Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Awesome Wii Games from 2011

2011 has not been kind to the Nintendo Wii, and more so than usual, the system has been plagued by shovelware. However, here are the 10 best games from 2011!

de Blob 2de Blob 2 Wii box

Metacritic: 79

Average price: $17.83

Effectively utilizing the Wii’s motion controls, de Blob 2 proves that third-party publishers can make good games for the Wii.

THQ kept most of the formula of de Blob but expanded on it. In other words, it’s the typical video-game sequel: the same, but  better.

Set in a grey world, players control de Blob as he bounces onto color pallets and returns beauty to his world. Players will use all-new abilities to clear areas of enemies.

As players color the city, new areas are opened and new missions become available.

Just Dance 3 Wii box artJust Dance 3

Metacritic: 75

Average price: $36.98

The biggest dance game on the shelves right now is easily the Just Dance games. Ubisoft’s party game flies off the shelves.

Although JD3 is available for other systems, the franchise started on the Wii, and it keeps a strong showing.

The Wii remotes track a player’s movements as she tries to match the dancers on the screen. Players can dance alone, in pairs, or competitively with up to three other players.

The visual aesthetic features near silhouettes dancing on the screen to a huge set of songs, including B.o.B’s “Airplanes,” Katy Perry’s “California Girls,” Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous,” and more.

Kirby's Return to Dreamland box artKirby’s Return to Dreamland

Metacritic: 80

Average price: $49.98

Kirby’s Epic Yarn was a drastic change of the Kirby formula. While critics enjoyed it, fans hated it.

Fortunately, Nintendo didn’t turn its back on the pink hero, and Kirby’s Return to Dreamland is also a return to the traditional formula and look.

Kirby navigates multi-pathed stages, inhaling obstacles and enemies and either spitting them out as a short-ranged projectile or swallowing them to absorb their powers.

For the first time in the serious, multiplayer allows other players to control Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, and King Dedede.

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword box artLegend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Metacritic: 93

Average price: $53.58 (most retailers sell for $50)

As a final farewell to the Nintendo Wii, Link takes to the skies in this action adventure.

Pushing the console to its limits, Skyward Sword requires a Wii Motion Plus controller.

In this single-player adventure, players will navigate various floating islands, explore dungeons, and save the world from plunging into the sea below. Players will spend hours on this physical game, searching every nook and cranny for items and power-ups.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Wii box artLEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

Metacritic: 73

Average price: $37.98

Taking the films and throwing them into one game sounds like a terrible idea, unless it’s TT Games.

Players navigate each film in several episodic levels, collecting studs, minikits, and characters. After playing through the story, players can play the same stages with any characters in the Freeplay mode to find hidden areas and collectibles.

However, the LEGO games have not changed their formula much since LEGO Star Wars, and some players are getting bored with the same game with new levels and characters.

LEGO Star Wars IIII: The Clone Wars Wii box artLEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

Metacritic: 76

Average price: $19.92

As mentioned above, TT Games have not changed the LEGO formula much since their first game. However, the third entry in the LEGO Star Wars franchise did get a pretty huge gameplay update.

Yes, players still collect studs, collectibles, and characters, but in this game, players competed for territory. Almost like a real-time strategy, players get an on-going experience with this game as the Republic and the Separatists battle back and forth for planets.

Based on the Cartoon Network TV show, the look is far different from the other LEGO Star Wars games, but is that a bad thing?

Madden NFL 12 Wii box coverMadden NFL 12

Metacritic: 75

Average price: $47.47

Truth be told, sports games have never been my thing, especially when the sport in question is monopolized by one publisher.

However, EA does everything it can to prove that it deserves its exclusive NFL license.

Madden NFL 12 is the most perfect game released to date. However, the Wii gets the shaft in comparison to the other consoles. Still, for fans of the NFL, this Christmas gift will get players ready for the Super Bowl.

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Wii box artRune Factory: Tides of Destiny

Metacritic: 78

Average price: $42.48

Natsume published a solid Japanese RPG. Players navigate towns and dungeons and try to save the world from some evil.

However, the game features a highly active battle system, solid graphics and voice acting, and allows players a farming mechanic, much like Harvest Moon.

It’s a love-it-or-hate-it game, but for players who enjoy slightly convoluted RPGs, this game will not disappoint.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters Wii box artTiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters

Metacritic: 85

Average price: $29.54

Tiger Woods may not be the golfer he was, but EA still puts together solid golf games in his name.

This year’s game feels like a swan song to the Tiger Woods franchise with the largest set of courses and a character creation tool to allow players to work from the bottom and fight to the top.

Using the Wii remote like a golf clud, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters is a solid experience that makes golf fun, something that Woods himself could not do throughout his whole career.

You Don't Know Jack Wii box artYou Don’t Know Jack

Metacritic: 81

Average price: $22.65

As the most mature game on this list, You Don’t Know Jack is best enjoyed with friends.

In a perfect world, a group of adults will get together, make a few drinks, and play this game. The game promises irreverent humor, and for teens through adults, this game shocks and entertains.

It would probably be best not to play this around Mom, though. She might blush.


About Ben Davis

Ben writes for KWCR 88.1 Weber FM, Studio 76, the Signpost, and and can be contacted on Twitter (@GameTaffyBen) or at!

Posted on December 2, 2011, in Holiday Shopping Lists, IMHO and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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