Infendo staffers reveal their favorite Wii games


Breaking news! A muck-raker has infiltrated Infendo headquarters and exposed the dark secrets of its dedicated, mysterious staffers. Grotesque horror! Unspeakable greed! Scandalous scandals!

Not really. But we are dishing on our favorite Wii games. Exposed!

Blake says:

5. Elebits
4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
3. World of Goo
2. Wii Sports
1. Super Mario Galaxy

Those are the games I’ve played the most so far and/or was delighted most by them.

David says:

In no particular order, World Of Goo shows us what WiiWare is truly capable of. Super Mario Galaxy shows us what the Wii was designed to do. Mario Kart Wii puts a new spin on the classic series with an awesome online mode. Guitar Hero World Tour is flabbergastingly brilliant, from song selection to execution, plus DLC makes this one incredible. And Boom Blox is fun to play and easy to get into, but features great replayability and cooperative teamwork.

Jack says:

5. Lost Winds
4. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
3. Super Mario Galaxy
2. World of Goo
1. Wii Sports

I’m also troubled that no other title has the longevity of Wii Sports. It just goes to show how incredible this game is and how much it did with what the industry would describe as “so little.” Friends still want to play this one after a night out, and I saw the guys on Entourage playing it last Sunday, so it must still be cool. Lost Winds and World of Goo made the list easily, because they play best with an IR pointer and really show other developers what’s going to be possible with WiiWare. Galaxy makes the list because it really was built as soundly as any Mario title I’ve played, even if it didn’t really offer up anything revolutionary beyond gravity effects (which were actually in Ratchet and Clank first, if I recall correctly). Finally, the bittersweet addition of Zack and Wiki, which I was hoping would revive the point-and-click adventure title of yesteryear but so far has not done so.

Jake says:

5. Super Mario Galaxy
4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
3. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
2. Wii Sports
1. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

I find myself amused that after two years, not a single revolutionary motion-sensing title has stood up to Wii Sports. Brawl and Guitar Hero are usually the first games played by visiting friends and family, but within an hour, everyone is back to playing a round of bowling. Metroid Prime 3 has to be one of the most underrated games of this generation. It bursts forth with enough exceptional art design and brilliant level layout to punch the air out of a Halo campaign any day. Finally, Twilight Princess is one of those games that I can pick up and lose myself in. It’s simply an epic masterpiece.

Derek says:

5. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
4. Okami
3. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
2. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
1. Super Mario Galaxy

Zack and Wiki is addictive, consuming and ruthlessly fun on Wii. A brilliant, Nintendo-esque adventure game, Okami is the best game no one has ever played. I’ve never agreed with the criticisms of Twilight Princess, which has better bosses, more atmosphere, sharper control and better combat than any of Link’s 3D adventures. Samus Aran has never controlled as well as she does on Wii, making Corruption an absolute joy. Mario Galaxy is the quintessential Wii experience.

Will says:

5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
4. WarioWare: Smooth Moves
3. Super Paper Mario
2. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
1. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

I excluded Super Mario Galaxy not because of its unique wonderment, beautiful graphics or enchanting story, but because of the way it reuses previous stage designs and mechanics. Whenever I play a Mario game, I am looking for something new. Of course you have the spin move, but Galaxy removes the punch-and-kick combos you could use against normal enemies. Now you have to spin and then try to jump on their heads in 3D, as if that was not already hard enough with the gravity mechanics. Another thing that bugged me was how halfway through the game, they ran out of world ideas and actually flipped a planet and changed its color scheme. As a game designer, I would never reuse a stage the player has previously been to.

Sean says:

5. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
4. Mario Kart Wii
3. Tetris Party
2. World of Goo
1. Mega Man 9

Mario Kart Wii’s motion controls pulled me out of the waggle-fest blues. My top three titles are all WiiWare because even though I love my discs, I think downloadable content is the way of the future. Infendo’s love for World of Goo is no secret, and I have a great admiration for the two-man team behind it. Mega Man 9 made me feel like a kid again, and that’s worth my number one spot.

Agree? Disagree? Share your own list in the comments.

26 Responses to Infendo staffers reveal their favorite Wii games

  1. gojiguy says:

    Brawl definitely has to be up there. I also really like SNK Arcade Classics, Godzilla Unleashed, and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core just to name a few not listed.

