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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Is Your Wii Dusty? Well, Get That Windex Bottle Ready!

A general rule of thumb in the video game industry is that the #1 selling system will receive the most attention from software developers. As the Wii is essentially obliterating the PS3 and Xbox 360, it should be home to most major game releases, right? Thus far, not exactly.

A common criticism of the Wii is its lack of not only hardcore games, but quality games. I kind of disagree with the no-quality argument -- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy, Wii Sports and Mario Kart Wii are all excellent games -- but there's definitely a paucity of games geared towards the serious player. Yet it really looks like that's changing.

The release schedule in the coming months for the Wii is more impressive than perhaps it has ever been. Sega's House of the Dead: Overkill, a super-violent, profanity-laden lightgun game was just released, and has garnered much praise. MadWorld, another bloody Sega offering, looks insane with its over-the-top kills and Sin City-esque art style. The Conduit will possibly be Wii's first quality first-person shooter, something that could be really fantastic with the Wiimote. And finally, Ghostbusters, which we saw at Comic Con, uses the Wiimote to control your proton pack gun and the nunchuk to throw the trap, seemed like it might be more fun than its PS3 and 360 big brothers.

The moral, Wii faithful? Don't lose hope! Things are looking up for the Wii in the coming months.

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