Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Most Overlooked Wii Games - Part Two

Two months ago we looked at some of the Wii's most overlooked games. You can find part one here. Apparently, the Wii has a lot of them since here's a whole new second part to go with it. Hopefully this list encourages you to seek out some of these titles you may have missed out on.


Released in May for a budget price of thirty dollars, Klonoa is a remake of the original platformer, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. With enhanced graphics, new moves, bonus content in the form of new challenge chambers and costumes, and you have a game that deserved more attention... especially from Namco-Bandai's marketing department. The game might be short, but just like platforming bliss like Super Mario World, you'll want to play through this beauty more than once.

The Munchables

Another game that Namco-Bandai felt would sell on its own (and failed to do so) is The Munchables. These folks are a group of hungry gluttons eating up anything and everything to grow in size. A mix of Pac-Man and Katamari Damacy, the trick with the game is to gobble up enemies so you can get larger to reach new areas. The amount of enemies eaten may be high, but the amount of money you can get this game for isn't. It's also budget price.


A near-launch game for the Wii, Elebits was similar to Katamari Damacy as the more energy you sucked up, the higher powered your special Elebits vacuum would become, allowing you to access new areas of each level. It was one of the first Wii games to use the pointer almost exclusively for point-and-shoot action. Sure, it was rough around the edges, and I'm still hoping Konami will give a Wii sequel a try.

Dewy's Adventure

From the same team that brought you Elebits comes Dewy's Adventure. This is more your typical platformer game with an isometric camera following Dewy through each level. You titled the Wii remote to slide Dewy around. Visually, the game is still a joy to look at with cool special effects such as the glistening of Dewy's body as well as bloom when Dewy used his heat powers. Overall, this is a great game to pick up now for the price of twenty dollars.

Kororinpa: Marble Mania

I consider Super Monkey Ball my favorite roll-to-the-goal game. Kororinpa came out of nowhere and bested the disappointing Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz. You hold the Wii remote like an actual remote, twisting and turning the game world to move your marble around in over seventy different labyrinth mazes. A sequel came out which is your best bet though it isn't as good as the original. Then again, the original is now one of the rarest Wii games around.

Excitebots: Trick Racing

There's a theme with the games on this installment's list: they all had little to no marketing. Perhaps that's a sign of some sort. Regardless, Excitebots: Trick Racing took one of my favorite Wii launch games and made it even crazier and more hectic. Online play was included this time around for six racers to compete simultaneously. The only things really missing was bots for local multiplayer and some actual advertising from Nintendo.

1 comment:

The Dread Pirate Guy said...

Have you played Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection?

Talk about an overlooked gem! It's not even listed on the Nintendo Channel, and it's one of my favorite Wii games.