By Paul Hunter
While Wii U made quite a buzz at E3, if you're a current Wii owner keep in mind that there is a vast array of quality classic Wii games that can be found at retail shops -- at an amazing value price.
Each of the three major hardware manufacturers (Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft) have their own budget range video game lines that usually have to meet certain criteria in order to appear on the list (mainly, strong retail sales).
Nintendo, with their "Nintendo Selects" collection, have released a bunch of value priced games recognized by the game box bordered in deep red and featuring a golden, draping banner (see Super Mario Galaxy example below). Nintendo launched this marketing label in May 2011, along with the announcement that the first four titles would be The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers, and Wii Sports. Since then, Nintendo has been regularly announcing new additions to the Nintendo Selects line-up, which now consists of eleven of the best classic Wii titles. Some of my favourites include:
Mario Strikers Charged -- the latest game in the popular Mario Strikers series, which combines elements of soccer mixed with Mario power-up mayhem, and can be played locally with up to four players.
Pikmin 2 -- Nintendo opened up their E3 press conference with the announcement of Pikmin 3 -- and for good reason, as fans of this franchise have been demanding a sequel for the last eight years. If you've never played the real-time strategy game Pikmin 2, now's your chance to try it out before the much-anticipated sequel hits Nintendo's upcoming Wii U.
Super Mario Galaxy -- this was the Mario game Wii fans were waiting for and it delivered. Featuring unique world-hopping gameplay and innovative gravity-affected platforming, Super Mario Galaxy is one of the best Mario games made, period.
Super Paper Mario -- RPG fans will love Super Paper Mario's quirky storyline and surprisingly deep gameplay. This seemingly 2D platformer soon becomes an exciting cross-dimensional experience as Mario has the ability to alter his environments between 3D and 2D -- opening up unique areas and challenges in the process.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess -- Considered by many Zelda fans as among the best in the franchise, Twilight Princess brings our hero Link back into the depths of Hyrule for another epic adventure. This is Zelda at its finest, complete with a darker more realistic graphic style, captivating cutscenes and precision control using the Nintendo Wii controller and Nunchuk.
There are plenty more great Nintendo Selects games available, but those five should keep any gamer busy -- and happy -- for quite some time.
[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
By Paul Hunter