I hear a lot of people gripe about the lack of Triple A titles on the Wii. Okay, I hear you, the Wii has a general lack of constantly new and huge titles worth checking out. But to be fair, this happens on all the systems, not just the Wii. Regardless, if you own a Wii and complain about the lack of fantastic games worth your money, this list is for you. These are 5 Must-Own Games for the Nintendo Wii.
Super Mario Galaxy:
Mario games are always golden. Every system gets its amazing Mario game and this time we got Super Mario Galaxy (and soon its sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2). There is plenty of variety to keep you busy here for hours and hours. You’ll rarely find yourself bored or thinking you’re just playing the same challenge over and over. You will frequently make yourself play to get just one more star before you can quit (and we all know there is never a “just one more” instance of anything), so you’ll look up and realize your night flew out the window.
Better yet, the game isn’t over when you finish playing through all 120 stars. There’s a nice unlockable bit to play through, which initially didn’t seem that great to me but once I got into it yet another week was gone before I knew it. Simply, this was one of the games that justifies the purchase of the system. Yeah, just this game alone, but I have four more titles for you.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess:
Zelda games are a safe bet when it comes to a purchase. You will NOT get a bad game, no matter what the actual title is, as long as it has “Legend of Zelda” in the name somewhere. Twilight Princess was a long time coming, missing my birthday at least two years in a row, but when it came out I was more than excited. Plus, it was a launch title. A Zelda launch title is a huge deal. I was wondering what to expect from the first big title on the Wii to show off the new system, other than Wii Sports (not on the list since it comes with the system anyway). I am happy to say, it works wonderfully.
The first time I was able to pull out the bow and arrow and let loose on some goblins I was hooked. I had been fairly good at the archery from the previous titles in the series, but this one was a huge leap for me. I felt precise, and I liked it. Overall, the new controls worked great, though swinging the Wiimote to swing your sword took some major getting used to, but you were now able to swing it while running and on horseback. That’s just the sort of thing the Zelda series needed.
In terms of story, I’m putting it high up on my Zelda list right behind Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. Some even feel it outdid Ocarina as the best title in the series. It’s a tough call, but Twilight Princess will deliver at least 40 hours of gameplay for just a single playthrough, not including side quests. That’s huge.
Metroid Prime Trilogy:
I’ve mentioned this collection in a previous review, and while I was critical of re-releasing games I already owned, I will still go ahead and say that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is one of the games I bought my Wii for, even when the system was called The Revolution. As of now, Corruption is pretty much discontinued as a stand-alone title, instead being a three-in-one deal with the first two Metroid Prime games. I know you all haven’t played the trilogy, so you need to go ahead and pick up the pack.
Corruption continues the story, adding something the series mostly lacked in the past: other characters. The world feels more alive and vibrant and the action becomes more frantic as the control scheme has been shifted to take advantage of the motion controls to probably the best level that any Wii game has up until now. You want an example where the controls not only work great but make perfect sense, this is the game to do that. The three titles will put you through your paces, especially if you want 100% completion endings for each.
No More Heroes:
I was on the fence about No More Heroes when I first heard about it. It sounded like a cool concept for a game, with a character named Travis Touchdown wanting to become the best assassin in the world after he wins a light saber in a contest, but I was reluctant to play the game after most everyone in the industry said that if I didn’t buy the game, then I must not really like supporting video games. When a friend lent me the game it took me even longer to force myself to pick it up and try it out. It’s been a while since I beat it, but I’m getting jittery just wanting to play it again.
It’s not a game for children in any way. There are copious amounts of blood, profanity, and “adult themes” (we all know what that means). We adults get a chance to experience a game unlike any other (cliché writer phrase #26), that will get you to laugh out loud if you allow it to. There are plenty of frustrating things to gripe about, but I’m not going to lie about this: if you gripe too much about the problems, you’re missing the point and an amazing game.
Super Smash Bros Brawl:
This is the single biggest game on the system. Statistically, it is the most played game according to data gathered from the Nintendo Channel (didn’t think they used that data, huh?), and for good reason: There is just so much to do. You can play this game every day and still find yourself enjoying it. There are 40 characters, dozens of levels, dozens of items, and tons of options for playing the game in pretty much any way you’d like to. The developers did their homework when they put this one together.
The genius of Brawl is the simple controls. Any skill level can play the game and enjoy it. If you’ve never played the game or any game in the series, you can easily start to figure everything out within a few matches. If you’re a veteran player, you’re able to jump right in and rip apart every face that stands in your way via a surprisingly deep combat system. I’ve clocked in hundreds of hours playing with friends, and many more playing solo. There are so many unlockables to find, always giving you something new to do and something new to find. The single-player story mode is extremely long and the cutscenes are fantastic. Production values are at their max for Brawl.
I’m going to go ahead and just tell you: If you have a Wii but you don’t have Brawl, then you’re doing something wrong with your life. Pick up one, two, or all the titles on this list for someone you love over the holidays, or even yourself. The Wii just dropped in price, so there’s no excuse for people to have skipped any of these games.