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Video Games Encyclopedia by Gamepressure.com

Wii U is the 8th generation console from Nintendo and a successor to Wii. It was released almost all around the world in November 2012. Wii U had many new features (with GamePad controller on the top of the list) and significantly better performance, but it didn’t manage to repeat the big success of its predecessor; actually, it wasn’t even close. That’s why less than 3 years after the release of Wii U the world began to spread rumors about the console’s successor, initially codenamed NX.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WiiU)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WiiU)

Action 03 March 2017

Another installment in the popular action-adventure game series by Nintendo, and also the first game in the series for WiiU. In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you play once again as the main character of the franchise, Link, who gets involved in yet another exciting and dangerous adventure as he tries to learn what led to the downfall of the land of Hyrule. The gameplay is a combination of several genres: adventure, action RPG, and even survival. During the game, you explore the open world, solve puzzles and fight enemies; the combat is arcade-like and requires you to use varied tactics. You also have to gather resources in order to prepare food and drink, which affect your abilities, just like pieces of equipment.

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LEGO City: Undercover (WiiU)
LEGO City: Undercover (WiiU)

Action 18 March 2013

Another installment in the popular series of third-person perspective action games that uses the license of the popular LEGO bricks franchise. This time, the title is available exclusively on Nintendo platforms. The game takes place in a modern metropolis and its main protagonist, Chase McCain, is an undercover cop. His task is to find, infiltrate, and stop criminal operations, which he does in-style, Hollywood style. Gameplay mechanics in LEGO City: Undercover combine the most important features of the LEGO series with elements typical of the Grand Theft Auto and Driver series. The overall feeling of the game is strongly inspired by classic action movies. The gameplay is a mix of various genres and during the game the player will participate in spectacular car chases, fly a police helicopter, chase after suspects on rooftops, and engage enemies in fist fights. The controls are simple and intuitive and the game provides us with many opportunities to employ the unique capabilities of Nintendo consoles and their controllers.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X (WiiU)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (WiiU)

RPG 29 April 2015

The second installment in a jRPG series launched in 2010 with the release of the well-received Xenoblade Chronicles. Both games were developed by Monolith Software. Xenoblade Chronicles X tells a completely different story, however, which begins in 2054. As a result of the war between two alien species, the Earth is almost completely destroyed, and humanity needs to find a new home. White Whale, an American spacecraft crashes into the surface of the planet Mira. The crew of the ship establishes a city and names it New Los Angeles. The player assumes the role of a survivor hired by an organization aiming to explore the unknown planet. The gameplay mechanics combine elements of the previous installment with ideas inspired by the Monster Hunter series. In the game, the player explores different regions of the planet, completing various assignments and fighting monsters inhabiting its surface in a real-time combat system.

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Assassin's Creed III (WiiU)
Assassin's Creed III (WiiU)

Action 13 November 2012

The third major entry in the action adventure game series, Assassin Creed. Assassin Creed III has been created by Ubisoft Montreal in cooperation with its subsidiaries. It continues the story of the conflict between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order. Most of events take place during the American War of Independence (1753-1783). The main character – Connor Kenway – is, once again, an ancestor of Desmond Miles. The half-blood Indian vows to fight tyranny and seek justice. The creators have skillfully implemented many historical figures and events to the story. As per Assassin’s Creed tradition, the gameplay takes place in an open-world environment, with players having a lot of freedom in completing tasks and exploration.

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (WiiU)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (WiiU)

Action 29 October 2013

The fourth major installment in a bestselling TPP action-adventure game series. The game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal in cooperation with other Ubisoft’s inner studios. The main story in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is set in 18th century. You meet a pirate captain Edward Kenway (the grandfather of Connor Kenway from Assassin's Creed III), who gets entangled in the age-long conflict between The Brotherhood of Assassins and the Order of Templars. Interwoven in the story are authentic places and historical events, as well as famous figures (including Edward Teach, Benjamin Hornigold, and Anne Bonny) related to the so called Golden Age of Piracy. The sandbox gameplay model offers the players the complete freedom of exploration and undertaking various missions. Complimentary to the solo mode, the game features an expansive multiplayer with a number of diverse maps and playable characters.

