So first I was gonna do my personal Top 10 Wii games, but we all know how that would turn out. Metroid Prime Trilogy, Galaxy 1, Galaxy 2 on top. And that's just no fun. And DKCR had to be in there, etc ... so instead I decided to do a third party only list! Hopefully it's more interesting!
I should note, every game on this list is an instant buy for me. Also, no WiiWare.
Who doesn't love the Rabbids? They're undeniably cool characters, way more interesting than that lame-o Rayman ever was. The downside, you had to sit through lame (they're well made, but I don't like the genre) party games if you wanted to enjoy them. That is, until Rabbids Go Home. This instead is an adventure/platformer/racer/katamari/Rabbid game. Yes. It's very fun because BWAAAAAAAAAAAAH
A fun game with a cool concept and a great soundtrack. The idea of going around solving challenges for points and time was way more fun than I thought it would be. It just has undeniable charm. Waggle to jump is so lame, though.
Disney Epic Mickey
This game is pretty damn cool. Orbital clearly had a "pure platforming bliss" overload prior to this game and couldn't enjoy it. Yes, there are some control issues, but the game more than makes up for it in its style and atmosphere. Love the art style and love the music.
This is a GAME. Such an original concept, such fun gameplay mechanics. Especially the spider. Its IR controls for combat and exploration are something else. Yes, the brawling could get a bit repetitive, but the game actually had a lot more exploration than some people cared to admit. It even had some Metroid stuff going on where you could go back to previous levels and find new stuff once you got new power ups. Unfortunately, it wasn't integral to the main gameplay like in Metroid.
(is there even any music in this? LOL)
The House of the Dead Overkill
Fuck, man. This is one hell of a motherfucking game. Shooting goddamn zombies was never this fun. It's a bit short, but HOT DAMN is it sweet. My only gripe is they never answered one of the game's main cliffhangers ... what does a brotha have to do to pacify a bitch?
Muramasa The Demon Blade
If you think this game looks ugly, you have something wrong with your eyes and you might want to have them checked. That + the soundtrack for me is already an automatic win for this game. But some folks might not be satisfied with that. That's fine, though, because Muramasa delivers on the gameplay front. It's one fine action game, even if it's a bit simple. It never grew old to me. The bosses are ridiculously cool, too.
A lot of people didn't like this game and I can't understand why. I had a blast from beginning to end. It's an incredibly polished, incredibly fun game. It's so over the top ... the little details like VROOOOOM coming out of your chainsaw when you used it and the commentators made me love this game so much. And it's got a style all its own
Killed with a caution sign, that's kind of ironic. How is it ironic? Oh, did I say ironic? I meant fucking awesome!
No More Heroes 1 & 2
Yes, I'm putting them together. Because it's my list and I can do anything! HA! No, it's because I didn't want to have both games in here cluttering up the list, making me leave out other awesome games. And I just couldn't leave either of these out. You know about these games. They're undeniably stylish and cool.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
This is probably my personal biggest surprise in gaming ever. By far. I just casually picked this up near Christmas of 09 because I wanted something to play and people were saying nice things about it. I was sure I wouldn't enjoy it that much like the PS1 games, but I went with it. WAS I WRONG! This game is done so, so well. They do that fucking cellphone thing where it gets louder as close as you get to the clue and it scares me every time. Nothing like playing this game in the middle of the night. It's scary, seriously. The ice parts were a bit lame but they didn't take hold the game back at all.
RED STEEL 2
This game is incredible. Sure, some folks may be like "but GelatinousEncore, this game doesn't use WiiMotion Plus that well! It just replaces buttons!". Well, my friend whose mind I can read, I don't care. This game never lets go. The pacing is great. The sword is great. The guns are great. The graphics are among the best on the system, no question. The setting is very original. It's a great game and it's incredibly cheap now. Try it out!
Deadly Creatures is a deceptively great game. At least the Tarantula portions were. Some amazing and fun level design there. I would really like a sequel that focuses on the Tarantula portions, scraps the scorpion, and of course a lot less glitches and maybe a new setting. Like Australia, or a jungle in Africa. Lots of potential.
