You know the Wii has had a good year when great games like Sonic Colors, NBA Jam, Trauma Team and the latest Call of Duty don’t even make it on my top ten list. Here are my top Wii picks for 2010.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn
Kirby’s latest adventure takes place in Patch Land, where everything is made of yarn and cloth. Kirby has several new abilities to help him take down some of his oldest foes like turning into a train, a submarine and even a car. Kirby can’t suck his enemies in like he used to, but he can pull on them using his new whip like ability. This new ability also allows him to interact with the environment, uncovering secrets by pulling on an extra bit of string. Great visuals, a slower pace for newer gamers and the addition of co-op make this one game any platforming fan should check out.
No More Heroes 2
Classic beat ’em up gameplay, brilliant style and insane bosses make No More Heroes 2 a must play for any Wii gamer over the age of 18. The first No More Heroes was excellent as well, but featured annoying minigames between levels that forced players to grind their way to the next delicious boss fight. This sequel ditches all of the bad parts of the first game, bringing all of the intense action to the forefront. New elements like double beam katanas, turning in to a tiger, and playing as multiple characters bring some much welcomed variety to the game. The real motive for completing this game, outside of the excellent action, is seeing what twisted boss creator Suda 51 will throw your way next. This is one wild ride.
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Warren Spector, of Deus Ex fame, wants to make Mickey relevant in video games again. He has done so beautifully by paying respect to Disney’s past, but also paving way for it’s future. Mickey has a lot of choices that will effect the outcome of the Wasteland, a gloomy place filled with forgotten Disney characters. Will you choose to paint to solve your problems and help the Wastelanders, or will you use thinner to erase all of your problems? These choices will define your experience in Epic Mickey.
Monster Hunter Tri
The Monster Hunter series is a phenomenon in Japan and Monster Hunter Tri makes it easy to see why. Beautiful vistas filled with dangerous monsters await, but you don’t have to face them alone. You and your friends can hunt monsters online together. Harvest materials from your fallen foes to make your weapons and armor stronger so that you can take down even the largest of beasts. This is one of the most ambitious Wii games, and while it is a bit hard to get into for the casual player it is definitely worth investing your time to become the ultimate Monster Hunter.
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Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
If you like the fast arcadey fighting found in the Marvel vs. Capcom series then Tatsunoko vs. Capcom may be for you. One of the finest fighting experiences on Wii, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom pit’s the famed Japanese anime producer’s most beloved characters against a host of Capcom favorites. Smooth online match making ensures there will always be a new challenger waiting in the wings. Gorgeous graphics and a deceptively complex fighting system make this a fighter no Wii fan should miss.
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Sin and Punishment 2
The developers at Treasure are experts at providing pure arcade shooting action and Sin and Punishment 2 does not disappoint. The Wii pointer controls are a great addition to series, allowing your to focus more of your attention on dodging bullets- a very necessary skill in this game. This game is brutally difficult but also very addicting, making you come back again and again for more punishment. There are also online leaderboards so you can see how you match up to other fans all over the world.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong’s banana stash has been stolen and it is up to him and his trusted sidekick Diddy to get them back. Coming from the esteemed developers of the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Retro Studios, Donkey Kong Country Returns features lush graphics that bring each level alive, tough platforming challenges and new moves to freshen up the sidescrolling platformer genre and make it new again. New techniques like pounding the ground or using mighty gusts of breath to blow out fires will surely come in handy when trying to uncover the many secrets hidden in the jungle.
Goldeneye 64 redefined console first person shooters when it came out and many gamers have fond memories of split screen multiplayer with their friends. This modern day re-imagining of the N64 classic maintains several elements that made the original great, but also separates itself and makes itself a classic in its own right. Featuring a much stronger campaign than most modern first person shooters, this is a game no fan of the genre, or Bond, should miss.
Red Steel 2
The first Red Steel may have burned a lot of hopeful gamers at the Wii’s launch, but the sequel fixes most of its mistakes. Gone are the clumsy scripted sword fights, replaced by incredibly accurate sword controls whenever you choose made possible by Wii Motion Plus. Not only has the gameplay improved by leaps and bounds but it is also one of the most beautiful games on Wii, featuring a distinct cell shaded art style. Intense combat and special moves make this a first person shooter that no action fan should miss.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Mario’s second trip to space isn’t just one of the best games of this year, it is one of my favorite games of all time. Pure run and jump gaming bliss with zero filler, Super Mario Galaxy 2 constantly throws new challenges at its players throughout the 20 plus hour adventure. Mario has new power ups, like the drill and cloud suit, and an old friend to help him along the way. Yoshi makes a triumphant return, brining with him new powers that will all him to turn into a balloon or uncover hidden paths through levels. As brilliant and inventive as the first Mario Galaxy was, this sequel takes the plumber to new heights. This is one game every Wii owner must experience and my top pick for Wii game of 2010.
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