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Many people would agree that the Wii has been a bit of a let down as of late. Overall, 2008 was not a great year for software on the Wii, with very few standout titles. Sure, there were some exceptions, such as No More Heroes and Super Smash Brothers Brawl, but for a lot of gamers, the Wii barely saw any playing time. 2009, though, has some really stand out titles. Let's look a few of them.
MadWorldMadWorld is probably the game that most hardcore Wii owners are looking forward to. It comes from the prominent developer Platinum Games, of God Hand and Okami fame. With a background like that, anything coming from this developer would be rightfully hyped up, but it also helps that this looks freaking badass. It's a complete blood fest of epic proportions. It's got chainsaws, the removal of internal organs, decapitation, and signs through the head. If early impressinos and videos are anything to go by, this game is going ot be one that all Wii owners (of proper age) will need to play. The game is being published by SEGA and the release date is set for March 10, 2009.
Sin and Punishment 2The original Sin and Punishment was first released on the Nintendo 64. The game received a cult following as it was not released in the USA, originally. The game was eventually released on the Wii's Virtual Console. Sin and Punishment 2 was shown off at Nintendo's fall conference in October. Although not much is known about the game, trailers have shown that the protagonist from the first game is in this one, and the game has the same basic gameplay, but takes advantage of the Wii's pointer. It certainly does look promising, and coming from Treasure, I suspect we won't be disappointed. The game doesn't have a release date but will probably hit sometime in the last half of 2009.
House of the Dead: OverkillHouse of the Dead has made an appearance on the Wii before, in the form of a port of both 2 and 3 in one game. Now, Headstrong Games and SEGA have taken it upon themselves to give Wii owners a brand new game in the series, one that isn't in arcades... yet.Overkill takes its name seriously in that it does everything in an over-the-top, grindhouse fashion with its buckets of blood, corny dialogue, and the dropping of F-bombs all over the place. This game brings to the series a whole new style that hasn't been done before and changes up the formul a bit. However, it is stillt he House of the Dead that we all dumped hundreds of quarters in at the arcade. Overkill hit stoers last week.
The ConduitHigh Voltage Software is doing something pretty ambitious for the Wii: trying to make a game that looks graphically impressive on the Wii. I know, shocker, right? Well, those crazy guys are on a mission to create the most technically advanced game on the Wii. Not only that, they hope to make the best controlling first person shooter on the Wii, with fully customizable... well everything (including the HUD, where you can drag, drop, and delete certain things on the HUD). First person shooters are a rather sparse genre on the Wii, with the two best being Metroid Prime 3 and Medal of Honor: Heroes 2. Whether The Conduit turns out to be an impressive game in its own right is still up in the air, but this is a solid effort from the small studio. Check out The Conduit sometime in June.
Little King's Story
Chances are that you just read this title and thought "I've never heard of this game". Well, if you did, that's a shame because it looks like something that could be really great, and is personally one my most wanted games of 2009. In Little King's Story, you take on the role of a young boy who has just become in possession of a kingdom. The game is a cross between Pikmin and SimCity in that you just manage your town, and attack and defend your town using your town people. One of the most impressive things that the developers have talked about is the extensive AI system of the citizens. Each citizen remembers jobs, paths to places, deaths, events that happened, and more. Citizens will react to certain things that depending on what happeend in a certain place. Little King Story sports a cute art style and should be on shelves sometime in May.
And these are just five of the great games coming to the Wii, here are some others include: Deadly Creatures, Punch-Out, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Monster Hunter 3, Overlord: Dark Legend, Boom Blox: Bash Party, Endless Ocean 2, Trace Memory 2, Rune Factory, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, and more!