Can Wii gamers be excited for 2009?

The game:
The Conduit

What is it?
Highly anticipated FPS with claims of delivering a 360/PS3-quality experience.

Why you should care:
The Conduit aspires to prove Wii can handle a game built around graphics and online play. It’ll feature all manner of visual trickery and support 16-player matches of varying types – all things we take for granted on the other platforms. Essentially, High Voltage wants to make the game that proves Wii can still compete with PS3 and Xbox 360. Quote their chief creative officer, “we are trying to make a Wii game that looks like a 360 title.” Tall order, guys.


Why it might fizzle:
If any one aspect of The Conduit falls flat, be it the allegedly amazing control or the proprietary graphics engine, the whole package could be compromised. This is a delicate situation, trying to court serious fraggers over to a system that’s borderline shunned by the game’s target audience. Then again, with such a large install base, The Conduit could successfully activate a sleeper cell of FPS fans that didn’t yet realize they love the genre. Best of luck, High Voltage.

What about motion control?
In addition to its seemingly impossible task of making “pretty for a Wii game” a slur of the past, Conduit plans to out-perform every other Wii FPS in the control department too. Wii MotionPlus will be supported, wrapping even tighter scrutiny around a game that’s already got a lot to live up to.


The game:
The House of the Dead: Overkill

What is it?
Latest in a long line of on-rails shooters you’ve played to death

Why you should care:

Seriously, that’s it. “The hardcore you’ve been waiting for,” people.


Why it might fizzle:
There’s a damn good chance Overkill will be the same thing we’ve played over and over again. It’s equally likely the super slick trailer is nothing but a genius move by Sega’s American PR (so well-received we gave it a special award). However, House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return was a modest hit, so we have to assume the new game, made just for Wii and carrying some new gameplay features, will perform as well or better.

What about motion control?
You point and shoot. As long as they get that right, there’s no problem at all.


The game:

What is it?
A guy with a chainsaw arm beats the shit out of everyone.

Why you should care:
The most obvious point of interest is the presentation – totally black and white graphics a la Sin City, with red splotches of spurting blood spraying across the screen after a particularly gruesome finisher. It also has the distinction of being a new, M-rated property made just for Wii, which goes a long way on a system starved for attention.


Why it might fizzle:
Well, there’s the argument that Mature-minded gamers have already left the system, but even if they haven’t and initial response is strong, we worry the gameplay might wear thin. Though the over-the-top killsprees and striking visuals will impress, beat ‘em ups have a tendency to run out of steam halfway through.

What about motion controls?
Our latest hands-on praises the gesture-based chainsaw-slaughtering and throwing motion used for hurling corpses at spiky walls. Again, sounds fun for 20 minutes spurts, but is all that waving and twirling necessary for beating someone’s skull into paste?

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  • pueojit1 - May 31, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    i had a wii since 2006 and im pretty bored, can the wii be good this year?
  • aberkromby - May 30, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    I got a wii for Christmas because my imature 15 yr old sister and uinder 10 yr old brothers wanted one. i figured i would give it a chance. simply put: i hate it. the wii sucks. its trash. only my sister plays it now, even my brothers have gone back to the ps2. my brothers are now playing half assed hockey games on ps2, over smash bros. me, personally, im getting a ps3 with my own money (this actually took a lot of research to choose ps3 over 360, so dont call me a fanboy). anyways, none of these titles are exciting at all, especially when compared to games like killzone2.
  • FrozenImplosion - May 26, 2009 11 p.m.

    I really want Muramasa, House of the Dead, and Mad World. I haven't touched my Wii for over 5 months, and the last game I played was Brawl. Maybe this will revive the Wii?!
  • gtaaddict3456 - February 4, 2009 1:59 a.m.

    i own a Wii and i'm excited to see if these games are all they are cracked up to be. I am seriously considering buying a 360 though.
  • CandiedJester - January 26, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    Dammit dammit dammit, sold my Wii. I really want to play MadWorld. Also, Fragile looks awesome. I think I need another Wii.. >__>;
  • mEgAzD - January 26, 2009 1:42 a.m.

    to gutlessVADER, brawl is not as hardcore as you think, it is what you kids say "casual"
  • itsameleon - January 26, 2009 1:35 a.m.

    this i hwy a i want a 360 or ps3 becuase they have no good shooting games>.<
  • CoD_22 - January 25, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    can wii gamers be excited for 2009? short answer no. long answer yes, with a but. wiis sold well because everyone thought motion sensitivity would be awesome but then it all sucked and then grandpas started buying all the wiis that were on ebay and playing my brain training and little kids started playing cooking mama and everyone that bought one and realised it sucked has now learnt their lesson and if a wii 2 comes out (which i suspect it probably will) no-one will buy it except all the 'casual gamers' that really should just buy carol vorderman's handheld sudoku instead because its a helluva lot cheaper and more 'practical'. rant over.
  • gutlessVADER - January 25, 2009 5:37 a.m.

