Nintendo’s game changing console played host to a number of great games, and had something for everyone, regardless of tastes. Whilst many titles utilised the unique Wii motion controls, others could be played like more traditional titles.
Nintendo are famous for their video game franchises including Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid, and it should be of no surprise that all three featured on the Wii to wide acclaim. There were two main Zelda titles released on the Wii, namely Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. Both titles were highly rated, but Skyward Sword in particular won rave reviews for its striking art style and excellent motion controls.
Mario similarly saw a number of excellent games released on the console, including 3D platforming titles Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Mario also went back to his roots with 2D platformer New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which again commanded excellent review scores upon its release. There were also a number of Mario spin off titles, including the classic Mario Kart Wii, the frenzied Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the inventive 2D RPG Super Paper Mario.
Metroid is another classic franchise and saw no less than 3 appearances on the Wii, including the more traditional Metroid: Other M, but also Metroid Prime 3 Corruption followed by the remastered Metroid Prime Trilogy. The Prime Trilogy brought together all of the 3D Metroid games together on one disc for the first time, and there is no better way to play the trilogy.
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Nintendo didn’t just rely on existing classics when it came to the Wii, and arguably it was its more Wii-Centric games that wouldn’t have been possible with a traditional controller that made the console such a runaway success. Wii Sports, which came packaged with the console, was the Wii’s defining game – allowing players to play a number of sports including Tennis, Bowling and Boxing, all with motion control. It was followed up by the equally impressive Wii Sports Resort, which boasted more accurate controls thanks to the upgraded Wii Motion Plus controller.
Of course, there were plenty of other great games available on the Wii, but with a handful of exceptions, such as JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles and survival horror Resident Evil 4, the majority of them were released by Nintendo.