Published on December 3rd, 2012 | by Ryan Hillis0
EDM’s Game Of The Year Awards: Best Wii Exclusive
Welcome to Eject Disk Magazine’s Game of the Year Awards! We are going to do this a little differently than normal, by letting you, the reader, help decide who takes home what prize. Over the next couple of weeks, EDM will be bringing you a specific category each day, allowing each of you the opportunity to vote for the pre-selected “finalist” for the following days winner. All you have to do is simply look over the finalists and comment on who you would like to see win. Now that the formalities have been handled, let’s check out who are big winners are today!
CATEGORY: Best Wii Exclusive
The latter years of the Wii’s existence have not been easy ones, especially for the hardcore gamer base. It seems as if the last good game to come out exclusively for the Wii console was The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in late 2011, but you would be wrong. The Wii, being accepted among the casual gamer, while simultaneously shunned by the hardcore, has the ability to do something amazing. The casual gamer, by definition, isn’t as attuned to the gaming scene. This aides in allowing certain titles the dubious ability to sneak under the radar and release amazing games that just do not have the commercial success that is rightfully deserved. Such is the case with this years “best of the best” for the Wii console. So, if you own a Wii, it is time to dust off that console, try to find the controller, and pull that sensor bar out from behind your entertainment center, we got games to play.
It’s not really surprising that a Mario themed game would make it somewhere on the list. As the most popular Mario game released in 2012, you have to figure that Mario Party 9 has to be considered one of the top Wii exclusives of the year. It features the same fun gameplay, wild mini games, and that local multiplayer bug that we all love to catch sometimes. The game features over 80 mini games, tons of unique features such as wild vehicles and thrilling boss battles. You can play the game locally with up to four people, as stated before, if you want to create that ‘old school’ vibe of playing multiplayer games in your living room. It had previously been about five years since the previous installment to the popular Mario Party franchise, and this one did not garner much attention with the hardcore fan base. However, casual gamers around the world can rejoice in this fun and interactive gameplay, which can only be found on the Wii console.
1st Runner Up: The Last Story
An amazing game to come out of the Wii this year, and was easy to overlook, was The Last Story. While it technically released in Japan early in 2011, the rest of the free world couldn’t get their hands on this exclusive until 2012, when it was released in Europe, Australia and North America. Thanks to Xseed games, the publisher that helped bring the game to America. The Last Story, created by Mistwalker’s Hironobu Sakaguchi, was highly touted by Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata as ”a new form of RPG by choosing the universal theme of human emotion”. The game features a story in which the inhabitants of an island are under conflict due to the dying land on which they live. Resources are low and tensions are high, helping the story play out in a deeply emotional setting. Although The Last Story uses the traditional Wiimote/Nunchuk combo, it does not use the sensor bar for aiming on-screen. The classic controller is probably best for this award-winning RPG.
Winner: Xenoblade Chronicles
Just like The Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles is another Japanese role-playing game, and one that was previously released in Japan back in 2010. In 2011, Europe and Australia had the game, with North America trailing behind for an early 2012 release. Developed by Monolith and published by Nintendo, Xenoblade Chronicles received much critical acclaim and high praise within the gaming community. The game features a massive and expansive open world, unique real-time battle mechanics and the ability to warp about. The latest installment of the Xeno series is no slouch, and shows just what could have been accomplished on the Wii console. Since Nintendo will more than likely halt any production on Wii games in favor of their recently released system, you may have to purchase a WiiU system to find another Nintendo must own game like this, that doesn’t have Mario or Zelda in the title. Xenoblade Chronicles is a must own game for Wii owners, especially those Wii owners that denounce the system in favor of the heavy hitting PS3 and Xbox 360. If you haven’t played this game and want a reason to break out the Wii again, you now have it. Congratulations to Monolith and Nintendo for putting together the Best Wii Exclusive of 2012.
There you have it, Eject Disk Magazine’s Best Wii Exclusive! Now it is time for you to vote on our next Game of the Year Award nominees. The next category is…
Best Sports Game
- Forza Horizon
- NBA 2k13
- Madden 13
- Fifa 13
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Make sure you vote in the comments below. Tell us your thoughts, should other games be listed? Did you not agree with the selections and want to dispute them in a respectable way whilst exuding only the most highest of class? Let us know!