10 Must Play Wii Games

Four years after making its launch, the Nintendo Wii has become the best-selling game system this generation of consoles has ever seen. It wouldn't be a strange coincidence to see a double handful of memorable title releases to go along with it, despite how queer the publishers continue to paint its third-party support. Whether you're jonesing for a meaty experience that fits your hardcore preferences, or you're looking to break a leg in a game that even your elders can enjoy, the Wii has a little something for everybody. Read on to find out what you may have missed.

10. Dead Space Extraction

The Wii is home to a lot of original on-rails light gun shooters, such as the Resident Evil Chronicles and House of the Dead: Overkill. However, Extraction ends up being the best of the lot. The way it integrates story elements and characters to the genre feels fresh, while the engaging gunplay is very faithful to its HD brother. Dismembering necromorphs with a buddy doesn't hurt either.

09. Muramasa: The Demon Blade

It's likely that your first impression of Muramasa is that it looks good. Your second impression: it looks really good. Developed by the same team that worked on the equally-beautiful Odin Sphere for PS2, Muramasa is a 2D side-scrolling action game heavily drowned in Japanese mythology. Two modes (one skill-based, the other offering RPG-like level-ups) and two characters are available from the start, and further help suit to your play styles.

08. Mario Kart Wii

Can't have a Nintendo console without a Mario Kart. The Wii version hosts over a dozen newer track, plus remixed ones from earlier games, along with a dedicated Channel to help you maintain online sessions and manage Friend Lists. Or, if you're wireless-less, you can slug it out with upto 4-players via split-screen multiplayer. The perfect party crasher.

07. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

A sequel that improves the original in pretty much every department? Check. Moe? Also check. Desperate Struggle released just a few weeks ago, and is easily the best 3D action game you're going to find on the Wii. Be sure to check out our review and see what we had to say about it.

06. Wii Sports Resort

How do you make one of the best-selling casual games even better? By having it support the new Wii MotionPlus accessory. A lot of the activities, some of which repackaged from the first game, feel incredibly responsive and involving. While MotionPlus isn't required to play all sporting events, you'd be a silly goose not to use it. Still no online support, so remember to bring some friends along to get the most out of your experience.
05. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Tat-soo-what-now? While Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC owners have been content with Capcom dishing out Street Fighter IV on their platters, if you've come to appreciate fighters like Marvel vs. Capcom, Ultimate All-Stars will sweep you off your feet. Its spiraling 2.5D graphics and selection of bizarre but lovable characters spanning multiple universes make it tough to put it down. The US version hosts a substantial number of additions over the Japan release, such as gameplay tweaks, even more characters, and online play. It's also the second title in this list to have a top-down shooter minigame. Man, what's up with that?

04. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

What originally started off as a Gamecube exclusive, later turned into a Wii launch-day title. Twilight Princess continues the tradition of ye old Zelda gameplay (that is, mixing action and adventure elements with a bunch of dungeon puzzle-solving). While the Wii controls don't come off to define this as the definitive Zelda experience respective to its platform, Twilight Princess is home to some really memorable characters and an endearing world for you to explore. You simply have to play it.

03. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition

Welcome, stranger... What are you buying? How about this Wii Remote-enhanced port of one of the best over-the-shoulder, third person shooters of last gen? It's amazing how much difference manual aiming with the pointer can make a classic feel new again.

02. Metroid Prime Trilogy

The Metroid Prime series have been one of the most critically-acclaimed Nintendo games to release in the last decade. Its blend of adventure and first-person shooting elements do exceptionally well in expanding the Metroid universe to current-gen players. Now, for the price of one game, you can pick up all three Primes, with the added bonus of Wii-style controls and wide-screen support for the first two.

01. Super Mario Galaxy

Any self-indulgent Nintendo freak knows how good Mario games can be, and Galaxy proves to be yet another hallmark. The formula established since Mario 64 hasn't changed a whole lot. What has changed is the new emphasis on the Star Pointer. It takes some getting used to at first, but the implementation of object interacting spliced up with old-school platforming is vastly intuitive and downright stupendous. If there ever was a way to convince your chums into playing a Mario game, this is certainly it. Keep your eyes open for the upcoming sequel.

Honorable Mentions:

  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Punch-Out!!

Published Date: Mar 06, 2010 03:58 pm | Updated Date: Mar 06, 2010 03:58 pm