One of the best announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct was the fact that Wii games will now be available for download on the Wii U. This gives certain games, that are rare or were overlooked during their first release a second chance in the spotlight. I have compiled this little list of ten titles that I think should be on the service. Of course, there are many other games out there deserving a second chance, and I could create a huge list of honorable mentions, but I tried to keep it short here.
This is a very obvious one: Xenoblade Chronicles is a masterpiece when it comes to Japanese role playing games and the game came out right at the end of the Wii’s lifespan. It was part of a huge fan campaign that wanted it to be released in the US, while it was bundled with a special version of the Classic Controller Pro in Europe. It’s an amazing title and would deserve a bigger audience, especially since the next game in the franchise for the Wii U is getting a lot of attention. You could easily hype yourself up with this.
Zack and Wicki
One of the earliest hidden gems of the console that didn’t sell is an adventure game with great puzzles and a lot of charm and style. It’s a bit hard to find nowadays, so I really hope it will find a new life on the Wii U as a downloadable title. Many fans remember it fondly, so it’s definitely worth a try.
Project Zero 2
I’m still disappointed that we never got Project Zero 4 in the west, even though a translation was in the works. Still, we got a remake of the second game, which is my favorite in the franchise. Since it also came out at the very end of the Wiis lifespan, I hope it will find a new audience here, since good, classic horror titles are still somewhat a rare occurrence, even though the situation has improved.
Disaster: Day of Crisis
This game is a weird mixture of adventure, action, on rails shooter and QTE-cutscenes, but I found it to be charming and fun. It’s a shame the game never came out in the US and did pretty poorly in the EU, but it’s still very interesting and entertaining.
Yeah, The Conduit was overhyped, but it was still a fun first person shooter with some retro-sensibilities that made it stand out a bit. I really enjoyed the online multiplayer and I hope that it gets revived with a bigger community on the Wii U. I enjoyed the controls too, since it demonstrated that an FPS can actually work well with the Wiimote.
Mad World had a lot of style and blood. It also managed to be a fun arcade-like fighter, that unfortunately disappointed a lot of people. Going back to it now, I actually enjoy it a bit more now than I did when it came out. This unique game deserves a second life on the Wii U. Also, that soundtrack is amazing!
No More Heroes 2
So far the only sequel a Suda 51 game got, No More Heroes 2 is more fun than the first one and still an amazingly weird little title. It might not be perfect, but in many ways, this is one of Suda 51s best games, with tight gameplay and a strange, but unique story.
Tatsunoko versus Capcom
When it comes to fighters, this is the most overlooked game on the Wii! Tatsunoko versus Capcom has become very rare, but when it comes to the versus-series, it is one of the very best: Awesome graphics, tight controls and a very interesting selection of fighters make this game worth your money. Also, it would be great to have more people playing this online.
Trauma Center Second Opinion
I had to include an Atlus games and from the two Trauma Center games released on the Wii in Europe, I liked this one the most. It went on to become one of my favorite games of all times, mostly because it gives you a more positive thing to do (saving people) than most games (killing people). It also features some of the best and most innovative controls found on the Wii.
The Last Story
While some were disappointed by this very straightforward and different Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG), I had a lot of fun with during the twenty hours I spent on it. The graphics were great for the system and the battles were very engaging and felt really fresh. It’s also part of the last games released for the system, so it has been overlooked and is quite rare.