Happy trails: Ten best Wii games remaining

09. Mario Party 9 (Nintendo)

I never thought I’d write these particular words in this particular order.

It’s been a while since Mario’s last party.

In fact, four years have passed since Nintendo last published a Mario Party game. For some franchises, four years isn’t an extraordinary gap between releases. For a franchise that once spawned eight over a nine-year period, it’s as shocking as the first time you were told your princess is in another castle.

Spoiler alert—she’s in the eighth one.

As unprecedented as the Great Mario Party Drought has been, it’s been even more interesting given its timing. If there’s ever been a console perfectly suited for a Mario Party, it’s the motion-controlled, online-enabled and family-friendly Wii. And that’s potential Mario Party 9 could finally fulfill.

A surprise unveiling at this year’s E3, details on Mario Party 9 are scarce. We do know, however, that the game is coming to Wii this year. Watch Nintendo’s E3 trailer to check out some of the minigames.

Spoiler alert—yes, it has minigames.

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14 Responses to Happy trails: Ten best Wii games remaining

  1. lololol says:

    you are aware the last mario party was for the wii?

  2. ac says:

    out of the ones that we know for sure are coming (and excluding zelda), mystery case files excites me the most. mini-game compilations…..i’m done, i got enough already, pass.

  3. Mohan says:

    I was hoping at this year’s E3 Nintendo was going to announce Pandora’s Tower, XenoBlade, and Last Story for the Wii here in North America, that would hold me over till Wii U would come out, but now with only Skyward Sword on my radar for the Wii my PS3 is going to be getting all the attention.

  4. Blake says:

    Nice digs, Derek. One I might add: Driver 3. The kids at E3 seemed to speak highly of it, saying it’s not only easy to pick up and play, but addictive. Check it out.

  5. Richard says:

    Rhythm games aren’t dead…they’re just regrouping. Yeah, that’s it. I loved DS Rhythm Heaven, and I can’t wait for the Wii sequel.

  6. NZA36 says:

    If I don’t get at least one of those Japanese games in America, I may have to stop dealing with Nintendo altogether.

  7. Skotski says:

    I… I NEED Last Story.

    @NZA36:
    😛 Well, you might mean “dealing with Nintendo of America”.
    … as far as I know, Nintendo of Europe gets the games America wants – and America gets the games Europe wants – and Japan gets everything. 😛
    There’s always getting yourself a foreign console. Some even never touch American consoles here in the States. There may be some region-locked exclusives, but it really depends which region’s exclusives you like the most.

  8. ZidaneFF says:

    Well I bought a Japanese Last Story copy. It was the only way to thanks the creators of this game, because I really like everything that Sakaguchi made it before. Soon I will be unlocking my Wii just to play this game. I am tired to waiting for Nintendo of America.

  9. XCWarrior says:

    I really want those three RPGs and of course Zelda. Fortune Street looks pretty promising as well. I can only afford so many games, so this is enough.

  10. NZA36 says:

    Yeah, Skotski, this may be the first time I import the hardware. I got my feet wet importing individual games for GBA and DS since they are region free. Unfortunately, I don’t understand Japanese, so I would have to avoid JRPGs.

    Of course, if gamers in the UK do get JRPGs localized, I could benefit…

    🙂 I wonder how hard it would be to get a PAL Wii U sent to the USA?

  11. shayminfreak says:

    All right, i’m sorry if this offends anyone, but i HATED Kirby’s Epic Yarn. When you buy a Kirby game, you expect a Kirby game, not a ridiculous yarn-based fairytale! And narrator, for the most part, seemed to be addressing three-year-olds. That said, i am looking forward to Kirby Wii very much. Stop with the innovation, game companies! As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  12. Nfanboy says:

    I can’t wait for Xenoblade and Kirby Wii.

    Zelda… Of course, but I don’t really know what Nintendo is cooking with that one 🙂

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