Best of 2009: Top 10 Games for Wii

The Wii is certainly a mixed bag when it comes to content.  On the one hand, you get a ton of really, really bad games that don’t provide a single hour of entertainment.  But on the other hand, you get some good first-party titles as well as some surprising third-party games.  After factoring out this year’s shovelware, it seems as if the Wii actually had a decent 2009.

Little King’s Story
Most people will disregard Little King’s Story as another cutesy, kid-oriented game on the Wii.  But those who take the time to actually play it will find a deep, engaging game with strategic role-playing elements and a nice challenge to boot.  The sound design may be a bit questionable, but this is an overall excellent package.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
Tiger Woods has sure been in the news a lot lately.  But worry not, this has nothing to do with the horrible things that that awesome golfer has done.  No, this is about one of the best golf games ever created.  Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 on the Wii is not only the most realistic interpretation of golf found in a video game; it also has a ton of content to keep you busy.  Oh, and thanks to the Wii’s Weather Channel, golf courses feature real-time weather.  That’s just cool.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – Reflex Edition
What’s with the long title?  Seriously, that’s a bit much.  But something else that’s a bit much regarding Modern Warfare on the Wii is its awesome factor.  Nice motion controls, the same great Call of Duty action we’re all used to, and great online features all make The Call of Duty Number Four: Modern Warfare and Combat – Special Reflex Edition the definitive shooter on the Wii.

Wii Sports Resort
Given the dozens of minigame collections released for the Wii every year, it only seemed obvious that one would slip through the cracks and actually be good.  Wii Sports Resort is a fun new collection of games, and it utilizes the Wii MotionPlus peripheral for maximum precision, which makes each of the games all the more fun.

Dead Space Extraction
Forget the Resident Evil rail shooters; Dead Space Extraction is where it’s at.  Not only does the game provide some of the best on-rails shooting action on the console, it also looks really good while doing it.  True to its name, this is a Dead Space title through and through.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade

Want some great action role-playing gameplay, beautiful visuals, and frantic combat?  Look no further than Muaramasa: The Demon Blade.  One of the most aesthetically pleasing games on the console to date, Muramasa is certainly easy to overlook, but those lucky enough to give it a chance will find a satisfying title the likes of which we need to see more of.

They say great things come in small packages.  Well, that cliché holds very true with MadWorld, the Wii’s very own over-the-top bloody action game.  The Tarantino-esque beat ‘em up is presented entirely in black and white.  Oh, and of course there’s red.  A lot of red.  Like, everywhere.  This is the game that shut the mouths of those Wii haters and gave Wii-owning grannies minor heart attacks.  Despite its short length, MadWorld is a must-play title for anyone with a Wii who can stomach the game’s comic gore.

A Boy and His Blob
Not just a remake of the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System title, but a complete reimagining, A Boy and His Blob features better gameplay than the original, artistic graphics that bleed pints of pure charm, and a nice, heart-warming tale about a boy and his gelatinous little buddy.  This one’s worth experiencing by anyone who has a heart.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Not just a remake of the 1999 PlayStation title, but a complete reimagin–  I already used that line?  Well, it’s not my fault developers are choosing to reimagine their games as opposed to remaking them.  Anyway, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is for all intents and purposes a great horror game that doesn’t rely solely on the original’s success.  Great motion controls, a chilling story, and creepy gameplay all warrant a play-through by Wii owners looking for something to play in the dark.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a great follow-up to the DS hit New Super Mario Bros.  Frantic multiplayer action, nice visuals, and old-school Mario gameplay in a new-school package all make New Super Mario Bros. Wii (again with the long titles) a nice addition to any Wii owner’s library of games.

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  1. Yeah, I played the hell out of MadWorld. It’s a shame it only took me 3 hours and 15 minutes to get through the entire game. I think it would have been a bit repetitive had it been much longer, but a 7- or 8-hour experience would have been great.

    It’s just a shame that more devs aren’t making games such as MadWorld. The game is a true indication that the Wii is as good a platform as any other to have some Mature games in its library.

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