Welcome to the future of a distant past that – to me at least – still feels reasonably contemporary.
In 2018, more than ten years after the release of the Nintendo Wii, and after the release of the Switch, we here at Mediatings are going to ask of the games that graced that system… Wii are they now?
Full credit for this amazing series title goes to Adam
There’s a bunch of games that I always wanted to play for the Wii, and several that I own that I never finished. In this series, I’m going to play these old Wii games, and then write about them.
To me, the Wii isn’t really a retro console, even though it basically is. Let’s go back to 2011. At that time, I was still playing through Mario Galaxy 2. Mario Kart Wii, Smash Bros Brawl (and of course, Wii Sports) were the go-to party games of the time for my friends and I. I had just picked up Mad World at a second hand store, and was looking forward to playing Zelda: Skyward Sword when it released in Australia in early 2012.
Then in late 2011, I went to work overseas for ten weeks. Those initial ten weeks turned into six years.
In those six years the life cycles of the PS3 and Xbox 360 more-or-less ended with the releases of the PS4 and the XBone, which are now old enough to be getting significant revisions/re-releases. I entirely missed the life-cycle of the Wii U, which always seemed too expensive for a system that wasn’t getting a lot of support.
While consoles pretty much passed me by in my time away, I did keep up with gaming mainly through Steam. Now I’m home in Australia, I want to refamiliarise myself with these historic Wii artifacts, if only out of a sense of nostalgia (and of course, the bitter criticism that we all love to indulge in with the things we love!)
Here are some of the questions Ii wiill bii exploriing wiith thiis seriies:
- Do the Mario Galaxy games hold up as initially-mind-bending and consistently excellent 3D platforming games? Especially post Mario Odyssey?
- Was The Conduit really as graphically good-looking as an Xbox 360 or PS3 game, as it initially claimed it would be?
- Is Metroid Other M as awful as I remember it, and even if so, worth a complete play-through?
- How was the Goldeneye remake? What about the new Donkey Kong Country game?
- Was the Cooking Mama fandom ironic, or is there something going on with that?
- Is Skyward Sword deserving of the dismissive retrospective reviews it receives nowadays?
- What about the Wii Motion Plus peripheral and all those supposedly excellent games that no-one really played? Red Steel 2 and Wii Sports Resort?
It’s going to be fun.