    I hate mother fucking casual gamers. If your only gaming console is a Wii and you don't have Brawl or Galaxy, I hate you. Start running.
  • key0blade - January 24, 2009 1:42 p.m.

    WOW LOOK AT ALL THE WII GAMES!! Now, about that DS...
  • mcoll_17 - January 24, 2009 4:33 a.m.

    @DawgsFan117 I find it sad that some people who have a PS3/360 have to bash the wii Just because it's the one that is for the kids. These titles represent a chance to bring good titles to the Wii. You sir are not a gamer. A real gamer plays games to enjoy them and have fun, not bash the systems nor the games. I find it surprising that I only own a wii and pc and have a better sense at the industry, and not bash at the consoles.
  • sage62 - January 24, 2009 2:54 a.m.

    @Dawgs Dude, I have all three consoles and haven't found any reason to ignore any of them, the onlt downside to the wii is the casual gamers, Nintendo have proven that they are a bunch of greedy bastards by flipping off the hardcore fans that gave them their initial success in favor of a bunch uncoordinated retards who claim to like video games but only play crap like wii sports and wii music, and now they only give actual fans 2 or 3 games a year, but the plus side is that most of these are still very good, but not plentiful enough, so it mainly falls down to third party developers, however, most of them are following Nintendo's example, but it's the actual games that Nintendo release and third party games like No More Heroes and the games on this list that are stopping me from getting rid of mine, wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah, shut up dawgs
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - January 23, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    NMH2 is currently slated for early 2010, that's why it's not on the list. And Mo_Buttons is on to something - MadWorld could end up being the Wii equivalent of God Hand.
  • Ban - January 23, 2009 9:09 p.m.

    I would do anything to play Punch-Out!!! again but i just have the money to buy a Wii.
  • Evey - January 23, 2009 5:46 p.m.

    I think im going to be getting nearly all of these games! I dont see how you could miss out No More Heroes 2 though (which i believe will be released in 2009) Cant wait for the Conduit and Madworld though!
  • Cernunnos - January 23, 2009 11:51 a.m.

    im certain the conduit will end up like Too Human, they are in way over their heads with their claims of graphics. i've seen ps2 fps-s that look much prettier than anything ive seen from The Conduit. House of the Dead will probably flop as well. anyone remember playing umbrella chronichles? the accuracy isn't there at all. ********** most of this article proves why the wii is shit. constantly hoping games contain as little motion control as possible. all the best games for wii are the ones with least motion control: SSBB, No More Heroes, Galaxy and Metroid. all those would work BETTER with a regular gamepad. and shooters are always broken on the wii. the wiimote is horrible. period.
  • ikillchicken - January 23, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    It's sad that most of these titles reasons they might fizzle fall under: Nobody between the ages of 13 and 30 actually owns a Wii. and If they fuck it up with motion controls. Go Nintendo.
  • ikillchicken - January 23, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    It's sad that most of these titles reasons they might fizzle fall under: Nobody between the ages of 13 and 30 actually owns a Wii. and If they fuck it up with motion controls. Go Nintendo.
  • cheapojoe - January 23, 2009 7:50 a.m.

    The Conduit looks good, but I still think the only place an FPS should exist is on the PC. I bought a Wii because I LOVE platformers, and Nintendo always delivers in this category. Still, I'm crossing my fingers about MotionPlus. It may change my mind about the FPS genre. Maybe.
  • DawgsFan117 - January 23, 2009 5:36 a.m.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Some of the comments on this article are just funny. People hoping they have money to buy 1 to 2 of these games. Imagine if you had a real game system that has upwards of 20 games worthy of buying every year. Then you can complain about cash because you must pick and choose. I have a PS3 and an Xbox 360 so I get to play real video games not the collosal failure that the wii has become. So sad that they call it a next gen system.