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For comic fans, San Diego Comic Con is THE focal point for big announcements; Video gamers have E3. Here are my top 5 picks for the best Wii games from E3:
5. Wii Music
Why it’s interesting: The concept of playing a variety of instruments using existing Wii accessories interests me from a gameplay perspective and a financial perspective. No extra hardware that I have to pay a crap load of money to have only to be used for a few games; just simple fun.
4. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Why it’s interesting: As a fan of the original Tales of Symphonia, I’m glad a sequel is coming out. The mix of real-time combat and a traveling feature, in which your character could avoid enemy encounters through a visual aid, made Tales of Symphonia a joy for me. The sequel promises a new story, with the same gameplay as the first Tales of Symphonia, along with a new monster combat system, which still seems shaky to me. Nonetheless, it’s on my radar.
3. Wii Sports Resort
Why it’s interesting: The 1st Wii Sports became a smash hit (based on fan reaction, since it was included with all Wii consoles, with Japan being the exception), with Wii owners worldwide. With it’s simple yet enjoyable gameplay made it a staple title for the Wii. The sequel looks to be a breath of fresh air, with the addition of new mini games, a change of scenery and the use of Wii Motion Plus (which brings more control to the on-screen movements of the users’ in-game persona).
2. Animal Crossing: City Folk
Why it’s interesting: Being a fan of the Animal Crossing series, I was glad that a new installment would be on the Wii. It features the typical gameplay that would be expected with an Animal Crossing game, along with online play that features voice chat. Also included is the ability to travel to a city, which features characters that made players wait for them to show up in their town. Nintendo promises that users who like to play offline only, will still be in the loop, as far as content is concerned.
1. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion
Why it’s interesting: I loved Marvel Ultimate Alliance and its spiritual predecessors (the X-Men Legends series) with a passion. It brought a great style of gameplay that combined team-based action gameplay with an RPG backdrop. With the story being based around the recent Secret War and Civil War comic books, the sequel is sure to please. Along with a new Fusion move system, which allows two characters to combine their powers for one powerful attack. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion is easily my pick for the best of the Wii. Which leads to….
Analysis: Nintendo’s E3 offering have been pretty stale, for hardcore gamers. It’s cool that Nintendo is making a strong push for casual gamers, but the long time gamers need something more to play than a new Animal Crossing game. The fact that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion was my pick for the best Wii offering isn’t a bad thing, but it is a game that is available on other platforms. They could’ve had a new Star Fox or F-Zero game to keep gamers occupied. But then again, the focus on casual game has been financially great to Nintendo.
Looking Ahead: I expect next year’s E3 will focus a little more on hardcore gamers. The good news is that there is talk that a new Pikmin game is coming to the Wii, along with the fact that the Mario and Zelda development teams are working on something.
Posted originally: 2008-07-25 19:59:35