wii - 10 years on

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let’s discuss wonderful wii games!

games of note double-u eye eye:

(please note that the wii’s library is perhaps singularly abysmal, statistically. i have listed the vast majority of games one would even consider playing (for enjoyment or research) on the wii. many of the games listed here, as a result, are Not Good. i have bolded my personal picks for reference. please also let me know if a notable game has escaped my analysis)

  • A Boy and His Blob
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk
  • Another Code: R – A Journey into Lost Memories
  • Arc Rise Fantasia
  • Arcade Shooter: Ilvelo / Illvelo Wii: Illmatic Envelope / イルベロWii
  • Baroque
  • Battalion Wars 2
  • Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree
  • Bit.Trip Complete
  • Boom Blox
  • Boom Blox Bash Party
  • Castle of Shikigami III / 式神の城 III
  • Castlevania Judgment
  • Conduit, The
  • Conduit 2
  • Data East Arcade Classics
  • de Blob
  • de Blob 2
  • Dead Space: Extraction
  • Deadly Creatures
  • Dewy’s Adventure
  • Disaster: Day of Crisis
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors
  • Elebits
  • Endless Ocean
  • Endless Ocean: Blue World
  • Epic Mickey
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Excite Truck
  • Excitebots: Trick Racing
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
  • Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  • Fortune Street
  • Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
  • Geometry Wars: Galaxies
  • Ghost Squad
  • GoldenEye 007
  • GT Pro Series
  • GTI Club: Supermini Festa!
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
  • Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns: Arcade Hits Pack
  • Harvest Moon: Animal Parade
  • Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility
  • Heavenly Guardian
  • House of the Dead: Overkill, The
  • House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return, The
  • Ivy the Kiwi?
  • King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn
  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
  • Klonoa
  • Kororinpa: Marble Mania / コロリンパ
  • Last Story, The
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The
  • Little King’s Story
  • Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked
  • Lost in Shadow / Kage no Tō
  • MadWorld
  • Marble Saga: Kororinpa / コロリンパ2 アンソニーと金色ひまわりのタネ
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Mario Party 8
  • Mario Party 9
  • Mario Sports Mix
  • Mario Strikers Charged
  • Mario Super Sluggers
  • Metal Slug Anthology
  • Metroid: Other M
  • Metroid Prime: Trilogy / Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  • MiniCopter: Adventure Flight
  • Monster Hunter Tri
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Nights: Journey of Dreams
  • No More Heroes
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
  • Ōkami
  • Opoona
  • Pandora’s Tower
  • Penny Racers Party: Turbo-Q Speedway / Choro-Q Wii
  • Pokémon Battle Revolution
  • Project Zero 2: Wii Edition
  • Punch-Out!!
  • Rabbids Go Home
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Red Steel
  • Red Steel 2
  • Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
  • Rhythm Heaven Fever
  • Rune Factory Frontier
  • Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny
  • Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love
  • Sam & Max: Season One
  • Sam & Max: Season Two: Beyond Time and Space
  • Samba de Amigo
  • Samurai Shodown Anthology
  • Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes / Sengoku Basara 3
  • Shiren the Wanderer
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
  • SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
  • Sonic and the Black Knight
  • Sonic and the Secret Rings
  • Sonic Colors
  • Sonic Unleashed
  • Soulcalibur Legends
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
  • Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll
  • Super Paper Mario
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl / Project M
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
  • Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
  • Tetris Party Deluxe
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
  • Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam
  • Trackmania: Build to Race
  • Trauma Center: New Blood
  • Trauma Center: Second Opinion
  • Trauma Team
  • Ultimate Shooting Collection / Milestone Shooting Collection: Karous Wii
  • Virtua Tennis 4
  • Wario Land: Shake It!
  • WarioWare: Smooth Moves
  • Wii Fit Plus
  • Wii Music
  • Wii Party
  • Wii Play
  • Wii Play Motion
  • Wii Sports
  • Wii Sports Resort
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure

wiiware:

