BIT.TRIP COMPLETE combines all the beat-based WiiWare releases into a single compilation with extras thrown in for good measure, and delivers one of the most entertaining experiences on Wii. Commander Video's retro style never goes out of fashion, and this package still feels fresh all these years later.
Another awkward transition to the TV screen for a game which began life on a handheld, we wouldn't recommend playing the WiiWare version of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations these days — besides the fact that you can no longer access the Wii Shop, there are too many excellent alternative ways to play. This port really should have included pointer controls, but even given its sloppy presentation on Wii, the base game is still pretty ace.
A Wii port of the 2002 GameCube remake featuring new controls, Resident Evil (or Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil to give its full title) provides what we came to expect from Wii re-releases of previous gen titles: a more accessible, incrementally improved control experience with box art that's a bit rubbish. Just concentrate on the horror of the game rather than the horror of the box and you're golden.
While Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is arguably the best way to play Monster Hunter Tri, the original game is still an impressive piece of software from Capcom. It's something of a slow-burn, and certainly a daunting challenge if this is your first hunt, but the old-school monster hunting magic is in this game's DNA regardless of platform. If you have the fortitude to persevere through the first few hours, you'll find out why this series has only gone from strength to strength over the past decade.
A foul-mouthed, gorily stylised 'lightgun' shooter in the B-movie mould, The House of the Dead: Overkill has its tongue impaled through its cheek and is best served with buckets of popcorn. It's yet another slice of mature entertainment on that most family-friendly of consoles, and further proof that the breadth of genres found in Wii's software library was second to none.
There are plentiful ways to enjoy Cave Story these days, and none of them are bad. The WiiWare version will be mighty difficult to get hold of if you don't already own it and have it downloaded (the Wii Shop is no longer in operation), but regardless of where or how you play this indie platforming gem, it comes heartily recommended, and the WiiWare version was a winner.
A gorgeous, low-stress game that transports Kirby into a world of fabric and thread, Kirby's Epic Yarn was the first of Good-Feel's material-based platformers and is arguably still the best. We adore it, and anyone who says it's lacking in challenge is correct... but missing the point entirely. Kirby's Epic Yarn is one of the most joyous and creative games on Wii, or indeed any platform.
Before the sublime Rayman Legends, there was the sublime Rayman Origins. A 2D platformer par excellence (as they say in Ubisoft's homeland), the limbless wonder always had an impressive heritage in the platforming genre, but this arguably raised him up alongside the invention and beauty of Nintendo's own offerings — perhaps even higher if you ask players who aren't fans of Super Mario's 'New' adventures.
We've got a very soft spot for Excite Truck, and this sequel — which was never made available in PAL regions — upped the ante with a slightly more playful take on 4x4 racing, with animal-themed 'bots adding a bit more personality to proceedings. We Europeans are still sore that we never got Excitebots: Trick Racing, and along with Nintendo's other racing franchises, we hold out hope we'll see it (again) in some form in the future.
World of Goo is a masterful game which marries addictive physics-based puzzling with a fun gooey aesthetic and some biting social commentary to produce one of the best ever games on Wii or whatever system it appears on. This special game was a 10 then, it's a 10 now, and it shall always remain a 10; just spectacularly good.