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The Top 7... Games you'll never buy

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Capcom - Wii)

Release Date: October 23, 2007

Same Time As: Nicktoons: Attack of Toybots (Wii), Looney Tunes ACME Arsenal (Wii), Spongebob: Atlantis Squarepantis (Wii)

Why it should succeed: The Nintendo Wii is about immersion. The motion sensitive controller was designed, after all, to make players forget that they're even using a controller. Instead, they're swinging a sword, shooting a gun or fishing with a pole.

Zack & Wiki understands this idea better than any game we've played since WarioWare: Smooth Moves. The family-friendly adventure is loaded with interactive puzzles, ones that can only be solved by imagining yourself inside the game's virtual world. Need to shake a coconut out of a tree? Shake the remote, obviously. Can't get a key into a lock because it's upside down? Simply turn the remote upside down and - voila! - you're in business.

Gameplay like that, mixing creative thinking with real world common sense, is the reason the Wii exists in the first place.



Why it probably won't: Easy. The name sucks. Only a boardroom full of toddlers, or marketing executives attempting to think like toddlers, could have strung together such a ridiculous series of words. No self-respecting gamer would dare pick this up in a store, regardless of how good it's rumored to be.

Of course, Capcom cares more about selling to kids than to the hardcore. But how's a clueless parent browsing the shelves supposed to know that this random, cartoony game is better than the other random, cartoony games we've listed above? They've at least heard of those properties, crap or not.

Personally, we preferred the original title - Project Treasure Island Z. Now there's a ridiculous string of words with some mystique.

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5 comments

  • GamesRadarBrettElston - November 5, 2008 6:24 p.m.

    Well, it WAS posted on August 20, 2007.
  • lordloss009 - November 3, 2008 2:03 a.m.

    lol this thing is reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy old. some of those games already came out (last 2).
  • carsonnik - November 11, 2008 5:37 a.m.

    Dead Head Fred sold barely over 3000 copies... That's so sad.
  • Jimmyjammy - November 11, 2008 12:24 a.m.

    They've all bloody come out. This was written over a year ago. LEARN THINGS!
  • zeldagirl64 - January 7, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    Yeah, I'm commenting late. Oh well... I love Eternal Sonata. I'm still playing, because I couldn't get the 360 one due to lack of popularity. Now that it's come back for the PS3 with a few extra details, I finally got it. I'm suprised at the lack of popularity, even with the other games.

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