I definitely agree with some of your picks, GelatinousEncore. I've played them all, except for Rabbids Go Home.
MadWorld and Red Steel 2 were incredible experiences, and I don't quite understand the hate they get.
The only one on your list I cannot agree with is Deadly Creatures. The game would have been awesome if it didn't have game-breaking glitches and bugs. Some of the stuff was just awful (like mini-bosses clipping through the ground where they can't be hit).
10. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition 9. Grand Slam Tennis 8. Elebits 7. World of Goo 6. Cave Story 5. Boom Blox (and BB Bash Party) 4. Trauma Team (and Second Opinion and New Blood) 3. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars 2. Red Steel 2 1. Mega Man 9 (and 10)
That list really surprises me. But I think it's accurate to my feelings, after having a look at all the third party Wii games I've played.
And here are the horrible, horrible failures that didn't make the top ten list: BIT.TRIP BEAT BIT.TRIP VOID BIT.TRIP RUNNER The Conduit Deadly Creatures Disney Epic Mickey Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers Geometry Wars: Galaxies GoldenEye 007 Guitar Hero: World Tour Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law LostWinds Madden NFL 07 Madworld Medal of Honor Vanguard Mercury Meltdown Revolution Metal Slug Anthology Muramasa: The Demon Blade Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars Naruto Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 No More Heroes No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Rayman Raving Rabbids Red Steel Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Sonic and the Secret Rings Sonic Colors Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World Virtua Tennis 2009
Alright, I've given it some thought, and I've come up with my own 'Top 10 Favorite 3rd Party Wii Games' list. My criteria isn't so strict. Ports, WiiWare, multi-console... whatever. If it's playable on Wii and *not* developed or published by Nintendo, it's fair game. So here are my picks for my most enjoyable 3rd party games on Nintendo's latest console. Check 'em out.
10.) Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core Plus
I'll tell you guys what. If there's one thing I really enjoy, it's a great 2D fighting game. This game bring that to the table, with rockin' tunes and some very well-animated high-res 2D art. It's really enjoyable - but it is a shame there's no online mode. Still, it remains as one of my most enjoyed 3rd party Wii games.
9.) Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles
This was a surprisingly fun on-rails "light-gun" shooter. The Wii is really overflowing with this genre (and apparently it's not gonna stop anytime soon, thanks to a rumor (confirmation?) for House of the Dead Overkill 2) but this was kind of a stand-out for me. *Very* impressive graphics, improved boss encounters, better presentation overall.... it's really great. In short bursts, anyway.
8.) SSX Blur
This came out early in the Wii's lifetime, and it received mixed reviews. Admittedly, the motion controls have a fairly steep learning curve, and getting "remixed" versions (as well as straight-up 'ports') of old courses is kind of a bummer. But from my personal view, I got this for $30, loved the motion-controls, and really dug the soundtrack. I enjoyed this a little more than SSX: On Tour, which was the game that came out just before this one in the series. It's not as great as SSX3 of course, but it's my second favorite in the series and one of my favorite Wii games.
7.) World of Goo
Ah, one of the first games that really legitimized WiiWare. What can I say about this game that hasn't been said already? Great 2D visuals, haunting soundtrack, great use of the Wii's IR controls, fairly meaty amount of content... still one of the best offerings on Nintendo's download service.
6.) Mega Man 9
Speaking of WiiWare... THIS game freakin' rules! I've been a fan of Mega Man since the NES days (join the club, eh?) and this retro-designed game is just amazing. Super-challenging (especially if you go after those 'Achievements') and pitch-perfect as far as an 8-bit game from yesteryear goes. I've heard the DLC is good too, though I haven't tried it myself.
Confession time: I've actually *not* beat this game on Wii before. My first run-through was on the old PS2. But I've been (re)playing it thanks to the OKAMI CLUB, and I'm pleased to report the game has stood the test of time. At least for me. Clover did a really good job with this "Zelda-clone."
