2010: The Year Of Better Wii Games?

The Wii had a good 2009, thanks to the arrival of Nintendo fan-pleasing releases like Punch-Out!! and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. But 2010 should one-up this year's showing thanks to Nintendo and third-party publishers.

2010 may get off to a slower start - and we may only get to sample the next Legend of Zelda game for the Wii with our eyes, not our hands - but with a new Metroid, a new Mario and Epic Mickey coming, the rest of the year may be remembered as one with too many good Wii games. Or at least one with variety, interesting third-party support and the year that the Wii Vitality Sensor was released to rave reviews and mind-blowing sales.

At the very least, we expect these important Wii games (and Wii Remote add-ons) to make 2010 a better year for Nintendo's platform than the previous one.

Note: We'll be looking at every platform's currently announced and estimated 2010 slate over the course of the rest of the week - and much, much more.

Metroid: Other M Nintendo and Team Ninja give the Wii it's first original Metroid game, blending side-scrolling action with first-person adventuring. It's pencilled in for a 2010 release.

Epic Mickey Warren Spector's dark, spectacular looking adventure could give the Wii the finest Mickey Mouse game since Castle of Illusion, no small feat.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo turns around a proper Mario sequel with surprising speed, promising a more challenging galactic Mario adventure, now with more Yoshi.

Red Steel 2 The Wii MotionPlus may get its "killer app", with Ubisoft's first-person shooter/slasher combining old west aesthetic with ninja killing.

Sin & Punishment 2 Cult favourite Treasure churns out a sequel to the Nintendo 64 classic shooter, a title aimed squarely at the hardcore fan. Will the Wii audience respond?

Arc Rise Fantasia The Wii gets a dose of traditional fantasy turn-based RPG action, courtesy of Luminous Arc developers image epoch, a relatively young studio with a solid pedigree.

Cave Story The highly anticipated WiiWare version of the freeware PC adventure game was supposed to have been released by now, but we hope the remake will actually make it's way to the Wii Shopping Channel in 2010.

Endless Ocean: Blue World The sequel to Nintendo's serene underwater adventure hits in the first quarter of 2010, far away from the Nintendo titles we expect to make a much bigger splash.

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon Post-apocalyptic, yes, but Tri-Crescendo's role-playing game does not feature much in the way of zombies or nuclear wastelands. Instead, expect adventure, puzzle solving and the use of your Wii Remote as a flashlight.

Gladiator A.D. High-Voltage, developer of first-person shooter The Conduit, tries its hand at an ancient Roman fighting game. The developer knows how to get peak performance out of the Wii, keeping Gladiator A.D. on our radar.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 It's LEGO plus Harry Potter plus Wii. We expect this LEGO adventure game to be like its ancestors: good, but now with more Quidditch.

Line Attack Heroes Frankly, we're not sure what Nintendo's plans for Line Attack Heroes are, since the company has been silent about it since E3. Maybe the publisher is working a new name for the multiplayer action game. Or at least we hope.

Monado: Beginning of the World Monolith Soft's original role-playing game will likely hit North America before the developer's Disaster: Day of Crisis. With Baten Kaitos and Xenosaga under their belts, Monado should be on the radar of any Wii owning RPG fan.

Monster Hunter Tri Capcom tries to wrangle monster hunting success in the West with the release of the newest Monster Hunter, the action adventure hit that will give you a reason to dust off your Wii Speak microphone.

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Grasshopper Manufacture sends Travis Touchdown back out to the field for the follow up to the quirky, bloody No More Heroes. Improvements abound, hopefully with Wii MotionPlus support included.

Span Smasher Like Line Attack Heroes, Nintendo has been mum on Span Smasher since E3. Players will control the titular Smasher and smash things, a smashing concept from developers Artoon.

Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Capcom's arcade fighting game comes to the Wii, with a slightly different cast of characters from animation company Tatsunoko and fighting game experts Capcom. The 3D meets 2D brawler features a more simplified fighting system and a potpourri of contestants.

The Grinder High Voltage software's other Wii game planned for 2010 puts tons of enemies on screen, then lets the player kill them. With guns.

Tower of Shadow This gorgeous looking puzzle-platformer should be coming to WiiWare sooner before later. Keep an eye out for it.

Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll Sega puts the Wii Balance Board to banana grabbing use, asking great balance and patience of Wii owners' calves to help guide Mimi, Baby, AiAi and GonGon to monkey ball rolling safety.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Sega brings its many characters together from franchises as unique as Shenmue, Sonic the Hedgehog and Samba de Amigo, then puts then in karts. They race.

Wii Vitality Sensor We're not sure what to make of Nintendo's Wii Vitality Sensor add-on, but the E3 announced device could open up new gameplay opportunities for Wii games. That, or we'll have something new into which we can stick our fingers. And that's great!


    CaveStory better be coming to XBL or PSN as well..

      Or you could just download it on PC for free and play it right now!

    hopefully tales of graces and dynamic slash (or what nintendo's first wm+ game is called) get localised too.

    In what way was 2009 a bad year for the Wii?

    Deadly Creatures
    House of the Dead: Overkill
    Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
    Dead Space Extraction
    The Conduit
    Tales of Monkey Island
    New Super Mario Bros Wii
    Metroid Prime Trilogy
    Cursed Mountain
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up

    Those are just the fairly good exclusives I can think of off the top of my head, not to mention multiplatform games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Ghostbusters etc that actually made an effort to develop Wii games properly and not just throw together a half-arsed port.

    I agree 2010 looks to be a good year for the Wii, but I would say 2009 was pretty good as well.

    It's the follow up to "2009 the year of better games for the Wii!" Coming soon, "2011 the year of better games for the Wii".

    Christ, the only game on that list that interests me even slightly and isn't a game I'd buy on another paltform is Endless Ocean 2. How sad is that?

    Indeed it's certainly a good lineup thus far. Eagerly awaiting SMG2, Red Steel 2, Metroid: Other M, Monster Hunter Tri, Sin & Punishment 2 and hopefully Zelda.

    Hopefully Nintendo pulls their finger out and announces Starfox, F-Zero, Kirby, Donkey Kong, Kid Icarus and Pilot Wings.

    Wishful thinking eh...

      ZOMG I was thinking the same thing the other day. Bring on faithful remakes of: Starfox (SNES and N64 style, not shitty RPG), Kirby (NES style 2d Platform), Donkey Kong (SNES Style 2d Platform or N64 3d Platform), and Pilot Wings (more the same WII controls would be the tits!). It makes me teary eyed for Nintendo's glory days of yore.

    Yeah but non of these games will actually sell.

    Monado, yes please!


    I have been going nuts waiting fer that release! =D Arc Rise Fantasia's also a nice addition! Tatsunoko's also another oldie on my list

    Oddly.. i don't seem to see Silent Hill there o_o

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