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 next steps on this five part episodic, where 24 definitively special experiences promise to round out any which active gamer’s thirst for more.
Jack of All Trades
Conduit 2The only full-on first person shooter of the list, Conduit 2 earns merit for its superior online multiplayer component, combined with a more varied selection of environments in hindsight of the first game. For sci-fi bent fans of the FPS genre, it brings in everything you could want on top of the robust online: improved graphics to an already graphics focused design, cooperative play, creative weapons, solid gameplay modes, and superb controls. It also features voice chat. No need to reiterate why this overall package is relevant on a Nintendo console.
The Rush of (Motion) Trailblazing
Shaun White Snowboarding: Road TripThis is the second of four multi-platform titles on this list where, somewhere along the development process, the third party took notice of the Wii’s unique interface and decided that it should make its game something adapted to, and inspired by, those differing aspects. Enter Shaun White Snowboarding, a bit of a miracle in this valley, for having achieved so many things on the Wii build, compared to so little on rival builds. First, the available motion controls (Remote or Balance Board) set a precedent for how cool it can be to blaze down virtual mountains. Second, the incidental making of a slightly anime, slightly mindless reality coincides (and vanquishes) the absurd compulsion of high fidelity on HD systems. Third, the game gets praised for being fun in and of itself. Did I mention the (blissful) licensed soundtrack?
A Definitive Reference in Golf and Gaming
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10This is the kind of game that lifts a console all by itself, or at least, highlights it forever as special and contemporary. PGA Tour 10 is the first game to level the golfing sim to a new playing field, upping the realism of control with MotionPlus in a way prior unseen in sports games. Add in real-time weather and overall great atmosphere, online play, and a wealth of content, and you have grounds to believe your Wii has done everything it once set out to do: enhance gameplay and make it more lucid than anything else in the industry. This is the most authentic sports game and closest thing to a golf experience you will have ever immersed yourself in.
A Superior, Stand Alone Edition
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
More games that spell fun while still assuredly better versions than their HD counterparts? Here it is on our last stop of this episode, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. Post-Nintendo’s first party Zelda, Mario and Metroid, any fan of the action adventure should consider this game for a moment, one of the best offerings of the genre on the Wii. We’ve got gorgeous environments (large worlds, nicely modelled enemies and excellent lighting design), more bonus content than the PS3/360 game, and an arguably more satisfying experience in the type of platform puzzles and gameplay features offered.
Our penultimate episode covers a real diversity of games, everything from sci-fi shooters, arcade sports titles, to classic (and criminally underrated) platformers. Our final episode in part five will focus on WiiWare content.
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