The World of Wii Games
Moving gamers ever-closer to the compelling world of virtual reality, Nintendo Wii offers the funnest, most original, and most interactive video games on the popular market today. Nintendo has always been a trend setter – the original Nintendo Entertainment System with it’s light gun, the black and white Game Boy, the Nintendo DS with it’s innovative stylus pen, and finally the Wii, with games that allow you to not only physically interact with the characters on the screen, but to actually become them, incorporating the motions of your body into the movements of the character in the game. I’ll never forget the first time I played the original boxing game that came with the Wii system – I stood there in the middle of my friends’ living room, Wii wand in hand, swinging like crazy and having the time of my life. Everyone has different gaming needs, and Nintendo works hard to satisfy those needs with a variety of Wii categories.
There’s a Wii-only category, which means that these particular games are available only for the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo has always been on the ball when it comes to their platform-specific games, and the Wii continues this trend of excellence with massively popular and critically acclaimed games like New Super Mario Bros, which takes the original classic Super Mario Bros platform concept and skyrockets it into the stratosphere, creating an addictive and exciting experience for gamers of all ages. There’s also the Mario Party games, which allow fans of the two adventurous plumbers a chance to combine role playing with a board game environment. Wii-only games offer up brighter and better installments of all the old Nintendo favorites, like the Contra Rebirth, Castlevania Judgment and The Adventure ReBirth, and the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle series, as well as Doc Louis’s Punch Out, Excite Bike: World Rally and Mario Kart Wii.
For those of us who fell head over heels for the Zapper light gun (from the original Nintendo Entertainment System), Wii offers some wicked selections from the Wii Zapper category. The Wii Zapper category is designed especially for gamers who enjoy a more adult atmosphere in their game, and includes horror classics like The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return and Overkill, and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and The Umbrella Chronicles. Anyone who remembers how cool the shooter Golden Eye was for the Nintendo 64 will definitely want to check out the Quantum of Solace shooter for Wii. The Wii Zapper accessory started out with a shotgun design but soon transformed to a Tommy gun style that fits comfortably in the player’s hands and is easy and fun to operate.
The Wii Motion Plus category involves an accessory which acts as an expansion to the original Wii remote, allowing the player a wider range of motion and accuracy. The Wii Motion Plus expands on what is the most innovative feature in a video game system to come along in awhile – the original Wii remote and its optical sensor technology (the stuff that let me jump around the living room like a happy fool throwing punches at digital boxers on the screen). This makes a player feel as though he or she is an actual participant in the game. Tiger Woods fans will enjoy this category, as it offers Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and 11. Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort are good games to pick up if you’re just starting out on the console and want to get your feet wet with some fun motion sensor games. Wii Sports includes the boxing game I’ve been going on about, as well as golf, bowling, tennis, and baseball.
Although the Wii remote alone can give a player quite the workout, the Wii offers an actual workout program called Wii Fit, and the category of games under the program are used with the Wii Balance Board accessory. It’s fitting that the Wii Balance Board is shaped like a scale, as it’s going to be responsible for shedding quite a few pounds in the upcoming years. While the Wii Balance Board can physically handle up to 660 pounds, it is designed to comfortably hold people weighing up to 330 pounds. You hop on the Wii Balance Board, move your feet according to the game’s particular directions, and next thing you know you’re working out.
Those who are interested in having fun first and working out second will enjoy Wii Balance Board games like Punch-Out!!, We Ski and Snowboard, Tetris Party, and the insanely popular game that has garnered a massive cult following, Dance Dance Revolution. For people who are only interested in using the Wii Balance Board for serious exercise, there are games like Yoga Wii, Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus, Jillian Michaels’ Fitness Ultimatum 2009, and EA Sports Active.