What Are Wii Waiting For?

A Breakdown of the Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2008.

While many of us (read:me) are still struggling are way through Zelda and Mario Galaxy, more savvy gamers are already looking forward to the 2008 releases. There are a lot of new titles on the way in the upcoming year, with a game to appeal to almost anyone. In fact, if you cannot find something here to get excited about — call 911 — you may not have a pulse. So, here’s a sneak peek at the games that will be the most sought after in the coming year.

10.) Samba De Amigo
Release Date: Spring 2008

Samba Se Amigo

Who needs a guitar when you can be a maraca hero? Previously released for the ill-fated Dreamcast, Samba De Amigo is a classic rhythm game that has you shaking maraca’s to all kinds of crazy songs. I’m assuming the game will use both the Wii remote and nuchuck attachment for dual-hand shaking action. It may not be for the serious gamer but will certainly hold appeal for the family and should be a lot of fun.

9. Endless Ocean (Nintendo)
Release Date: January 2008

Endless Ocean

This is really more of a diving simulation than a game in fairness. However, it will be in contention as the most relaxing game of all time and could be a perfect cure for the February blahs. There are tasks then can be completed as part of the ‘gameplay’ but I’m looking at this more as a marine meditation - the game already exists overseas and has a solid fan base.

8. Sid Meier’s Civilization: Revolution
Release Date: Fall 2008

Civilization - Revolution

Civilization is the original and much-loved, turn-based strategy/simulation game that should translate well on the Wii where previous console games have failed. I see a HUGE market for online play for all the power-crazed empire builders out there. Sit tight mini-Naploeon, this game won’t be available until the fall of 2008.

7. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Release Date: Winter 2008

Crystal Bearers

This game has already been two years in the making with almost another one to go. With little known about this title as of yet, it makes the list simply because the title starts with ‘Final Fantasy’. There is no reason to think that this will not be on most top 2008 lists when and if it hits shelves.

6. King Story
Release Date: Winter 2008

King Story

They had me at dragons. There is no promises that King Story will come out on this side of the pond at all, but reports say that this title is visually stunning. You play the role of the king and control the villagers in a ‘Sim City’ like way - with the addition of well, fighting dragons.

5. Spore
Release Date: Winter 2008

Spore

Okay, while I would not exactly hold your breath this long-anticipated title is currently scheduled for this time next year. From the creator of the Sims, this game allows players to bring a primordial mess of an animal from the stone age to the space age. It should be noted that Spore has already been delayed several times and there seems to be a good chance of this game not coming out in 2008, but one can hope, right? Right?!

4. Wii Fit
Release Date: Spring 2008

Wii Fit

What!? You don’t think this game should be so high? How many hours do you have logged on Wii Sports? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Well, Wii Fit will bring us more of the same but also get our feet into the action. This will truly be where die-hard gamers will start to be among the most fit people on the planet! Okay, maybe I went a bit too far with that last part - but this will certainly change the way we look at gaming. Great - now it won’t just be my arms that hurt the next day.

3. No More Heroes (Ubisoft)
Release Date: February 2008

No More Heroes

Agreed that much of the general public have not heard much (or anything) about this title yet but it will be huge when it comes out early in 2008. In short, this visually stunning title has you to work your way up the assassin’s leaderboard by knocking other assasins off, one by one. Think of it as the game ‘Assasin’s Creed’ meets the movie ‘Deuce’s Wild.’ Oh, hell yeah!

2. Mario Kart Wii
Release Date: Spring 2008

Mario Kart

I think this one speaks for itself. Many people already LOVE this game and therefore will be looking forward to the new Wii version. While little is known, we can say that online play will allow up to 12 racers at a time and motorcycles will now be available.

1. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo)
Release Date: February March 2008 (for now…)

Brawl

This is a no-brainer. If you are not looking forward to this game, or even worse do not know about it - you need to close your browser and walk away from the computer now. This much-anticipated third game of the franchise will feature all the wacky four player free-for-all fighting of the past two titles, with the addition of new characters, new levels, online play, spectator mode, stickers, photo sharing, level building just to name a few of the biggest announcements to date. There is no doubt that Super Smash Bros. Brawl will be the definitive Wii game of 2008.

In closing, if your new year’s resolution was to play less video games next year - well, you may want to put it off a year. If this site seems a little sparse in 2008, you need to look no further than the list above for the culprits. Happy gaming.

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