Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Wii is NOT Dusty!

[Note: since I've started receiving suggestions, further updates will be added in this colour.]

A couple of months ago I observed a typical online exchange relating to the Wii, complaining once again about a lack of games. Specifically "good" games. A number was thrown to the fore, indicating perhaps only around 7 existed. I scoffed at this (I do that about a lot of things) and exclaimed there were easily 100 good games for the Wii. Not great ones; not system-sellers; not killer apps or GOTYs. Just GOOD games. Games which have given someone, somewhere, some enjoyment for a while. 

So I started on a list. I decided to include games I haven't even played but am very aware of and do know have garnered a favourable review here or there. Even if said review was by close friends. I also decided to start at 100 and count down, so I had a goal and knew I'd failed if I had to resort to listing "Petz" games before I reached #1...

The impatient will have noticed I'm currently on # -39*. 

Yes, I've managed to find 139 decent Wii games. Whodathunkit? As I recall someone somewhere saying at some point. I will continue to add to the list as games are released, and receive reasonably good reviews. Feel free to point any missing favourites out in the comments so I can add them, or indeed any duplicates where I've been absent-minded.

Also, as you may have noticed, the title of this post is reference to the ridiculous line about the Wii "gathering dust", which is up there with the silliness of "the PSP is a PS2 in your pocket". The fact so many people -including journalists- use those lines is disgraceful, and testament to the power of hype; or anti-hype as the case may be. I have vowed many a time to physically punish anyone who uses such phrases again. Unfortunately, some of them are nice people, so I may just end up furrowing my brow at them instead.

I shall delay no more: on to the list!

100. Super Mario Galaxy 2
99. Metroid Prime Trilogy
98. Super Mario Galaxy
97. Metroid: Other M
96. Super Paper Mario
95. Donkey Kong Country Returns
94. Super Mario Strikers Charged
93. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
92. Battalion Wars ii
91. Kirby's Epic Yarn
90. Goldeneye
89. Call of Duty: Black Ops
88. Call of Duty: Reflex
87. Red Steel 2
86. The Conduit
85. The Conduit 2
84. Speed Racer
83. Sonic & The Secret Rings
82. Sonic Colours
81. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
80. We Love Golf!
79. NBA Jam
78. Punch-Out!!
77. Tenchu: Shadow Assassins
76. Little King's Story
75. Pikmin 2
74. Resident Evil 4
73. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
72. Ghost Squad
71. Dead Space: Extraction
70. Madworld
69. Sin & Punishment 2
68. Mario Party 8
67. Wii Party
66. Disaster: Day of Crisis
65. Dewy's Adventure
64. A Boy and His Blob
63. Mario Kart Wii
62. Wii Fit
61. Wii Sports Resort
60. New Super Mario Brothers Wii
59. Monster Hunter Tri
58. Tatsunoko VS Capcom
57. No More Heroes
56. No More Heroes 2
55. Bully: Scholarship Edition
54. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
53. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
52. Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City
51. Wii Music
50. Guitar Hero III
49. Rock Band 2
48. The Beatles: Rock Band
47. Muramasa: The Demon Blade
46. Rogue Trooper
45. Fragile
44. Deadly Creatures
43. Excite Truck
42. Epic Mickey
41. Boom Blox Party
40. Tetris Party
39. Lego Star Wars III
38. Art of Balance
37. Lost Winds
36. Lost Winds 2
35. NyxQuest
34. Batman: The Brave and The Bold
33. Fluidity
32. Cave Story
31. World of Goo
30. Art Style: Pentatentacles
29. Bit.Trip Runner
28. Bit.Trip Beat
27. Lit
26. FFCC: My Life as a King
25. Sonic 4: Ep 1
24. De Blob
23. Warioware: Smooth Moves
22. Castlevania: Rebirth
21. Contra: Rebirth
20. Anno: Create a New World
19. Zack & Wiki
18. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus
17. Castlevania Judgement
16. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
15. Megaman 9
14. Toki Tori
13. Rage of the Gladiator
12. Bomberman Blast
11. MaBoShi
10. Space Invaders Get Even
9. Strong Bad (series)
8. Pokemon Rumble
7. Cursed Mountain
6. Pearl Harbour Trilogy
5. Chick Chick Boom
4. Neves Plus
3. ThruSpace
2. Okami
1. Trauma Team
0. The House of the Dead: Overkill
-1. Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics
-2. Virtua Tennis 2009
-3. Grand Slam Tennis
-4. Tiger Woods 10
-5. Sakura Wars: So Long My Love
-6. Opoona
-7. Eledees
-8. Endless Ocean
-9. Endless Ocean 2
-10. Trackmania
-11. Rabbids Go Home
-12. SEGA Superstars Tennis
-13. SSX Blur
-14. Wario Land: Shake It!
-15. Mini Ninjas
-16. Geometry Wars Galaxies
-17. Broken Sword: Director's Cut
-18. Rune Factory Frontier
-19. Sky Crawlers
-20. The Godfather
-21. Mushroom Men
-22. PoP: The Forgotten Sands
-23. FFCC: Echoes of Time
-24. Another Code R
-25. Overlord: Dark Legend
-26. Just Dance 2
-27. Big Brain Academy
-28. Mortal Kombat Armageddon
-29. Geometry Wars Galaxies
-30. DJ Hero 2
-31. Art Style: Light Trax
-32. Monkey Ball
-33. Tomb Raider Anniversary
-34. Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant
-35. Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat
-36. F1 2009
-37. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
-38. Xenoblade Chronicles
-39. MotoHeroz

P.S. I've decided to also keep updating the list with links to YouTube trailers/clips of the titles too, in case some out there have no recollection of said game.

P.P.S. This is not a competition to prove the Wii is "better" than the PS3 or XBox360. I firmly believe each of these platforms has at least 100 decent games to play, and anyone not "happy" with their chosen platform is simply a whiny baby (and not a cute one at that!)

*[Update: 29/06/2011] Removed some duplicates; added some YouTube links.

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