4.) Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
The definitive version of one of the best games of all time. 'Nuff said.
3.) Castlevania: The Adventure - ReBirth
Hey, another WiiWare title! I love me some old-school Castlevania - this series was one of my favorites when I was a kid. This game captures a lot of the same spirit of those old games, while injecting a lot of new stuff, too. Purposely old-school "16-bit" graphics, a remixed soundtrack, tight controls, tons of secrets... this game is good. I keep picking this one up from time to time, it because it captures one of the things the popular "Metroidvania" games really don't IMO; replayability.
2.) Guitar Hero 5
I know, I know. This series has been run into the ground. I'm not gonna argue - it's true. But for me, this is only the third game in the series. And even though it's not exactly the deepest gaming experience, I can't lie about the insane amount of fun I've had with my friends while playing this game. Get a group together, have a few drinks, crank up the sound and just rock out. Sure, it's casual, brainless fun... but when has THAT been a bad thing? The Wii version gets special props from me, since it does some really good stuff, tech-wise. Not only does it match feature-for-feature of the same game on the HD systems, but there are also some Wii-exclusive ones - not in the least of which being "Roadie Battle" which allows you to link up two DS's for some intense multiplayer action. Add in the "always online" feature, transference of tracks from previous entries in the series, and no game-specific Friend Codes, this is the one music game to rule them all. .... or at least it was, until Rock Band 3 came out. But I haven't played that one yet...
1.) Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
And finally, my favorite 3rd party Wii game. Arguably the most bad-ass fighter on the system. A great cast of varied characters, tons of moves and combos, a balanced set of moves, online multiplayer, and some of the Wii's best graphics. This game is so addicting - easily my most-played title on the system. As a fighting game fan, this game is an absolute must-have. Just make sure to use a Classic Controller.
Interesting to note; something I wasn't even aware of: with few exceptions, many of my favorite Wii games from 3rd parties are easy to 'pick-up-and-play', almost arcade-style games.
My (retail) list would be pretty different. Something liiiiike:
8) Tiger Woods To be honest, I didn't play much, but what I did play impressed me, and the series has always been incredibly meaty and content-rich.
7) Okami Yep, it's a Zelda clone. Even though it has some flaws, it also does many things incredibly well. It's sort of the inverse of Twilight Princess.
6) No More Heroes This game is so weird and charming that it won my cold, black heart.
5) Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom Fantastic game. Solid fighting mechanics and quirkiness to spare!
4) Some Trauma game Love these games. They transitioned to pointer control surprisingly well.
3) Boom Blox Single-player... meh. Multi-player - one of the few games with the potential to match Wii Sports' universal appeal. Fun for the whole family.
2) Geometry Wars Galaxies One of the first third-party games that I would recommend without qualification. Tons of content, no corners cut.
1) Monster Hunter Tri Do I really need to evangelize this game more??
...not counting ports that I've played. I liked other games, but I didn't feel that they deserved to be on the list. That said, I haven't really played stuff like Little King's Story, Rune Factory, Silent Hill, MadWorld, etc.
No way I'd place TvC at number 1, but I don't like fighters
That is why you fail! [/Yoda]
Tatsunoko vs Capcom is like the fighting game fan's equivalent of... uh... I guess Black Ops or Halo: Reach for FPS fans. It's like the fighting game fan's equal to the RTS fan's Starcraft II. It's the fighting fan's DragonQuest IX, the equivalent Donkey Kong Country Returns for platformer fans, and stands toe-to-toe with Dead Space 2 for fans of games that feature guns, aliens, and guns shooting aliens. IN SPACE. *nudges carlos with elbow*
For a fighting game fan, this game is beyond awesome. Tournament-level players prefer it over "legendary" games like Marvel vs Capcom 2, which I'm sure you've heard of. I'm kinda sad you don't like it - you're ignoring one of the absolute best 3rd party efforts on Wii. The game even supports *true* widescreen AND 480p! Something not even MadWorld or Monster Hunter Tri can claim.