The Wii is TEN years old now. So that makes it retro, right? Let’s celebrate by looking at five exclusive titles for the system!
I really liked the Wii. I kind of “fell out” of gaming back in the GC/PS2 generation. I still liked/played games, but I didn’t get a PS2 (used) until 2004, and wound up actually never buying a GC. I just didn’t love the direction the gaming industry was going (and has continued to go, sadly), and with the GC specifically, there were a lot of entries in key franchises (Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, Star Fox), that had weird directions or styles that I just didn’t care for. There were still games on both systems I really liked, such as Metroid Prime, and Pikmin, and Eternal Darkness, and Tekken 5, and Twilight Princess etc.
But with the Wii, I was attracted back into gaming. I never loved the “waggle” controls, shaking the remote. In fact I bought (and got rid of) multiple games where tacked on, pointless motion controls absolutely ruined what otherwise could have been very solid games, such as Soul Calibur Legends, Godzilla Unleashed, etc.
But, the one area where the Wiimote worked, and succeeded, I felt, was in the IR pointer, specifically for shooting games. It worked great for Metroid Prime 3, which I really enjoyed, as well as other games like Link’s Crossbow Training, Red Steel 2, etc.
Beyond the control gimmicks, though, the reason Wii got me back into gaming, were mainly for more old school reasons. I loved 3D games like Mario Galaxy (didn’t care for 2 as much), and Metroid Prime 3/Trilogy, and the port of Okami, and quirky little titles like Mushroom Men (imperfect, but really underrated). But where Wii really got me, was in it’s plethora of 2D gaming. Whether it was the wealth of titles available or the Virtual Console, or awesome digital WiiWare games like Cave Story, Castlevania Rebirth, Lost Winds, Mega Man 9 and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (though I HATED being reamed with the episodic BS). Or surprisingly, the many actual RETAIL 2D games, like Wario Land, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Muramasa, A Boy and His Blob, NSMB Wii, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland, etc.
Wii had flaws, for sure. It also served up it’s share of disappointments. But it had a LOT more games I actually wanted, and enjoyed, compared to the Wii U, or even Gamecube. It had a ton of controller options (Wiimote NES style, Wiimote + Nunchuck, Classic Controller, GC Controller, Wavebird, etc.), actual third party support (it had a LOT of third party games, just not always the big “AAA” titles people wanted), good digital content, etc.
So while NES and SNES will always be my top consoles, personally, I will say that as far as Nintendo goes, Wii was a bright spot for those reasons listed above. It wasn’t a perfect console, but I still had a lot of fun with it.
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I don’t know if I like it as much as you do, but I do feel like it always kinda got the shaft from the “core gaming” audience. Everyone loved to hate on the Wii, but there are a lot of reasons to love it.
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