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Farewell to the Wii: Unsung Wii Games

Come see all the games you probably missed, but should've played (shame on you).

Unsung Wii games… where do you even start? Just about everything that came out on the Wii that wasn’t a major blockbuster went relatively unnoticed. Having written for a Nintendo-only site for a number of years, I had a unique opportunity to play many games that were off the radar for most Wii owners.

Due to its lack of graphical prowess and unique control scheme, most core gamers directed their attention elsewhere for their gaming experiences, whether it be their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC. Sure, all walks of gamer hit their local store for Twilight Princess & Skyward Sword, Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, No More Heroes, and Mario Kart Wii, but how many really sought out titles like Excitebots or Little King’s Story? Not many, if sales are any indication.

While the definition of “unsung” is somewhat relative, I’ve pared down my list to just games that didn’t see much commercial success or much coverage from the large-scale gaming media. With seventeen titles/series on the list, there’s plenty for you to play on your motion-control enabled console before you decide to kick it to the wolves at Gamestop.

Unsung Wii Games

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Joaquim Mira Media Manager

11/17/2012 at 06:58 PM

I think I have the majority of these games, but I have yet to finish them, or even play them at all. This generation has been the generation of collecting for me. Change is coming... I hope.

KnightDriver

08/19/2016 at 04:31 PM

Thanks for this. Wii games are on sale at Gamestop at the moment and I am looking for new stuff. Some of these I have, but many others I don't. All on the list. Great!

Nick DiMola Director

08/20/2016 at 09:12 PM

Glad the list is of use! Chessa and I really enjoyed putting this one together. While everyone loves to dump on the Wii, it actually had a bunch of great stuff that's totally unlike anything you've played before.

There's a bunch of stuff that never got localized in America that's also really great and it'd be fun to put together another feature highlighting some of that stuff as well.

KnightDriver

08/22/2016 at 12:44 AM

This is why, back in 2004 or so, I decided I had to try and get all the consoles every generation for those games you can only play on certain systems. 

Oo! I'd love to hear about those unlocalized games. 

Nick DiMola Director

08/22/2016 at 01:50 PM

Just off the top of my head:

Zangeki no Reginleiv - this was done by the EDF folks, but you used slashing motions with the Wii Remote to swing a sword rather than shoot guns, but same general principle as EDF

Fatal Frame 4 - Probably my least favorite in the series, but still Fatal Frame regardless. Worth a look, especially with the patch done by fans to make it English.

Another Code R - This made it to Europe, but never to the US. Not much of a game in the traditional sense, but a solid story game that's at least partially adventure game in nature.

Captain Rainbow - Done by the devs of Chibi Robo and Giftpia (another game that never hit the US), it's a pretty weird game that starts off by finding Birdo's vibrator...

Disaster: Day of Crisis - Kind of a trash game, but over-the-top and wacky in the right ways. It was a fun, if mostly forgettable romp.

Line Attack Heroes - This one only hit WiiWare, but Nintendo showed it at a point to US-based audiences. You collect guys in an arena and then use them as a big giant people sword. It was a pretty shallow game, but fun for a few hours. 

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom - The original Japanese release of the game has some different content from the US release that's pretty good. Can't remember all the details, but there are some fun mini-games that never made it here.

Ougon no Kizuna and Earth Seeker are a couple others I've heard about that are good, but haven't played personally.

KnightDriver

08/23/2016 at 12:51 AM

Interesting stuff!

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