|Posted on November 11, 2009 at 5:40 AM|
Let’s face it, 2009 has been an absolutely dismal year for the Wii. Amid the continuing flood of shovelware, the ounce-promising Conduit fell through, MadWorld was enjoyable, but mercilessly short experience, and the Virtual Console seems to have been all but abandoned. Hidden gems like Little King's Story, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Tiger Woods Pro Tour 10 and Dead Space: Extraction helped keep me interested, but sold poorly and were overshadowed by the swab of blockbuster titles on rival consoles.
However, in my honest opinion, the next 6 months promises some of the most exciting and best-looking games. Before the end of the year, we'll have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Reflex, Super Mario Bros. Wii, Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, and Final Fantasy Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers. With Red Steel 2, Monster Hunter Tri, The Grinder, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, and Sin and Punishment: Successor to the Sky all being released in the first and second quarters of next year. Seriously, check out these games on YouTube; they are exclusive third-party Wii titles, make full use of its motion-sensing controls, and look insanely cool! Not to mention Nintendo releasing Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M and (hopefully) The Legendo of Zelda Wii, all in 2010. Now that the Wii has effectively saturated the market, it seems like Nintendo is finally shifting focus back on its loyal fanbase; as well as third-parties coming to terms with the systems technology and creating exciting, innovative software for it. Another reason that I bought my Wii in the first place was to be able to play classic NES/Genesis/SNES/N64 again. As I said, the Virtual Console has been lacking of late, but there is still quite a sizeable library there, that I've been lovingly working my way through. I also use the Wii as a GameCube (since my old one died), as I've still got heaps of GCN games that I still play, and many I've never got a chance to.
I know a lot of people's interest in Nintendo's little white box is waining, as the recent draught gathers dust within its engine, but I'd hang on to the Wii for a little while longer, because in many ways, the following year promises the exciting, innovative titles we've been waiting for.