There are plenty of amazing Wii games on the market, and it can cost thousands to build a “perfect” collection of games. The system itself costs $199.99, and this list aims to create a solid collect of games for that price. It also aims to provide a lot of bang for your buck, and puts a nice array of titles on your shelf.
One could easily purchase four $50 Wii games- such as Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime Trilogy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl and have a great start to their collection, but this list does not feature a single game carrying the $50 price tag. Rather, it splits the $200 across 11 Wii games, 9 of which saw a retail release, two of which are for the system’s WiiWare service.
Also, this is not a best of list. This is just a solid selection of cheaper games (with one exception in a certain $40 game) that one can assemble for $200. This collection is not for everyone. For example, those looking for games for younger children should skip a few titles on the list.
Game: World of Goo
World of Goo is the best game on the WiiWare service. Not only that, it is one of the best games for the system, period. It is deceptively simple: you must create a path using Goo Balls (which, incidentally, do not know they are delicious), and this will lead them to pipe to collect them. It really does sound simple, but it becomes quite challenging quite fast. You have to create complex structures using the Goo Balls, use the environment to your advantage and deal with numerous obstacles that hinder your progress.
One thing that stands out about this game is its beautiful graphics. This is not a technical masterpiece- this is a truly beautiful looking artistic game. It’s easy to get sucked into the World of Goo.
Game: NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
World of Goo is the best WiiWare title available, and NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits is the also among the best best. There are plenty of other great WiiWare titles worth downloading, such as LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, Swords & Soldiers and any of the Bit.Trip titles, but the appeal of NyxQuest cannot be denied.
It is a platformer where you play as Nyx (who would have guess?) and you are on a journey to save Icarus. Along the way, you acquire the power of the gods- such as Zeus- and use these powers to traverse dangerous environment and deal with enemies that impede your path. It’s a wonderful looking game with top-notch controls, and at that $10 price tag, it is a true bargain.
The journey of Amaterasu is one all Wii owners should experience. It started as a PS2 game, and this is one of many titles remade for the Wii. It is arguably the best of the so-called “Wii-makes.”
The game was spectacular on the PS2, and remains spectacular today. The cel-shaded graphics look wonderful, the soundtrack is amazing, and the transition to motion controls fits the game well, especially for the paint brush techniques. These techniques allow you to turn day into night, create lily pads, giants bombs and more.
The story is good, the game has a nice sense of humor and Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess and origin of all that is good and mother to us all, is a surprisingly deep character. She is more than just a white wolf, and it is great to see an animal character in a video game without an over-the-top attitude that tries to be cool.
Simply put, you should own and play this game.
Game: Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
Zack & Wiki is a spectacular puzzle/adventure game hybrid that was lost in the shuffle. It’s disappointing, because Zack & Wiki is a truly original, fun and challenging game that anyone can pick up and play. Don’t let the colorful graphics and cheerful box art fool you, though. While it might look simple, Zack & Wiki is a surprisingly difficult game.
The Wii is a great console for point-and-click adventure games, as seen by WiiWare titles like Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People and Tales of Monkey Island, but Zack & Wiki remains the best adventure game on the system.
The story is simple: Zack aspires to be the greatest pirate in history. He and his enchanted golden monkey friend Wiki are the newest members of the pirate gang, The Sea Rabbits, and are the only non-rabbits among the group, naturally.
The game utilized the Wii remote’s capability for motion controls. For example, when you need to turn a lever, you rotate the remote. When you need to cut down a tree, you move it back and forward like a saw. It works well, and should be in an adventure game fan’s collection.
And, in the fun facts department, Zack & Wiki is one of just two third party Wii games to feature an all-color instruction manual, the other being Klonoa.
Game: The King of Fighters Collection – The Orochi Saga
The King of Fighters Collection, as the name suggests, collects five King of Fighters games, including the entire Orochi Saga. Thanks to the Virtual Console, there are plenty of great 2D fighters available on the Wii, but this game puts five on them on a single disc at a discounted price. The five in question are King of Fighters ’94, The Orochi Saga (King of Fighters ’95, King of Fighters ’96 and King of Fighters ’97) and King of Fighters ’98. King of Fighters ’98 is one of the finest 2D fighters available. It features loads of characters, is relatively well balance, controls well and is the best game in the collection.
The games as whole have a spectacular fighting system, excellent 2D graphics, a wide variety of characters and play styles, and some very difficult challenges for you to tackle. As any good fighting game should have, it features a solid multiplayer mode.
