Just how realistic is a complete collection of Wii U physical releases, anyway?
February 16, 2017

Not terribly long ago, a friend made the observation that it would actually be fairly easy to collect physical editions of every Wii U game released to North American retail. Since I already have a fairly large collection of games for that system (73 physical titles, to be precise), I thought I would take a look to see how right my friend is or isn't.

Accordingly, here is a list of the current physical Wii U games (and one announced title that will be available in a couple of weeks) that I don't yet own:

007 Legends
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!
Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations
Angry Birds Trilogy
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Barbie and Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue
Barbie Dreamhouse Party
Ben 10: Omniverse
Ben 10: Omniverse 2
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
Brunswick Pro Bowling
Cabela's Big Game Hunter: Pro Hunts
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
The Croods: Prehistoric Party!
Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition
Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue
ESPN Sports Connection
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
Fast & Furious: Showdown
FIFA Soccer 13
Funky Barn
Game Party Champions
Guitar Hero Live
Hello Kitty Kruisers
Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Jeopardy!
Just Dance 2014
Just Dance 2015
Just Dance 2016
Just Dance 2017
Just Dance: Disney Party 2
Just Dance Kids 2014
Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends
Legend of Kay Anniversary
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
LEGO Dimensions
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
LEGO Marvel's Avengers
The LEGO Movie Videogame
Madden NFL 13
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
Minecraft: Wii U Edition
Monster High: 13 Wishes
Monster High: New Ghoul in School
New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
Penguins of Madagascar
Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
Rise of the Guardians
Skylanders Giants
Skylanders Imaginators
Skylanders SuperChargers
Skylanders Swap Force
Skylanders Trap Team
The Smurfs 2
Sniper Elite V2
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge
SteamWorld Collection
Terraria
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Transformers Prime: The Game
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
The Voice: I Want You
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
Watch Dogs
Wheel of Fortune
Wipeout: Create & Crash
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
Zumba Fitness: World Party

The above list includes 75 titles, which means that even though I have a much larger collection of Wii U games than most gamers will ever bother to gather, I still don't own even half of them. Picking up the rest of the lot probably wouldn't cost an obscene amount of money, but I already own a number of them (all of the Skylanders titles, for instance) on other hardware. I could probably point to 20 or so games on the list that I still wouldn't mind purchasing, outside of that, but then I'd basically be done. Wii U doesn't have a huge number of shovelware titles, but it's also not immune.

When Wii U was announced, I promised myself that I would support it as aggressively as I reasonably could, and I have kept that promise. There have been a lot of great games released for the hardware, and I now own most of them. I don't figure I'm done buying titles for the platform, but I also don't see myself going for a "complete" collection unless I stumble across a briefcase full of money. There are too many great games I still hope to pick up for other systems, and the Switch launch is less than a month away. Who has time and money for games he wouldn't even care to play? Not this guy!

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bwv_639 bwv_639 - February 18, 2017 (12:05 AM)
Interesting divergence of views. For me, the last games Nintendo made were for the GameCube and the GBA (with some exceptions on the DS).
honestgamer honestgamer - February 18, 2017 (01:35 AM)
If you haven't particularly enjoyed a Nintendo game since a few that interested you for the DS, then yeah, I would say our opinions diverge quite a bit. Thanks for reading, though!
hastypixels hastypixels - February 18, 2017 (10:08 PM)
It's not realistic for anyone to maintain a large physical collection, even if you just factor economics in the matter. It's not practical. I'm still collecting Steam games ... eeking toward 600 of them. Why? Because I can have them cheaply, and I don't have to worry about shelf space.

It also helps that I can run most of them on my choice of hardware. That's an uphill battle Nintendo hasn't been fighting until now. We won't be seeing many simultaneous cross platform releases on the Switch and 3DS (skipping the Wii U entirely), just because of cost.

My preference? If I had infinite energy, storage space and adequate funds to purchase every game that caught my interest ... I'd probably waste a lot of time sorting them all. It's for the best that we have to meter our time, not just our acquisitions.

"It's dangerous outside, take this ... if you have room for it in your inventory."
Doompanda Doompanda - February 24, 2017 (12:08 AM)
Check out FinnGamer's list of Wii U releases here https://tinyurl.com/gv23x5u if you really want to see how many Wii U games there are. It's a full list of all games worldwide and their variants. In the UK, getting a full collection now will actually prove to be quite difficult as there are a couple of games that are stupidly rare. These games have been unavailable to buy in stores for several years and they rarely appear on eBay, by which I mean I've seen 3 copies of one and two of another in the last year. Can you guess which ones they are?

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