I found it picks up considerably after that first third. Epic boss battles, too, some of my favorite in any Mario RPG.
- Luigi's Mansion 2 is wonderful and under-appreciated, LM3 is even better with the less mission-oriented approach but if you're a fan of the series this has ton of excellent and well-designed set pieces, and the boss battles are especially a highlight
Yeah I played Pikmin 2 and 3 but never the first one so picked that up. Not sure if I will even have time to buy the missions for 3 (I think it’s via the game and not the eshop? Basically it’s currently reinstalling because I had uninstalled it when I had to make some space for the Capcom games on sale a few months back) but yeah I only considered the missions since they will be gone forever from the Wii U. Back when I played Pikmin 3 I wasn’t really itching to get them after finishing the game either. As for LM2 I really don’t mind skipping it because while I’m sure it’s a good game, the main appeal of the series (only played 1) for me was how it was basically RE1 for kids and had backtracking in the mansion instead of defined levels and such. Either way I think I only have like 6000 blocks left on my 3DS so there’s no more space for big games, end up buying everything I had my eye on except for Rayman which is apparently a compromised version due to the smaller screen
3D Land is definitely a good Mario. Not sure why you’d assume it’d be your least favorite.
Affordable Space Adventures is worth it if you have people to play it with. It’s a unique experience that only really works on the Wii U. It’s not very replayable, but I have no regrets getting it.
Ducktales is a remaster of an NES game and it shows. My kid and I had a good time going through it, but it’s not some great game, it’s just fine. The appeal is more about the presentation and having the original cast doing voices.
Mario 64 DS will work with the analogue stick but only in a fake way as it will limit you to 8 way movement. You can however move analogue with the touch screen. No recollection if that’s at all enjoyable but some people seem to like it.
If you’re debating Xenoblade Chronicles X, just ask yourself if you liked exploring the worlds in any of the other Xeno games. If so, then I’d say get it. If you’re still unsure, then download the DLC packs anyways in case you ever decide to pick up the disc.
Well 3D World is my least favorite 3D Mario by far and I hold the others on pretty high regard, especially 64. That’s why 3D Land was always pretty unappealing to me but still grabbed it now for completion’s sake, it was made for the 3DS after all. Grabbed Mario 64 DS as well as it’s cheaper than expected, the 8 way movement thing seems like a huge downgrade from the original but at least the Wii U dpad feels much better than the 3DS, so hoping I enjoy the new content at least.
As for Xenoblade X… downloaded the data packs just in case, considered going YOLO on it but there’s just no way I’m buying a Wii U game that would end up being over 80$ CAD after taxes. I wouldn’t play it anytime soon anyways, notably due to TOTK being right around the corner. Besides the cool world and OST, after skimming through some longplays I’m really not feeling compelled to buy it right now as I don’t like both the Xenoblade battle system and the usual open world gameplay loop of doing random side quests in any order, like the world is pretty and the OST slaps but what’s the incentive.
At the end my 680GB hard drive plugged in my Wii U will have plenty of space, I was hoping to make more use of it but nope, there’s no more big games to buy really. Bayonetta was delisted, the Darksiders games have much more expensive sales prices than on Wii U, and then everything that isn’t from Capcom is still full price, like Deus Ex.
The last game I’m debating is F-Zero X… apparently the Switch version is bad? I know N64 on Wii U is dark but it’s fine when you increase brightness on the Gamepad. I’m almost done with DK64 right now and not only it looks fine in terms of brightness on my TV, but the only problem is the stick sensitivity for aiming but it doesn’t matter that much. So if F-Zero X is better on Wii U I might just buy it there
3 hours left and I got a server overload message earlier, end of an era