From cult hits like Grasshopper Manufacture’s No More Heroes to first-party million sellers, the Wii has amassed a large library of superb titles over the past five years. Unfortunately, that long list of great games no longer seems to be growing. In the past few months the Wii has stagnated, showing little sign of impressive software heading toward the launch of the Wii U. Luckily, Gamer Limit has dug up a dozen great-looking Wii titles that have yet to see releases in the United States.
Join us after the break for a naïve wish list of games that will probably never see US releases, but could help the Wii go out in a bang rather than die with a lonely whimper.
Having been in the business for over thirty years now, Nintendo has introduced the world to videogame characters so iconic that they have become household names. But for every Mario out there, there are dozens of supporting characters just waiting to have their chance in the spotlight. Enter Captain Rainbow. D-list Nintendo characters ranging from Punch-Out’s Little Mac to Tracy of Link’s Awakening make appearances in hilariously strange action-adventure game. The game is unique amongst Nintendo’s catalogue for being extremely vulgar, and covering rarely discussed topics in the medium of videogames, such as Birdo’s sexual and gender identity issues.
Zangeki no Reginleiv
Anyone who’s played an Earth Defense Force game will be able to appreciate the series’ stupidly fun gameplay. It just doesn’t get much better than shotgunning a giant alien ant in the face, then taking out a skyscraper with a rocket launcher. With Zangeki no Reginleiv, Sandlot takes the premise behind EDF and inserts it into the Norse mythos, reimagining the tale of Ragnarök. Swap the guns and bugs for swords and giants, and the Dualshock for a Motion-Plus Wii-Remote and get ready to see buckets of blood fly across the screen as you chop off limbs and sever the heads of mythical beasts in this incredibly gory hack and slash title.
Another Code: R
Fans of Trace Memory have been tragically deprived of the Wii sequel to the fantastic DS original. Boasting a wonderful visual style and mystery novel-inspired adventure/puzzle gameplay, the Trace Memory / Another Code series was something new and unique for Nintendo, that was tragically cut down before it had a chance to blossom. The development studio’s recent bankruptcy might not bode well for additional sequels, but Nintendo could actually use its publishing rights to bring Another Code: R to the Americas and let us experience what the Europeans and Japanese have been able to for years now.
Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Fatal Frame IV is the most recent installment in one of the most acclaimed survival horror series in the industry. Moreover, the title was developed, in-part, by the acclaimed studio Grasshopper Manufacture. In light of Nintendo’s decision not to bring the game to American shores, fans took matters into their own hands, localizing the game themselves for anyone willing to import a copy and mod their system.
Sukeban Shachou Rena
I love weird Japanese games, and they don’t get much stranger than this one. Affectionately known as “President Cat”, Sukeban Shachou Rena is a hilarious minigame collection about, yes you guessed it, cats. As an entry level cat at Cat Queen Inc., you must perform a variety of tasks to earn your feline CEO’s respect and climb the corporate ladder. It’s a rare thing for me to be salivating over a minigame collection, but this title looks too absurd to pass up.
With a plot that sounds vaguely similar to Titan A.E., humanity leaves the post-apocalyptic Earth in hopes of creating a new home. Unfortunately the terraforming device malfunctions when the ship crash-lands, creating monsters and problems for what remains of the human race. Having only just launched in Japan last month, Earth Seeker is the youngest title in this list. Let’s hope that a publisher steps up to the plate to get this one localized.
Takt of Magic
The spiritual successor to DS title Lost Magic, Square Enix subsidiary Taito’s Takt of Magic was never given a chance with American audiences. It’s a shame too, because the title had a pretty interesting user-interface. Similar to Deep Silver’s Cursed Mountain, in Takt of Magic players used the Wii-remote to draw hundreds of spells to cast in battle. Oh well, yet another good-looking strategy role-playing game that never made it out of Japan.
Eyeshield 21: The Field’s Greatest Warrior
Unless you’re a fan of obscure anime, you’ve probably never heard of Eyeshield 21. The series follows a terrible Japanese high school football team with a secret weapon, the incredibly fast running back Eyeshield21. As a fan of arcade sports, I’m always looking for something to put on my shelf next to NFL Blitz. Not only would The Field’s Greatest Warrior be a nice arcade sports game to have localized in the United States, but it would be a great opportunity to reflect on something ingrained in our culture, given new life through a Japanese perspective.
Disaster Day of Crisis
There are plenty of minigame collections out there: Carnival Games: Game of the Year Edition, Rayman & the Bunnies, Mario Party 38, That Other Crap Party Game, but few that appeal to hardcore gamers. Well if playing beach volleyball with mom isn’t exactly your idea of a good time, how about surviving earthquakes, terrorist attacks, car chases, volcanic eruptions and attacks from wild animals? Enter the unintentionally hilarious string of minigames that makes up action-adventure romp Disaster Day of Crisis…unless you’re American.
The Last Story, Xenoblade, and Pandora’s Tower
Having deprived North American Wii owners from some of the most compelling first-party software the system has to offer, a movement was born out of the IGN message boards. Just last month, Operation Rainfall set out to convince Nintendo of America to localize three good-looking Japanese role-playing games. While not a huge fan of role-playing games myself, I truly admire what the people behind Operation Rainfall are doing. Enough so that I’d be willing to reach out of my comfort zone and support Miswalker, Monolith Soft or Ganbarion, should any of their games see US releases.