  2. Mark says:

    5. Zack and Wiki
    4. Lost Winds
    3. World of Goo
    2. Guitar Hero 3 and World Tour
    1. Mario Kart Wii

  3. ejamer says:

    Hmm… I’d have to think a little bit about what my favorite Wii games are, but it’s great to see Zack & Wiki make a few of the lists.

    Although many Wii games have been fun, the puzzles in Zack & Wiki were wonderful after you got past the first few levels. Some of them really left me scratching my head, but were an absolute delight once I figured out the solution! Some people didn’t like the game, but it’s been one of the most unique and entertaining titles I’ve played on Wii so far.

    I’m a bit surprised to NOT see No More Heroes on any of the lists, since I thought Infendo had some big fans on staff… but while the game is unique and fun, it’s not one I’d put in my top 5 list either.

  4. Priyesh says:

    Will, are you referring to the Ice/Lava level? I thought that was an ingenious idea. “Reusing” a level is ok if its giving the player a new experience out of it.. and I thought that level was awesome.

    But my list would be:

    5. Smash Bros. Brawl
    4. Zack & Wiki
    3. Okami
    2. Super Mario Galaxy
    1. No More Heroes

    Yes, I put NMH before Mario ๐Ÿ˜› That game was so unique and the story and dialogue were the main reason I had to keep playing. I had to see what they would come up with next.

  5. Kale says:

    5. Lost Winds
    4. Resident Evil 4
    3. Twilight Princess
    2. Super Mario Galaxy
    1. Metroid Prime 3

  6. InvisibleMan says:

    I’ll wait until after Animal Crossing: City Folks comes out. I have high expectations about that one…

  7. Will says:

    @ Priyesh

    I’m talking about the Bee-level, it is actually mirrored from the previous one, and given a fall like color scheme, and that really just bothered me.

  8. Atlantis1982 says:

    Question: Whose who on those photos? ๐Ÿ˜€

    As for my favorites?
    1. No More Heroes (Travis is the man!)
    2. Metroid Prime 3 (Samus is the … woman!)
    3. Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection
    4. Resident Evil 4 (Wii version was my first)
    5. LoZ: Twilight Princess.

  9. Dfox says:

    I agree with Jake. Metroid Prime 3 is, in my opinion, the best game of this generation, and beats the crap out of Halo and BioShock.

  10. Sean says:

    @ejamer

    No more Heroes is defiantly in my top ten, it gets major points for style and unique storytelling.

  11. DmNt says:

    Super Mario Galaxy
    Twilight Princess
    World of Goo
    Metroid Prime 3
    Super Smash Brawl

  12. Alexis says:

    5. World of Goo
    4. Megaman 9
    3. Super Paper Mario
    2. Super Smash Brothers Brawl
    1. Mario Kart Wii

  13. AC says:

    some great wii titles not mentioned above, but deserve a mention:

    trauma ctr (either one)
    endless ocean
    BWii
    geometry wars
    wii fit, wii play, wii music
    bully
    mario strikers
    godfather
    SW force unleashed
    obscure the aftermath
    order up
    FF fables: chocobo’s dungeon
    williams pinball collection
    DQ swords
    metal slug anthology
    dokapon kingdom
    mercury meltdown
    red steel

    didn’t bother to mention any wiiware or VC titles, too many good ones.

  14. neko to kuruma says:

    5. Red Steel
    Was the single player game completely horrible? Yes. Were the controls finicky and hard to get used to? Yes. Did it replicate the feel of Goldeneye 007 for split-screen multiplayer? Hell yes.
    4. Super Mario Galaxy
    A new-ish take on the 3D Mario platformer that’s fun and challenging.
    3. Super Smash Bros.
    Classic gameplay with new characters and levels equals great fun.
    2. No More Heroes
    What it lacked in depth it made up for with a wacky story and great style. Can’t wait for the sequel!
    1. ???
    I don’t have another favorite Wii game out of the ones I’ve played. There are some great titles out there but nothing else I feel should be in my top 5 list. Maybe this spot is for MadWorld, or maybe The Conduit.

