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The most successful console this generation. Go on, you know you want to…


The Key Exclusives

No More Heroes
A protagonist named Travis Touchdown. Wiimote-assisted quadruple decapitations. Poop jokes. Clearly, this isn’t your average Wii game. Why it’s worth straying for: Because it’s rare that a game manages to combine absurdity, ultra violence, bold design and innovative gameplay together and it works.


Super Mario Galaxy

It’s like the portly plumber’s 28-year lifespan has been leading up to this: a perfect, mind-melting adventure that pushes the Wii to the edge of its capabilities. Why it’s worth straying for: Because it’s simply one of the greatest games of all time.


Super Smash Bros Brawl
Whether you employ Wiimote or a dusty old GameCube controller, Brawl and its cast of Nintendo’s brightest makes frantic four-player fun like no other. Why it’s worth straying for: Because you can mash Kirby’s annoying pink face into the ground over and over again. Oh, and it’s this generation’s best party game.


Metroid Prime Trilogy

Three outstanding games (two of which are vastly enhanced with dead-on motion controls) available for the price of one. We can’t imagine a better deal on Wii this year. It’s a must for longtime fans and those who never gave the series a try.


Future Exclusives

The Legend of Zelda (working title) (TBA)
What do we know about the mysterious upcoming Zelda? Very little, apart from Nintendo’s tacit 2010 release date and the almost certain addition of Wii MotionPlus functionality.


Super Mario Galaxy 2 (TBA 2010)

In a rare move, Nintendo is giving a Mario title a proper sequel, promising that Galaxy 2 will be harder, more colourful, and now with 100% more Yoshi.


Metroid: Other M (TBA 2010)

In the wake of the FPS success of the Metroid series, none expected a dramatic return to third-person action, let alone it being developed by the third party Team Ninja at Tecmo. But that’s just what stunned fans got at E3 this year.


Red Steel 2 (Feb 16, 2010)

The early signs are that Red Steel 2 might redeem the sins of its predecessor. Just imagine proper Wii MotionPlus katana combat.


The Forgotten Greats

Third-party thrills for the thrifty!

The House of the Dead: Overkill
Like the grindhouse films it takes inspiration from, Overkill is the Wii’s dirty little secret: a sweary (with a record number of f-bombs), sexy rails shooter that never takes itself seriously.


Boom Blox

Cast aside your kiddie game-fears, this very accessible puzzler is a blast, as is the sequel. It uses the Wii Remote very capably, plus it has honest-to-goodness DLC and online level-sharing.


Dead Space: Extraction

The action may always be on a pre-set path, but like any good rollercoaster, Dead Space Extraction gets your heart racing and adrenaline pounding even though you have no control. A far more interesting and emotional take on the light gun scene.


MadWorld

A bit like Frank Miller’s Sin City meets The Running Man, MadWorld is a stylish beat-’em-up and the standard bearer for mature Wii content. Didn’t sell that well, mind.


Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure

A point-and-click adventure with clever-clever Wii waggle bits thrown into the mix, Zack & Wiki is one of the must-have games on the Wii. Had anybody actually bought it, Capcom might have considered making a series.


The Online Experience: Wii Online

Unlike the other two consoles, the Wii’s online service is fragmented across several different components (all accessible via the Wii Menu). For example, under the umbrella of the Wii Shop Channel, the WiiWare and Virtual Console sections offer downloadable games developed for Wii and emulated retro games respectively. All multiplayer across the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is free and handled via (the somewhat laborious) exchange of 12 digit friend codes uniquely generated by each game owned. Additionally, the Wii’s Internet Channel allows free web browsing via a version of the Opera browser.


The Top 5 WiiWare Downloadables

Bite-sized brilliance…

1. World of Goo
2. LostWinds
3. Swords & Soldiers
4. Contra Rebirth
5. Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People


The verdict’s in: it’s time to cheat!

Tempted? You should be. Gone are the days when you could live a cheery monogamous life with your one console. Now the exclusives have stacked up for each console, and their respective online services have matured, it’s simply too tough to resist the lure of a new console. Nary a 360 owner exists who can’t say they’ve been tempted by the PS3 Slim and the likes of LittleBigPlanet, and PS3 owners have been gritting their teeth for years as Microsoft racked up the high profile exclusives. And the Wii? C’mon, no matter how hardcore and niche your gaming tastes, everybody wants one. So what better time to clear some cable space by the TV than this holiday season?

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96 comments

  • TrollMan - February 12, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    before i read this i had a 360 breaking for the forth time so i got a ps3 slim (250 gb) and i'm not cheating on 360 cause 360 is no more now cause ps3 kicks ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • mentalityljs - December 12, 2009 12:58 a.m.

    @ Spybreak8 Good point!
  • Spybreak8 - December 6, 2009 8:55 a.m.

    @mentalityljs I play PC games but a majority on my 360 because I don't have the money to constantly upgrade my PC to play the games I want. In fact I enjoy being able to pick from like 80 games to play without having to install em or worry about installing an antivirus/antimalware program. Therefore I don't mind paying 40 bucks for live when its a lot cheaper than a new video card, cpu, ram, more hard drive space and so on. I still love PCs but economically the 360 is great, especially with everyone's unanimous talk of not needing a new gen console quite yet.
  • Spybreak8 - December 6, 2009 8:37 a.m.

