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Those who have had a Wii since launch back in 2006, or have recently picked one up due to the incredible price cut, are most likely aware of the many massive titles that have been released for it like Super Mario Galaxy, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword to name a few.

But what about games that not many people have heard of, or aren’t considered smash-hits by the general populace or even by cult followers?  Many of them are great, but just never caught on. Well, in honor of those many hidden gems, we’re counting down the Top 9 Overlooked Wii Games.

MadWorld

While the Wii definitely lacks a good variety of Mature titles, MadWorld is one worth mentioning. Puzzle-solving through mindless and bloody hack-and-slash controls is an ingenious combination, and the stylized graphics make it feel as though the player is following the story through a comic book as opposed to a more modern video game.

MadWorld

“Gore never looked so simple.”

The characters are memorable and the story is intriguing, albeit unnecessary. The music, however, is the most memorable part; hard rap and hip hop detailing either what’s going on during the level you’re playing or reciprocating the story unfolding before you. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience worth picking up

Pokemon Battle Revolution

Many people write this game off as a poor successor to the Pokémon Stadium series on the Nintendo 64, since it doesn’t have rental Pokémon or mini-games, but that’s not why one should buy the Stadium games in the first place. First and foremost these games are battle simulators, and Pokémon Battle Revolution achieves this excellently. The colosseums and the models of the Pokémon themselves are beautiful and using Nintendo’s Wi-Fi connection to battle players online is exactly what the console simulators were asking for.

Pokemon Battle Revolution

Dialga Against the Beautiful Sunset Colosseum Backdrop

The customization of the player’s avatar as well as the ability to sync up the player’s Generation IV cartridge in order to use their own Pokémon to take on the various trainers is a wonderful addition and is implemented very well. The biggest downfall to this game, however, is that it came out shortly after Diamond and Pearl, meaning many alternate forms of Pokémon (Rotom Appliances, Giratina-O, Shaymin-S) weren’t coded into the game and therefore cannot be used. However, for a battle simulator, it’s hard to get better than Pokemon Battle Revolution.

Sonic and the Black Knight

After a horrendous beginning with Sonic and the Secret Rings, it’s not surprising that very few people continued with Sega’s Sonic Storybook series. Starting with the release of Sonic Unleashed, though, new hope began to well up over at Sonic Team, and this Black Knight is a diamond in the rough.

Sonic and the Black Knight

I Wonder Why This Wasn’t Taught in History Class

Unlike The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, where “waggle controls” were practically spammed for success on the Wii, Black Knight used the Wii Remote to allow Sonic to swing his sword in more of a quicktime-event fashion, and the running segments were enjoyable to both play and watch. The setting and characters are, as many rivals take the form of medieval counterparts, allowing Sonic and his new super form, Excalibur Sonic, to take them out in a fun, overlooked adventure.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Surpassing a game like Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, the Gamecube smash-hit widely considered to be the best installment in the Fire Emblem franchise yet, is an incredible feat. Radiant Dawn, however, does just that. Another example of minor tweaks vastly improving gameplay design, Radiant Dawn tweaks the classic Fire Emblem Formula to great effect.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

“Ride Like the Wind!”

The soundtrack is epic and very well orchestrated and the graphics are some of the best that the Wii has to offer. Recurring characters, including fan favorite Ike, really tie in Radiant Dawn as an appropriate sequel. The game offers a great combination of realistic military pros and cons, along with a healthy mix of magic and ethereal beings, and is worth checking out.

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  • Justin

    There are a lot of these type of lists out there for Wii, but this one is fairly unique. I’m playing Tales of Symphonia now and aside from some archaic design here and there, it’s been very solid, if slightly childish.