  • Adventure Island: The Beginning
  • Alien Crush Returns
  • And Yet It Moves
  • AquaSpace
  • Arkanoid Plus!
  • Art of Balance
  • Art Style: CUBELLO
  • Art Style: light trax
  • Art Style: ORBIENT
  • Art Style: ROTOHEX
  • Art Style: ROTOZOA
  • Bit.Trip Beat
  • Bit.Trip Core
  • Bit.Trip Fate
  • Bit.Trip Flux
  • Bit.Trip Runner
  • Bit.Trip Void
  • Blaster Master: Overdrive
  • Bomberman Blast
  • Bonsai Barber
  • Bubble Bobble Plus!
  • BurgerTime World Tour
  • Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth
  • Cave Story
  • 珍道中!!ポールの大冒険 / Chindōchō!! Pole no Daibōken (J)
  • Contra ReBirth
  • Crystal Defenders R1 & R2
  • ダウンタウン熱血どっじぼーる / Downtown Nekketsu Dodgeball (J)
  • Dr. Mario Online Rx
  • Driift Mania
  • Eco Shooter: Plant 530
  • Equilibrio
  • Excitebike: World Rally
  • FAST Racing League
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
  • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
  • Fluidity
  • Frogger Returns
  • Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition
  • Gradius ReBirth
  • Groovin’ Blocks
  • Harvest Moon: My Little Shop
  • Ivy the Kiwi? Mini
  • Jett Rocket
  • La-Mulana
  • Let’s Tap
  • lilt line
  • LIT
  • LostWinds
  • LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias
  • Maboshi’s Arcade
  • Magnetica Twist
  • MDK2
  • Mega Man 9
  • Mega Man 10
  • Military Madness: Nectaris
  • MotoHeroz
  • Mr. Driller W
  • Muscle March
  • My Aquarium 2
  • My Pokémon Ranch
  • Neves Plus
  • NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
  • Onslaught
  • Overturn
  • Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
  • ポケモン不思議のダンジョン / Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (3 versions) (J)
  • Pokémon Rumble
  • プリンセス·アイ物語 / Princess Ai Monogatari (J)
  • Rabbids Lab
  • Rage of the Gladiator
  • Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure!
  • Retro City Rampage
  • Rush Rush Rally Racing
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
  • ソーサリーブレイド / Sorcery Blade (J)
  • Space Invaders Get Even
  • Star Soldier R
  • Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People - Episodes 1-5
  • Tales of Monkey Island - Chapters 1-5
  • ThruSpace
  • Toki Tori
  • Tomena Sanner
  • Toribash
  • WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase
  • Water Warfare
  • World of Goo
  • You, Me, and the Cubes

jp-only:

  • 428 〜封鎖された渋谷で〜 / 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de
  • Bleach: Versus Crusade
  • Captain Rainbow
  • ドラゴンクエストX オンライン / Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online
  • Earth Seeker
  • Milestone Shooting Collection 2
  • Monster Hunter G
  • 黄金の絆 / Ougon no Kizuna
  • Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary
  • Puyo Puyo! 20th Anniversary
  • Puyo Puyo 7
  • Radirgy Noa Wii
  • Tales of Graces
  • 斬撃のREGINLEIV / Zangeki no Reginleiv
  • 零〜月蝕の仮面〜 / Project Zero: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse / Fatal Frame 4

Notable series but not included here for my own sanity: Guitar/DJ Hero (various), Just Dance (various), New Play Control (various), Rock Band (various), Skylanders (various)

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Adventures in Wii hacking
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Fragile Dreams might be the prettiest Wii game next to Muramasa. It’s pretty short, if I had to classify it it’d be a JRPG?

Doesn’t Captain Rainbow have a Chulip connection?

428 is this FMV game that got 40/40 in Famitsu, so it must be good, right?

Ougon no Kizuna I’ve never played but it looks fantastic.

Disaster: Day of Crisis is like a more action-y (and therefore more boring) version of Raw Danger.

This article makes me want to play Another Code:

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#3

added those, plus the much-maligned castlevania judgment and soulcalibur legends spinoffs

#4

i just learned about Opoona today and it sounds remarkable, why have we never talked about it??

Planning director Sachiko Sugimura desired to “express that every single person means something and that the world grows and changes in accordance with the loving relationships among all people, instead of depicting the main character only as a special existence.”[5]

The team designed the game so that it may be played with the Wii Remote Nunchuk attachment alone because of its limited control input that allows the player to casually play the game one-handed while relaxing or eating.

Art director Shintaro Majima stated that he was first inspired to create Opoona after waking from a nap, taking a bath, and drawing his first design on the bathroom mirror.[4][5] The main characters were meant to be simple enough that they could be easily redrawn by children; enemies were designed as non-living objects to make them distinct.[4] Majima’s personal interest in modern architecture and industrial design were the driving force behind the visual style of Opoona and that the Wii’s “clean” and “something new” style overlapped the game’s image. Majima’s brother Tatuso, a modern artist, planned the locations and landscapes using what he considered to be the most attractive blend of reality and imagination.[5]

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#5

i’m really eager to spark conversation about the wii, especially considering the consoles are extremely cheap and omnipresent, they are easily moddable, and their soft-mod emulation/simulation chops are immense, including nigh-perfect support for everything up to and including 16-bit consoles (with uniquely great light-gun control solutions) and backup support for gamecube games from USB

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#7

I fuckin’ loved Boom Blox maybe some of the most funny I had with motion controls on the last console generation.