    Haha its late so I read Zack & Wiki Quest for Barbaros' Treasure as Zack and Mira Make A Porno haha. Yeah I'd cheat because I'd actually love to play Ratchet and Mario again but cheating is expensive. :P
  • Enix21 - December 4, 2009 8:29 p.m.

    lol its like Xbox 360 vs PS3...Wii is like "were are we in this"
  • lovinmyps3 - December 4, 2009 5:24 a.m.

    Oh yeah I just remembered: I had the yellow light of death on my PS3 ($150 to get a replacement) AND the red ring of death on my 360 4 months after I bought it!! The PS3 cost more (compared to the $0.00) but at least it lasted a good year and a half. lol
  • lovinmyps3 - December 4, 2009 5:15 a.m.

    I'm ashamed to admit that I was a Sony fanboy until about 6 months ago. Left 4 Dead caused me to break down, now I'm always playing Halo 3 and Modern Warfare 2 on LIVE! Actually I used to be a big Nintendo fanboy until the PS2 so I guess I've cheated twice. XD
  • joel2211 - December 3, 2009 4:57 p.m.

    I bought a PS3 for black Friday when I have had my x box for years now....but I will only play exclusive PS3 games on it.
  • metalgatesolid - December 3, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    So where is Mario Kart for the Wii? That and Mario Galaxy are the two games i play round my mates who has Madworld and Super Smash Bros. But they are at the bottom of a pile. Id love a 360 as I love RPGs and Fable and Mass Effect interest me alot. PS3 has Metal Gear, the reason i have a PS3.
  • punkmetalmage - December 3, 2009 7:41 a.m.

    I've skimmed through some of the comments and see that people are finally coming to their senses. I know a couple of people know this but Xbox is called Xbox for microsoft's Direct X service. It's basically a cheap computer with a shitty operating system so people can play Direct X games which is available on Microsoft other platform: Windows. Windows 7 comes with Direct X11, Xbox 360 uses something equivalent to DX9. 360 is at a limit in every way now. Grow a pair and build yourself a gaming computer hook it up to your 42" 1080p HDTV and enjoy a much richer experience. When it comes to consoles, I got me a PS3 because it serves a lot more quality exclusives.
  • griffed88 - December 3, 2009 6:27 a.m.

    I own none of these consoles! PC gaming ftw! ...although I am tempted to get a ps3 when my birthday roles around cuz i love my psp and adhoc party sounds sweet
  • mentalityljs - December 3, 2009 4:37 a.m.

    @ crumbdunky I'd have to agree. Although I don't own any new consoles or handhelds, if u own a PC, you're better off sticking with it and buying a PS3 or a Wii for their exclusives, seeing as every xbox game that's worth playing is eventually released on PC. Therefor, you're able to cut the cost of LIVE and still have an enjoyable online experience. And before anyone gets on my ass about DLC, let me just say that if you're defending your PC/console at ALL based on it's DLC, then your system is a piece of shit. It's all about it's library!
  • tomasavery - December 3, 2009 3:47 a.m.

    "and if your too poor to pay for online then Psn but Psn isn't any where close to Xbox Live." lol that's ridiculous. Too poor to pay for online? It's not a matter of whether you have the money for it, it's pathetic that you have to. You're right that the PSN isn't anywhere close to Live though, there aren't anywhere near as many xenophobic foul-mouthed 12 year olds on the PSN. PC is the only way to play multiplayer anyway.
  • vigeoman - December 3, 2009 1:45 a.m.

    im surprised u didnt put okami on the wii section u guys always yell at us for not buying okami (which i did)
  • gmilf71 - December 3, 2009 1:30 a.m.

    *360.
  • gmilf71 - December 3, 2009 1:30 a.m.

    Yah I consider the 260 and ps3 pretty much exactly the same. the xbox is just a white and greeen version of the ps3; the ps3 is a black and blue version of the xbox. I don't see why you would wanna buy both. And for all of you fan boys, MW2 on ps3 alone made more money that Halo ever has.
  • Tochy - December 3, 2009 1:29 a.m.

    didnt convince me. and btw little big planet blows reCAPTCHA: serve bullock ahahaha
  • minimaxi - December 3, 2009 12:40 a.m.

    @chewbroccli Braid is available in PSN now. as of me, I've been cheating on my 360 for a PS3 months ago. The thing is, if you have a decent PC, that leaves you only a handful of true exclusives; Fable2, Gears2, Halo3, what else? Halo3 might be released for PC by the time Windows 9 comes out, PC version of F2 and GoW2 is not impossible either. XBLA games are kickass though! A lot of awesome exclusives are coming to PS3 (hence my reason to defect). In my opinion, PS3 is a really good secondary console if you mainly play PC Games. oh, and... SOMEBODY FORGOT TO SHOEHORN OKAMI INTO THIS ARTICLE :D :D :D
  • chewbroccli - December 3, 2009 12:21 a.m.

    what about braid and the liberty city stories for xbox. those are big too
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - December 2, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    I own a Wii, a 360 and a PS3, and yet I find myself playing Super Mario Bros 3 on the SNES or WoW for the majority of my day.

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