Unfair Wii criticisms

One of the biggest criticisms of Nintendo’s Wii games console is that it doesn’t have very many good games. However, with the next few weeks seeing the release of two new titles from Nintendo’s best multiplayer franchises, Mario Kart and Smash Brothers, and the Wii’s version of the controversial Bully, it seems that criticisms of the Wii must be re-evaluated.

In fact, if you are looking at triple-A titles, the Wii isn’t so bad off anyway. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess may have been developed for the Gamecube, but it remains a classy action-based role playing game. Likewise, Super Mario Galaxy is the best Mario game since Super Mario 64 (personally I think it’s the best Mario to date), and has been hailed by some as a contender for the best videogame ever (it’s close, but no, it’s not).

The Wii’s Metroid game may not be quite as good as the first Gamecube iteration, yet it remains a very playable – if devilishly hard – shooter/platformer; a triple-A title to some gamers, if not quite everyone. Indeed the Wii has several 8.5-9.0 rated games.

And we shouldn’t forget Wii Sports, which comes free with the console, is also a cracking game – if not quite a classic (the bowling, however, is quite brilliant). Resident Evil 4 and WarioWare are also worth a mention.

If we add to these existing titles the three new games – all of which received reviews of around 90%, surely the Wii’s many critics can no longer point out a dearth of top-quality games as a shortcoming?


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