With Super Mario Galaxy 2 just out in the US, reviewers all over the place have apparently been dusting off their Wiis to play Nintendo’s latest platforming masterpiece.
Seriously, I’ve noticed this cropping up a number of times lately, and it’s starting to annoy me a little bit. Particularly when it comes from publications and websites who’ve recently awarded high scores to Wii titles like Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Trauma Team and No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle.
To an extent, I can understand this much more from those who visit gaming forums for whom a console is worth naught unless it’s getting several big-budget releases per week. But from professionals?
It all helps perpetuate this myth that the Wii has little to nothing of worth to play on it. As if the console is only worth owning for Galaxy 1 and 2. I mean, it IS worth owning purely for Galaxy 1 and 2, but those aren’t the only good games. Heck, the three mentioned above are all terrific, and that’s before you get onto more esoteric fare like Sakura Wars: So Long My Love, or Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies (another game getting rave notices, but apparently not worth dusting off your Wii to play).
I’m not going to claim that the Wii has as many essential games as, say, the 360. But it doesn’t deserve to be treated with derision by those people paid to write about videogames. Particularly when their own statements about the console’s need for a wipe-down prove so hypocritical.