As 2008 comes to a close, we at WiiWare World thought it might be time to take a look back at a handful of the best WiiWare titles released in 2008. Below you'll find five titles that we consider to be the best the service has to offer so far and games that are worth every single Wii Point they cost.
5. Art Style: Orbient (Nintendo)
The Art Style titles really came out of nowhere and with little to no fanfare, yet they've been extremely well-received on the WiiWare service. While it was tough for us to choose only one of the three Art Style releases so far, we felt Orbient was the most playable title and being the first release in the series, it was the biggest surprise for us personally. Combining a very basic graphical style with an extremely simple and intuitive control scheme, the game proves the old adage that sometimes less is more.
Art Style - Orbient review
4. Toki Tori (Two Tribes)
The original Toki Tori became a cult classic on the Game Boy Color system, so fans were quite happy to see Two Tribes bring out a new version of the game on the WiiWare service. The game's combination of platforming and puzzle action makes it a perfect fit for the service and the reasonable price tag adds even more appeal to the package. There might be a large number of puzzle titles available for the WiiWare service, but Toki Tori is easily one of the better ones.
Toki Tori review
3. LostWinds (Frontier)
Although LostWinds was one of the first titles made available on the WiiWare service, it remains one of the most popular and respected titles to date. We've even seen quite a few WiiWare developers point to the title as being their favorite. The game offers up beautiful visuals and a soothing, almost hypnotic musical score not to mention one of the best platforming experiences the WiiWare service has to offer. The game has been criticized for its overly short length, but we're hoping that Frontier remedies that small gripe with the sequel.
2. Mega Man 9 (Capcom)
Capcom took Mega Man fans on a trip back to the 8-bit era with the release of their Mega Man 9 title on the WiiWare service. Not only did the game feature all of the classic Mega Man game play found in the NES releases, it also featured the 8-bit graphics and sound to go along with it. As if all of this retro gaming goodness wasn't enough, Capcom even saw to it that every bit of brutal difficulty found in the original releases was left intact for this new WiiWare release. In fact, we might even go so far as to say that this is the most difficult of all the Mega Man releases. Couple all of this with some interesting downloadable content and you have what is one of the most well-rounded and enjoyable WiiWare releases to date.
Mega Man 9 review
1. World of Goo (2D Boy)
This pick was pretty much a foregone conclusion and anyone that's seen the heaping helping of praise that World of Goo has garnered shouldn't be at all surprised that this was our #1 pick of 2008. World of Goo is not only the best WiiWare release so far, it's also one of the best Nintendo Wii game releases period. The game uses a very quirky art style and some rather catchy musical tracks to carry the mood of the game along, but it's the simple, yet unbelievably addictive game play, that keeps gamers coming back for more. World of Goo might be one of the most expensive WiiWare releases out there, but as anyone that's played the game will tell you, it's worth every single penny.
World of Goo review
Well you've read our Top 5 WiiWare titles of 2008. Now we'd like to hear what you have to say. And feel free to be as pithy and condescending as you'd like to be. We can take it.