Monday, April 29, 2013

Best Arcade Style Rain Gun Wii Games

I recently started playing my Wii I have had for almost two years yet never really used.  I bought to to play Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart, but apparently newer Wii models do not include Gamecube controller ports, so it has been a paper weight since I bought the thing!

Anyway, I decided to give a few rail shooters a try.  Now please keep in mind, there very well might be an amazing rail shooter on this system I am missing.  If this is the case, please please please let me know.  I've been Googling around for a list, but they all include games I don't consider arcade style rain gun games.  Either these games really don't feel like arcade games, or they are mainly a different type of game with a rail shooter mode.

In my mind, a rail shooter is a game where you don't actually control the movement of the character you play as, like you are on rails.  These games typically involve your character advancing through a stage while shooting at things that appears in front of the screen.  Popular examples include Time Crisis or House of the Dead.

The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return

We will start off with a classic!  This game compiles The House of the Dead 2 and The House of the Dead 3 onto one disc.  Both games feature arcade mode, original mode, boss mode, and training. Should be around $30, which is nothing compared to the huge amount quarters I have pumped into the House of the Dead 2 in my lifetime...

The House of the Dead Overkill

Now if you were disappointed by the lack of updated graphics and features in House of the Dead Returns, you should be quite happy with this installment.  Now it might just be the hours of playing House of the Dead II, but the graphics here are quite nice for the Wii.  It plays just like the older titles.  It is extremely violent though, but what did you expect from a zombie rail shooter?

Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles

While we are on the topic of zombies, let's cover Resident Evil.  Resident Evil is famous for it's survival horror games.  Some of the more recent games are more action packed than anything, but that certainly isn't bad.  This game is an original game, but does not have an original story.  It mainly covers the events of Resident Evil 0, 1, and 3.  Regardless whether or not you have played Resident Evil games in the past, the storyline is quite good.  It will have nostalgic effects of fans of the series, and it will catch new players up to the story in the current games.

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

This game is a sequel to the one above.  It follows the events of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica.  It also adds it own storyline to tie it all together.  Once again, nostalgic feelings for fans, a way to catch up to Resident Evil 4 for everybody else.  Pretty much everything improved from the first game.

Ghost Squad

This is a more classical feeling rail shooter.  You are some kind of military guy, saving hostages and killing bad guys.  This is apparently as close as we are going to get to having Time Crisis on the Wii!

Samurai Warriors: Katana

While technically not a rail shooter, this game has the same mechanics but with a katana.  I guess using a bow and arrow counts as shooting.  So, in this rail shooter you play as a samurai and take down other samurai with deadly sword skills.  There are a few segments of the game off rails, but it still feels like an arcade game.

So there's my list of Wii games that remind me of playing in arcades as a kid.  Anything anyone else wants to add would be very much appreciated!

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