Despite record-breaking sales, the Nintendo Wii had a somewhat down year in terms of video game quality. This is especially true during the second half of 2008. The next year is already looking better for the system with a diverse lineup for both hardcore and casual gamers. Here are the top five most anticipated Nintendo Wii games of 2009.
5. Wii Sports Resort
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Nintendo, Release Date: Spring
Bundled with the Nintendo Wii, the first Wii Sports basically became the catalyst to the Wii’s record-breaking sales. It was the first game to show what the motion capabilities of the Wii Remote was all about. Wii Sports Resort brings even more minigames with inventive use of motion controls. In addition, the game also includes the Wii MotionPlus accessory which increases accuracy. Without a doubt, Wii Sports Resort will be one of the best selling games in 2009.
4. The Conduit
Publisher: Sega, Developer: High Voltage Software, Release Date: Spring
While the Nintendo Wii isn’t the most powerful video game system on the market, it is disappointing that developers hardly pushed the system to its graphical limits. Releasing in 2009, the Conduit is the showcase game many Wii fans are waiting for. Not only does it have the best-looking graphics on the system, the game also features online play. The Conduit is perfect hardcore game for those who couldn’t afford a Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
Publisher: Sega, Developer: Platinum Games, Release Date: March 31
One of the most unique looking games on any system is the upcoming Nintendo Wii exclusive game, MadWorld. The chalkboard-like aesthetics is often interrupted with red blood spots caused by the intense ultra-violent action. Since the game is developed by the same people who brought you the incredible Okami, MadWorld has the pedigree to be one promising action game that no hardcore Nintendo Wii gamers ought to miss in 2009.
2. Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Publisher: XSEED Games/Marvelous Entertainment, Developer: Vanillaware, Release Date: Unknown
From the developers of the excellent Odin Sphere, Muramasa: The Demon Blade may be the best upcoming Nintendo Wii game you never heard about. As expected, the game features spectacular character sprites and background visuals. It is among some of the best looking 2D games ever created. The gameplay is equally as impressive with slick but easy to perform moves. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is one title you should keep an eye on in 2009.
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Nintendo, Release Date: Summer
After playing the boxing minigame in Wii Sports, many old-school Nintendo fans drool over the possibilities of a new Punch-Out!! game on the Nintendo Wii. The revival of the classic series makes too much sense with the utilization of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck to punch with the Wii Balance Board to move around. While not much is known about the game yet, first details have shown that the game will resemble the classic prequels. Punch-Out!! has all the ingredients to being the breakout Nintendo Wii hit of 2009.