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GamerTell’s Wii 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

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The holiday 2012 shopping season is sure to be the time of the Wii U this year. It’s only natural, considering the new console comes out on November 18, 2012. However, that doesn’t mean we should forget the Wii as we search for gifts this year. A handful of great Wii games were released this year and the Wii U is backwards compatible. You could buy a new Wii U owner a Wii game, or even get a Wii and handful of Wii games for someone who’s always wanted one, but for some reason never bought it.

If you’re looking to pick up a Wii this holiday season, you have a few options. During the Black Friday 2012 sales, a number of stores will sell a Wii alone for around $90. If you prefer a bundle, there will be two. One is a $129.99 Just Dance 4 bundle that gives you a Wii and a copy of Just Dance 4, naturally. The other is a $149.99 Skylanders Giants Wii bundle that includes the system, the game, standard Cynder and Jet Vac figures and a special edition version of the Tree-Rex giant figure. This means people wanting to embrace the past instead of stepping forward with the Wii U have plenty of options. Just remember that all of these newer Wiis aren’t backwards compatible with GameCube games – you’ll have to pick up a used model from a store like GameStop if you want that feature.

Let’s jump into the Wii game suggestions!

The Last Story
The Last Story
Price: $49.99
ESRB Rating: Teen
Genre: Action RPG
Description: Zael and his mercenary friends who have come to Lazulis Island to find work and make a life for themselves, and while there Zael gains a mysterious power and they all become involved in a save-the-world kind of adventure.
Who would want it? Older Wii and Wii U owners craving a game that’s beautiful and substantial.

Pikmin 2
Price: $19.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Genre: Real-Time Strategy
Description: Players must help Captain Olimer and his assistant Louie pay off their company’s debt by returning to the planet of Pikmin to collect trash, which is considered treasure where they’re from.
Who would want it? Wii U owners dismayed that Pikmin 3 was delayed. Wii owners who want a fun and adorable adventure


PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond
Price: $49.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Genre: Action/Adventure
Description: Help Pikachu, Oshwott, Tepig and Snivy save the pokemon residents of the PokePark from a strange dream world by investigating different areas and helping other pokemon out.
Who would want it? Think of it as, “My First Open World Adventure” for kids. It’s adorable, fun and easy to play. Even adults may enjoy it, but it’s primarily for kids who want to interact with pokemon.

Rhythm Heaven Fever
Price: $29.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Genre: Music
Description: Players get to go through 50 music-based mini-games that can be played with only two buttons on the Wii remote. The songs are catchy, the visuals poppy and the whole thing is quick fun for gamers of all ages.
Who would want it? Anyone who enjoys music games.


Skylanders Giants
Price: $59.99 for the Portal Owners Pack, $74.99 for the Starter Kit
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Genre: Action RPG
Description: Kaos has returned to the Skylands and is using ancient technology to cause trouble. It’s up to the Skylanders to visit various locations to stop his minions and evil plots.
Who would want it? Kids will love it for the toys, while adults will love it for the humor and Diablo-gameplay elements. It’s a good family-friendly game, especially since there’s two player coop for the story mode.

Xenoblade Chronicles
Price: $49.99
ESRB Rating: Teen
Genre: Action RPG
Description: The humanoid Homs and mechanical Mechons are at war, and players get deeply involved in the conflict as a young man named Shulk learns he’s the only one that can wield the Monado blade and stop the Mechons. He and his friends band together to save their world and push back the Mechon.
Who would want it? Wii or Wii U owners desperate for an RPG that will offer tons of content and take over 50 hours to complete. Note: It’s only available at GameStop.

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