Let’s get this out in the open: I am a big fan of Nintendo. Sales are down and the Wii U is not performing as hoped. I blame this on their game line up, which looks great – when the games eventually come out. Most people disagree, claiming that Nintendo hasn’t had a good line up of video games since the GameCube. While I can’t speak about that system – I played it, but didn’t really care too much since it was high school and there was a thing called boys – I can talk about the Wii.
The first system I every bought the month of launch, I’ve been a fan of this system since the beginning. Zelda was coming out, Paper Mario, but I didn’t get a Nintendo game as my first Wii purchase. I bought Trauma Center: Second Opinion. Why? I honestly have no idea. I seemed like a good idea at the time. I loved this game.
For those of you who have never played a Trauma Center game, it’s a simulation game where the player performs surgery on various patients with different injuries/ailments. It is a lot of fun, though without much replay value. That’s not what we’re here to talk about, however. You should ask yourself why you haven’t tried this game if you still own a Wii.
Some of you might be asking why I’m still buying games for such an outdated console. Simply because it’s new enough that there are still a bunch of games on it I haven’t played yet. Most importantly, these games are cheap as dirt (I’ll write more on spending less for your gaming habit at a later date) ever since the release of the Wii U.
Back to the problem we’re here to talk about: Why has no one heard about the good games on the Wii? Facts are, there’s not enough hype for the 3rd party games like on the other consoles. Does this mean the games are hard to find? Hell no, but it does require a little bit of work. I recently (last month) bought Last Story for the Wii after doing a quick search of best JRPGs. Note how I didn’t write, “best JRPGs on the Wii”.
Whose fault is this? It’s a mixed bag. Nintendo does well to advertise their new games in magazines and in GameStops, but the third party companies don’t. Probably, they don’t have the marketing funds for it. On top of that, most of the gaming magazines aren’t reviewing Wii games because their customer base is just not interested. One week a few years ago, I heard how horrible the Wii was while at the SAME TIME people were saying Dead Space: Extration was one of the best rail shooters to come out in ages.
I know about these games and so do all the people who purchased them and played them. Why don’t you know about them? Why do most people assume there’s nothing left to buy? Simple, they don’t do their research.
It is the job of every consumer to know what they’re buying and that includes video games. Buying a new video game should be just like researching any other product. Why would you spend money on something when “X” might be better? Especially if like to call yourself a “hard core” gamer, shouldn’t you know what the hell is out there? If you’re not doing your research, you’re missing out on games that didn’t just come out on the Wii. There are plenty of little known, but really good, games on the Xbox360 and PS3 that people just didn’t hear about. Heard about Valkyria Chronicles for the PS3? What about Enslaved on the Xbox360? A little research goes a long way.
Best of “genre” games are the easiest to find, though to end up on a best of list the game has to have been out for a little while. If you love a genre, see what’s out there that you missed instead of picking up the “latest thing” that might not actually be that hot (*cough* Elder Scrolls Online *cough*). This can even save you a few bucks that you can put to a game you know will be good.
Another way to find out about good games is to follow your favorite developers. Atlas sends me ridiculous amounts of shit about their lineup because I’m signed up for for their emails. Aksyss is another of my favorites and I take a minute in a GameStop to look specifically for their games. Not to mention, if you ask any game stop rep, they’ll tell you a huge line up of games coming out for a system and give you an opinion on quality. With this last step, keep in mind that these guys might not like the same games as you, but if they know what you like they’ll definitely help you out.
I took a little time and put together a short list of games that came out on the Wii that I think were vastly overlooked. This list does not include any Nintendo games or games released to massive popularity on all systems, like Guitar Hero and Just Dance. I’m sure you’ve heard of a few of these (Bully, Okami), but I’ll also bet not all of you knew they were released on the Wii shortly after or concurrently.
- Epic Mickey
- Mushroom Men
- Muramasa: The Demon Blade
- No More Heros
- Last Story
- De Blob
- De Blob 2
- Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars – Director’s cut
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
- Nights: Journey of Dreams
- Pandora’s Tower
- Rayman Raving Rabbids
- Excite Truck
- Tales of Graces
- Trauma Center: New Blood
- Trauma Center: Second Opinion
- Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
This is not the be all end all of good Wii games. There are far more out there, so if you’ve got some, drop a comment below and let me know!