Top FIve Nintendo Wii Games of Spring 2008

The Nintendo Wii is living it large right now. Not only is it the best selling system on the market, it was also the exclusive home to the two best games of the last two years: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) and Super Mario Galaxy (2007). We won’t need to wait long for another masterpiece with Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the way in the spring. Nintendo’s mascot fighter and four other top games will keep your Nintendo Wii busy in the coming months and beyond. Here are the top five Nintendo Wii games for the spring.

5. Boom Blox
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Developer: Electronic Arts, Release Date: May, ESRB Rating: RP
Coming from the mastermind of Steven Spielberg, Boom Blox is a physic-based puzzle game that satiates our desire to build and destroy blocks. The game will not only feature more than 300 levels but it will also include a level editor in addition to the ability to share custom levels online. Using the Wii Remote in new imaginative ways such as head-tracking, Boom Blox is looking to be one of the most original games in recent years.

4. Wii Fit
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Nintendo, Release Date: May 19, ESRB Rating: RP
Nintendo created a phenomenon with Wii Sports. They will create another frenzy with Wii Fit. Just as Wii Sports was used to sell the Wii Remote, Wii Fit will be used to sell the Wii Balance Board. This special board not only reads your weight but also your balance and sensitivity, creating a new and unique gameplay experience in the process. Although it is a mini-game compilation, Wii Fit may end being the best party game if the year.
3. Bully: Scholarship Edition
Publisher: Rockstar Games, Developer: Rockstar Games, Release Date: March 3, ESRB Rating: T
Despite the initial controversy, Bully went on to achieved critical and commercial success thanks to the witty writing and open world sandbox gameplay (it was from the same company that brought you the Grand Theft Auto series after all). The port to the Nintendo Wii adds even more content to an already deep game. Despite the great success, Bully getting get all the attention it deserved when it was released on the Playstation 2. Hopefully, the Nintendo Wii version can be more successful.

2. Okami
Publisher: Capcom, Developer: Clover Studio/Ready at Dawn Studios, Release Date: March 25, ESRB Rating: T
Like Bully, Okami never got the attention that it warranted. The Playstation 2 adventure title gave the legendary Zelda series a run for its money with its great brush art and creative puzzles. Despite great critical response, the game sold badly and the developer was closed down soon afterwards. One’s loss is anther’s gain. Nintendo Wii fans have been anticipating the idea of using the Wii Remote to draw the brush strokes ever since Okami was revealed. They will finally get their chance to play this instant classic in the spring.

1. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Publisher: Nintendo, Developer: Nintendo, Release Date: March 9, 2006, ESRB Rating: T
What more could be said? After being delayed not once but twice, the wait is finally over when Super Smash Bros. Brawl comes out for the Nintendo Wii this spring. 35 characters (including the inclusion of third-party ones: Solid Snake and Sonic), numerous modes including online play and custom stages and an abundant of unlockables, Super Smash Bros. Brawl makes other games look like a rip-off with its second-to-none offerings. No Nintendo Wii fans should miss this game since it is basically one big celebration of all things Nintendo. Just like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in 2006 and Super Mario Galaxy in 2007, Super Smash Bros. Brawl will be the game to get in 2008.

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