Zark’s Most Anticipated Wii Games of 2009

January 20, 2009


Now that the ungodly rush of good holiday titles has come and gone, my thoughts start to drift towards what’s coming next.  While I have plenty of games I still need to sink my teeth into from 2008, I am admitedly pretty excited about some of the upcoming Wii titles that are in development, so I figured I’d start there, with my list of most anticipated Wii games of 2009.

Arc Rise Fantasia
A turn-based RP written by the writer of Tales of Symphonia … sounds pretty hopeful.

The Conduit
Futuristic first person shooter with 16 person online play.  The graphics look great, and developers that release crap looking games will hopefully be shamed by the graphics of this one.  And FPS games on the Wii are definitely underrated.

Cursed Mountain
A unique looking survival horror game set in the Himalayas.  Uses the Wiimote like a (one way) walkie talkie.  Survival horror can be really hit or miss, but I’m going to keep my eye on this one.

Deadly Creatures
Who wouldn’t want to play as a tarantula or scorpion?  This game looks great.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
Multiplayer online RPG playable on both the DS and Wii, with gameplay like the well-received Ring of Fates game.  The game on the Wii looks like a DS game, though, which may kill its chances before it gets off the ground.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game
The Wii version of the game has a cartoony look and feel, which may make it interesting enough to buy over (or in addition to) the Xbox 360 / PS3 version.  Level designs are different as well, and the control scheme looks to be a lot more fun.

House of the Dead: Overkill
An M-rated, on rails shooter prequel to the original House of the Dead.  The devs are apparently trying hard to give it that arcade-like feel, and the buzz about it has been pretty positive.

Side-scrolling 2.5D platforming action game Klonoa returns in the Wii version.  It’s already been released in Japan to generally good praise (Famitsu gave it a 36 out of 40).

Little King’s Story
Simulation RPG being produced by the creator of the Harvest Moon series, Yasuhiro Wada.  That almost makes it an auto-buy for me.

Chainsaw-wielding television show contestant battles through a black and white world (with red blood, of course).  Over-the-top game that defies the “kiddie console” nature of the Wii.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade
An action RPG from the developers of Odin Sphere.  The hand drawn visuals are very similar to Odin Sphere, which got an 83 on Metacritic.

Overlord Dark Legend
A Wii-exclusive set before the Xbox 360 title, it uses the Wiimote to direct your minions.  Comparisons have been make to Pikmin.

Classic Punch-Out goodness with Wiimote controls, developed by the group that made Mario Strikers Charged.

Rune Factory Frontier
The main characters from Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon return in this Wii game, which takes place somewhere in the middle of Rune Factory.  If you like the “Harvest Moon with a sword” style gameplay of Rune Factory and Rune Factory 2 on the DS, you more than likely like this game.

Tenchu: Shadow Assassins
A ninja stealth action title.  Hard to argue with that phrase.

Sin and Punishment 2
A sequel to the Nintendo 64 classic on rail shooter.  The original never made it to the US until it was released on the Wii Virtual Console (get it!).  Hopefully the sequel will be just as excellent.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Ubisoft 2.5D, 4-player fighting game with online play.  Not much is known yet but the screenshots look great.

Wii Sports Resort
Will Nintendo catch lightning in a bottle twice?  It’s bound to be more of the same, except with Wii MotionPlus.  And more of the same is not bad at all.

There is a nice mix here.  Some sequels and some unique IP, contrary to the popular view that the Wii is full of shovelware, bad ports and kid’s games.  All except Ghostbusters is exclusive to Wii, and even Ghostbusters is unique and not a bad port.  I’d say 2009 looks to be a good year for Wii games, and given the outrageous amount of consoles Nintendo has sold, it’s a trend that’s likely to continue.

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  1. Unfortunately, the only games that looks interesting to me out of that entire list is Ghostbusters and Punch-Out. I kinda have my sites set Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins, Resident Evil 5 and maybe Diablo 3. Some of those might not even make it in 2009…but here’s hoping.

    I have a Wii…but I don’t think I’ve turned it on for a few months. I don’t think I’ve even beat Zelda for the Wii, yet.

  2. […] if you look at my most anticipated games of 2008 lists, my Wii list is much larger and more diverse than the rest of the non-handheld lists.  Why?  Two reasons. […]

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