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Minecraft (WiiU)
Minecraft (WiiU)

Action 17 December 2015

A sandbox game that defies classification, developed by the independent Mojang AB studio. Minecraft has been developed with the intention of unleashing the creativity of players, who can freely change the game's virtual world made from voxels (cubic blocks). The gameplay concentrates on terrain transformations, building structures, crafting items, and creating your own adventures. The game consists of two modes: a classic one, which allows for unending experience, and survival, in which we have to prepare to fend off monster assaults at night. In addition to single player, Minecraft also offers online multiplayer. The game from Mojang AB is distinguished by its unique retro visuals.

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Watch Dogs (WiiU)
Watch Dogs (WiiU)

Action 18 November 2014

A third person perspective (TPP) action game developed by Ubisoft company’s subsidiaries led by Ubisoft Montreal. Watch_Dogs is set in the near future in Chicago, one of many American metropolitan areas, whose infrastructure is managed by the Central Operating System (CtOS). The game’s protagonist is Aiden Pearce, a talented hacker able to hack almost every electronic device and use it to provoke a specific reaction or influence other people’s behavior. Gameplay is set in an open world, providing the player with the freedom to complete the missions as he sees fit. Gameplay combines elements of a third person shooter, stealth, and action-adventure game. Watch_Dogs also includes a multiplayer system with a unique feature – other players’ actions can influence the single player campaign.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted (WiiU)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (WiiU)

Racing 19 March 2013

A new installment in the legendary racing series. As the title suggests, the game refers to one of the most well-received parts of the series - the original 2005's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The game was developed by Criterion Games, a company well-know for the Burnout series. The remake resembles the original game when it comes to dynamic police chases and the so-called Blacklist, where the player challenges other most wanted drivers for races and climbs up their ranks. This time the developer put emphasis on the game's open-world environment, and the opportunity to explore it freely. The player can freely roam the streets of Fairhaven and switch between the vehicles they previously managed to acquire. Participation in subsequent races unlocks upgrades and modifications for each car. In doing so, the player earns prestige points as well, which allows them to challenge subsequent Blacklist drivers. What is typical of the series, the game offers an arcade driving system that features spectacular collisions.

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Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (WiiU)
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (WiiU)

Action 18 November 2012

A sequel to the 2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum. Just like its predecessor, the game was produced by British studio Rocksteady in cooperation with Warner Bros. Interactive. The story campaign in Batman: Arkham City is set several months after the events of the first game. An old district of Gotham City was walled off and the most dangerous criminals were put inside. Afraid that the situation is getting out of control, Batman tries to stop the wrongdoers before it is too late. Gameplay mechanics combines elements of action with beat’em up game. As compared with the first installment, Batman: Arkham City gives players much greater freedom when it comes to exploration of the game’s open world and carrying out the missions.

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Darksiders II (WiiU)
Darksiders II (WiiU)

Action 18 November 2012

The sequel to the action game, Darksiders, released in 2010 by the developer studio Vigil Games. The storyline of Darksiders II depicts the adventures of another of the raiders of the apocalypse – Death. The hero sets out to aid his brother – War, who has been accused of unleashing the Apocalypse prematurely. In order to help, the protagonist has to prove the existence of a plot and resurrect humanity, which was completely annihilated in the End-War. In comparison to the first installment, the creators of Darksiders II have prepared a much larger and more diverse world, through which the hero travels, accompanied by his steed (Despair) and a crow (Dust). The gameplay revolves around spectacular skirmishes with enemies; in some areas, however, also the player’s ability to solve logic-based puzzles will be tested. The changes introduced in Darksiders II have also influenced the graphics, greatly increasing their over-all quality.

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Batman: Arkham Origins (WiiU)
Batman: Arkham Origins (WiiU)

Action 25 October 2013

The third entry in the series of spectacular action games with Batman. It was developed by WB Games Montreal (which previously prepared the Wii U port of Batman: Arkham City) and published by the Warner Bros. company. The story of Batman: Arkham Origins shows the beginning of Batman’s career, taking inspiration from the comic books Batman: Year One and Legends of the Dark Knight. As the protagonist, we face Black Mask and his hired thugs. Like in the previous games from the Batman: Arkham series, gameplay combines features of a fighting game with shooter and stealth elements. Additionally, the creators included some innovations, like a built-in system of challenges.

