With Wii retail games now slowly making their way to the Wii U eShop for download, we kicked off a list of 20 games we hope to see make it to the store. In part one we listed our first 10, which included some likely releases and those that may have sketchier prospects. As the title suggests, however, they're all games that we hope will make it.
Before we kick off our second half of the list, let's confirm those that - at the time of writing - have already been confirmed by Nintendo.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 (out now)
- Donkey Kong Country Returns (out now in Europe)
- Punch-Out!! (out now in North America, coming soon to Europe)
- Metroid Prime Trilogy (29th January)
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land (coming soon / Europe)
- Pandora's Tower (coming soon / Europe)
- Sin & Punishment: Star Successor / Successor of the Skies (coming soon / Europe)
Before we reveal our final 10, let's work through some honourable mentions. For starters, special nods should go to A Boy and His Blob and NBA Jam, which narrowly missed out, while in the interests of variety we left out some highly enjoyable on-rails shooters - such as Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and Dead Space: Extraction. We've also left out three games simply due to the fact there are newer, better versions already available - Super Smash Bros. Brawl is an obvious example due to its Wii U successor. Rayman Origins - a fantastic game - was also on our original list, but we decided to give others the limelight as 40 Origins stages are available (in HD) in Rayman Legends, its brilliant sequel which can be found at budget prices. We've also left out New Super Mario Bros. Wii, again because of its equivalent release on Wii U and the fact we want to highlight other, less appreciated games - we'd bet good money NSMB. Wii will pop up, in any case.
Looking across that list, and more besides, it's evident just how many top-notch games are there to be enjoyed in the Wii library.
That's enough pre-amble though, let's get to the second half of our list.
The Fire Emblem franchise has - in the West at least - been most commonly associated with portable gaming, yet this entry on the Wii showed that it's a formula that can work on a home console. It didn't fly off shelves, unfortunately, but following the success of Fire Emblem: Awakening, confirmation of another 3DS entry and the arrival of Game Boy Advance releases on the Wii U Virtual Console, we wouldn't bet against this one having another chance to shine.
We doubt Xenoblade Chronicles is on the agenda due to its upcoming New Nintendo 3DS port and Wii U sequel, but The Last Story would join Pandora's Tower as a welcome arrival. A dramatic storyline, a large world and set of environments to explore, along with production values that pushed the Wii at release - this has plenty to offer. We'd love to see Hironobu Sakaguchi's memorable tale arrive for a fresh audience.
This was one of a small band of games that pushed a very mature angle and suffered from rapidly plummeting value, often sitting in pre-owned stacks for a few bucks. This typically bombastic effort from Platinum Games sports a unique black and white aesthetic, only diversified by splats of red blood. Exceptionally violent and with dark humour, its cartoonish approach encourages you to find ever more creative ways to vanquish your foes; certainly not for everyone, but would provide variety on the eShop.
This arcade football / soccer title from Next Level Games offered some improvements over its GameCube predecessor; if you're unfamiliar with the concept, it's pretty much football with a hint of Smash Bros. and a dash of Mario Kart items. It's silly but fun, though any Wii U release will likely be lacking the online play courtesy of the Wii's connectivity being disabled last year; ideally Nintendo would setup fresh online servers, but don't hold your breath.
This Wii entry / remake / spin-off certainly divided opinion, but we took a liking to this effort from Konami. At the time it boasted admirable visuals - by Wii standards - and slick use of the Wii Remote pointer to control a torch. With a focus on survival and running in fear, along with elements of psychological profiling that tweak the experience, this is a clever effort that we'd like to explore once again.
The Paper Mario franchise has been a regular on Nintendo's systems since the Nintendo 64, with Paper Mario: Sticker Star on 3DS being the first portable entry. This Wii title was Mario's first full adventure on the system, and utilised the hardware to offer perspective shifts from 2D to 3D, a clever effect albeit with some bare spaces in the greater space of three dimensions. There are some neat ideas here, not to mention a lengthy adventure to keep us busy for many hours.
Rather like MadWorld this brings an 18 rating, with a huge amount of swearing and that ending. Mad conclusion aside this is an on-rails shooter bursting with personality, mimicking a B-movie with awful dialogue, comical cuts and 'edits', along with a flickering, grainy visual style. Plenty of fun, especially in co-op, and would bring a dose of M-rated madness to the eShop.
This gem of a 2D action platformer from Vanillaware has subsequently received a HD remake on other systems, but the hand-drawn visuals nevertheless still look stunning on Wii. A visual joy, it also has some intriguing mechanics to level-up and manage swords, with a combat system that's a little more complicated than it initially seems. A niche release when it originally arrived, the download store is arguably a more natural home.
It's a pity that this hit the West towards the end of the Wii's lifespan, when Nintendo itself was moving on and ditching development on the last-gen system. The quirky art style and hugely entertaining music-based gameplay combined for one of the most high-tempo and bizarre experiences to be played on a TV. It's all the better for it, too.
This squeaked onto our list on the basis that - within Nintendo Life HQ - we've often bemoaned the move to release Wii Sports Club instead of this more diverse, interesting follow-up. Released as a showcase for MotionPlus, it features a range of activities across Wuhu Island, kicking off with an exhilarating sky-jump and moving onto activities such as sword fighting and jet-ski racing. A lot of fun with a group, Nintendo could make up for its failure - so far - to give it the HD treatment by popping it on the eShop at an affordable price.
There you have it, 20 Wii games we'd love to see available for download on the Wii U eShop. Vote for your favourite three from our line-up in the poll below, and share your views in the comments - even if you want to tell us how wrong we are!