Call of Duty: Black Ops II Wii U review

  • The branching story campaign
  • Addictive multiplayer and Zombies modes
  • Playing split-screen co-op with the GamePad
  • Not being able to access the Home screen from any menu
  • Touch controls to streamline menus and class customization are absent
  • Not having a Wii U Pro Controller for split-screen co-op

When you pick up Call of Duty: Black Ops II for Nintendo’s Wii U, you're getting essentially the same game you would get on any other console. The three main attractions (story campaign, multiplayer, and Zombies) appear in full force, and come complete with the improvements we mentioned in our Call of Duty: Black Ops II review.

The game is takes place in 2025, with protagonist David Mason hunting down a cyber-terrorist known as Raul Menendez, and alternates between story-tied missions in the 1980’s starring Alex Mason and Frank Woods (the good guys from the first Black Ops game). The branching storyline’s life or death choices, the explosive set-pieces, and tense plot points are just as engaging on the Wii U.

The multiplayer and Zombies modes are also identical to the Xbox 360 and PS3 counterparts. The multiplayer online matchmaking is quick and the progression system's addictiveness will suck you in for hours on end. Zombies has been expanded with the new Tranzit and Grief modes to make the largest and most engrossing survival modes in the series. There have been surprisingly few GamePad functions added to the game modes, and being able to do things like edit your custom classes with a few taps on the touch screen are nonexistent. However, one notable addition allows you to display dedicated screens for each player in split-screen local co-op.

Couch co-op players can choose between viewing the game the traditional way--with player’s screens split through the middle of the TV--or with one player using the TV and a Wii U Pro Controller and the other playing off the GamePad screen. It’s the next best thing to setting up a local area network (LAN) and playing on multiple consoles. If you’re playing co-op or are using the controller’s screen as the primary viewer, Black Ops II is easily playable on the Wii U GamePad’s display. The six inch screen is large enough to see the details and distant threats without any trouble, and it won’t hinder you even in intense multiplayer matches.

Black Ops II adds few Wii U specific controls and options that make use of the GamePad controller (with the exception to the split-screen co-op feature), leaving behind unnecessary motion gestures and gimmicks. It might have been useful to implement some touch-screen functionality to further streamline some menus and the custom class screens, but unfortunately, those features weren't included. As a full package, Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s superb offering of a balanced multiplayer, challenging Zombies modes, and entertaining single player campaign make it an excellent title to pick up on the Wii U.

More Info

Release date: Nov 18 2012 - Wii U (US)
Available Platforms: Wii U
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Activision
Developed by: Treyarch
Franchise: Call of Duty
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs




  • amyhenson - November 22, 2012 12:29 p.m.

    until I looked at the draft which said $9690, I didnt believe friends brother realie earning money in their spare time at their computer.. there great aunt has done this for only about 6 months and just cleared the morgage on there house and bourt a new BMW 5-series. I went here_+_+_+ BIT40.COM _+_+_+
  • GR HollanderCooper - November 22, 2012 12:24 p.m.

    Real talk: the people playing BLOPS2 on Wii U suck at multiplayer, so if you're not good go there--less competition.
  • xx_CaPTiiN_SpAiiN_zz - November 22, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    i have always found the word 'blops' to be derogatory but very funny :D
  • talleyXIV - November 22, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    Hmmm, that's an interesting thought. So the order goes PS3 players are best at CoD, then PC, then Xbox, and then Wii U... interesting. By the way, this is probably the least biased one you will get because I literally played Modern Warfare 3 on each console once except for Wii U of course. Probably actually because a lot of people are trying to use the Game Pad to play multiplayer.
  • shawksta - November 21, 2012 7:27 p.m.

    NICE, while im not buying it because i already own it for 360, its great to see its not a shitty port on the Wii U
  • tehtimeisnow - November 21, 2012 7:13 p.m.

    i tryed 2 play this versoin of the gane and it maked me throw up. the gimmecks was just unbareable to use the waggel was so annoyeng and the ganepad felt like a cheep fisher price toy. the grafics r so horrable in this game cuz the wiiu is so underpoewerd and even the oreginal xobx has beter grafics. this is a insult to the best gane of all time and if ur a real gamer u by it on xobx insted
  • ollyn - November 21, 2012 7:47 p.m.

  • Outlaw Vance - November 21, 2012 7:52 p.m.

    Jesus Man..... I hope like hell you are trolling and not serious. With all of those misspelled words and grammatical errors I just lost a little hope in humanity. You're opinion is invalid.
  • Moondoggie1157 - November 21, 2012 7:59 p.m.

    We just ignore him, Vance... tehtimeisnow is well, ya know, kinda "special"
  • Outlaw Vance - November 21, 2012 8:54 p.m.

    oh.... well now I kind of feel bad. lol
  • angelusdlion - November 21, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    don't. He's a fanboy, never ever feel sorry for people like that.
  • ParagonT - November 22, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    Your* Sorry mate, I couldn't resist.
  • Outlaw Vance - November 23, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    Good call man, I just called him out for his mistakes and made one my self. FAIL....
  • tehtimeisnow - November 23, 2012 2:36 p.m.

    yah he needs to get more beter grammer cuz no on says you're when its raelly your
  • Crazyty10 - March 4, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    He's our pet troll, very easy to take care of, just let them wallow in their own waste, feel free to throw peanuts at him, he's getting hungry.
  • bengimon85 - November 21, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    Before bashing a console you clearly know nothing about, you should first go back to school and learn to spell and use proper grammar. Underpowered? Original Xbox has better graphics? also calling Call of Duty Black Ops 2 the best game of all time is a ridiculous statement since its basically an expansion pack. You sir/madam, are an idiot who knows jack shit and should stay well clear of the internet as you give mankind a bad name.
  • boondocks50 - November 21, 2012 8:06 p.m.

    Try harder...
  • colz10 - November 21, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    Can the WiiU version run at full resolution and 60fps?
  • Tjwoods18 - November 21, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    Blaa, Give me a Pokemon game and I'll think about buying the system.
  • Moondoggie1157 - November 21, 2012 6:52 p.m.

    Honestly, if Rayman Legends and Bayonetta 2 prove to be worthwhile I'm nearly sold... Throw in a true Pokemon RPG on a home console (the one we've been wishing for since blue/red) and you've got me sold. Fuck, just imagine having all 649 Pokemon available in one beautiful rendered 2-2.5D HD adventure. Yes, I just came. Oh, yea... Blops 2. I'll pick it up for Christmas...

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