In just a few weeks, the Nintendo Wii era will officially be over. The system’s legacy in hindsight will be a weird one. Sure, it was the best-selling console of its generation, but it became #1 by catering to the once-untapped casual gamer. In the process, Nintendo alienated most of its core gaming community with a system and software lineup that just wasn’t up to snuff when compared to the XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3.
With that said, the Nintendo Wii did build up a good catalogue of games that could hold their own against the best on any console. In no particular order, here’s In Third Person’s top 5 favourite Nintendo Wii games.
Boom Blox was Angry Birds years before Angry Birds took over the world. Your goal in Boom Blox was to throw assorted objects at a tower of blocks to knock everything over. The game’s core formula was insanely fun with friends, and the game had a ton of different block-bashing modes to keep things interesting. It’s a shame that this game never got the recognition it deserved, as this game and its sequel did not sell well. In hindsight, the success of Angry Birds is proof that Boom Blox was onto something very special.
This game really caught me by surprise. I picked it up on a whim out of a clearance bin and what I got was an amazingly fun game unlike anything I’d experienced before. As de Blob, your goal is to bring colour to the world by painting everything in sight. The concept sounds really simple, but it does a tremendous job of making that idea fun all the way through. The disappointing sequel to de Blob is available on all platforms, but you can only play the awesome original on the Nintendo Wii.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Nintendo has the Fire Emblem formula down to a science. Virtually every entry in this strategy RPG series is fantastic, and this one may be its best yet. Carrying on the story from the Gamecube game, you command Ike and his troops to victory. If you have any sort of interest in the genre, this is a must play. Even if you don’t, I’d recommend going out on a limb and giving this a shot.
On the surface, adding 4-player support to a Super Mario Bros. game sounds like the laziest addition you could make to the classic 2D Mario formula. The end product, however, was far from it. Playing through that game multiple times with friends and family was a blast. To this day, I’d be down to power through that game any time. The Mario Galaxy games are great for what they are, but in terms of fun-factor, I think New Super Mario Bros. beats it hands-down.
The game that kicked off the motion controlled ‘revolution’ was a phenomenon. As the first proof-of-concept of what motion controlled gaming is and could be, it was the primary reason why the Nintendo Wii became the best-selling system it is today. Of course, you can find a number of faults in Wii Sports, but it was a blast to play and there was nothing like it at the time. To this day, I still think Wii Bowling holds up.
Honourable Mentions: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Donkey Kong Country Returns
What are your top 5 Nintendo Wii games?