You can play the game with a Wii remote and nunchuck, but the game is at its finest with the classic controller.
It’s bloody. It’s violent. It’s offensive. It’s one of the best releases on the Wii. Fair warning: expect copious amounts of blood, over the top violent content, gratuitous use of swearing and so much more delightfully offensive content.
One of the most unique things about the game is its graphical style: the entire game, with the exception of the large amount of red blood, is in black and white. It creates a stark visual contrast, and looks unlike any other title on the market. Another unique feature is the commentary, done by Howard "Buckshot" Holmes and Kreese Kreeley, as they narrate the events of the Death Watch games Jack is competing it. The voices for the announcers are provided by John DiMaggio and Greg Proops.
Of course, none of this would matter if the game wasn’t fun. It is. There are so many ways to kill people, robots and zombies and some very fun Death Watch challenges, it keeps the events of this beat-em-up fresh and unique as you play through the game.
Game: de Blob
de Blob is a lighthearted and fun platformer where you paint the town red. And green. And blue. And yellow. In fact, it is your goal to bring color to the otherwise drab, gray world.
It really is that simple: you play as a blob, and you are a member of resistance who hope to bring color to the world. You wish to launch a color revolution with the Color Underground and save Chroma City from a future without color. There is no over-the-top violence or anything of that nature. de Blob is unique in that it really is a family friendly game that all ages can enjoy.
Game: No More Heroes/Red Steel Bundle
While Red Steel is a nice bonus, the star of this bundle is No More Heroes. In fact, No More Heroes is worth paying $30 alone. Nothing against Red Steel, but buy this one for No More Heroes, which one can argue was Wii Game of the Year 2008. Suda 51 was the maniacal genius behind this romp, which tells the tale of Travis Touchdown as he climbs the ranks to become the number one ranked assassin in United Assassins Association, a governing body of assassins. The story that follows is actually quite intriguing. There really is a lot going on- it isn’t just as simple as trying to become number one.
The game, as one would expect, is violent and bloody. There is quite a bit of sexual humor, and the game can be laugh out loud hilarious. The graphics look great and the soundtrack rocks. The song Heavenly Star by Genki Rockets is featured in the game, and it is an earworm that can quickly get stuck in your head.
Really, if you are looking for games that feature over-the-top violence and some potentially offensive content, but surprising good storylines, you need to purchase No More Heroes and MadWorld.
Game: Castle of Shikigami III
The old-school shooter is not dead yet, and 2008’s Castle of Shikigami III helps prove this. The game starts off simple enough (at least for fans of the genre) but quickly becomes what is known as bullet-hell, and you will need to use quick thinking and quicker reflexes to find a spot on screen to avoid being shot down, and proves to be a challenge for veterans of the shooter-genre. If you can survive and beat the bosses, it is a rewarding experience.
One unique portion of Castle of Shikigami III is its storyline. As a general rule, shooters of this nature are not known for their characters or their storylines. However, this game has a delightful sense of humor- the story features everything from fourth-wall breaks to lampshade hanging to a time-travelling sandwich chef who is apparently a fan of Bubble Bobble.
The game also features a solid multiplayer mode, and it really is fun traversing Swan Castle with another shooter fan.
Game: Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Muramasa had a terribly unfortunate release date: 9-8-09, the day before The Beatles: Rock Band. While they are two very different genres, the release of The Beatles: Rock Band overshadowed all other game releases that week and most of the game releases during September as a whole. It is a shame, because Muramasa is a beautiful action role-playing game that provides a nice challenge.
You can play with the Wii Remote, the Nintendo GameCube controller and or the Classic Controller. All three modes work fine, but the most precise scheme utilized the Classic Controller.
The game features three difficulty modes: Muso, Shura, and Shigurui. Muso is the easiest, while Shigurui is the unlockable, hardest mode. Shigurui Mode is similar to Muso Mode, except you are limited to 1 hit point, and this number will never grow, even when you level up.
The game is also one of the best looking Wii games available. It features absolutely beautiful 2D graphics. This might not be a realistic looking game, but it is certainly appeal to the eye, and can be described as 2D eye-candy.
And to clarify, this is not the be-all, end-all of Wii collections. There are certainly other ways to spend your money. If de Blob isn't your think, that $20 could go to Deadly Creatures or Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition. If Muramasa isn't your cup of tea, that $40 can go towards several downloadable titles, like Swords & Soldiers, the three Bit.Trip games and Sin & Punishment, a N64 game on the Virtual Console.