After years of waiting, I purchased a Nintendo Wii. A friend’s uncle was selling the Wii, 9 games, and a few controllers and peripherals for a little over $200, and I couldn’t pass up the deal.
With the recent price drop, I’m sure I can’t be the only one who has a new Wii and has no idea what games to purchase. So I did what anyone would do. I asked for advice. Friends, coworkers, family, and Twitter followers were all too happy to offer suggestions.
Over the next week, I’ll list out over 20 games that people have suggested I go out and buy, in no particular order. For today, here’s the first 5 in the list.
No More Heroes
No More Heroes (rated M) features a badass named Travis Touchdown, who ends up killing a ranked assassin and becoming ranked himself. He now has to defend his rank, and he decides to try to become the #1 assassin with all the rewards it entails. The game was highly praised by most reviewers. It’s incredibly bloody, at least in the North American version, so if violence and gore aren’t your thing, you might want to pass on it. I haven’t played it myself yet, but watching a few videos on YouTube, it’s now on my list. The game play is open-ended, although it is a bit more linear than Grand Theft Auto games. The game play reminds me of MadWorld (also rated M), which I have played, but it seems much more tame in terms of blood and violence. Of course, if you’ve played MadWorld, you know that’s not saying much.
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy (rated E) is the third 3D platformer in the series, the previous two being Super Mario 64 for the N64 and Super Mario Sunshine for the GameCube. Sunshine sold and reviewed well, but it had its share of critics who claimed the game seemed unpolished. If Galaxy can be considered a comeback, it was definitive. Everyone loved it, and there are few complaints. Guinness World Records ranked it 29th out of 50 on its list of the top console games of all time based on the game’s initial impact and lasting legacy.
It’s not a bad suggestion at all! It was one of the games that I got in the bundle, and while I have only played it for part of one evening, I can see it being a lot of fun. Everyone I’ve talked to had nothing but praise for this game. Also, it’s has support for two players! I recall reading a blog post about how much fun it could be to join a friend or family member. One person can play the main game while the other can help him/her collect items.
I’m still not happy that a modern console game has a concept of lives. It’s not an arcade game, so it’s not like I need incentive to pump more quarters into it. I’ve already purchased the game, and limited lives does nothing but frustrate me. Then again, I was told that the game is similar to Super Mario World for the SNES in that it is easy to have a ton of lives without losing them often.
Resident Evil 4
For a long time, I was frustrated because I purchased Resident Evil 4 (rated M) for the GameCube, but I couldn’t play it because I lost the first disc when I brought the game over to a friend’s house. It turns out that buying the game a second time for the Wii is supposed to be worth it, so that’s good news. The Wii version takes advantage of the unique controls. If you are into survival horror, everyone told me that this is supposed to be the game to get. It’s on my list as well.
But, real quick, for people who have played it before, how scary is that chainsaw-wielding guy with the bag on his head?! I didn’t get to play the game much, but when I did, I could not find a way to survive the early mob he was leading. I thought I had secured a makeshift barricade, but the next thing I know, they’re swarming in from the windows and knocking down the doors! I can’t wait to try again with the Wii version.
I never heard of Muramasa: The Demon Blade (rated T) before coworkers and friends and Twitter users swamped me with the knowledge. It’s an action role-playing game set in a feudal Japanese era, and it was sold out in Japan within a week of being released. It allows you to use three different control schemes based on your preference, and it offers multiple difficulty levels, different playable characters, RPG elements, unique art and musical scores, ninjas, and swords.
Some complained that the action is repetitive, but I just watched some video of it. It looks very similar to a game I wanted to develop myself, so I definitely want to try it out. And quite frankly, playing the role of a ninja probably can’t get old. Just sayin’.
Punch-Out!! (rated E10+) was considered a great successor in the series, and some of the additions make it a great party game as well. It has a two-player mode, for one thing.
It’s very similar to previous titles in that it’s a boxing puzzle game. Each opponent has a weakness, and you have to figure out how to exploit it while timing your moves. Most of the boxers are featured in previous games, such as Glass Joe and Bald Bull, bringing back fond memories for those of us who played the original game when Mike Tyson was featured.
And so ends the first five highly suggested games on my list. Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next 5 and the rest of this series. Feel free to use one of the icons below to suggest this series to others, and make sure to leave a comment below to let me know what you think about these choices.
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