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Eight amazing games that prove Wii isn't dead

Reasons to hang on

TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM (Capcom, Jan 26)

Nearly 30 classic characters from two Japanese mega-publishers (one print, one games) pounding the crap out of each other with excessively flashy special moves. Cameos ranging from Street Fighter to Dead Rising to Viewtiful Joe. The first game in the Vs series since the beloved Marvel vs Capcom 2. And it’s ONLY on Wii. Shit, this is reason enough to stick around.


Above: Assuming you love ancient anime, anyway

This long-lived franchise started with X-Men Vs Street Fighter and led to 2000’s insanely popular MvC2, and continues in January with this Wii-only entry based around relatively obscure anime characters. Don’t know who these people are? We’ve got a complete primer for you right here. The fighting is so exaggerated and bouncy that you should check this out even if you’ve despised Street Fighter for years.


NO MORE HEROES: DESPERATE STRUGGLE (Ubisoft, Jan 26)

An underdog from the very beginning, No More Heroes has gone on to become one of Wii’s biggest success stories. It’s a hyper-violent, crudely absurd action title exclusive to a system most known for party games, so no one really expected sales to shoot through the roof. Turns out they kind of did, and developer Suda 51 opted to continue the story of beam katana enthusiast Travis Touchdown in Desperate Struggle, which looks to include even more bizarre humor and exaggerated bloodshed.


Above: Decapitations, body slams and blood fountains

So far the list of new features reads like a typical sequel: more weapons, more vehicles, more bosses, probably more gore, but if Suda’s past is any indication (we’re looking at Killer 7 right about now), we can expect a barrage of surprise moments. Literally, things that can’t be predicted. And that’s precisely why we can’t wait to tear ass through Santa Destroy all over again.


AND YET IT MOVES (Broken Rules, TBA)

Intriguing level design and wrinkly paper graphics make And Yet It Moves a visually distinct, conceptually strong title, right at home with everything else on this list. The premise is a bit gimmicky (you can rotate the levels 90 degrees at any time, changing the layout completely) but as with any lauded platformer, what initially seems simple becomes brain-shreddingingly difficult. In the good way, of course.


Above: Here’s hoping the motion controls aren’t a problem

We’re slightly cheating, as this has been on PC for some time. However, developer Broken Rules has committed to a Wii release, and considering we gave that version a hearty 9, a WiiWare follow-up is totally welcome.


LOST IN SHADOW (Hudson, Summer 2010)

Little is known about this ICO-like platformer in which you navigate a hazy, dreamlike world as a shadow cast onto the environment. From what we’ve gathered, you often don’t see much of the game area or its many puzzle-like obstacles, and instead have to go by the ethereal shadows flung across the walls. Whether it works in practice or not, it’s damn clever.

Lost in Shadow represents the very best of Wii development at the moment. It plays to the system’s strengths by creating its own style and design, rather than attempting to look like a watered-down 360/PS3 title. It also appears to fit the “everyone can play” mantra in that it’s a simple premise that’ll undoubtedly blossom into something even a hardened gamer will enjoy. Granted we’re basing these statements on very little, but we have faith that developer Hudson (behind Bomberman and the surprisingly enjoyable Kororinpa series) can connect the dots well enough.

At the very least it’s trying to do something special and unique on a system frequently shouted down as an Also Ran, despite being the highest-selling console on the market. And if these eight games aren’t enough to get you excited about Wii’s next 6-12 months, consider this teaser from E3:

Oct 14, 2009


The 28 characters of Tatsunoko vs Capcom
Don’t know Saki Omokane from Yatterman? The answers are here


The ever-changing sizes of Mario and Bowser
We chronicle the fluctuating stature of Nintendo’s biggest icons


Fun with stereotypes: starring Punch-Out!!
Celebrate our many differences with a cel-shaded smile

45 comments

  • guiarherodrummer1998 - December 12, 2009 11:51 p.m.

