Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Top 9 - Third-Party Wii Games

Time for a new column for my blog: Top 9 lists. I'll be posting them once a month, always on the ninth day of the month. Why you ask? I don't really have a reason. Why Top 9? Because I feel Top 5, Top 10, and even Top 100 lists are way to overused. What better way to break that trend than to compile a list of 9 things?

The first topic? Third-party games on the Wii. Nintendo has never been known to have great relations with third-parties. And the Wii isn't much different. Nonetheless a lot of developers have been pushing to make unique experience on the Wii. And some of them are up there in terms of quality as some of Nintendo's own first-party games. Enjoy!

9. Blast Works: Build Trade Destroy
A horrible name but a great game. Blast Works' most promising feature in the stage creation mode. Which allows you to make just about any shooter you can imagine. The campaign is surprisingly fun and difficult too.

8. Order Up!
One of the few non-Nintendo made casual games that's actually a lot of fun to play. You start out as a lowly burger flipping chef, and rise to the top of Mexican, Italian, and finally French cuisine. Other than Cooking Mama like motion controls, you have to juggle multiple orders and add just the right spices to please the patrons.

7. SSX Blur
Electronic Arts actually managed to pull off an SSX game with motion controls. Simple flicks with the Wii remote will make your characters do tricks, while tilting the Nunchuk controls your character's directions and speed. It works surprisingly well.

6. Medal of Honor: Heroes 2
There are only two reasons you even need to think about getting this game. Excellent control scheme and the best online game the Wii offers. As for the former, it's a lot like Metroid Prime 3's great first-person controls but with more sensitivity and customization. While the campaign and graphics of the game are pretty bland. The online is where it's at. The first game to offer 32-player online for the Wii. Plus it uses EA Nation, which lets you get around those annoying friend codes and set up one account to use through all EA games for the Wii; it's nice.

5. No More Heroes
Probably the most bad ass title of this list, No More Heroes is one of the uniquest Wii games around. Not only is there over the top action and tons of blood, the wacky bosses are some of the most fun I've had in a game for a while. While the over world may be seriously lacking, the entertaining combat and awesome bosses are enough to warrant a purchase.

4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
The best selling version of this game may not necessarily be the best graphically or feature-wise, but it's still one heck of a music game. The 70-something songs are more than enough to entertain you for a while.

3. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
Ports are the Wii generally aren't good news (see Ninjabread Man). But Capcom really pulled it of with Resident Evil 4 for the Wii. The graphics are basically the same as the GameCube, but the controls have been entirely revamped for the Wii remote. How is the action? Just like you remember it!

2. Boom Blox
From the creative mind of Steven Spielburg comes a unique game with some of the deepest physics in a game to date. Another unique experience on the Wii, Boom Blox shouldn't be missed.

1. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
Don't let the cel-shaded graphics fool you, this game is tough, and you'll get stuck quite a bit. But it's fun too, and the point and click controls work excellent with the Wii remote. Every action you perform is usually linked to your Wii remote, whether it be shaking a bell or pulling a lever. If you pick up only one game from this list, make it this one.

So there you have it. You may be thinking I left out quite a few gems. Okami, Geometry Wars: Galaxies, and Bully: Scholarship Edition? All three of those alone look worthy enough to put on this list and bump a few of mine off, but the thing is: I haven't played any of those yet. I'll definitely have to get around to doing that.

What do you think of my choices? Tell me in the comments...

1 comment:

  1. I don't know my order completely, but I'd have Boom Blox as number one. Z&W's controls don't always work as well as they should, and the game's a tad frustrating.

    #2 would be RE4 Wii Edition. It's just one of my favorite games of all time. It's on my top 10 list of favorite games, but Boom Blox is an original game.

    I'd add:
    We Love Golf, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, PES 2008, and Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon for sure though. I'm not even a sports gamer. :)