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Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo and is referred to as ‘seventh generation console’ by the gaming world. Wii’s ‘tools’ include a Wii Controller, a Remote, a Nunchuk and a wireless sensor bar. Wii gaming gives you a chance to play all your favorite sports/games that too ‘sitting’ at your home giving you a fascinating ‘real time’ experience. Once you have got this kit, the next thing you require are the Game CDs/DVDs. Once you make a sensible choice of games, there is no stopping at all. The thrill and amazement of playing Wii games is doubled. Here, we discuss various aspects about Wii games : compatibility, gameplay features, real time sense, story line, graphics, interface and finally the reception/sales. Listed below are the Top 10 Best Wii games 2013:
10. Just Dance 3
Just Dance 3 is a music video game developed by Ubisoft and released on the Wii. Up to four players can play this game at once. They are supposed to follow the on screen choreography steps and are judged on their ability to follow a dance routine. It includes over forty songs and has sol, duet and dance crew (4 people) modes. There are playlists that group songs into various categories. Players can also unlock gifts which include new songs, new modes and ‘Dance Mashups’ (Combination of Different Dance Routines). The special features include Non-Stop Shuffle, Speed Shuffle and Just Sweat Shuffle. Just Dance 3 on Wii also offers the Hold My Hand Dance Mode wherein eight people can dance to the tunes using just four Wii Remotes. It stands as the World’ Best Dancing Video Game and was awarded the BAFTA Kids Award and Teen Choice Award. It received a collection of more than 150 Million $ and makes it to the Top 10 Best Wii Games. It is priced at 50$.
9. Links’s Crossbow Training
Link’s Crossbow Training is a shooting video game developed and published by Nintendo for Wii. It was first released in North America in the year 2007. It uses several environments and enemies as stages for targets with various shootable background objects. The player assumes the role of protagonist. The player is put through a series of tests which include stationary bullseye targets and moving targets. Players are awarded medals after completion of each level depending on their scores. There are 9 levels on a whole categorized as Target Shooting, Defender and Ranger levels. It also has a multiplayer mode where players can take turns and aim for the highest score. The story is based around a twilight princess and is an all in all Action packed game. This game received a tremendous response, with more than 5 million copies sold. This game was criticized for being very short. However, the developers made the required changes in its next version.
8. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an action cum adventure game developed and published by Nintendo. It is the thirteenth installment of The Legend of Zelda series. It was released in the year 2006 in North America. It focuses on protagonist Link who tries to save the land of Hyrule from the ‘evil hands’ of Twilight Realm. Link takes the forms of Wolf and Hylian in his attempt to save Hyrule. He is assisted by a creature named Midna. It focuses on Combat, Exploration and Item Collection. Link can walk, run, jump, shield himself and attack. He makes use of sword, shield, bow and arrow, boomerang and Bombs for the attack and defense. Wii remote’s built in speakers and motion sensors are used in this game. The background music is a right blend of Orchestral music and Dungeon Music. Its music won several awards and it was appreciated for its original nature. It had a score of 96 on Gamerankings. 5.82 million copies of this game were sold worldwide and it was a commercial success apart from being innovative. It had a few technical issues with regard to game crash and load unsigned code which were well handled by the developers.
7. Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country Returns was developed by Retro Studios and was published by Nintendo for Wii. It was launched in the year 2010 and focuses on a group of evil creatures which arrive on an island and hypnotize the islands’ animals to steal bananas. The island is named Donkey Kong Island and the evil creatures are named Tikis. In the war against Tikis are Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. The game includes levels of Mine Carts, Swing and Collect Bananas and Golden Kong Puzzle Pieces. Single player mode enables you to take the role of Donkey Kong while multiplayer mode enables you to take the characters of both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. New Gameplay mechanics have been used to create the characters and environments. The Tikis are awaken by a volcanic explosion and hypnotize the animals of Donkey Kong by playing music. It received a score of 87 on Gameratings, received various awards like Best Retro award, Best Wii Exclusive Award and Best Platformer award. It had sales of over 5 million copies worldwide and is priced at 34$ a copy.
6. Wii Fit
Wii Fit is exercise video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii Console. It consists of activities that are to be performed using Wii Balance Board Peripheral. The player has to stand on the balance board and perform exercise activities. Its features include Strength Training, Aerobics and Balance Games. It has been described as a game which could help the family exercise together. This game has been a part of various health clubs around the globe and has been used for physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. It has been used to improve posture of elderly people in a few hospitals. Once a person stands on the Balancing board, it measures the person’s weight and determines the centre of balance. Most of the activities specified here work to maintain a person’s posture and to maintain Centre of Balance. It holds a score of 80% on ‘Game Ratings’, has been received very well by people and has made a whooping 600 million $. It did receive criticism with respect to the work outs’ intensity. However, it transformed this criticism into positive criticism by rectifying all the defects in its next version. It is priced at 160$ (including Balance Board).
