The Nintendo Wii is one of the best selling systems of all time, so odds are that there is at least one person on your gift list who owns the system. If this is the case for you or you own a Wii and just don’t know what games to ask for then this guide will attempt to make the decision process a little quicker. Game Rant has pondered upon what games have made an impact this year that are worthy to be owned by everyone with a Wii, and we’ve gathered a list of games that anyone with a Wii would be proud to flaunt. See what games you should be asking for this Holiday just below.
This console made a name for itself for pushing the gaming industry in a new direction and opening its userbase to an entire new market thanks to its all too famous motion controls. The Wii started a revolution in gaming and has encouraged people of all ages, ranging from little children to grandparents to pick up a controller, and in some cases even stand up, and start playing video games. If you’re looking to get a console at an affordable rate that contains quite a decent lineup of must-play video games then look no further than the Nintendo Wii.
Nintendo Wii w/ Wii Sports & Wii Sports Resort
When the Wii first hit retailers it was nearly impossible to find, and that original unit only came bundled with Wii Sports for $250. Fast forward to the present and the Wii has not only dropped in price to $200, but it now comes with Wii Sports and the sequel Wii Sports Resort. There’s also a Wii Motion Plus built right into the Wii remotes now so you get even more bang for your buck. This particular Wii package is available in both white and black.
Red Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports & New Super Mario Bros. Wii
The red Nintendo Wii will be something that Nintendo collectors and enthusiasts everywhere would love to get their hands on. This special edition red Wii was created to celebrate the 25th birthday of Nintendo’s beloved plumber, Mario. This bundle comes with the Wii console, a red Wii Remote Plus, a red Nunchuk, Wii Sports, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. We don’t have anything against Wii Sports Resort, but we’re more willing to recommend New Super Mario Bros. Wii if we had to.
One problem that you rarely ever hear of is “Wow, this system sure has too many games”, but the fact of the matter is is that the Wii has an abundance of them. Most of these games are shovelware though and should be avoided at all costs, because the last thing your gamer friend/family member is going to want to unwrap on Christmas day are games like Footdogs. We made a list of games that are actually worth your time and money, so have a look:
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2 may not have the four player co-op that comes packaged with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, but that’s okay because this game is still out of this world (literally). You are once again playing the title character of Mario, trying to save Princess Peach from the evil claws of Bowser, and like the original Mario Galaxy, you’re once again in space. It’s not the same as the previous game though, so don’t go into panic mode. There are brand new worlds, levels, bosses, and power-ups for Mario to explore, stomp, and utilize. Yoshi also makes his return after seemingly missing out on Mario’s last space adventure.
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Mario All-Stars may sound familiar to some of you because it originally released on the Super NES in 1993. This is the exact same game that released back then, but now it’s on your Wii and you get some pretty cool extras with it too. The game is being released once more for Mario 25th Anniversary and comes with revamped versions of the classic NES games (Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3), a 26 minute soundtrack of various Mario songs, and a 32-page book of Mario’s history. Not bad for $30.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Show friends and family why it’s so nice to finally be back in the country this Holiday season with Donkey Kong Country Returns. DK and Diddy finally ditch the bongos and go back to where they belong in this long awaited addition to the Donkey Kong Country series. This game is incredibly difficult and may not be fit for inexperienced gamers, but for those who can tolerate a plethora of fatal replays then this is the must-own game for the Wii. A friend can also hop in for some 2-player co-op making the game just that much more awesome.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn
Kirby hasn’t starred in a console adventure game since the N64, but that finally changed when Kirby’s Epic Yarn released just a few months ago on the Wii. The game is radically different from other Kirby games and actually features the loveable pink puffball in a new form made out of string. Kirby’s Epic Yarn will have Kirby turning into all kinds of different forms such as a tank, a car, and a submarine. There’s also two-player co-op, so that a friend can join you as you adventure through a knitted version of Dream Land.
