Ever since its launch, the Wii has experienced an accumulating amount of shovelware and Playstation 2 ports piling onto the system. This is because most companies developing for the Wii aren’t trying to provide entertainment; they are only trying to make a quick buck. However, a small amount of developers (Nintendo being one of them) actually took their time to make well-fashioned games. We are starting to see software built from the ground up for the Wii, but we’ve just barely scratched the surface as companies like High Voltage Software are actually trying to push the limits of the Wii’s hardware. Last week they showed off their Quantum3 engine that literally has people asking, “can a Wii game really look this good?” Which is exactly what we want publishers to do. My Wii News is here to present to you the top five best looking Wii games on the market right now to give the heroes out there (the good developers) a little bit of praise. Because without them, we would have nothing worth looking at.
Cruis’n - one of the most remarkable Wii titles out there
(note the heavy, heavy sarcasm)
Number 5: Medal of Honor: Heroes 2
On November 13, 2007, EA made history by releasing the first solid first-person shooter on the Wii. Many Wii owners were waiting to use the controller that seemed so perfect for first-person shooters, but nobody seemed to be able to get the control scheme down. Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 was the first game to bring us arcade-perfect FPS controls with the Wii Remote that actually rivaled the precision found with a keyboard and a mouse. Not only that, but it also brought us good graphics, good gameplay and a decent online mode that got rid of those pesky friend codes that we all hate. On top of all that, MOH:H2 also had some really impressive lighting effects, and character models, making for a visually impressive game on a whole. Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 was a title made from the ground up for the Wii, which explains why the game looks good. Even though the A.I. admittedly sucked, the game ran at a smooth frame rate and is still one of the prettiest games on the system.
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Number 4: Geometry Wars Galaxies
Whether you love or hate them, the Wii has seen its fair share of puzzle games. Regardless of your feelings, the truth is that the casual market absolutely loves puzzle games. It’s hard to miss how tight Nintendo’s grip around casual players is, which means that we’ll probably continue to see massive amounts of puzzle games rolling onto the the system.
Even though there’s a ton of puzzle games for the Wii, one of them stands out among the rest as an original, oustanding adenture: Geometry Wars Galaxies. Even though puzzle games aren’t always known for being visual powerhouses, Geometry Wars is more than pleasing to your eyes. With hypnotic colors, incredible lighting, fancy effects and mind blowing colors, Geometry Wars is easily the best looking puzzle game on the Wii. The only reason why this game came in fourth is because it seems much more difficult to make a good looking action or shooting game then a simple puzzle game, but that sure doesn’t mean it’s not pretty. Geometry Wars Galaxies is an absolutely awesome looking game which is why it easily makes its way onto our list.
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Number 3: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was the first big Wii title to come out from Nintendo (remember kids, Twilight Princess was a GameCube game). After getting delayed for over a year, Nintendo fanboys were going crazy when the could finally get their hands on this game. The game stunned us, in a good way, with traditional Metriod problem solving and a fast paced adventure that was perfectly suited for the WIi. The Wii’s unique controls made what was perfect even better, effectively using the Wii’s IR sensor to point and shoot your way to victory. Many of us were extremely relieved to finally had a good control system to make up for Ubisoft’s poor FPS attempt, Red Steel. But that wasn’t the end of it - not only did Metroid Prime 3 have solid story and controls, it also looked amazing on the Wii. At the time, it was the best looking game on the system, with stunning particle effects, lighting, and character models that showed up almost everything else. Retro Studios succeeded in creating an impressive looking and playing game, which is why Metroid Prime 3: Corruption easy makes its way to number three on our list.
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Number 2: Super Smash Brothers: Brawl
Super Smash Brothers: Brawl. Have you heard of it? It was a little game released a few months ago that sold a few copies to the few people that heard of it. Oops! Our bad. We forgot it was actually one of the best selling titles of the year, easily taking the crown for most anticipated title for the Wii so far.
Smash Bros. started out on the N64 and who could ever forget it? One of the best fighters ever made, Super Smash Bros. gave us priceless four-player fun that many of us invested hours upon hours into. While the franchise hasn’t changed much gameplay wise, which is a good thing, it has made a huge leap graphically over both the Gamecube and N64 versions (unlike the dreadful N64-esque Cruis’n above). But the truth is that Super Smash Bros. is just the definition of fun, and you can’t really ask for much more in a game. Sakurai and his team did an awesome job with the latest installment, and made a wonderful game that ended up bring one of the most graphically-impressive titles on the Wii yet.
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Number 1: Super Mario Galaxy
Yup, the top three best looking games on the Wii are all first-party titles, go figure. But really, who can compete with “The Big N” for top quality games? Not too many people, thats for sure. But with new and exciting gameplay, along with overachieving graphics, its hard to doubt that Nintendo brought us the definition of a masterpiece with Super Mario Galaxy.
Mario is a character that every gamer knows: a legend, a hero, even a role-model. Mario really does have it all, which is probably why his games are so great. Super Mario Galaxy shot Mario into unfamiliar terrain for a plumber: the vacuous depths of space. Without the brilliant mind of Miyamoto backing up the project, Super Mario Galaxy could’ve become just another lackluster title like so many others on the Wii. But instead, it became a creative, fun, pretty, exciting, crazy and overall mind-blowing experience. There are just not enough words to describe how wonderful, and beautiful, this game truly is. In our minds, Super Mario Galaxy is the number one, best looking game on the Wii.
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Well there you have it: the top five best looking Wii games so far. But you know what, that’s not it. Because not only does My Wii News like to look to the past, but we also like to look to the future to see what games might be unseating these beauties in due time. So here are a couple of games to keep your eyes out for in the near future:
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(Robots are taking over the world!)
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Well there you have it, those games are looking good and they can only get better! Leave a comment below. or take it to our forums, to discuss whether or not you agree or disagree with our top five choices. Keep checking back to My Wii News daily for more news and updates on the Wii!