    The Wii is the only game system i have. But after having playing PS3 and Xbox 360 at friend's houses. I have come to realize that the console is becoming a family-friendly party game crap-magnet, which is no surprise. I haven't looked in a store and thought to myself, "That game looks awesome" unless it was a Guitar Hero Game, a Mario game, or a de Blob look-a-like. It's all sorta blah. I mean come on, game party?! BLECHK. That is one of those games that you rent and its good for about a week but then you return it happily because you realize that it isn't a good game at all really because the graphics sucked. I really do wish that Nintendo would gain rights to Microsoft's more common first person shooters like Halo and Gears of War. It would do us preteens some good. If it did eventually become dead, then that would really suck. it means well, and the controls are fun, but the party games stink up the graphics side and the overall "funness." PLEASE, NINTENDO, STOP ALLOWING SO MANY THIRD-RATE PARTY GAMES TO TAKE OVER YOUR CONSOLE!!! HOPE MUST REMAIN FOR THE WII! (sobs) (clears throat) YOu know what I mean...
  • Kytl - November 2, 2009 1:54 a.m.

    the Wii was dead?then why have i been excited by a lot of games and have been playing it for these last few years? man theres still a lot of games i still want for it
  • Hellhunter97 - October 20, 2009 12:07 a.m.

    The Wii sucks its dead. Nintendo should just move on and make another system. I have a Wii and barely play it becuz the games get boring and the multiplayer sucks. also the controls suck, the graphics suck, and the games suck. Im not a nintendo hater but im still saying the Wii sucks. my first system wuz a gamecube and i think that is awesome. I have 2 admit tho Brawl is a fun game.
  • shpongled - October 19, 2009 5:20 a.m.

    The Wii is proof that Nintendo have totally lost the plot imo. So in amongst the vast pile of crap that's released for it there may be some games worth playing? Woop-de-do. They'll still look crap on my HD panel, this is 2009 not 1999. The fact that an article like this is needed proves the point.
  • Luigifreak - October 18, 2009 10:17 p.m.

    What about Super Mario Galaxy 2? That game will be the best Wii game that Nintendo has ever put out.
  • DavidMacphail - October 18, 2009 3:52 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to Super Mario Galaxy 2 but other than that there's practically nothing. The Wii is really underperforming in the AAA exclusives department - especially compared to the PS3 ATM.
  • Willy105 - October 17, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    I am hyped up for The Crystal Bearers!!!! And yeah, the Wii is an epically awesome console. I feel sorry for those that don't own one, or even worse, own one but not buy any games for it.
  • teytarik - October 17, 2009 11:07 a.m.

    Isn't anyone excited of the upcoming Monster Hunter..man that game really saved me money( no time for other games) n is the 2nd longest game i've spent playing..n still going 2 bad i have no Wii..O_o
  • dreamgor - October 17, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    ... i knew that wii will not die before any other console XD srsly i skipped through the entire TVC article because i thought it would be only for ps3 and XB360 as almost all other good fighting games... i want muramasa NOW! why hasn't it come in europe yet:(
  • CatrParrot - October 17, 2009 4:51 a.m.

    It's a damn shame Muramasa will end up a cult classic rather than a success. *sigh* If only Nintendo of America did something to promote it.
  • Harmonator - October 17, 2009 3:04 a.m.

    funny... I could've sworn you guys would've put another "You should have bought Okami" in there...
  • asdfer - October 17, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    they already have a zelda for wii when are they gona make a freakig kirby game?!
  • Stefan372 - October 16, 2009 4:04 a.m.

    ehh still not really enough to get me to play my wii again... im actually surprised that i still have it but yea i owuld be more interested if i was younger but 4 now ill just say nah
  • RamenDragon - October 16, 2009 1:07 a.m.

    Am I the only one who really has lost all desire to play anything on the Wii? I just don't want to hold that stupid controller.
  • fionnoh - October 15, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    people think the wii is dead? i hadn't heard, i was to busy not complaining about games i've never played. on a similar note, i didn't know about swords and soldiers or and yet it moves, i must check them out.
  • zanthox - October 15, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    NHM and Zelda are all the Wii exists for >.> Well, for people that anything else that plays games, anyway. Even when there are games I would like to play on Wii there is something "better" that keeps me from bothering.
  • monojono - October 15, 2009 4:14 p.m.

    You should definitely add lost winds 2 to this list.
  • Satu - October 15, 2009 3:07 p.m.

    Perhaps this indicates that the Wii has been renaimated, as it were. However, that would make it undead... meaning it needs a good headshot.
  • DavidMacphail - October 15, 2009 2:51 p.m.

    I own a Nintendo Wii but if i'm totally honest - not a single game on that list interests me.
  • rxb - October 15, 2009 12:57 p.m.

    20.180 Billion damage? thats massive. Its crazy two massive Wii games on the same day.

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