Gaming 2008: The Wii + DS

Our Wii got dusty this year – more retail titles than the 360, but less overall purchases. There’s no sign in the coming year that this will change.

Sadly, the same can be said of the DS. A handful of titles that warranted checking out, but nothing that made me say “Wow, 2008 was a great year to have a DS!”. Of course, with the system being four years old, it may be nearing the end of the lifecycle.

## High Points & Surprises

It can’t be argued that No More Heroes was the most enjoyable thing I played on the Wii this year, and the game that pushed the most boundaries this year. Suda51 is a mad man, but like all great mad men, his insanity is society’s gain.

On the DS, The World Ends With You showed that Square Enix *can* do a portable RPG that plays to the strengths of a portable without dumbing it down. Too bad Crisis Core didn’t get the same level of attention.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia finally gives us a tough Metroidvania game, almost to the point of pain. It’s more memorable than the other DS Castlevania titles, that’s for sure.

I played through Professor Layton & The Curious Village. As someone who loved puzzle books as a child, this was a fun nostalgia trip. I can’t figure out what the holdup is on the localization of the other Layton titles.

## Low Points & Disappointments

Super Smash Brothers Brawl failed to pull me in. After clocking endless hours on Melee during college, Brawl featured a slapdash plot, some obnoxious levels, and unplayable networking. It didn’t hook me, and I should probably trade it back.

Mario Kart Wii was more enjoyable than the Gamecube or N64 versions, but I still miss the psuedo-3D of the SNES and GBA titles. Still not quite the level of fun I’m looking for.

Wii Fit caused my most depressing moment of the year: the “fattening” animation after your first weigh-in. Whoever programmed that is a *dick*.

## Open Questions

Is Nintendo ever going to fix the storage issues on the Wii?

Is there any compelling reason to upgrade to the DSi? (I can’t find one.)


Wii Number

Our Wii number is *5457 9039 2738 5973*.

If you’ve posted your code on a blog that I traditionally read, it will undoubtedly get added on its own. If you want to leave me a comment and I have a pre-existing relation with you, that works too. If I don’t know you at all and you leave me your code, chances are I will ignore your comment.


Clubhouse Games Friends Code

2363 0377 6019

This post is meant for friends of mine who may also own the game. If I don’t know you, and you leave your friends code in the comments, chances are I’m not going to add you. If you start treating the comments like a chat room, chances are I’m going to delete your comments.