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Game Suggestions for the New Wii Owner, Part 5

If you’re like me, you recently obtained a Wii and have almost no idea what games released over the past three years are worth playing. I asked for advice from friends, family, coworkers, and Twitter followers, and I received quite a few suggestions. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 revealed 20 games I was told I needed to play, and today I present the next five games, in no particular order.

Mega Man 9

Mega Man 9 (rated E) is a WiiWare title takes the series back to its roots. The art design, audio, and game play are familiar to anyone who played the original game. Even the limited-edition box art was created to look like it came from the late 80s! Like most games in the series, you have to fight through 8 stages, each with its own boss. When you defeat the boss, you earn the ability to use his/her attack move.

There is even a Legacy Mode which makes the game pretend to be running a lower powered system. Sprite flicker is something any NES fans could tell you about, and now you can see it for yourself.

World of Goo

World of Goo (rated E) is also a WiiWare title, created by indie game developer 2D Boy. It’s a physics-based game in which you connect the balls of goo to form structures in an attempt to get the required number to escape to the exit. Of course, the levels are designed to make it tricky, so you have to figure out the best way to connect your balls of goo together. There are different kinds of goo, which requires you to use them in the most appropriate way.

It’s a humorous puzzle game, and the highly reviewed Wii version allows four players to participate at once.

A Boy & His Blob

A Boy and His Blob (rated E) is another game based on a blobby character and one that is a re-imagining of an original NES game. This version of the game was created as an update, and fans of the original game will find that it is a bit more casual in nature, allowing anyone to pick it up and play. Feeding the blob jellybeans turns him into different objects depending on the flavor, and you’ll make use of this feature to solve puzzles and progress through the levels.

I never played the original game, which is a shame because I always read about it in “Nintendo Power” back in the day. The new game is a beautiful update. I wonder if there is a way to turn the blob into a brick wall in this version…

You, Me, and the Cubes

You, Me, and the Cubes (rated E) is a strange physics puzzle game in which you throw tiny people at the cubes on the screen, all while trying to maintain balance. You’re trying to get as many people to stay on the structure without falling off, but it’s tricky. Some of the cubes have special properties, and they rotate after each stage.

While the controls can be finicky, especially when rotating the camera, and the difficulty curve can get steeper than many might like, You, Me, and the Cubes is a well-made puzzle game, available through WiiWare.

The Conduit

The Conduit (rated T) is a first-person shooter that has been praised for its high quality graphics and intuitive, customizable controls. It features a science fiction-based universe involving an alien invasion and conspiracy. The graphics engine was capable of creating imagery above and beyond what most people thought the relatively low-powered Wii could do.

While the story is widely considered to be mediocre, the game play is superb. There is a multiplayer option, allowing up to 12 people to join a game, and if you’re friends, you can use the Wii Speak chat feature as well.

Order Up!

Order Up! (rated E) puts you in the role of a restaurant’s chef. While Cooking Mama is the big name in cooking games, Order Up! focuses on the pressures of putting together entire meals for multiple paying customers. As orders come in, you need to optimize your movement through the kitchen. You can’t focus on making one dish perfectly because other orders are waiting. You need to multi-task, fixing various meals together.

See the Order Up! trailer on YouTube to get a better idea of what the game is like:

And that’s 25

I hope this list of 25 Wii game suggestions helps you. I had fun researching these titles, and I can’t wait to play many of them. 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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