Archives: Top 10 Wiiware games, the list

Originally published in August 2010
Simon Nguyen

When Nintendo first introduced Wiiware as the Wii console’s digital distribution service, the chief aim was to provide a platform where developers can release small-budget games with limited financial liabilities. Since there are serious technical constraints imposed by the service, the hope is that this will force developers to be more creative with their titles creating a lineup of highly unique games. More than two years and hundreds of Wiiware titles later, the service has been a success though not resoundingly. Here are the top Wiiware games:

1) World of Goo

If you are looking for an inventive Wiiware game, World of Goo is the definite choice. The award-winning title offers some of the most unique video gaming experiences. In the game, the player uses Goo balls to build different types of structures like bridges and towers to reach the objective. The physics in this game are astoundingly good and the game play, while may sound simple, is both challenging and satisfying. The best thing about this game is probably its visuals. It is amazing how the developer was able to create one of the most visually impressive Wii titles, even with the file size limit in place.

2) Tetris Party 

Most versions of the famed Tetris puzzle game have been single-player experiences. In Tetris Party, game developer Hudson has decided to put the spotlight on the multiplayer experience by including a number of well-designed multiplayer and co-op modes. Players can compete against up to 4 players locally, challenge up to 6 players online, or work with a friend to conquer marathon Tetris puzzles. The game also supports the Wii Balance Board and online high scores.

3) Pokémon Rumble 

The Pokémon series is primarily a hand-held game. There have been several Pokémon console games, but most of them have not been successful. Pokémon Rumble, designed for the Wiiware service, is overwhelmingly the most popular Pokémon game on a Nintendo console. The game has been at or near the top of the Wiiware bestselling chart since its debut, and it is for very good reasons. Rumble features the two elements that have made the Pokémon series legendary—collecting and battling. In the game, the player controls one of several Pokémon as he battles mini armies of the lovable creatures and collects new Pokémon in the process. Once a stage is clear, the player advances to the Battle Dome where his Pokémon will brawl with other powerful Pokémon to stake claim to the title of champion.

4) LostWinds (original) / LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias

With a doubt, Frontier’s LostWinds is the best looking game on the Wiiware service. The game’s environment is vibrant, and its art is noteworthy. Additionally, both the music score (which gives a true oriental feel) and the storyline are fantastic. In the game, the player uses a variety of wind abilities to assist the main character Toku in his adventure-filled journey. The developer recently released a sequel titled LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias.

5) Bonsai Barber

At a first glance, one may think that the title is meant to be funny rather than to truly reflect the game’s content. Well, the truth is otherwise. The game is exactly what its name indicates; this title is about bonsai barbering. In the game, the player plays the role of a barber and your task is to give each of the bonsais a perfect haircut. While the premise sounds overly simplistic, the game play is reasonably challenging and strangely addictive. There are many barbering tools at one’s disposal, but only a true master can perform the task to perfection. This is one of the most unique Wiiware titles to date, and a real gem if you are willing to take a chance on it.

Other top Wiiware titles include Art of Balance (6), Bomberman Blast (7), Dive: The Medes Islands Secret (8), My Aquarium series (9), and Rage of the Gladiator (10).

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