Top Ten: Overlooked Wii Games

Dustin counts down ten Wii games you should have been playing!

By Dustin Grissom. Posted 02/04/2014 09:00 5 Comments     ShareThis

GoldenEye 007 (Wii) ScreenshotThis science fiction first-person shooter was hyped beyond belief, especially for an FPS game on Wii. Yet, that was the point. The concept was making a “hardcore” shooter on Wii that could match up with the more popular games, such as Halo and Killzone, found on the other systems. The game was supposed to be a graphical revelation on Wii, using High Voltage Software’s Quantum 3 Engine. In many regards, the game achieved this goal; however, the art style wasn’t quite there to fully realize its potential. Yes, the game was met with much disappointment after a preposterous amount of hype, but I could argue that the hate was perhaps more unwarranted than the hype itself. The game didn’t set a new bar for storytelling in gaming, but what was there certainly grabbed my attention, and had me eager to play the sequel (which I think completely ruined everything good the original had going in terms of story). The graphics were fine, but the real star of the show was the gameplay. You could customize everything about the controls, allowing the user to create the perfect balance of sensitivity, button and HUD layout, and camera movement that was just right for each specific player. This set a precedent for most Wii first-person shooters to come, including the Call of Duty franchise, Red Steel 2, and GoldenEye 007. It may not have been a revelation as a game itself, but it certainly was in terms of FPS controls, creating a fanbase of users never wanting to go back to analogue controls again.

Another aspect of the game that I found to be sorely underrated was the online multiplayer. Sure, it had its fair share of bugs and connectivity issues, but the layout itself was great. The weapons were creative, the maps were fun, the ranking system was one of the best I’ve experienced (who else agrees that recognizable superiority in ranking symbols is far better than a simple number?), and the game modes were very unique. It all made for a great experience, and if you’ve yet to play the game, I wouldn’t say it is a must-buy, but it was certainly worth my time back when it came out.

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5 Responses to “Top Ten: Overlooked Wii Games”

  • 1549 points
    penduin says...

    Great list! Almost makes me want to give GoldenEye another try. (I’m useless at cover shooters, but love stealth gameplay. My relationship with that particular game is complicated. :^)

    I’d like to throw out a few other under-appreciated gems:
    – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
    – NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams
    – Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
    – Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure

    None of those are for everybody (as one would expect from overlooked games), but all are great in their own right. I was tempted to list Sonic and the Secret Rings too, though I’m not sure it was “overlooked” so much as some of us loved it while others can’t be happy no matter what Sonic does. (see: Lost World reviews ;^)

  • 96 points
    ElectricOutcast says...

    At least we can still play these on Wii U and I might look at a few of these games but some (IE Silent Hill and Dead Space) they’re just not for me

  • 1288 points
    Robert Marrujo says...

    Oh, this is just a great list, really loving every single choice. I would throw A Boy and His Blob, de Blob 1 & 2, Zach & Wiki, and Spyborgs on this list, too… along with a few others. Can we just say Wii’s library in general was overlooked?

  • 207 points
    Jon Stevens says...

    Little King’s Story is another one which really didn’t get enough appreciation.

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