Wednesday, January 06, 2010

New Super Mario Bros. Wii: One of my favorite Wii games of 2009

I know what you're thinking: What a shocker! I mean, what blogger/critic/journalist/poet/writer hasn't placed Mario's latest two-dimensional romp through the Mushroom Kingdom at the top of his/her "best Wii game of 2009" list?

As much as I hate bandwagons (they're so bumpy!), I have to take a seat on this one. Sure, New Super Mario Bros. Wii isn't a perfect game, but it is a perfectly fun game. In fact, it's the funnest game I've played in a very long time.

That alone is enough for me to declare New Super Mario Bros. Wii my favorite Wii game of 2009. Yes, other aspects of the title--its charming and colorful graphics, its nostalgia-laden levels, its maniacal multiplayer mode--are worthy of adoration and praise, too, but all of them pale in comparison to its imitable "fun factor."

Since I have so little to say about New Super Mario Bros. Wii, why don't I share my thoughts on the games that nearly topped my "best of 2009" list?

Little King's Story--Yoshirou Kimura, the mastermind behind the bat-shit crazy Chulip, also made this simulation-slash-RPG, so you know it's a little weird and a lot wonderful. (Or maybe a lot weird and a lotter wonderful? You know what I mean.) It's also cute, charming and compelling--and well worth its (current) $43.19 price of admission.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade--button-mashing action RPGs really aren't my bag, baby, but I'll make an exception for Muramasa. Why? Well, for starters, the graphics are amazing. Actually, they're more than that--they're what I imagine heaven would look like if heaven was a two-dimensional video game created by the folks at Vanillaware. Second (and third, I guess), the game sounds and plays like a dream. A wet dream. A wet dream you experience over and over and over again, until you're completely wiped out. At least, that's what it's like for me.

Wii Sports Resort--This sequel/spin-off/whateveryouwannacallit to Wii Sports certainly is a steal. It includes 12 (yes, 12) different "sports," for crying out loud! The funny thing is, you'll probably only care about half of them--if that. It won't matter, though, because you'll really care about the half you care about. (You're following me, right?) For me, the "sports" (sorry, I can't help but use quotes here) that make this title worth the moolah: air sports, archery, frisbee, swordplay and table tennis.


Viewtiful_Justin said...

I've been almost buying Little King's Story for a while now. I think it's on my wish list...but really, that game is MADE for me. The japanese aesthetic really turns me on, but I got turned off by bad reviews. Maybe I'll have to check it out anyway.

And NSMBWii is, hands down, the most fun I've ever had with another person while still keeping my pants on. Seriously. AMAZING. It doesn't matter if I'm playing with my boyfriend or 3 teenaged girls, there's so much screaming, shouting, laughing, and fun that I'd gladly play it with anyone.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Little King's Story really is great. It's too bad Wii owners all over the world seem to have ignored it. Oh, well, more copies for the rest of us, I guess :)

Muramasa got bad reviews? I didn't know that. I should read some to see why they didn't like it. I could see it becoming a bit repetitive, I guess.

You know what? I have yet to play NSMBW with anyone other than myself! Guess I have to invite some game-lovin' friends over soon :)