Long Live My Wii!

Tom Awesome
Tom Awesome

My girlfriend and I recently tried out Super Mario Bros. U at a national retailer and I was blown away. I already have a PS4, and I assumed the Xbox One would be the next console I purchase. After getting my hands on the Wii U, I thought fondly of the games I enjoyed on my original Wii, and I think my next console might be another Nintendo product.

I didn’t play enough of the new system to talk about it with any degree of confidence, but I have a big stack of Wii games that I have not been compelled to trade in. This is remarkable because I trade in most games as soon as I am done with/tired of them.

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Battles on Xenoblade require positioning and teamwork. Photo from Xenoblade Chronicles official site.

First and foremost in my stack of awesome Wii games is Xenoblade Chronicles. This open-world JRPG is the most interesting game I’ve played in the last several years. The combat is based on positioning and teamwork, the world is huge and power of the Monaldo is awesome to behold. This game reminded me of why I originally fell in love with Final Fantasy, and why I was disappointed with recent entries in that iconic series.

Then there are Nintendo stalwarts Mario Kart and Sumer Smash Bros. Brawl. I’m not a diehard fan of either title, but they are both fun. My girlfriend and I will fire either one up from time to time. I know they come out on every Nintendo console, but I cannot deny the enjoyment we get out of some mayhem with Mario.

Speaking of our favorite red-suited plumber, New Super Mario Bros. is another outstanding Wii title. It may be hard to work together with three other players without fighting over 1-up mushrooms or accidentally falling into magma, but I can’t think of a better four-player local co-op game on any console. If you don’t have three friends, or prefer the 3D Mario experience, you could also fire up Super Mario Galaxy 1 or 2.

As I move through this article, I’m noticing a trend. It’s the big Catch-22 for the Wii.  Even without mentioning Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess or Skyward Sword, almost every game I still have for my Wii is a first party title. Joey and I got in a pretty heated debate over Nintendo’s future in the third episode of the podcast, and I do wonder if Nintendo will ever find a way to work with third-party developers.

Given infinite resources, I would purchase both a Wii U and an Xbox One with impunity. I won’t be buying a new console this week or this month, but I probably will by the end of the year. Super Mario Bros. U was a lot of fun, and I would love to play new iterations of the Nintendo stand-by franchises, but it will be a tough decision once I am ready to bring home a shiny new console.

Whatever the future holds, I am hanging onto my Wii, and I always look forward to the next time I fire it up. Long live my Wii!

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Tom Awesome

 

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