But before you do that, I'm-a given you my recommendations. Why? Because I know better than everyone. Duh. And besides, an easy-to-access "Okay, these are the top... bunch-of-games that you should pick up" list is... well, kinda handy. There used to be a big, alphabetized list of pretty much every semi-noteworthy Wii game with a gamerankings score and a brief description, but I think it was just too big to be useful.
So, in order from least important to most, I give you a brief guide to "Shit you have to buy or at least rent." Or at least, "Shit you have to buy/rent that I've actually played. So sorry, Excite Truck fans. Send me the game and I'll add it in somewhere."
Warioware: Smooth Moves - 81.9% - Microgames, and lots of 'em. Very fun while it lasts, but it only lasts about... 3 hours. But hey, there's hot-potato multiplayer (which you have to unlock - guess that's why the single player's so short). And disco cats. Most of the microgames are remote only, but a few of the more complicated ones use the nunchuk. Depending on how much you like your multiplayer microgames, consider renting this one.
de Blob - 81.4% - A very neat giant-ball-graffiti-simulator. However, it's also a fairly short one, so unless four-player multiplayer is a big draw, consider just renting.
Blast Works - 80% - Very cool SHMUP with great level, enemy, and ship editors. Said levels/enemies/ships can be uploaded to blastworksdepot.com for all to enjoy, too. 1-4 players.
Trauma Center: New Blood - 77.3% - If you've played a Trauma Center before, you know what you're getting here. If you haven't? It's a science-fiction-y surgery game, though a lot of people complain that the science-fiction stuff tends to get in the way of the surgery. And in the way of that is the stylus/remote-throwing difficulty. But hey, there's co-op, which is pretty damn cool if you ask me.
Ghost Squad - 72.7% - Rail shooter based on old SEGA arcade game. Very short, but a lot of replayability. A LOT. Can be played by four people. Or two people each holding two remotes, if that's how you roll. That's how I roll. Bitch.
Super Paper Mario - 85.3% - This game is often described as a platformer with RPG elements. While this is mostly true, you should not come in expecting Mario 3 with an EXP system. The platforming is all extremely basic, and once you get
Scarface: The World is Yours - 71.6% and Godfather, The: Blackhand Edition - 77.4% - They're basically the same thing. Which is appropriate, seeing as how they're GTA clones. I'd say Scarface plays slightly better, but the constant use of "shaq-fu's" can just get downright annoying. Get either or both.
Mario Kart Wii - 82% - I'll be honest - I prefer Double Dash. It looks better, and I can do three-man free-for-alls in multiplayer. But, Mario Kart Wii finally has bots in battle mode - and team battle mode, at that. Also, online that doesn't completely suck. Other than that, it's your standard Mario Kart. Not the greatest track design I guess, but you'll live.
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure - 85.7% - Fantastic point-and-click adventure/puzzle game. Looks very cutesy, but I can't imagine many little kids getting into it due to the difficulty of some of the puzzles. There is extremely limited co-op. It makes quite heavy use of movement-based puzzles, but contrary to what a certain Mr. Croshaw might say, 97% of them work quite well. The other 3% will haunt you until the end of days, yes (I'm looking at you, ice boss), but those 97% are still quite nice. Some people complain about frequent and cheap deaths, but with the exception of a very few cases, any time you die it's your fault for not fucking looking around.
Resident Evil 4 - 91.2% - Awesome (and relatively cheap), even if you've played through it on the GC/PS2/PC. The graphics of the GC version, the extras of the PS2 version, and a new and extremely improved control scheme. No multiplayer.
Okami - 90% and Legend of Zelda, The: Twilight Princess - 94% - The two games are often compared to each-other, and for good reason. Twilight Princess gets off to a slow start and drew a lot of minor quibbles from me, but I still say they're about equal.
Wii Play - 61% - More minigames. Who cares how good it is? It comes with a free remote! Also, "Tanks!" is awesome. Drfunk85 says, "Every new Wii owner should get this game assuming they are planning on having at least two remotes. A remote + Game for $50 means the game essentially costs $10. Like both Wii Sports and Link's Crossbow training, it isn't a really deep game, but is still fun. It is a good way to get a hang of the many different ways the Wii Remote can be used. Tanks is probably the best mini game which is one or two player where you control a little toy tank and have to drive around and shoot other various types of tanks. The levels start out easy but get progressively harder. Pool, air hockey, and some other quirky games are included." Two-player multiplayer only.
Super Mario Galaxy - 97.4% - Yeah, that's right - it's not even in the top three. Even so, it's an absolutely amazing game. Ray-surfing might give some people trouble (try holding the remote with both hands and close to your body), it's actually a pretty bad example of "waggle" at times, Bowser's a fucking pushover, and yeah, the camera occasionally confused me, but... all that shit. It's Super Mario fucking Galaxy. Just buy the god damned game already. Shit's fucking platforming excellence.
Super Smash Brothers Brawl - 94.7% - Also not in the top three. Too slow and defensive for many pros, too similar-feeling to Melee for many of the more casual fans, but , still a helluva game. The level editor isn't particularly complex, but you can get some good shit out of it sometimes. The single-player mode is way bigger than the last go around, and while it got mixed reviews here, I thought it was fucking excellent. There is online, but it's actually pretty shitty.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn - 80% - This is weird. I'm actually gonna recommend that you consider skipping this one. The reason for that is that this game is... it's really only enjoyable for people like me. I don't mean that as an elitist thing, though the ability to kick fucking ass at a comically difficult strategy role playing game is important. I mean you have to like reading un-voiced text between two character portraits over a static backdrop. I mean you have to be okay with restarting an hour-long battle because you've fought yourself into a position where one of your characters can't survive. You have to be willing to make a burnt offering to the Random Number Generator Goddess from time to time. I have assorted quibbles with this game - specifically, too many cool-but-useless characters and a weak ending - but it's still a fantastic entry in the series. Oh, and you should play the GameCube's Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance first. The story will be far more enjoyable, and you'll get your ass kicked 70% less.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption - 90% - The end of the Prime trilogy. Fucking awesome use of the pointer - really, it's the standard to which I compare any shooter on the Wii - and nunchuk waggle. Don't come in expecting a shooter - with the exception of the beginning and the holy-shit-this-is-awesome-please-don't-let-it-end end, the emphasis is on exploration and puzzle solving. Puzzle solving with a gun and bombs. This is my second favourite game on the Wii. No multiplayer, but having to trade stuff with people online in order to unlock a lot of artwork/doodads is annoying.
No More Heroes - 84.7% - A bloody and bizarre beat-em-up from the makers of the controversial Killer7. This is a lot more... accessible... than the GC/PS2 rail shooter, though the sparse overworld (which I didn't mind) and cash-grinding (which I actually enjoyed for the most part) might turn some off. Combat is handled via the A and B buttons, with motion reserved for special attacks, wrestling moves, and way-too-satisfying finishing attacks. A serious contender for my favourite game ever, and so far, my favourite on the Wii.
Coming soon to this thread: "Also consider these..." a list of C- (Umbrella Chronicles) and lower B-list (Wario) games for rental consideration.
Edited by The Crotch, 08 January 2009 - 02:18 AM.