As this console generation draws to a close with the imminent release of Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, following Nintendo’s release of the Wii U last year, we now begin to draw the curtain on the generation with our list of the Top 20 Wii Games. If you still have your Wii – smart move because despite a truckload of shovel-ware and gimmicky rubbish there was also a wealth of incredible titles. We begin our list below (For Part 2 and the Top 10 click here)
#20 – Mario Kart Wii
Possibly the poorest Mario Kart game ever developed but considering the lofty standards the series has set, to be the weakest in the series still makes you better than the vast majority of games released. Despite some issues relating to rubber-banding Mario Kart Wii still delivers an excellent social gaming experience, and is very deserving of Number 20 on this list.
#19 – Epic Mickey
Despite its successor being a bit of a dud, the original Epic Mickey was all class. The work of industry legend Warren Spector, Epic Mickey sees Mickey being dragged into ‘The Wasteland’ by the monstrous Shadow Blot, an evil Mickey accidentally created and then tasked with restoring the world using paint or paint thinner. A great platforming adventure in its own right, and very deserving of Number 19 on this list.
#18 – The Last Story
We were very luck to ever get The Last Story out of Japan, a dedicated group of fans pleaded Nintendo to organise a translation – It happened, and we’re thrilled because The Last Story, despite taking huge influence from the Final Fantasy series is an incredible JRPG in its own right, and in actual fact takes risks that the veteran series is still very reluctant to do. A great RPG and takes Number 18 on this list.
#17 – No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Despite its predecessor being an underappreciated gem, it did shift enough units to warrant a sequel, and so Desperate Struggle was born. More of the crazy antics of Travis Touchdown abound in this sequel with a lot of death, equally as many pop culture references and hilarity abounding. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle may not have been played by many but is in good company at Number 17 on this list.
#16 – De Blob
One of THQ’s last new ideas before it eventually went bankrupt and the game also did enough to deserve a sequel – De Blob is a platforming fans heaven with high speed, colour splashing, wall racing antics as your Hero Blob aims to restore colour to the world of Chroma City which has been invaded by the INKT Corporation. Fun for all ages, De Blob takes Number 16 in this list.
#15 – MadWorld
Despite games like No More Heroes being on this list, MadWorld hands down takes the mantle as the most unashamedly visceral and violent, all set in a black, white and red all over world. Terrorists take over Varrigan City and set up a DeathWatch TV show out of the cities survivors, as those survivors and external competitors come in and fight for their survival and a cash prize. Certainly not for the faint of heart but MadWorld slashes its way to Number 15 in this list.
#14 – Super Paper Mario
Divisive is a good word to use when discussing Super Paper Mario as the game almost completely abandons the RPG elements that made past entries into the series so appealing in favour of a heavy emphasis on the platforming elements. Thankfully these have been expertly developed, however the choice to completely neglect the RPG-ness prevents Super Paper Mario from climbing higher up this list – eventually placing at Number 14.
#13 – New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Before the market became over-saturated once again Nintendo decided it was time to bring back the old school 2D Mario platformer, and following their success on the handheld DS they brought the revitalisation to the Wii, the result was New Super Mario Bros. Wii – a game that was brilliantly designed for the younger audience but simply too simple for the veterans of the series from decades earlier. A great game, but its lack of difficulty prevented it from making it beyond Number 13 in this list.
#12 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
Clearly targeting the younger audience with its art and craft design aesthetic comes Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but thankfully despite how simple it was, the game was also incredibly beautiful and despite the Wii not packing a technical punch to the likes of PS3 and Xbox360 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn was proof that not all games need to be pushing series pixels to look stunning. Infectious artistic design, and solid, differentiated gameplay makes Kirby’s Epic Yarn an easy choice for Number 12 in this list.
#11 – No More Heroes
Back where it all began comes No More Heroes, the first in the series and some will argue the best third party release on the Wii. Travis Touchdowns’ first foray into the gaming space sees him in a quest to become the Number One Assassin in the United Assassins Association. Hilarious and lacking in any and all subtlety No More Heroes is a game lacking in the recognition it deserves – but not here as it claims Number 11 in our list.
See here for the link to Part 2 and the Top 10