  15. XJGunz says:

    Oh geez… In no particular order:

    Megaman 9 – As much as I wish I was older, I’m never going to truly know how and what it feels to see the video gaming industry evolved with better graphics and sound. I’d love to see how it started, but alas I cannot change age. However, thanks to Megaman 9 (and Virtual Console) I can understand the excitement that many gamers achieve when playing such games despite HD graphics and what-not. I just think that its great that it gives the older gamers “fan-service” and the newer ones the opportunity to say that an 8-bit game was made while they were alive.

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Of course Super Smash Bros. Brawl had to make this list. No other game got me as hyped and let me know all of the information of the game every weekday (via Smash Dojo). I went on Dojo almost every single day to see the new updates (while some updates were mediocre, others such as new characters only raised the hype). I’ve played Melee endlessly, but now that I have Brawl, I’m pretty sure that this disk will be continuously inserted into my Wii for a long, long time… that is, unless the next Smash.

    Super Paper Mario – Super Paper Mario wasn’t exactly “genre-defining”, but it was unique. What really had me going was the change in genre, from an RPG to a Platformer. Well, Super Mario was a platformer with RPG-like qualities. Mario (and friends) could level up and each character had their own individual powers. Of course, the biggest change was the switch from 2D to 3D and vice-versa. This game mechanic changed the way I now look at 2D games and wonder what it would look like if I rotated the screen 90 degrees. For instance, try imagining “Wario Land: Shake” in 3D.

    World of Goo – A many people have said this, and I’ll be another one on the list: World of Goo is amazing. With incredible physics and challenging puzzles, World of Goo has had me playing for hours in one sitting. What makes this even more intriguing is that this game was developed by 2 people. That’s right, only TWO. These two people were able to make a game so great that it actually beats out at least 90% of what teams of developers have done on the Wii.

    Wii Sports – Not only is Wii Sports entertaining, but it was free. Golly, it came with the Wii. It’s one of the only games that actually use the Wii’s motions controls where it actually works. I’ve come back to this game over and over again, especially when I’m with friends. We just crank out our Wii remote and start playing one of five sports. So basically, you get 5 games free when you buy the Wii. We should all feel lucky.

    Other honorable mentions:
    Super Mario Galaxy, No More Heroes, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Resident Evil 4 Wii, and Okami.

  16. samfish says:

    So sad that only 1 of you guys mentioned Okami ๐Ÿ™

    My list would be:
    5) Resident Evil 4 or Brawl (I can’t decide!)
    4) Sonic & the Secret Rings
    3) Mario Galaxy
    2) Twilight Princess
    1) Okami

  17. Derek says:

    Great lists, everyone. Some surprising picks here and there.

    Atlantis: The photos are in the same order (left to right, top to bottom) as the lists in the article. Sean has no picture on file yet, so he escaped being exposed. FOR NOW. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. frstOne says:

    6. PES 2008 (couldn’t left this one out of my list :P)
    5. Zelda TP
    4. World of Goo
    3. Wii Sports
    2. Mario Kart
    1. Mario Galaxy

    Also, my biggest disappointing is Metroid 3. I liked Metroid 1 on gamecube, but this one, it just didn’t feel right (maybe it’s only me).

  19. Hawkeye_a says:

    5. Zack & Wiki (just got started loving it)
    4. Twilight Princess
    3. World of Goo
    2. Super Mario Galaxy
    1. Metroid Prime 3

    Honorable mention…. Mario Kart, Wii Sports, Lost Winds.

  20. ejamer says:

    My top 5 games are all memorable because they do something different, and avoid the trap of just being “standard” video game fare. The Wii is at its very best when offering something unique and original!

    5. Zack & Wiki – Although some puzzles were a bit prone to trial and error, others were brilliant. Very satisfying experience.

    4. Trauma Center: New Blood – A co-op experience unlike anything else I’ve played, perfect for both casual and serious gamers, with adjustable (on the fly!) difficulty settings, all couched in a medical soap opera? Consider me sold.

    3. Metroid Prime 3 – This spot almost went to Medal of Honor Heroes 2 because that of its online multiplayer… but the gorgeous art design and tight controls helped make Metroid Prime 3 the benchmark for Wii FPS design.

