There's a ton of apathy among gamers today. Everyone's tired of shooters, nobody's interested in anything that's releasing from the major developers, there's sequel-itis everywhere and life sucks. You know what I think sucks? Saying that everything sucks. I am tired of all the negativity, so I'm going to be doing a little miniseries that looks on "The Bright Side" of gaming. Hit the break to begin the end of your misery!
The Wii's not dead. True, North American gamers aren't getting three of the system's most high-profile games, but there is still a lot to look forward to on the system. Take a look at some of the games coming out for Wii this year that have me totally psyched, and maybe you'll realize that your Wii deserves to be dusted with the rest of your
Kirby Returns to Dreamland
Just a year after the lovely and fun Kirby's Epic Yarn, Nintendo is doing the unthinkable and giving gamers yet another helping of Kirby in Kirby Returns to Dreamland (formerly Kirby Wii). Unlike last year's entry, this game features more traditional Kirby gameplay in the vein of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Inhaling enemies to mimic their powers, shooting energy stars and drop-in multiplayer (King Dedede, Meta Knight and others) make this a really promising, classic Nintendo experience.
Um, guys? It's Rhythm Heaven! For Wii! Anyone who's played the original on the DS should instantly be excited to know that there's a new edition coming out for the Wii. From the zany and incredibly colorful graphics to the addictive gameplay and the brilliant music, this is a game that needs to be on your radar if you're looking for something offbeat and new.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Obviously, this is the biggest Nintendo game of 2011 and deserves to be in everyone's Wii when it releases later this year. The newest entry in the legendary series follows Link and Zelda in an adventure that takes place before The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and features the forging of the Master Sword. It's also MotionPlus exclusive and has gorgeous graphics that make up for the generic Twilight Princess... *ducks as tomatoes and bombs are thrown*
In this gamer's opinion, these games alone would be enough for me to enjoy my Wii for months to come, but there's also some great third-party games coming too!
Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny
Published by Natsume, the latest entry in the Harvest Moon spinoff series looks to be yet another deep RPG/farming sim with beautiful graphics and fun, creative gameplay.
Okay, SonicDream, quit the trolling - a FISHING GAME? Yes, sweethearts, a fishing game. By YUJI NAKA. The man who made Sonic. Ever since starting his development company, Prope, Naka has been releasing deceptive games - Let's Catch, for example - that are much, much deeper than they seem. This game promises to let the player join a community of characters who love to fish and explore the island freely. XSEED Games is publishing this title in the Fall.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Game
Before you all storm the GayGamer castle demanding I be fired, hear me out. This movie tie-in is being created by Ubisoft Montpellier, led by amazing game designer Michel Ancel. Ancel has already proven to be capable of making something special out of movie licenses with his King Kong adaptation a few years ago, and this 2.5D platform adventure looks to continue the trend of quality titles coming from Ubisoft's best division.
That's not all, Wii owners! Other games in the pipeline for the Wii include Fortune Street, Rayman Origins, X-Men: Destiny, Spider-Man: Edge of Time and Bit.Trip Complete are all shaping up to be worthy of your time. I know we're ignoring the rainbow elephant in the room (sigh, Xenoblade) but I really think that the Wii still has some life in it. Color this gamer excited.
What other topics do you think deserve a walk on The Bright Side? Let me know! In the meantime, hit the gallery to see some of the upcoming stuff you can look forward to: