Wii Holiday Gift Guide
Get your kids the hottest game this holiday season.
The holidays are upon us, and all of us want to get our loved ones the perfect gift. If you have a Wii, there are a ton of games out there. The main question is: what games do your loved ones really want? Check out my recommendations below.
For all you old-school Mario fans, Nintendo has just released "Super Mario All-Stars." The game is actually a compilation of the first three Mario games, as well as the "Lost Levels," a game that Nintendo thought was too tough for the American market. The graphics have been updated to Super Nintendo styles. For $29.99, this is a great price for four full games, perfect for anyone who was a fan of the originals. "Super Mario All-Stars" is rated E for Everyone.
For those looking for something for the whole family, "Kirby's Epic Yarn" is a sure bet. While the gameplay is easy enough for anyone older than 4 to pick up, the level design and graphics are so amazing that anyone playing the title will be amused. Featuring single- and local multiplayer modes, this is a fun family game that will be enjoyed by all ages. "Kirby's Epic Yarn" is rated E for Everyone.
"My kids are older," you say. "Are there any good games for them on the Wii?" For all of us who have suffered playing first-person shooters (FPS) on the Wii, there is now "GoldenEye 007." That's right; James Bond is back, and ready to save the world. This game is a retelling of the classic N64 game, in which Daniel Craig has replaced Pierce Brosnan, and Dame Judith Dench lends her voice to "M," who will give you your mission briefings. The game also features great multiplayer action, as well. You can play with friends in a classic split-screen or online, making this a game you will be playing for a long time. "GoldenEye 007" is rated T for Teen.
For those of you who want a good party game, Nintendo has one for you. "Wii Party" features more than 80 mini games. This is perfect for people with small children in the house. The games even require some real-life action, like Hide 'n' Hunt, in which a parent hides a Wii Remote, and it emits sounds until it's found. There are also a ton of mini games that older players will love as well, like Spin-off and Bingo. "Wii Party" is rated E for Everyone.
For those of us looking for a way to bond with our child, there is "Donkey Kong Country Returns." Play as Donkey and Diddy Kong as they rampage through the jungle. You are on a sacred quest to get back your bananas, (OK, so it's not the best mission, but a gorilla's got to eat). While the story is a little thin, the gameplay is amazing. You will constantly be running, jumping and riding other animals to tackle all of the obstacles in your way. This game is rated E for Everyone.
Finally, there is "Epic Mickey." Let's face it, Disney has captured our children's hearts and minds, and even if this game was awful, our kids would nag us into buying it for them. The good news is the game rocks. You will have to face off against "The Shadow Blot," a creature Mickey Mouse made when he dropped some paint thinner in a magic world. Wasteland is inhabited by all of the forgotten Disney characters, including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney's first cartoon character. You can use your magic paintbrush to recreate the world to help all around you, or use more paint thinner and destroy your enemies quickly, the choice is yours. "Epic Mickey" is rated E for Everyone.
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