411 Games Top 5 7.26.14: Top 5 Wii Games
Posted by Sean Garmer on 07.26.2014
From Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and more, the 411 staff counts down the Top 5 Wii games of all-time!
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. There were many great things about the Nintendo Wii.
In our on and off again series looking back at video game systems, let's honor the Nintendo Wii
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5. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: This was one of the darker Zelda games ever made, and I loved it for it. Don't get me wrong, the story isn't Dark Souls dark or anything like that, but after Wind Waker, this was a shocking Zelda game that seemed geared a little more towards an older demographic. This was the follow-up to Ocarina of Time that we had been wanting since the N64 days.
4. Wii Sports: This game mostly gets on the list due to the fact that it was the game that turned a lot of casual gamers onto the Wii, while at the same time, showed off the possibilities of the Wii's motion controls. There were a variety of sports to choose from (I always like the sword fights myself) but this was one of the most fun party games ever released for the Wii (even if it wasn't really billed as one).
3. Punch Out: I was a big fan of the original games, so I was weary of a Wii remake. I knew that the motion controls could make for a fun game, but still was weary. I am so glad I was wrong. I loved playing this game whenever I had a chance. It was fun, but difficult. It is rare to get a good follow up to a classic game that came out close to 20 years previously, but Punch Out did it.
2. Super Mario Galaxy: I was disappointed with Mario Sunshine for the Gamecube. I am not sure why, but I was. When Galaxy came out, I was hoping it would be a much better game than Sunshine, and my hopes came true. The game is one of those rare games that sell consoles. Not only a console seller, but this game places high on any all-time Mario game lists.
1. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Skyward Sword took the motion controls on the Wii to its fullest. Gambling, the developers changed the classic controls, and made you swing the Wii Remote to swing Link's sword. The Wii will always be known for its motion controls, and for once, this game took advantage of it to the fullest extent. The motion controls didn't feel like an add on or a headache, they felt essential. This isn't even touching on the overall design of the game from the story to the dungeons. Skyward Sword is a great Zelda game for a much maligned system.
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5. Muramasa: The Demon Blade: One of the prettiest game on the Wii, which is actually a bigger statement than you'd think, Muramasa is probably the last major 2D adventure game featuring high quality sprites, as the trend seems to be to either go with retro graphics or just go with 3D models. If you like hack and slash, you will love this game. The highest difficulty is one of the most rewarding challenges the Wii has to offer in my opinion.
4. Animal Crossing: City Folk: The addition of the city was a much needed breath of fresh air after the somewhat lackluster DS entry into the series. It saw the return of holidays and made online play worthwhile. As someone that doesn't like to "time travel" cheat to get things in the game, it was nice that they included the auction house where you could buy stuff from your friends online that they had plenty of but that you could never find (like tarantulas... I swear I played that game every day for three years straight and saw ONE the whole time!) It was also always fun to receive DLC items from Nintendo when you least expected it, everything from Mario furniture to a random pair of ladder shades!
3. The Last Story: As I've said several times in this column, I suck at RPGs. I enjoy them, but am usually terrible at them. With this game, however, it was a different story (if you'll allow me the pun); there was a wide enough array of gameplay elements present in this game that even the most pathetic gamer can find something to excel at. You can even get an armor set for slipping on things and hitting your head on signs a large number of times. I think I mostly fell in love with this game for the atmosphere created within the town in the game. It feels very lived in, and it never got old running from quest giver to quest giver for me because it felt like something new was always going on. It was especially nice during the festival night, which unfortunately is a relatively short part of the game.
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl: It had the roster that Melee should have had, the story mode Melee should have had, and the online multiplayer that Melee should have had, but unfortunately, the meta game took a hit, which makes it inferior to Melee despite all the new features. Most Smash addicts will shudder along with me as I mention the word "tripping". The Final Smash, while a great concept, instantly made some characters inferior to others. Outside of that, though, Brawl is a great game. The Subspace Emissary was something Nintendo fans have wanted for a long time; a world connecting all of its franchises without being too complicated or trying too hard to incorporate elements from all the various games. Seeing how the upcoming Wii U/3DS iteration is coming along, it will be easy to look back at Brawl as kind of a transitional phase for the series, and I think that's reflected in the fact that the title for the new game doesn't have a subtitle. It's like they are saying "This is it, this is THE Smash Bros experience."
1. Super Mario Galaxy: THEY DONE DID IT AGAIN! It's amazing, all the adventures we've been on with Mario. If there is ever going to be a Nintendo HD remake of a Mario game, I hope it's Mario Galaxy. Maybe they could include both games in one package, or combine the games somehow. I know I'm a broken record when it comes to this, but this is one of the few games that I truly, truly mean it; the soundtrack on its own is a masterpiece. Koji Kondo and Mahito Yokota really outdid themselves with the Galaxy games. I am also a huge fan of the addition of the Ice Flower, as well as all of the snow themed levels in Galaxy. It is definitely a must-play game from the last decade.
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5. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros Treasure Before the Walking Dead games and Wolf Among Us came around to make point and click type games cool again, the Wii had a little gem called Zack & Wiki. As a person that really fell in love with Grim Fandango and A Day of the Tentacle, this was right up my alley. This game really used the Wii Remote to its fullest and when you combine that with the fantastic graphics, the great characters, and of course the challenging puzzles this was an underrated game that was done perfectly on Wii.
4. Mario Kart Wii: As annoying as some people found the Wii Wheel or just didn't like the motion controls for the game, I found them fun and endearing. Especially to the casual crowd like my sister and dad, who don't play games all that often, but stuff like Mario Kart and Mario Party will always get them raring to go. Mario Kart Wii had some really great levels that I loved to go back and play many times over. I very much enjoyed the huge character roster and the motorcycles were a nice touch as well. But like I said in the beginning, this game makes my list because it was the one game that I had we could play as a family, and it was even great at parties too.
3. Xenoblade Chronicles: I didn't think we would get a true 100 hour true RPG experience on the Wii, but then came Xenoblade Chronicles and it swept me away. As an RPG lover this game had everything that I love about RPG's. It had a great story, interesting characters, the world was immersive, and the battle system was fun as well. It is definitely the best RPG on the Wii and may be in a lot of people's top Wii Games because it was a Wii exclusive that offered something unique to the system. And dammit this game was also hard as hell to find too.
2. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: To me, this was the best of the Metroid Prime series. It brought everything about the other games together into one beautiful game, which also made the Wii Remote fun to use as well. I would recommend if you have a Wii you need to go play this game.
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2: A sequel that is even better than the original is usually a rare feat in any entertainment medium, but Mario Galaxy 2 passed that with flying colors. The visuals are amazing, the platforming is sublime, and this is certainly one of the best Mario games of ALL-TIME not just for the Wii. This was the crowning achievement for the Wii as far as I'm concerned, I don't know that there is another game other than Mario Galaxy 1 that even comes close.
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