November 18th, 2012 has passed and the Wii U is on the market. In a GameSpot interview after the release of the Wii U, Bill Trinen, director of product marketing at Nintendo said that Nintendo doesn’t plan to release any more games for the Wii. Even if some third party companies still release games, the Wii library is essentially complete. Now that it is complete, it is the perfect time to look back at the games that were released for the Wii and see what games really stood out. The following is a list of the five Wii games that most surpassed expectations.
5. Nights: Journey of Dreams – Sadly, this game wasn’t quite as impressive as the Dreamcast prequel, but it was still a high quality game. The reason this game surpassed expectations is that it was ever actually made. Most fans of Nights into Dreams assumed that it would never get a sequel after the relative failure of the Dreamcast. When Sega made this game, it fulfilled the hopes and dreams of a rather small cult following in a way that rarely ever happens.
4. A Boy and His Blob – The existence of this game is even more surprising than the previous one. The original is over twenty years old, and while a great game, basically fell off the radar. The Wii remake is pure eye candy with the same level of creativity and brilliance as the original. Nobody expected this to be remade and anyone who did never expected it to be this good.
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii – Imagine the beautiful, beautiful love child of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World. That is essentially what this game is. It isn’t surprising that it is a wonderfully fun game. It is surprising that the game sold so amazingly well despite having graphics and game play that was roughly three console generations old. No matter, this game rocked the Wii and already has a Wii U sequel.
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl – The Wii version of the game didn’t really take the game to a whole new level or meaningfully build on the previous versions. But, it did add characters. While that was expected, few expected two of the characters that were added. A few die hard Nintendo fans might have believed that Pit from Kid Icarus was going to finally be added, but nobody expected Snake from Metal Gear. That one character addition made this game surpass just about any expectations anyone had for it.
1. Just Dance – When this game was announced at E3, most people thought Nintendo had finally lost it. It wasn’t even really a game. It was just an excuse for people to dance in front of a TV screen. And since the Wii remote only tracks the motion of your arms, it doesn’t even require you to dance. Furthermore, Dance Central came out at roughly the same time. That was an actual game that actually tracked all your body motions. Oddly, Just Dance was a success. How much of a success? Well, the most recent sequel was Just Dance 4. The game that should have been a complete dud was instead unbelievably successful.