As the Wii nears the end of its life, I take a look back at the top 5 overlooked Wii games that are well worth a play, even today.
Despite selling about 2 copies, Madworld remains one of the best Wii exclusive titles. With a distinct black and white, Sin City -style game aesthetic, this remains one of the most stylish games ever. Starring as Jack, you must kill your way through the levels in a brutal homage to the ‘Running Man’. Throw in some hilarious over the top kills, fantastic boss battles and buckets of blood, making MadWorld a Sega classic.
The House of The Dead: Overkill
At one time a Wii exclusive, The House of The Dead: Overkill has now been ported to the PS3, and with good reason, the game is awesome. Another adult oriented offering from Sega, the game took the arcade light gun genre and mixed with a clever Tarantino-style plot. The graphics were decent at the time, the music was fantastic and the voice acting was hilarious. Overkill never took itself seriously and that’s what made it brilliant, the first boss for example is a floating wheelchair bound mutant. Great characters, cool bosses, sexy ladies and zombies, what more can a game need? Great stuff.
A download only WiiWare game that came out last year, now has been ported to the iPhone. Based on the same physics engine as the awesome Trials Evolution on Xbox 360, Motoheroz is a hybrid of Mario Kart and Donkey Kong Country. Essentially a 2D platformer with cars, the races are fun and the level design fantastic. Thrown into the mix are some cool power ups such as rocket packs and giant springs, which propel your car miles into the air. Easy to pick up but fiendishly difficult to master, Motoheroz is well worth the small price tag.
Silent Hill Shattered Memories
It’s hard to understand why Silent Hill Shattered Memories was overlooked on release. The graphics are fantastic for the Wii, with an atmospheric setting, dynamic weather and an incredible lighting system. Silent Hills main strength this time round, is that you never get your hands on any weapons, simply a torch to guide you. This may sound naff, but running from enemies is far more heart pounding than shooting them. Full of plot twists, genuinely tense moments and a multiple route plot, Silent Hill really deserves some recognition in the survival horror world.
No More Heroes 1 & 2
Another franchise with started out as a Wii exclusive was No More Heroes. Playing as the coolest gaming character of all time, Travis Touchdown, you must battle your way through the top assassins in the world to reach the top spot. The game had cool retro visuals mixed with a cel shaded style. The game was one of the only Wii games which didn’t utilise the Wii remote waggle for sword fighting and was the better for it. Cool mini-games were thrown in, as well as the ability to ride a cool motorbike and to save the game, you had to sit on the toilet. Amazing boss fights and great characters make this a underrated gem.