Following the release of the Nintendo Switch, which has been a runaway hit with gamers of all stripes, the price of a Wii or Wii U has dropped precipitously. Now that this fantastic console can be picked up so cheaply, it seems like a good time to remind ourselves of some of the gems which made the Wii and the Wii U such great games consoles.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Wii)
Until the arrival of games like Resident Evil 4 on the Wii, Nintendo was almost exclusively a family-friendly gaming company (ok, so the SNES had a few more adult games, but nothing is offensive in 8-bit!). While the games that Nintendo themselves produce still embrace that all-inclusive family friendly edge, they have also increasingly allowed third-party developers to release more mature titles on their platforms. You don’t need us to explain Call of Duty to you, but you use an array of lightly customizable guns to shoot generic enemy soldiers until big set pieces happen. It is simple, formulaic, and devilishly fun.
Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze (Wii U)
Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze continues the tradition set by its predecessors, embracing the kind of 2D platformer gameplay which is rarely seen outside of handheld consoles these days. This game excels due to its brilliant level designs and the creative use of the same enemies and obstacles which we’ve seen many times before. By taking these old, traditional ingredients and using them to the very best effect, developer Monster Games has produced one of the most enjoyable platformers of all time. If you’re still struggling to beat this title, then check out these Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze cheats.
Rock Band 3 (Wii)
One of the big attractions of video games is that they allow us to enter roles and pretend to be characters that we could never hope to be in real life, from superheroes to criminals, or even rock stars. Rock Band 3 has introduced a number of new elements to the world of rhythm games and refines all of the design principles established in the games that have come before it. The result is an accessible, inventive, and hugely entertaining rock band simulator.
Resident Evil 4 (Wii and Wii U)
There is a good reason that Resident Evil 4 has now appeared on several different consoles since its release. The best games are worth playing through again and again and Resident Evil 4 is definitely one of the best. The game represents a departure from the formula that the series previously established, ditching the blend of survival horror and puzzle adventure that defined its predecessors in favor of a more action-oriented approach. This new take on the classic formula proved to be a hit with both fans and critics and Resident Evil 4 won numerous awards. While things are more fast-paced and open here (the game is the first in the series to take place during daylight hours), there is still plenty of fright and tension to go around.
With the price for both the Wii and Wii U as low as they right now, there really is no excuse for not checking out these unbeatable titles.