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Terraria (WiiU)
Terraria (WiiU)

Arcade 28 June 2016

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Disney Infinity (WiiU)
Disney Infinity (WiiU)

Arcade 18 August 2013

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Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington - The Infamy (WiiU)
Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington - The Infamy (WiiU)

Action 19 February 2013

The first of three DLCs constituting the additional story campaign for Assassin’s Creed III. The expansion, called The Tyranny of King Washington - The Infamy, shows an alternative version of history. Consumed by the lust for power, George Washington proclaims himself as the king and becomes a brutal tyrant that intends to gain complete control over the country. Connor, the main protagonist, does not accept that; he decides to stop the madman from ruining the country. In addition to completely new story that consists of main plot and many side activities, the expansion also changes game mechanics. The protagonist can use completely new abilities against Washington’s followers. Among them there are bear, eagle, and wolf powers that increase strength, speed and camouflage. There are also warpaints that increase general statistics of the character. One can also summon a pack of wolves that help the player in battle.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 (WiiU)
Disney Infinity 3.0 (WiiU)

Arcade 28 August 2015

The third installment in a popular action-adventure game series for kids, set in an expansive universe of films and cartoons of The Walt Disney Company. As many as five game developers worked on this title: Avalanche Software, Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, Studio Gobo, and United Front Games. In accordance with the tradition of the series, Disney Infinity 3.0 lets you synchronize collectible figurines with the game in order to unlock virtual characters. Upon doing so, you take part in various adventures in one of many Disney worlds. The third installment in the series introduces 5 new worlds coming from Star Wars, Marvel universe, and the animated picture Inside Out. Of course, there are also new heroes and an improved version of Toy Box with new multiplayer modes. Disney Infinity 3.0 retains the cartoonish artwork characteristic for the series. The game supports all figurines and power discs from previous editions.

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Gunscape (WiiU)
Gunscape (WiiU)

Action canceled

A game which combines first-person online shooter mechanics with elements of sandbox games such as Minecraft. It was developed by the independent studio, Blowfish. The game features unique, pixel art visuals and a single player story campaign which can be completed either by sticking to the storyline or re-shaping it by taking different actions. However, the essence of the gameplay is contained within a few standard multiplayer modes, allowing for both cooperation and rivalry between the players, such as Deathmatch, Point Capture or Capture the Flag. Maps are created by the players themselves, who are capable of shaping the terrain and constructing different buildings. The game features an extensive map editor which allows us to create diversified arenas using many useful tools and share them with others. Interestingly, particular maps can be even modified during multiplayer sessions with other players.

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Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington - The Redemption (WiiU)
Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington - The Redemption (WiiU)

Action 23 April 2013

The final episode of The Tyranny of King Washington expansion that adds a completely new story campaign to the third installment of the bestselling Assassin’s Creed series developed by Ubisoft. The Redemption finishes the story shown in two previous expansions, in which Connor, the main protagonist, faces a power-crazed version of George Washington. This time the action takes place in New York City. The protagonist, together with previously gained allies, tries to finally put an end to Washington's tyranny. As usually, the expansion adds new missions related to the main story and a set of side activities. During the game the player will have many opportunities to use the new powers added by the expansion. These powers include animal instincts, warpaint with special effects, and the ability to call an allied pack of wolves.

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Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington - The Betrayal (WiiU)
Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington - The Betrayal (WiiU)

Action 19 March 2013

The second episode of the trilogy of expansions to Assassin’s Creed III released in 2012 by Ubisoft. The expansion, called The Tyranny of King Washington - The Betrayal, tells the next part of the story started in the first DLC. The protagonist of the basic game, Connor, awakens in a reality in which he never became an assassin. However, when the country is in peril, he decides to fight George Washington who, corrupted by the Apple of Eden, will stop at nothing to gain absolute control of the country. In the second part of the story, the protagonist is going to Boston, where he intends to gain cooperation from some allies, whom he doesn’t exactly like. The expansion offers completely new main and side missions. During them Connor will use the new abilities added in the previous DLC – the powers of wolf, eagle, and bear, “warpaint” and “alpha of the pack”.

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RymdResa (WiiU)
RymdResa (WiiU)

Adventure canceled

A sandbox game developed by Morgondag, a Spanish studio. The player assumes the role of a lone astronaut who searches for a new home in the unwelcoming interplanetary space. At the core of the gameplay lies exploration of space, gathering new materials and technologies, and devising new parts for eight modifiable ships. The protagonist can also be developed — the experience points we gather while playing can be spent on enhancing skills from the extensive skill tree. The available specializations include exploration, technology, the ability to find and extract raw materials, and typical survival talents. The characteristic feature of RymdResa is its retro visual layer and the original soundtrack composed by Tom Croke and Pat Jacobs. It is also worth noting that the game world is generated procedurally so every playthrough not only offers a different space map but also unique challenges to tackle.

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