Wii would like to own valuable games
The six-year lifespan of the Nintendo Wii produced a LOT of games. Most of them were cheaply-made, boring titles that quickly made their way to a department store bargain bin (if they hadn't started there to begin with), but there are a few that have withstood the test of time, not for gameplay's sake, but in collector's value!
The 15 games we're looking at here are the biggest of the big ticket items in the Wii's library. Some of these titles will surprise you, others belong on the list, but all of them could make you (or cost you) and nice chunk of change when a collector sees it. Look for these games at the next gaming convention.
Guilty Gear Accent Core XX Plus
The Wii's unique Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller setup wasn't exactly built for fighting games like Guilty Gear, which made Accent Core XX Plus's release all the more surprising. The game tried to implement force-based motion controls, but most players just used the way more familiar Classic Controller to get their fight on. The understandable apprehension in buying a fighter on the Wii has made a new, sealed copy of Guilty Gear rather hard to find, so expect to pay a little but more than usual if you seek it out.
Hot Wheels: Beat That
When you stop to think about it, Hot Wheels collectors are an incredibly weird bunch. Something in their brain compels them to pay thousands of dollars for plastic toy cars--some of which cost more than buying a brand new motor vehicle. So it seems a little less outrageous to pay $85 dollars for a Hot Wheels video game--but not by much. This is another strange instance where the unopened Wii version has accrued bizarre amounts of value--value that apparently gets obliterated without the plastic shrink-wrap.
Of all the games on this list, this one might be the only one with a justifiable price. Xenoblade Chronicles has been heralded by many as the last great Wii game, and any English localization was hotly anticipated for years after the games 2010 release in Japan. When fan demand (specifically the Operation Rainfall movement) finally spurred Nintendo to release the game stateside, two years had elapsed, and the already-limited release had very little fanfare. If you were astute enough to pick up a copy, you should thank your lucky stars--because this one is likely going to increase in price indefinitely, whether you've opened and played it or not.
If Pacific Rim has taught us anything, it's that there's a place in the world for skyscraper-sized kaiju battling out with the fate of the planet at stake. That surge in popularity may have contributed to Godzilla Unleashed's rise in value, as a mint copy is right on the $100 line. This game supports up to 4 players in monster-bashing action, with three main kaiju factions and loads of monsters to choose from, including the original 1954 Godzilla that started it all. Act soon if you want to get in on some kaiju carnage; that price will only go up.
This one actually looks like a lot of fun. Its a shame, then, that our snobby preference for buying unused games, mixed with an unwillingness to spend large sums of money on individual discs, makes playing this nigh impossible. Dokapon Kingdom is actually a port of a PS2 game that blended board game and RPG elements together, with a cutesy coat of anime paint. Think Mario Party, but with knights instead of plumbers and battles instead of minigames. Like many Atlus titles, it had a limited print run--and when you combine rarity with quality, the price of unopened copies can only go one direction: up.
What is it about the Wii version of multiplatform games that bestows over-inflated value? Surely not the graphics--while they were perfectly serviceable, the visuals for this pole-position Wii racer paled in comparison to other PS3 and Xbox 360 franchises. Developer Codemasters apparently took this to heart, because from 2009 on, the Wii has been completely excluded from the F1 20XX franchise. That means that this is the last Formula One Wii game of its kind, and collectors are keen on snapping up the last in a series before they become increasingly difficult to find.
Walk It Out
Weve never played Walk It Out, but we like to imagine that it endlessly loops Unks anthemic rap song as you exercise. Sadly, this isn't the case, and this looks to be one of the most painfully boring games ever made, where the player literally marches in place on a Wii Balance Board or dance mat to simulate a walk through a park. Yet it seems that some buyers would rather spend a Benjamin on what is, in our estimation, Wii shovelware than take a walk in an actual park. Hey, if youve got that kind of money, feel free to do whatever you want with it. As long as it involves Unk, that is.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
We're not surprised Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is one of the most expensive games on the Wii. After all, it launched at a time where we here in America didn't know how much we'd love the series. Yes, Marth and Roy Smashed their way into our hearts a few years before, but we still hadn't played a true Fire Emblem game except for the equally good Path of Radiance on GameCube and a few GBA games. It wasn't until Shadow Dragon released on the DS that Fire Emblem began to make its mark, culminating in the excellent Awakening earlier this year. If Radiant Dawn launched in 2013 instead of 2007, we're confident that many many more copies would have sold.
If you so desired, you could open up a new tab in your browser and find a free version of chess within milliseconds. So why anyone would willingly pay 120 bones for a Wii chess game--one that had a limited release for seemingly no reason--is beyond us. Now, granted, Fritz seems about as cool as chess games get, teaching the player the ins and out of strategy and recreating historical matches against the likes of Garry Kasparov and Paul Morphy. But then you realize that you can buy it on PC for $7. And thats the exact moment when $120 for a Wii version of this selectively distributed game seems like true lunacy.