Metroid: Other M
The Metroid console games of the past decade or so have all been first-person shooters, and while those titles have been a lot of fun and fairly successful for Nintendo, some fans have missed the Metroid style of old. That’s why it’s so refreshing to finally see Samus reinvented and retold in Metroid: Other M for the Wii. This game was developed by the good people of Team Ninja who have worked on games like Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive. The story is one of the most captivating ones to be found on the Wii and any diehard Nintendo fan is going to want to see this adventure unfold.
The original GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64 is still held by many to be the best shooter in history and that’s why fans of the N64 classic were more than excited to learn that a legitimate remake to the original was on its way. Now the game has finally landed on store shelves and it’s more than just a remake, it’s a re-imagining of the movie. Pierce Brosnan has been replaced by the new James Bond, Daniel Craig, and the levels will seem familiar yet different as well. The game also features online play so that you and some friends can swap friend codes and meet up online for some nostalgic fun.
Mickey Mouse is held near and dear to almost everyone’s hearts, but some may think that Mickey may only appeal to the younger ones. Those people are horrifically mistaken because the world of Epic Mickey is a twisted one to say the least. Mickey has several different moral-based choices throughout the entire game that result in a good or an evil persona, and it’s up to the player to decide which path to take. There is a ton of content and some familiar faces throughout this epic journey and anyone with a Wii won’t want to miss out.
Virtual Console and WiiWare Games
Retail games will no doubt influence your decision on whether or not you get any console, but downloadable games like the ones available on the Wii’s virtual console and WiiWare, are some of the best ways to keep players entertained in between Tier 1 titles. That’s why Game Rant hasn’t left out the little downloadable delicacies from our gift guide, because you gotta spend those Wii points you get on something. The way we see it, you’d be crazy not to download these three titles.
Price: 1,200 Points ($12)
Cave Story originally released in 2004 as a free-to-play computer game, so when word got out that it was making its way to the Wii with a $12 price tag, some questioned if the title would bring enough new content to warrant the substantial price hike — it did. Cave Story is a side-scrolling adventure starring creatures called Mimigans that must find a kidnapped friend and save the day. The gameplay is almost a mix of Castlevania and Metroid and even features upgradeable weapons. Cave Story is one of the best downloadable games of 2010 and any gamer or platforming fan will be more than satisfied with it.
Super Smash Bros.
Price: 1,000 Points ($10)
Super Smash Bros. is one of the best series Nintendo has ever released. Fighters from all of Nintendo’s games, ranging from Pikachu to Samus Aran, make an appearance in this title with the simple objective of beating the crap out of each other. This game originally appeared on the Nintendo 64 so some may have missed out, but now that it has been rereleased for download on Nintendo Wii, there’s no reason not to own it. The game allows up to four players to duke it out in various Nintendo locales that will likely bring back memories from old school Nintendo fans. If you own a Wii you should own the latest addition to the series Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the game that started the series on the N64 — no excuses.
Price: 800 Points ($8)
Gaijin Games are the creators of the Bit.Trip series and they’ve yet to disappoint. Bit.Trip Runner features the fearless Commander Video as he continues to run straight forward without any interference from the player. The game doesn’t just play itself, however, as I’m sure you expected, and players jump, slide, kick, and block objects as they come flying at you. That description may make the game sound easy, but when you have to perform all these moves in sync with the game’s music then things become tricky. The levels are hard but the game is very rewarding. It’s also crazy addictive… just try it once.
That marks the end of Game Rant’s 2010 Wii Holiday Gift Guide. We shared quite a few laughs and loving memories over the course of the Xbox 360 Gift Guide and the PS3 Gift Guide, and hopefully there were a few helpful suggestions that aided you in your quest to round out your Holiday shopping list. If there’s anything we’ve missed or screwed up on then feel free to post a comment to inform the rest of our readers what other great titles they should be spending their hard-earned money on. In the meantime, Game Rant wishes everyone a Happy Holiday!