Top 10 Wii Reboots

Top 10 Wii Reboots

Nintendo saves some great classic game series from obscurity

A.J. Maciejewski

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Although the Wii ushered in plenty of shovelware, it also brought some classic series back into the spotlight. This is a list of Wii games that revitalised some worthy properties that rightly deserved it.

10 Nights: Journey of Dreams

This is a sequel to Nights into Dreams which was released for the Sega Saturn. Players take control of a genderless character named Nights who flies around the dreams of children in order to restore peace to all of humanity's dreams. Journey of Dreams expands on the original with a variety of gameplay styles and the option to use different controllers. So, why not take a nap to journey into the dream world and stay a while?

9 A Boy and His Blob

A Boy and His Blob is a reimagining of the NES game with the same name. This incarnation features more platform oriented gameplay as opposed to the original's puzzle-heavy design. It still includes the ability to throw different flavoured jelly beans that your blob buddy can ingest in order to transform into useful objects. It's time to head to Blobolonia to stop their evil emperor once and for all. But first, let's give our blob a big ol' hug.

A Boy and His Blob screenshot
A boy hugs his blob

8 The House of the Dead: Overkill

House of the Dead has armed gamers with light guns and put them in the shoes of zombie hunters since the mid '90s. For not having any installments released for consoles in years, this reboot takes the series to the next level. Overkill has plenty of over the top violence set in a B movie world. This makes the older House of the Dead games seem appropriate for children.

7 Klonoa

This is a remake of PlayStation's Door to Phantomile and the only home console Klonoa game since PlayStation 2's Lunatea's Veil. Klonoa games are filled with fun platforming and tricky puzzles set in colourful worlds. If you've played the original then you'd know what a great game this is. You'll also realise how much better it looks after being remade on the Wii more than 10 years later.

Klonoa screenshot
Klonoa and his blue spherical pal

6 Metroid: Other M

Metroid Prime steered the series in a whole new direction by allowing players to control Samus in a first-person perspective. Other M takes Metroid in yet another new direction by having most of the game played in a third-person action viewpoint. Also, for the first time in Metroid history Samus can kick alien butt with some pretty cool melee moves.

5 Wario Land: Shake It!

With games on every Game Boy console (and one on Virtual Boy), Wario Land never had a release on a home console until this game came out. Shake It features fun gameplay complete with plenty of Wii Remote shaking and great 2D animation. It's time to be greedy and help Wario get as stinking rich as he can.

Wario Land: Shake It! screenshot
Wario's happiest moment is when he gets his hands on the bottomless coin sack

4 Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

Star Successor is a sequel to the Japanese exclusive Nintendo 64 game Sin and Punishment. Gamers can dust off their Wii Zappers to shoot and slash swords in this on-rails shooter. Filled with intense action and tight gameplay, Star Successor is an instant classic.

3 Kirby's Epic Yarn

After Nintendo 64's The Crystal Shards, Kirby (although having a few handheld games here and there) took a decade long break from home consoles until Epic Yarn was released. Considering Kirby is made of yarn in this adventure, he does not have the ability to inhale or fly. This is a departure for the little guy so he'll have to rely on his new yarn abilities in order to eventually return to his usual self.

Kirby's Epic Yarn screenshot
Kirby eating a cake with his newfound chum

2 Punch-Out!!

Punch-Out hasn't seen the light of day since the 16-bit era and it came back on the Wii with a bang. Punch-Out retains its simple controls and doesn't add much to the classic formula. But, it doesn't have to. This game is a ton of fun and it looks great, too!

1 Donkey Kong Country Returns

Here is yet another series that hasn't been around since the Super Nintendo days. Donkey Kong Country Returns' 2D platforming action is reminiscent of the previous Donkey Kong Country games but it's so much more fun. The gameplay is intuitive, but it's also one of the most challenging platformers gamers have ever blistered their thumbs to. With great graphics and awesome controls, Donkey Kong Country Returns tops this list of the best reboots on the Wii.

Donkey Kong Country Returns screenshot
Donkey and Diddy Kong are about to show the Tiki Tak Tribe who's boss

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