    2. PES 2008 – When is the last time you played a completely innovative sports game? Frankly, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything more than improvements in graphics and AI… but this complete overhaul to the control scheme uses the Wii remote to amazing effect. (Tiger Woods 2009 was a close second in this spot.)

    1. Wii Sports – Simply couldn’t be done on any other system, and is still worth buying a Wii for after roughly 2 years on the market.

    Games that I loved but couldn’t quite vote for:
    + any shooter (Ghost Squad and RE: Umbrella Chronicles in particular)
    + Mario Galaxy
    + Boom Blox
    + BlastWorks
    + Guitar Hero and Rock Band

    Also, Resident Evil 4 deserves special mention for showing me a direct comparison between Wii and traditional controls, and how well-implemented Wii controls can drastically improve a game.

  21. Ben says:

    5) Zack and Wiki
    4) Resident Evil 4
    3) Twilight Princess
    2) Super Mario Galaxy
    1) Metroid 3

  22. Q says:

    I see Galaxy popped up a lot. awesome. here’s my top 5.

    5. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
    4. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    3. No More Heroes
    2. Super Smash Brothers Brawl
    1. Super Mario Galaxy

  23. Roxxor says:

    Elebits and Mario Kart are awesome games, but Brawl is still better than both of them in my eyes.

    5. Elebits
    4. No More Heroes
    3. Mario Kart Wii
    2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
    1. Super Smash Brothers Brawl

    Brawl is a great game even by yourself, but with friends, it is insanely awesome. Yesterday I Brawled and exchanged courses for 2 and a half hours. It was so much fun. Brawl is not overrated like some think; those who think that have not expirenced Brawl’s true powers.

  24. Blue says:

    Top 5 Wii games:
    5) Super Smash Bros. Brawl รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Me (40), my son (11), daughter (6), daughter (4) all play together!
    4) Wii Sports รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Still the favourite on games night.
    3) WarioWare: Smooth Moves รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Both my son and I have completed it. Family fun that still gets pulled out.
    2) Final Fantasy: Chrystal Chronicles – My Life as a King รขโ‚ฌโ€œ I played it through then went back, bought all the DLC (except the clothing) and played through it again.
    1) Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Best. Game. Evar. I have played it three times. It is just about time to go again!

    Top 5 Virtual Console:
    5) Donkey Kong
    4) PacMan
    3) Galaga
    2) Super Mario Bros.
    1) Dig Dug

    Blue

  25. Luigi Kid says:

    5. Twilight Princess
    4. Mario Kart Wii
    3. Super Mario Galaxy
    2. Guitar Hero III (don’t have WT yet)
    1. Smash Brothers Brawl (Played for 5 months straight, w/ 1 month break for Mario Kart)
    De Blob is a great game, but not good enough to make the list. I don’t have World of Goo yet, and will probably add Animal Crossing after it comes out.

  26. Lance says:

    My top 5:

    5. Wii Fit
    4. Mario Kart Wii
    3. Lost Winds
    2. Metroid Prime 3 Corruption
    1. Super Mario Galaxy

    You all my might be thinking ‘wow, wii fit.’ Well I chose Wii Fit because I’ve lost quite a bit of weight to it in a few months. Next I chose Mario Kart for it’s seamless online. It never lags, that’s impressive. The one complaint I have with it is that the game doesn’t do well matching you up to other players of similar skill level. I raced someone who had at least 3000 points more than me. Next is Lost WInds. That game was just cool. It had an interesting mechanic in that you controlled the wind. I was disappointing with the longevity at only 3 hours. However knowing that there’s a sequel on the way brings a smile to my face. Now Metroid Prime 3 was just amazing. It had great level design and graphics. The controls were also smooth as well. A fitting end to a great trilogy. Finally Mario Galaxy. No Mario game has made me want to collect every last star in it. After a few months I managed to get all the stars with both Mario and Luigi. The gameplay was just great.

    Now some of you could be wondering why I omitted Brawl. The game was overhyped. Yeah it’s fun but it gets tiresome. The online is very lacking. I can’t ever finish a match the game lags so much. That was one of the core features I was looking forward to and Nintendo didn’t do well. Maybe they could’ve waited till after the Wii Speak was out so that they could have implemented voice chat and the same seamless online that Mario Kart has.

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