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#8

Ghost Squad is the best fucking game on the system and I will stab anyone in the throat with a banana who dare disagrees

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#9

There’s defos an Opoona fan or two here. I remember posting some quotes in the wiki…

Smartblue: Overlooked RPG with a wonderful rich world. Complete with museums and fictional art history periods, a fun job searching bureaucratic society to dig into, and a mind blowing soundtrack by Hitoshi Sakamoto.

Smartblue: I am the guy who always comes into Wii threads to talk about how great Opoona is. You should try to find Opoona somewhere because it is the most charming RPG because because because:

  1. Graphics and art style like a cross between PSO and Bumpy Trot.
  2. Music done by Basiscape.
  3. Play as a fat kid with a ball hovering over his head who either frowns when he runs or rides a hover board that makes noises like Magneto’s car in those old cartoons.
  4. Unlike the rest of the game, battles all have music that sounds like it came out of Dragon Quest.
  5. You can watch TV shows that are all goofy at any time from your pause menu.
  6. There are art installations all over the place, each with a plaque explaining who created it, when and what fictional art movement it was inspired by. These range from empty picture frames out in the combat areas that frame up on something cool, to giant neck ties attached to windmills, from a rainbow of televisions showing test patterns to a robot endlessly walking on a giant globe floating on water.

TORUMASUTA: There’s only one planet, but Opoona is…a ride. It’s likely the first, and only, Wii RPG to take place in an idealized utopian communist police state. You’re a kid astronaut and that’s about the only thing in that game that makes sense. There’s…no easy way to describe it, but worth picking up cheap.

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I avoided Castlevania Judgement forever because of all the harsh e-words, but it’s good times. I’m vouching for it as a pleasant diversion, not as a FGC hidden gem though. It occupied a weird space between Soul Blade and Powerstone.

Final boss Dracula is mega cheap.

#11

It’s Wii Sports Resort.

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#12

Yeah I’m an opoona fan. I came to it after the wii was basically dead so never had much chance to talk about it. I played it pretty much because of that description on the sb wiki.

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#13

This description of Opoona, which I’ve never heard of before, is literally the only thing that’s ever made me want a Wii.

#14

Cubello I rinsed to death, good remoteware

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#15

Yeah! I get to say that Reginleiv is EDF but melee based and motion controls and sucks.

I owned Disaster but couldn’t get it to boot on my modded wii.

Pandora’s Tower is a weird weird weird game.

People that can actually adjust to Wii FPS controls probably don’t play FPS games.

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#16

Well I’ll have to check out this Opoona since the depressing fact is my Wii is the only working console I own at the moment. I mostly keep it around for the virtual console games I’ve amassed (before I wisely turned to ROMs) but top three games for me are:

  • Sin & Punishment 2
  • Little King’s Story
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2

I can’t stand the first Mario Galaxy but the second one, nowhere near my fav Mario, has some really tasty platforming mid-late game. Little King’s Story is pretty damn charming and felt like a labour of love the whole way through. Nothing mind-blowing but a solid riff on Pikmin with a weird little story and world to explore. Sin & Punishment is in my experience the best case to be made for Wiimote in an action game (and maybe for the Wii’s very existence).

Also, part of my Wii experience was playtesting this…game…upon joining the rinky dink little studio that made it.

frobot…

Yeah this console doesn’t hold many great memories for me I guess. Can’t say I delved too deeply into its library but looking back, I think the one two punch of Skyward Sword and Other M was where I really lost faith in Nintendo completely and I haven’t kept up with any of their games/systems since.

Still kinda interested in DKC Tropical Freeze and Captain Rainbow though…

#17

Had some chill, stoned-late-at-night times with Endless Ocean, too.

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And plays terribly. Astonishingly so. Like a really bad Simple 2000 game. I should give it another try at some point.

It’s my favorite Wii game and my favorite single-player EDF game but I have shit taste so you might have a point.

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wiiware games have been added. jett rocket is a pretty neat casual platformer. bonsai barber is a weird haircutting (er, plant-trimming) game. the art style games are really cool. i dig all of the rebirth games. you, me, and the cubes is a stunner, and probably the best wiiware title if you ask me

#21

Escape from Bug Island is a fun time, and Pandora’s Tower is pretty cool too. It gets a lot of boss mileage out of pulling on things.