Wii: The Ones to Watch
9th Aug 2007 | 07:16
Wii owners have reason to be very excited indeed. Wii may have kicked off with a bang before going infuratingly quiet, but Nintendo has a console-killing line-up going into the end of the year.
Super Mario Galaxy should be at the top of everyone's list. It looks incredible. Metroid Prime 3 looks just a awesome, and finishes off a fantastic trilogy. We really wanted to mention Endless Ocean (Forever Blue) too - we're strangely intrigued by it's niche diving gameplay - but there are too many other games to talk about.
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy has to be the single most exciting game coming to Wii in 2007. Having been a little disappointed with Super Mario Sunshine, we're hoping Galaxy will make up for the GameCube game's shortcomings.
Easily the best looker, Galaxy is taking Mario back to his roots of raw platforming, losing the hovering ability and exploring worlds full of awesome, nonsensical platforms and obstacles - just the way a Mario game should be. The new Bee Suit Mario looks ace but we're praying Tanuki Mario is revived.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
The first two Prime games on GameCube are without a doubt two of the best games on the console, so we're obviously buzzing with excitement over getting our hands on the sequel that will conclude the trilogy on Wii.
The only flaw in the GC games was the weird control system which did not allow for easy strafing, nor did it let you control the look camera to look around the room while you were moving. But that won't be a problem on Wii, with a control system similar to Red Steel that has been refined to near perfection.
Controls aside, we just can't wait to explore another Metroid-infested world. The richly detailed, dark and ambient worlds of the first two Prime games made for some of the best graphics in the last generation, and Prime 3 already looks great on Wii. We're hoping to see Metroid release around or before October 2007. Fingers crossed.
Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
Sega fans will be hoping that the Japanese developer gets its ass in gear and sorts Wii out with a new House of the Dead (or even just a compilation of the old ones). This isn't that, but it's close enough.
This zombie shooter is special because it's attempting to take the fairly basic nature of on-rails shooters to new levels of depth and innovation with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. You can move the camera with the analogue stick while you shoot with the Wii Remote, and you can slash the Remote as a sword. It's great fun.
Add to that some of the darkest and most detail graphics on the Wii, as well as uncovering the whole mystery behind the shady Umbrella Corporation and you've got a game of awesome. It comes with the Wii Blaster controller too!
No More Heroes
The trailer for No More Heroes (formerly known as Heroes) blew us away, and now we can't wait to see what Suda 51, developer of the crazy Killer 7, has up his sleeve for his first Wii game.
Its abstract world seems to be every bit as twisted as Killer 7, with the player setting out to kill the top ten assassins in the world to render himself the best killer alive.
The unique, plain-shaded graphics once again mixes with the extreme violence and gore to make for one of the most unique-looking games on Wii, and the strange imagination of Suda's development team is sure to come up with characters equally as intriguing and twisted as those in Killer 7. And hopefully they'll be as hilariously foul-mouthed, too.
NiGHTS: Journey into Dreams
Cult followers of the Saturn-derived classic went bonkers when Sega revealed a Wii version is on its way.
Sega has held the NiGHTS franchise as close to it's heart as the fans, and Yuji Naka once said that Sega would not make a new NiGHTS game until they were absolutely sure the time was right and they could live up to the Saturn game. The coming of Wii is the right time for Sega, and that's why we're excited about this.
Sega cannot afford to mess this one up, and free-roaming flight with the Wii Remote should be awesome. It's a shame Naka has nothing to do with it but we've still got high hopes.
Have you seen all these colourful screens?
EA sees Wii as the perfect opportunity to take its massively popular Sims series in a different direction. But MySims is not just a visual makeover for the series, it also packs some interesting and new gameplay mechanics.
We love the idea of being part of a town community, rather than focusing on one household, as was the case with previous Sims games. It sounds like a hybrid mix of Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing gameplay.
We're also intrigued with the prospect of using the Wii Remote to literally build furniture and buildings - it sounds awesome.
EA has been throwing MySims media at us so go take a good look.
Super Paper Mario
In a perfect world you'd have already slapped this game into your UK Wii and hammered through its 2D paper-style worlds of glory. The Americans did months ago. Unfortunately, us Brits have been forced to wait AGES for it to make it this side of the pond.
Let's not dwell on it though - Super Paper Mario is almost here and it's a retro-style, nostalgia-inducing treat for any hardcore Mario fan, and a fantastically unique game for anyone who likes something a little out of the ordinary.
The 2D-to-3D switching mechanic is utter genius, and the giant sprites have to be one of the best Nintendo moments in recent years. Roll on September 14.
Roskstar Games Presents Table Tennis
Stories of over-excited gamers lobbing Remotes into TV screens have died down now - we're all used to Wii Sports Tennis now. But we fully expect it to kick off again when this game lands on Wii with its faster-paced Remote swinging action.
We loved the Xbox 360 game, albeit a little short-lived. Now we're just hoping that the Wii version packs all the meat of the original, particularly the online mode - that's crucial. Online gaming has just started to gain momentum on Wii and this would be a fantastic addition to the currently small selection of online-enabled titles on Nintendo's console.
The only thing we don't expect in the Wii version are the wet-looking t-shirt physics. But we're not worried about that.
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is going to be a strange one. Everyone know Sonic would destroy Mario in a race, but not in this game.
The two greatest videogame mascots ever will be competing against each other, But Sega has chosen to even the playing field by levelling out the abilities of the characters, so everyone performs similarly. Yes, that means Sonic's speed has been toned down, but don't let that put you off.
From what we've seen on the game so far it looks like great fun - the new-age Track and Field, if you will. Only this game will have you swinging, shaking and waving the Wii Remote in all sorts of ways. Could this be the party game of Christmas? Hopefully Sega can pull it off.
Geometry Wars: Galaxies
We could rant on about how awesome Geometry Wars is all day. If you've played it you'll know what we're talking about - unless you're a girl and can't play it, like CVG's very own Andy Robinson.
Everyone who owns a 360 should own GW Retro Evolved, and soon everyone who owns a Wii should get in on it too. The best thing about Galaxies is that it's so much more than a port. There're new ships, guns and levels in the fleshed-out single-player Galaxies mode, numerous two-player versus and co-op options, and cross-platform connectivity with the DS version. Basically, we're all over that.
Our only concern is if the game can pack enough content to warrant the cost, considering Kuju confirmed to us that it will definitely come on a disc, not via a Wii Software (Wii Ware) download.