Infendo staffers reveal their favorite Wii games

Breaking news! A muck-raker has infiltrated Infendo headquarters and exposed the dark secrets of its dedicated, mysterious staffers. Grotesque horror! Unspeakable greed! Scandalous scandals!

Not really. But we are dishing on our favorite Wii games. Exposed!

Blake says:

5. Elebits
4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
3. World of Goo
2. Wii Sports
1. Super Mario Galaxy

Those are the games I’ve played the most so far and/or was delighted most by them.

David says:

In no particular order, World Of Goo shows us what WiiWare is truly capable of. Super Mario Galaxy shows us what the Wii was designed to do. Mario Kart Wii puts a new spin on the classic series with an awesome online mode. Guitar Hero World Tour is flabbergastingly brilliant, from song selection to execution, plus DLC makes this one incredible. And Boom Blox is fun to play and easy to get into, but features great replayability and cooperative teamwork.

Jack says:

5. Lost Winds
4. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
3. Super Mario Galaxy
2. World of Goo
1. Wii Sports

I’m also troubled that no other title has the longevity of Wii Sports. It just goes to show how incredible this game is and how much it did with what the industry would describe as “so little.” Friends still want to play this one after a night out, and I saw the guys on Entourage playing it last Sunday, so it must still be cool. Lost Winds and World of Goo made the list easily, because they play best with an IR pointer and really show other developers what’s going to be possible with WiiWare. Galaxy makes the list because it really was built as soundly as any Mario title I’ve played, even if it didn’t really offer up anything revolutionary beyond gravity effects (which were actually in Ratchet and Clank first, if I recall correctly). Finally, the bittersweet addition of Zack and Wiki, which I was hoping would revive the point-and-click adventure title of yesteryear but so far has not done so.

Jake says:

5. Super Mario Galaxy
4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
3. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
2. Wii Sports
1. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

I find myself amused that after two years, not a single revolutionary motion-sensing title has stood up to Wii Sports. Brawl and Guitar Hero are usually the first games played by visiting friends and family, but within an hour, everyone is back to playing a round of bowling. Metroid Prime 3 has to be one of the most underrated games of this generation. It bursts forth with enough exceptional art design and brilliant level layout to punch the air out of a Halo campaign any day. Finally, Twilight Princess is one of those games that I can pick up and lose myself in. It’s simply an epic masterpiece.

Derek says:

5. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
4. Okami
3. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
2. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
1. Super Mario Galaxy

Zack and Wiki is addictive, consuming and ruthlessly fun on Wii. A brilliant, Nintendo-esque adventure game, Okami is the best game no one has ever played. I’ve never agreed with the criticisms of Twilight Princess, which has better bosses, more atmosphere, sharper control and better combat than any of Link’s 3D adventures. Samus Aran has never controlled as well as she does on Wii, making Corruption an absolute joy. Mario Galaxy is the quintessential Wii experience.

Will says:

5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
4. WarioWare: Smooth Moves
3. Super Paper Mario
2. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
1. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

I excluded Super Mario Galaxy not because of its unique wonderment, beautiful graphics or enchanting story, but because of the way it reuses previous stage designs and mechanics. Whenever I play a Mario game, I am looking for something new. Of course you have the spin move, but Galaxy removes the punch-and-kick combos you could use against normal enemies. Now you have to spin and then try to jump on their heads in 3D, as if that was not already hard enough with the gravity mechanics. Another thing that bugged me was how halfway through the game, they ran out of world ideas and actually flipped a planet and changed its color scheme. As a game designer, I would never reuse a stage the player has previously been to.

Sean says:

5. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
4. Mario Kart Wii
3. Tetris Party
2. World of Goo
1. Mega Man 9

Mario Kart Wii’s motion controls pulled me out of the waggle-fest blues. My top three titles are all WiiWare because even though I love my discs, I think downloadable content is the way of the future. Infendo’s love for World of Goo is no secret, and I have a great admiration for the two-man team behind it. Mega Man 9 made me feel like a kid again, and that’s worth my number one spot.

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