A lot of so called “hardcore” gamers give the Wii a bad rap as a casual gaming system that offers nothing for the true gamer. This is quite simply false, and here are some reasons why:
5) Every leading platform has been home to shovelware
The PS2, a gaming system the “hardcore” audience generally loved, was home to just as much, if not more, shovelware titles. Who can blame small developers for jumping on the chance to catch a piece of the action on these wildly successful platforms? Also, in both the Wii and PS2’s cases they were the weakest system of their respective console generation, making the barrier for entry for small developers much lower, and the chances for gain much higher. Just because there are a lot of terrible shovelware titles for uninformed consumers doesn’t mean that you need to play them!
4) Niche Titles Can Actually Sell Decently
Monster Hunter 3 actually sold better on Wii than the original did on PS2. No More Heroes for Wii is Grasshopper Manufacture’s best selling game yet. These are very hyped games in the gaming community, so naturally when they don’t sell millions we are a bit disappointed. But the numbers aren’t that bad considering the precedent. The failure of Japanese No More Hero HD ports are evidence that these niche titles weren’t really destined to do much better on the more “hardcore” platforms anyway. More proof is likely to come with the recently rumored Muramasa HD port.
3) The Most Played Games
Monster Hunter 3 is now played being played more than Smash Bros. Brawl on average, according to the Nintendo Channel. Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn is also high up on the list, a game that is pretty hardcore by my standards. This may point to the fact that many casual gamers just don’t play games very often, but it also shows that many Wii owners have very discerning tastes.
2) It has better third party titles than Nintendo 64 or Gamecube
House of the Dead: Overkill, Madworld, No More Heroes 1 and 2, Monster Hunter 3, The Trauma Center series, Tatsunoku vs. Capcom, and several other games give this system more unique quality support than I have seen on any other Nintendo console since the SNES. Not only that, Nintendo has really stepped it up with their developer partnerships. We have Monster Games developing the excellent Excite series, Next Level games made Mario Super Strikers and Punchout Wii, Treasure bringing us another Sin and Punishment, and a recent collaboration with Team Ninja that produced Metroid: Other M.
1) Nintendo is making even more quality titles than ever before
Sure, Nintendo is making titles like Wii Sports and Wii Fit (which are great by the way) but they are still making the same great games they always have, and then some. There have been two Mario Galaxy titles, both among the best games of all time as well as a new 2D Mario that featured 4 player co-op play. There have been two wildly different takes on the Metroid franchise. There has been several resurrections of old franchises like Punch Out, Sin and Punishment, and Donkey Kong Country. There is a new Pikmin in development and even more importantly… a new Zelda. Even your favorite bridge titles, like Mario Kart and Smash Bros., have seen some of their best entries on the Wii. Again, some of the best software support I have seen since the SNES.
Next time you are tempted to doubt the Wii’s credibility based on what people say on forums, or wherever else you may talk about video game consoles, try to consider some of the points I have discussed here. The Wii is home to great games, and plenty of them.