It’s December 2020, almost four whole years since the Wii U was discontinued due to poor global sales and the incoming Nintendo Switch, but we have one burning question on our minds: are people still playing this thing online?
Yes, our newest lovely YouTube star Jon has taken the Wii U and its good old clunky GamePad for a 2020 test drive, all in a bid to see just how popular its online games are today. Over two sessions designed to hit two different time zones, we jumped into games of some of the Wii U’s biggest sellers (Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Splatoon), as well as a decent range of other titles that took our fancy, including the likes of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
We’d urge you to watch the video above – these things take effort, you know! – but let’s just say that we were pleasantly surprised to see that most of the games we tried still had dedicated players jumping on for some online fun. Some of these games, now several years old, have newer, shinier versions available and didn’t sell particularly high numbers, yet still have an active fanbase to this day.
So, is the Wii U really as dead as people will have you believe? Absolutely not.