So I've never played one of these games, but I saw the first one is out on the Wii U VC. Is it worth playing then?
2 is definitely the best starting point, 1 is very clunky; 2 and beyond has so much more customizing. Customizing your folder was the best part of the games imho.
Of course 1 is fine for what it is, just know that if you aren't completely sold 1 is definitely probably the second worst of the series besides 4.