The Wii’s life cycle is drawing to a close, but before we move onto its successor, we first need to take the last few journeys with its last few flourishes: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a big one, and there are some other incredible choices to pack in before you think about packing your Wii away for the upcoming Wii U. I’ve got another game you can add to your list: one of Yuji Naka’s creations at that. No, it’s not a Sonic game, and you might actually be surprised at its subject matter. It’s a fishing game. Yes, one of the late and great additions to the Wii library isn’t from an established franchise or a great platformer. It’s called Fishing Resort, and at first glance seems much more like shovelware you wouldn’t give a second look.
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As the Wii rapidly nears the end of its life cycle, one would think it should be expected to finish strong with some memorable licenses or at least new installments of familiar ones. Well, there’s a little of that, but mostly a lot more of what the Wii has become famous for over the past few years: minigames with waggle in mind. Go Vacation falls into this category, and with lofty aspirations to turn the whole of your living room into that of the quintessential family vacation. It’s a family-friendly idea on an even family-friendlier console, but one that falls victim to most of the pitfalls beleaguering most minigame collections. You might actually need a vacation from Go Vacation, after it’s all said and done.
Dance games have become a dime a dozen these days. And for good reason. They’re great diversions for parties or get-togethers, and it’s simple to jump in and get your groove on. With the rise of motion control, however, games such as Just Dance have risen astronomically in popularity – despite the precision and training available in the impeccably great Dance Central, the “budget” pricing and feel of Ubisoft’s franchise has simply seen more success. Now the sensation has made a home on the Xbox 360 with Kinect (and to a lesser extent, the PS3 with Move support) with Just Dance 3, bringing what felt like little more than a dance simulator (loose movement judging, lazy “gameplay”, etc) into the future with more rigid scoring and a broader range of top 40 hits.
There are several examples of enjoyable shovelware out there, but Jerry Rice and Nitus Dog Football isn’t one of them. While it’s friendly enough and offers a variety of modes for the discerning dog football player, in the end it’s just another bark in the wall when it comes to the Wii’s end-of-life cycle.
Grab all your friends, turn your speakers up, and grab the alcohol if you’re shy. You’re gonna need all the courage you can get for Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3. While hanging around the Konami booth waiting to check out some of our scheduled games, I hopped in a sound-proof box to belt out a song or two. Turns out I could only play through one song, as we had to run to check out NeverDead, but from my brief stint with the third installment (already?) of the series, I learned two things: Glee ruined “Time Warp,” and though their intonation and pieces of the song were different than the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show version, I still managed to score pretty decently.