5. Wii Party
Wii Party is a party video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii Console. it was released in Japan in the year 2010 and received great reviews from both followers and critics. It features 13 different modes categorized as Party, House Party and Pair Games. Party games are 4 player games and include Board Game, Globe Trot and Swap Meet. Pair games include Friend Connection and Balance boat. House party games include Hide and Seek, Time Bomb and Word Bomb. There is free play, solo, battle and challenge modes as well. It received a Metacritic score of 68 which wasn’t bad and received a rating of 8/10 in the Nintendo world Report. It also made huge bucks at the market by having sales of over 8 million units. However, the all in one mode slowed down its game play and there were minor issues with controls. All these issues were promised to be taken care of in its next version Wii Party U which will be launched officially in October,2013.
4. Wii Play
Wii Play is a party video game developed and published by Nintendo for Wii. The games featured in Wii Play include Duck Hunt, Table Tennis, Laser Hockey, Fishing, Billiards, Charge and Tanks. These games require no Nunchuk, only a Wii Remote will do. It consists of nine games, each of which will be unlocked one after the other. All the games are designed for two players. However, a single player is also possible if the user wishes. Points are earned in each game,and Top 5 scores are stored. Top 3 scores receive medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze). The game uses the ‘Mii Characters’ and also gives game tips before you start off playing a game. Initially, the game did not receive positive reviews as the gaming world thought it was repetitive and could bore the players in minutes. But surprisingly, it took the gaming world by surprise having extra-ordinary sales. Its ‘anybody can play it’ nature bought it positive acclaims and the gaming world had to change their minds terming this game as surprisingly addictive.
3. Wii Sports Resort
Wii Sports Resort is a sports video game developed by Nintendo for Wii Console. It requires the Wii Motion Plus accessory and was first released in the year 2009 in Japan. It is a simple collection of twelve sports games which include Swordplay, Wakeboarding, Frisbee, Archery, Basketball, Table Tennis, Golf, Bowling, Power Cruising, Canoeing, Cycling and Air Sports. It is designed to make maximum advantage of motion sensing capability of Nunchuk and Wii Remote. This game is set in a beach resort called Wuhu Island and provides you an immersive experience. It also has several instructional videos which guide the first – time players. It also gives instructions with respect to strap usage and use of Wii remote. After the instruction videos, the player will skydive to Wuhu Island where the action begins. It has superb graphics and impressive fidelity. It received accolades from both Critics and Followers. It provides the greatest multi player experience and has made more than 900 million $ from its sales worldwide.
2. Mario Kart Wii
Kart Wii is an action packed Kart Racing game developed and released by Nintendo for the Wii Console. It was released worldwide in the year 2008. It requires a special accessory called Wii Wheel to allow a better steering. Wii Wheel is designed to house the Wii Remote. It includes the option to race bikes and supports up to twelve racers in each bike race. The characters of the Mario series race on bikes in the themed locations. Wii Wi-Fi connection allows you to the race with any person across the globe. The large numbers of characters, tracks and karts have been this game’s plus point. It was a commercial success in all the places it was launched. It is regarded as the best selling racing game of all time. There are 32 race tracks; modes include Grand Prix, Time Trials and Battle Mode. There are 24 selectable Mii Characters and several karts. This game allows 2-4 players to play offline at once. It made a lot of business (34 million copies sold), gathered praise from its critics as well (great online facilities) and overtook games like GTA in terms of number of copies sold.
1. Wii Sports
Wii sports are a sports video game developed by Nintendo for Wii. It was launched in the year 2006 along with Wii itself. The game is a collection of five sports (Tennis, Basketball, Golf, Boxing and Bowling) and is to be played using the Wii Controller and Nunchuk (sometimes). The players will have to mimic the actions performed in real time sports. The rules are simplified so that the game is better accessible to new players. It demonstrates the motion sensing capabilities of the Wii Remote. It also features training and fitness modes which monitor and judge the player’s progress. It is the bestselling video game of all time with over 82 million copies sold. It is popular as a family sport and people of all ages enjoying playing it. It is also a part of social gatherings where people arrange for Wii Sports Competitions. The characters again are from the Mii family and the sports are conducted in a way resembling the real time sport (rounds). It received a score of 76.28 on Game Rankings and also a score of 76/100 on Meta Critic. It is referred to as a ‘Complete Package’ and ‘Wii’s Complimentary’ by the gaming world. Its longevity and ‘easy to play’ nature were also praised. All this features and accolades make Wii Sports the No.1 game in our Top 10 Wii Games list for the year 2013.