10 Must Have Games If You're New To The Wii

Note: [All opinions expressed herein are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of GamerXChange]

The Nintendo Wii: It was sitting pretty at the top of this generation with systems flying off the shelves. The craze of motion gaming and the more economical price was a huge selling point for the Wii. While it may not sell as much as in previous years, you can expect a similar trend this holiday season. If you are one of those getting one for the first time, you may want to make that purchase worthwhile. So as we continue covering must have games to get for different systems, here are ten (currently available – in no particular order) games that you might want to look into if you are new to the Wii.

Super Mario Galaxy (1 & 2)

It’s Mario [out of this] world! Become Mario as he traverses gravity-bending galaxies, traveling in and out of gravitational fields by blasting from planet to planet. Diverging from the side-scrolling adventures of Super Mario Bros., players will journey through 3D worlds and experience dizzying perspective shifts as they run upside down through wild alien worlds that need to be seen to be believed. Whether you’re surfing on a ray across an ocean in the clouds, rolling on a ball through a treacherous garden, or floating in a bubble over a poisonous swamp, there’s no limit to the cosmic challenges you’ll encounter! Part 2 incorporates even more fun with Yoshi!

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The Super Smash Bros series hit the Wii with a bang! Still one of the most popular Wii titles to date, this fighting game features a loads of who have appeared on Nintendo platforms, from Mario to Link to Pikachu and even Solid Snake! With loads of customizing options, items and weapons, different game modes, this game has truly has a lot of replayability. And for the first time (although it’s not the best), you can play online with Wi-Fi, allowing up to four players to brawl, no matter where they may be. This fun filled game is great for gatherings and just hanging out with friends.

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword

One of the highest rated games of 2011 and 2011 GOTY contender, after 25 years Skyward Sword brings new depth to the Zelda franchise with the introduction of full motion controls. You’ll get hours of gameplay out of this game with vast map, locations, and missions to explore. New to the Zelda series? Don’t worry, Skyward Sword takes us to the beginning of our silent pointy eared friend’s, Link, story. The storyline is the earliest in Zelda continuity, coming before The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Skyward Sword follows Link in the Skyloft society once again on a quest to save (in this case his childhood friend) Zelda who has been swept away the land below by evil forces. Another epic and fantastic tale in the Zelda franchise.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The side-scrolling adventures of Mario and Luigi on their quest to save the princess from Bowser’s clutch return but this time with a twist, up to four people can play simultaneously. The New Super Mario Bros. Wii game introduces 4-player (local) co-op to this age old tale. Now you can play as Mario, Luigi, and Toad characters. All the power ups you are used to plus some new ones are there to take you through all 88 levels (yes 88). Another fun game for friends and family to play together or even for you to play on your own. Save the princess, save the world!

Metroid Prime Trilogy

The Metroid series has been hailed by fans and critics worldwide for a long time. Trilogy features three of those critically acclaimed games from the Metroid series: Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Originally released on the GameCube, the first two games in Trilogy are updated for the Wii with some new control schemes and achievements following suit of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. You will follow the game’s armor toting protagonist, Samus, through three different adventures where you will blast, roll, and fight your way through obstacles and save the day. If you have ever been interested in the Metroid series, this is not a bad place to start on your Wii.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

Our little pink vacuum friend, Kirby is back in his first console platform game since the Nintendo 64 days. Epic Yarn is a 2D platformer that mixes the classic Kirby gameplay with new abilities, functionality and more including a co-op play mode. The story goes something like this: Kirby eats an odd looking tomato-like object. What he didn’t know was, that it belongs to an evil wizard who reacts by sending Kirby to another dimension where everything, and everyone, even Kirby, are made of yarn. Kirby’s powers are not the same though, in this adventure he uses a whip of yarn and morphing powers to get through obstacles and beat the baddies. The game really introduces a new unique way to play a platformer while almost completely changing the way you would imagine playing a Kirby game. It’s a cute and fun game that would be a nice addition to your collection.

Monster Hunter Tri

The name says it all. This popular Japanese title will provide you with hours of ARPG monster hunting and capturing fun. With both single player and multi-player (co-op) features, huge environments, and lots of customization options, this game will last you for a good amount of time. The story is pretty generic as you play the role of an up-and-coming hunter who must accomplish various quests to achieve glory and help the residents of their village survive. However, with all of the lands to explore, weapons to collect, and monsters to fight, this game provides loads of gameplay options.

Mario Kart Wii

You can’t have a Nintendo system without having a Mario Kart game to go along with it. Mario Kart Wii brings the series back to the home console with all of the modes you have come to know and love over the years. In addition, Mario Kart Wii also has loads of new tracks and some familiar ones too from previous installments. Play with up to 11 people online or play with three of your friends in the same room. The fun never stops. Mario Kart Wii, like just about every other Mario Kart game is a staple for your Nintendo system.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

A mix of 2D side-scrolling with 3D imagery, DK Country is back! Reminiscent of the original Donkey Kong Country games on the SNES, DK Country Returns is a brand new game with a brand new adventure with all of the nostalgia you can ask for. DK’s bananas have been stolen and of course he wants them back! So go on an adventure with the big guerrilla to get back his stash and save the land from an evil that plagues it.

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor

As the long awaited sequel to the N64 cult classic, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor brings the series to North America and delivers an intense, adrenaline-soaked thrill ride that never lets up from start to finish. The game is an arcade style almost hybrid rail shooter. While you are moved along your path, the game allows allows for a range of movement around the immediate level. In addition to all of the shooting, you can fight on the ground or in the sky, use stylized evasive maneuvers, melee attacks, and unique special attacks. The game offers as much action as it does a challenge. Check out this popular series in its latest installment on the Wii.

Now, although there are these misconceptions that the Wii might not have many games or games for “core” gamers, that’s not quite true. There are loads of other great games apart from this list that you can find for the Wii, both via disc and downloadable formats. We couldn’t cover everything, so if there are some other games for Wii that you think are must have games, make sure to leave a comment below and discuss in our community forums!!


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