In the Valley of Gold, underwater caves overflow with overlooked and unseen treasures. This is the land of quasi-shelved off nuggets, out of a now endless Wii backlog. For their diversity or singularity, their originality or familiarity in the console’s catalogue, here is a proposed addendum for your current gaming journey, the final sessions on a playlist that can offer something fresh or pleasing to any console enthusiast, regardless of your leanings. Take your first steps on this six part episodic, where 24 definitively special experiences promise to round out any which active gamer’s thirst for more.
Enter the Valley of Gold
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ TreasureOur gateway title, and motif for what’s to follow, this point-and-click adventure put Nintendo’s outlandish design philosophy into effective practice. Something of a kickstarter this generation, Zack & Wiki set a precedent for what a quality third party game could do for the Wii at launch. Essentially a sleeper hit, it is the kind of game you can enjoy without pouring endless hours into, but still with a willingness to appreciate its somewhat ‘alternative breed’. For the uninitiated, Zack & Wiki was one of the best games in its genre this generation, and arguably the best on the Wii.
The House of the Dead: OverkillA positively critiqued surprise for a by-the-numbers franchise like House of the Dead. Gamers can pride themselves that the best-reviewed title ever of the series has its home exclusively on Wii. Don’t underestimate the B-movie vibe of this arcade shooter, shamelessly satirical and quirky: this is your true home-base for a quick gaming fix, especially in the company of another.
Tenchu: Shadow AssassinsYou won’t find a more grassroots experience in the stealth genre this generation than with this title. Vastly improved from its recent predecessors while changing the gameplay and mechanics to suit a contemporary Wii appearance, Tenchu does not boast any exclusive strengths but sports ambient visuals, detailed environment-constructs, and sufficiently diverse missions to be a reliable, immersive time investment for any gamer.
A Desert Oasis
Endless Ocean: Blue WorldThe crowning achievement of Nintendo’s ‘blue ocean’ venture, Endless Ocean succeeded in being the company’s visioned ‘game for all’ on one console . If Wii Sports were a tech demo, this was your full-fledged retail experience. The genre is a hybrid of interactive storytelling and a diving sim. Perhaps the most underrated title of the list, it is hard evidence that Nintendo’s most avant-garde ideas are influencing, molding and transforming the tastes of many long time supporters. The game boasts grand, dreamlike environments and suspenseful, sweeping serenades.
Join us on part two of Desert Gold with a helping of fast-action, on road or land, and some quintessential RPGs that have graced Nintendo’s console this generation.
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