Recommendations of the Week 3-22-13
This edition of Recommendations of the Week is brought to you by Nintendo. Remember the Wii U? It has that controller with the touch screen? We have some games for it now!
Gamers and Players, it is my credulous honor to welcome you to Recommendations of the Week for March 22nd, 2013. This week is special from the other weeks, especially if you are a Nintendo fan. For this week, dear readers, is Wii U week! Yes, all the recommendations this week are for the Wii U console because this is a momentous week for the Wii U. After months of dormancy and next to no games having been released for Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii U finally has not one but three – four if you count this week’s retro pick – games worth playing. Wii U owners, your 300 to 350 dollars investment shall not be in vain. You can take that disc of Nintendoland or ZombiU or whatever mediocre port you have out of your Wii U and insert something new and fresh. Something that hasn’t been on the shelves for three months. Something that’s not New Super Mario Bros U. To be fair, only one game is a truly new game but, well, you take what you can get. Which is still not too bad. Well, enough rambling and lets check out what you can get new for your Wii U this week!
The first game of Wii U week is the aforementioned “truly new game.” LEGO City Undercover is the first LEGO game not to be based on an existing IP. So there is no Batman, no Harry Potter, no Star Wars. Instead you play as Chase McCain, an undercover detective who is a master of disguise. Unlike the linear gameplay of previous LEGO games, you will play in a open world style city similar to the Grand Theft Auto games. Of course none of the little lego people are horribly murdered like in GTA but it does have a humorous style to it. However, lego blood would have made this game a funnier title. Oh well, that’s not what this game is about. This game is about completing missions, utilizing disguises, and collecting hundreds and thousands of lego studs. Not only is it a great game for the Wii U but it’s a great game for kids. If you have a Wii U, pick this game up immediately!
Need for Speed Most Wanted was my favorite driving game of last year. Criterion Games, of Burnout fame, continued their resurrection of the Need for Speed franchise with arguably the best game of the series and now that game can be played on the Wii U. The racing is extremely fun, giving you an awesome sense of speed as well as tight controls that still make sure that you are in control as you speed across the highways and streets of Fairhaven. You can check out my full review of the PC version of the game here for more details but as for the Wii U version, there are multiple extras including the ability to control your Autolog on the touch screen as oppose with the d-pad, the Ultimate Speed Pack DLC and co-op. I know it’s another port of a game that you can play on other consoles but if you haven’t played this game yet and you have a Wii U, this is a worthwhile title to get.
Now, I’ll be honest with you. This game is a bit of a tough sell. In fact, it’s so tough that I almost decided not to go with it, forget this whole Wii U week thing, and instead recommend God of War Judgment or Gears of War Red PS3 Bundle or whatever. Those two things did come out this week at the same time with those similar names, by the way. Somewhere on this country, somebody is going to try and by Gears of War Judgment and wonder why it has this big box and costs $350. Anyways, the game is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and the reason I almost skipped it is because there’s already a Wii version of the game. So even Nintendo fans could have already played this game. However, the Monster Hunter series isn’t as big here as it is in Japan so I realized that most people probably didn’t. It really is one of those games you have to try for yourself to understand. Just know that you can capture dragons and other monsters and creatures and it’s sort of like an action-adventure-RPG style game. The tutorial is vague so this may be for the hardcore only but this is the kind of game we here in the west usually don’t get to play.
Finally, the retro pick of the week is the Wii U’s Virtual Console release for the month, Punch Out!! Yes, the NES classic (minus Mike Tyson) can now be played on your new fangled touch screen as well as a few other upgrades. In case you have never played Punch Out!!, you are Little Mac as he fights his way to the top of the Boxing Circuit. The only real way to win is to memorize the fighting tactics and patterns of your opponents. It’s old school gaming at it’s finest and whether you’re playing it on the original NES or Wii U, it’s a good but tough as nails fun time. Right now you can get the game for only 30 cents so raid your piggy bank or the ashtray in the car and get Punch Out!! now or Mike Tyson, I mean, Mr. Dream will bite your ear off.
And there you have it. Another week, another collection of games to spend your money on. Each week, I’ll recommend games for you all to play. As always, these aren’t reviews so much as they are suggestions, as I won’t weigh pros and cons of the game. These choices will be new games released that week, but sometimes I will choose games with new downloadable content. I’ll also recommend older retro titles because sometimes you need to retreat to move forward! I’ll do this segment every Friday so feel free to let me know what titles you’d like to see be my Recommendation of the Week by sending me a tweet@Colorwind with the hashtag #RecsOfTheWeek. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to celebrate my birthday. Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that, huh? Yup, it’s my birthday! Not that any of you care!