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.
Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore
Were Simon Cowell in charge of reviewing this game, which features his own likeness and voice alongside Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul, we imagine hed judge it as absolutely rubbish. Gamers seem to agree: A brand-new PS2 version of the game retails for a measly buck-fifty. And yet, against all reason, an unopened copy of the Wii version will cost you 80 times that. Konami has since ditched the American Idol branding, so theres no chance that this game will ever see new copies--but still, that kind of rarity cant explain the ridiculous inflation of the Wii game's price. Maybe Wii owners just really love competition shows that revolve around crushed dreams.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
Brace yourself, because this ones a bit confusing. Despite what the name would suggest, this fighting game is not part of the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai franchise, and therefore isnt a part of the recent and readily available Budokai: HD Collection. Whereas Budokai was developed by Dimps, the Budokai Tenkaichi series is the work of Japanese developer Spike. Prior to 2010, Atari handled the publishing duties for Tenkaichi in the states, before eventually handing the keys to Namco Bandai. That means that the few copies already out there are now and forever the only copies, a concept that makes avid collectors drool all over their money piles.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Limited Edition Bundle
Surprise! A Zelda title has made its way onto a most valuable list for a Nintendo system! You're all shocked, I bet. In reality, the popularity of the series makes each game readily available online, but this particular box is different. This is the limited edition Skyward Sword that launched with a golden Triforce-themed Wii Remote, as well as a sampler CD of the world-traveling Zelda Symphony Orchestra. They were only available during the initial shipment of Skyward Sword, and when they were gone, that was it. Zelda collectors that might have missed this essential package would easily open their wallets for it, so don't be surprised if the price goes even farther skyward.
One Piece: Unlimited Adventure
Anime games have an unfortunate history of doing poor-to-okay sales at release, then becoming increasingly hard to find as series fans snag the remaining copies. This One Piece brawler is one such game, offering a fun mix of beat-em-up action and a butt-ton of playable characters in the lighthearted versus mode. Followers of the show adored the game while everyone else ignored it, which led Namco Bandai to exclude the US with the release of the games sequel, One Piece: Unlimited Cruise. That makes this the last One Piece Wii game in the states, which explains the above-average asking price.
Metroid Prime Trilogy
We love the Metroid Prime series as much as anyone, but even we have to admit that this pricing is ridiculous. This compilation revamped the GameCubes Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes with some features seen in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, then plopped all three stellar games onto a single Wii disc. Dubbed a Collectors Edition even though it was the only version of its kind, the collection even came in a spiffy tin case. Yet despite the trilogys popularity, Nintendo seems to have way under-printed the compilation, evidenced by the fact that even used copies go for some serious moolah.
My Horse and Me: Riding for Gold
Come on, guys. Just because its rare doesnt mean you should pay the price of a console for a game about horses. Youre better than this. My Horse and Me's rarity is once again courtesy of Atari, who discontinued publishing of the game after its licensing agreement with the International Federation for Equestrian Sports expired. Somehow, we suspect that this grossly inflated price is all the dastardly work of B. Buttercup.
Who's got some selling to do?
So now you're seen a glimpse of the games you won't soon find on the Nintendo Wii, as well as the money it'll take to make these games yours. Do you own any of the games on this list? Congratulations, you hold a piece of Wii history. Not a proud owner? Get out your wallet if you want to become one.