2009 continued the proliferation of more diverse Wii games. While the majority of Wii games released were still geared towards younger or more casual gamers, more games designed for advanced gamers started to get released. There was also a bit more diversity in terms of genres as well.
A lot of games were released last year, and now it’s time to sort through and pick out the best of the best. Gamertell’s gone back over the 2009 releases and selected the games that stood out the most. The games that brought the most joy and entertainment to players.
So now join us as Gamertell goes through its top 10 Wii game picks for 2009.
Aside from the horrid use of Runey characters to influence crop growth, Rune Factory Frontier was a gorgeous Wii game that combined the farming and socialization aspects of Harvest Moon games with the dungeon-crawling fun of an action-rpg. Plus, it sort-of continues the story from the original Rune Factory DS game, giving returning players some familiarity with the characters.
9. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Konami’s delayed and barely publicised Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is another great game that deserves more attention than it’s getting. This reimagining provides Wii owners with a solid and well crafted horror experience, and a new take on the original Silent Hill game.
It may just be a mini-game collection and reason to peddle Nintendo’s latest peripheral, the MotionPlus, but Wii Sports Resort is still fun. It’s very basic, but is the kind of game that any player of any age can enjoy. It’s a simple pleasure.
7. Phantom Brave: We Meet Again
After all the ports of Disgaea games, it’s nice to see Phantom Brave get some love. The Wii port of Phantom Brave included extra content, including a whole extra scenario that takes place in a parallel world. The Wii can always use another quality strategic RPG, and Phantom Brave: We Meet Again delivers.
Think of The Munchables as a Katamari Damacy style adventure where instead of trying to roll everything up into a giant ball, you’re trying to eat it all. It’s bright, colorful, silly and cute. Sometimes you want a game where you don’t have to think, and all you have to do is hunt down and devour giant, anthropomorphic vegetables from outer space.
5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex Edition
The Wii’s version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare may not have been as shiny and impressive as entries on other consoles, but Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex Edition still did a great job of bringing the Call of Duty experience to the Wii. It’s a great option for Wii owners looking for a multiplayer shooter.
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is one of the prettiest games released in 2009, not only for the Wii, but for all systems. It wasn’t as epic an experience as Odin Sphere, Vanillaware’s previous console endeavor, but it was still delightful and fun to play. It was especially satisfying to unleash massive chain attacks to take out every enemy on the screen.
3. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
It probably isn’t what most Final Fantasy fans expected, but Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers is still a pretty great game. It looks amazing, has no loading times, a wide selection of mini-games that are well integrated into the main game and a likeable lead character. It’s a little short and has some corny dialogue, but for the most part is a delight to play.
2. Harvest Moon: Animal Parade
Harvest Moon: Animal Parade is a definitive entry in the Harvest Moon series, and quite possibly the best console entry so far. It offers a large environment, an admirable selection of crops and animals, plenty of marriage candidates, storyline quests that aren’t a chore to complete and customizable children. It’s the kind of game you can lose yourself in, playing for hours when you only intended to play for minutes.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is destined to become a Wii classic. The return to classic Super Mario roots, combined with the joy that comes from playing it with your friends, makes it memorable and lovable. It’s just a fantastic game that people will be able to pick up and play for years to come.
So what do you think? Is there a Wii game released in 2009 that you love and think deserves to be on the list? Let us know in the comments!