These mobile hits would look marvelous on Nintendo's console.
Nintendo's Wii U has been available for almost two months in the U.S., and players can already download a variety of impressive games, like Little Inferno and Trine 2: Director's Cut. Of course, there's always room for more, and considering the GamePad's touchscreen, we have quite a few iOS titles that would make a great fit. With this in mind, here are a handful we'd like to see.
Joe Danger Touch
We've already had a blast playing Joe Danger on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Now's a great time for Hello Games to bring its stunt series to Wii U, and the recently released iPhone and iPad edition was custom built for touchscreens. We could even see the swipe controls somehow adapted for play on the big screen, or simply a d-pad/face button option. This would also enrage Microsoft and Sony fans, who would complain about Wii U receiving exclusive content.
Fireproof Studios shocked thousands of iOS users with this thoroughly entertaining puzzler, which tasks players with solving a variety of mini-games while trying to open an ornate wooden box. It's a marvelous example of touchscreen gaming done right, and Nintendo supporters would certainly have a ball figuring out this title's intricacies via the GamePad.
Angry Birds Star Wars
Every device with an Angry Birds game is exponentially better, in our humble opinion. Might as well kick things off with Rovio Entertainment's newest offering, which takes George Lucas' iconic universe and adapts it for bird-slinging/fort-destroying play, complete with characters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi, albeit in bird form. Ideal for the GamePad, and a great way to pass the time when someone else wants to watch TV.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Granted, this would involve Electronic Arts ironing out all the bugs (something it's yet to do with the mobile edition), but who wouldn't want to build his or her own virtual Springfield from the ground up while interacting with the show's greatest characters? Free-to-play seems like a viable option for Wii U, and Tapped Out would be a huge hit, no question.
This is one of those games that would work on both the GamePad and TV screen, as the concept is well suited to both, even with players removing their eyes off the controller. The goal is to make circles grow to varying sizes to reach 100 points. All you need to do is press a circle to kick start the growing process, and make sure it doesn't touch another circle, lest the game ends. Taking this a step further, Hundreds on 3DS sounds like an even better idea.
There's no need to look at the GamePad while playing Time Surfer. You simply tap to make the character dive, whereupon which you take advantage of valleys/dips in the terrain to propel the surfer skyward. Meanwhile, you grab as much virtual cake as possible to spend at the shop, purchasing new characters, life-saving pets and special effects. Throw in retro graphics and cool music, and what's not to like?
Players with a hankering for quality tower defense games should look no further than Subatomic Studios' smash hit. The sequel upped the proverbial ante with more than 20 maps, dastardly weapons and Time Trial, Sudden Death and Puzzle modes. There's definitely a need for these types of games on the Wii U, so this one's a no brainer.
Candy Crush Saga
The Wii U will inevitably receive a match-three game, and with that being said, Candy Crush Saga belongs at the top of the list. The concept will seem instantly familiar, with players combining candies of similar colors to make them disappear, but the developers add an extra layer of challenge with mini-games, like removing jelly from the screen, or making special ingredients travel from top to bottom. Throw in friend lists and high scores, and this puzzle game would be quite popular, indeed.