The Top 7... Console gaming exclusives of 2010

Never mind Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2 and Bayonetta. There's no point crowing about how great a game is on your console when your fanboy mates can play the same thing on their 'enemy' machine. But who had the best exclusive on their WiiStation 360 this past year? Well, there's no need to argue about it any more as we've decided for you. This is the definitive list of 'what's best', so feel free to memorise it and then sound intellectual while drunk and/or crazy on sugar and artificial additives over the Christmas holidays.

And before you go asking about why there's no Mass Effect 2 on there, we decided this list should be about games that you can't get elsewhere. So with Mass Effect 2 out on PC and coming to PS3 very shortly, it isn't a proper 'exclusive'. Similarly, the likes of Gran Turismo 5 have their rival machines' counterparts (e.g. Forza 3). So we've tried to keep this to games that you literally need a specific console to enjoy. So here we go, let's see 'what's best'...


7. Monster Hunter Tri (Wii) 

Why it’s an amazing exclusive:

For starters Monster Hunter Tri is all the good bits of MMO gameplay streamlined to a bullshit-free, bite-sized chunk of meaty fun. Secondly, it achieves that admirable feat on the Wii, a console which is to online gaming what Nickelback are to the progressive evolution of the musical form.

Co-op questing, densely tactical, action-driven combat, epic character progression, a deep and satisfying crafting system… Monster Hunter Tri knocks all of the prerequisites of the serious RPG out of the park, using an almost Mario-style hub-system to make sure that unwieldy and time-wasting complications never get in the way of your teams’ fun.

And as for the questing itself, we’re talking about some of the most hardcore console gameplay out there, on the Wii or anything else. What initially seems like a slow and limited combat system eventually reveals fathoms of depth once you have a well-balanced four-man team hacking away at Monster Hunter’s none-more-intimidating beasties as a well-ordered tactical killing machine. The structure allows you to dip in for an hour at a time, but the staggering wealth of content ensures that you’ll have no hope of ever staying for such a brief period.

The moment you can’t get anywhere else: When the plan comes together

You’ve spent ten minutes tracking a legendary sea dragon. You’ve finally slapped eyes on it and been instantly terrified. You’ve hit it with a paint ball and chased it for another five minutes. You’ve spent forty minutes hacking, slashing, supporting and healing with the synergistic rhythm and precision of a finely-tuned engine. And then, with seconds to spare, it finally drops. The exhilaration, relief, and sense of victory is electrifying.

Above: And everyone thinks Wii lacks power. This is freakin' awesome


6. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

Why it’s an amazing exclusive:

DKCR hates you. Like really hates you. You’ll die f*cking up jumps. You’ll die on the adamantium hard mine cart levels. Hell, you’ll die trying to jump on comedy crabs' heads. The thing is, it’s rarely unfair. Sure, you have to learn levels backwards to get through them. But the trial-and-error recipe tastes so sweet, because the actual platforming feels incredible. Loyal to the SNES games, while updating DK with increased physicality, the action feels brilliantly fluid, yet weighty.

Combine this with arguably the best graphics on Wii, some spectacular level design and an updated soundtrack heavily inspired by the original, and Returns is an incredible reboot.

Above: *Sniff* It's so beautiful! This is one game where the love that's gone into it is plain to see

Really, short of installing a DeLorean with a flux capacitor and travelling back to 1994 with a SNES and copy of Donkey Kong in hand, the awesome nostalgia Returns serves up simply couldn’t feel more fresh. 

The moment you can’t get anywhere else: Soaking in Rare nostalgia circa 1994

As far as we’re concerned, the Rare that made some of our most beloved Nintendo titles ever is dead. Assimilated by the Kinect Borg to make motion control games not befitting of its talent, the only way we can taste a sample of its past brilliance is ironically through a game made be Retro Studios. Donkey Kong Country Returns is a wonderfully loyal nod to hardcore SNES platformers of the early Nineties (especially the utterly nails mine cart sections). One you just can’t get on another console… well, aside from braving your attic and dusting off your SNES. And we’re way too lazy too indulge that shit.

Above: Then and now. Or, rather, now (left) and then (right). How far we've come, eh?


Best of 2010

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  • Gob - January 2, 2011 4:12 a.m.

    Good list, I enjoyed it. And thank you for complementing Reach, I've seen too many sites that rip on it for no good reason in reviews. Sure, it's story felt a little weak, and the dialog was cringe-worthy in a couple places, but it was so beautiful, and the gameplay was so badass that I didn't really care. Hell yeah.
  • duckman2500 - January 2, 2011 4 a.m.

    You got to have Uncharted 2
  • gazer89 - January 1, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Hands down Nintendo wins the year with exclusives. It's not even close.
  • secretsearcher - January 1, 2011 3:07 a.m.

    Highly approve of the #1 choice. It really is a fantastic experience. And to all the people who say the Wii is lame: HA XD
  • majorsuave - January 1, 2011 2:34 a.m.

    that line made me giggle: "And everyone thinks Wii lacks power. This is freakin' awesome" the accompanying pictures looks like 2004 graphics.
  • zhanglinqq - December 30, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    cheapest G-Star urban clothing,( ( )
  • sotcninja - December 30, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the description of Monster Hunter Tri. I'm surprised how many people disregard the Monster Hunter series because of either graphics or simplicity. One of my favorite series. Also, I gotta get my hands on DKCR. It's driving me crazy!
  • CoktorBloktopus - December 29, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    good god that mario run was insane who ever that was gave me a gaming boner to the max.
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - December 29, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    technically... mass effect 2 is still a console exclusive.
  • GreedSama - December 29, 2010 7:25 a.m. Alan Wake?
  • QuickDEMOL1SHER - December 29, 2010 5:11 a.m.

    Hello new article. Goodbye respect for Gamesradar.
  • Sleepingdragon - December 29, 2010 5:08 a.m.

    lets call all playstation fanboys playboys and all xbox fanboys xmen XD
  • Defguru7777 - December 29, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Good that you recognized three Wii games in this article! It's good to know people can see past the Wii's obvious flaws to recognize good games (even though I haven't played Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Donkey Kong Country Returns,but I really want to). And I'm glad Reach made the list. The multiplayer is amazing, and so's the Firefight and campaign (I'm aware it's nowhere near as good as Halo 1-3's campaigns, but it's also nowhere near bad). And extra props to bring up the connectivity, most people would have either forgotten it or exclude it.
  • festerblatz82 - December 29, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    @IBrokeMyPipboy I agree, pretty embarrassing if not.
  • gilgamesh310 - December 28, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    It's amazing the amount of acclaim and recognition that Heavy Rain gets when it's predecessor Fahrenheit did the exact same things 5 years ago and got little to know recognition. Granted the graphics are much better in Heavy Rain but so what, gameplay comes first. Also how is Kratos a complicated individual. His just a psychopathic madman who's only puspose to exist is to exact revenge. Just because he somehow takes a liking to Pandora at the end in a contrived way doesn't make him complex.
  • xboxwarriorx - December 28, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    @ ibrokemaypipboy x_x you're mums a joke haha owned x_x for respect from men, the numbers 360
  • IBrokeMyPipboy - December 28, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    This comment section must be one big joke...
  • JohnnyMaverik - December 28, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    Minecraft makes this list a lie... also Civ V, Starcraft II, Amnesia etc...
  • bobbybroccoli - December 28, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    Awesome. 3 out of 7 were nitendo titles. Suck it sony/microsoft!
  • philipshaw - December 28, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more with this list