Okay, seriously, the Wii means more than “inferior port plus waggle” this year.By 1UP Staff

While the Wii has had to contend with the “good first-party and a ton of waggle-enabled shovelware” reputation in the past, it looks like 2010 will help shake said reputation. Besides known first-party superstars like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M, we have some solid third-party games like Epic Mickey and No More Heroes 2 slated to hit shelves in 2010 as well. Heck, even the download-centric Wii gamer has something to look forward to. And not on this list, due purely to “wow, we don’t know much about it,” is the fabled “next Zelda game” that Miyamoto hinted at.

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Dev: Nintendo | Pub: Nintendo

Super Mario Galaxy 2

As Nintendo personnel will happily tell you, Mario Galaxy 2 marks the first time in a long time that they have designed two big Mario games for a single hardware generation, so it’s no surprise that they went the direct sequel route to follow-up one of 2007’s best games. We don’t know a lot about the sequel just yet, but it marks the return of Yoshi and seems to be incorporating a lot of variety into the already varied Galaxy formula, so we’re excited.

Epic Mickey
Dev: Junction Point | Pub: Disney Interactive Studios

Epic Mickey

A Mickey Mouse platformer for the Wii that has a “paint the world to save it” premise that sounds a little bit like Okami? That idea alternates between sounding inspired and concerning. Though, one name has gone a long way to ease our skepticism: Warren Spector. He’s been a producer on such games as ThiefSystem ShockUltima Underworld, and Deus Ex. Now, take that experience of working on action-RPGs with freedom-of-choice mechanics, and apply it to a subject he loves — old-school Disney animation — and suddenly, Epic Mickey sounds like something worth paying attention to.

Metroid: Other M
Dev: Team Ninja | Pub: Nintendo

Metroid: Other M

We anticipate seeing more details on Nintendo’s surprising collaboration with Ninja Gaiden developers soon. We anticipate it very much, in fact! Other M promises to move the 3D Metroid games a step back toward the older games, eschewing the first-person perspective of the Prime trilogy in favor of a third-person action style that apparently blends open 3D action with traditional side-scrolling sequences. And lots of exploration, of course. Hopefully Nintendo’s influence will play up Team Ninja’s strengths (hardcore action) while sidestepping its weaknesses (vague and incomprehensible plots).

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Dev: Grasshopper Manufacture Studio | Pub: Ubisoft

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

NMH 2 was one of the most anticipated Wii games of last year, but it just barely missed 2009. No big deal, because now that we’ve learned more about the game and even played it for ourselves, we’re confident that waiting for the end of January will be worth it. It looks better than the first NMH, trims some of the weaker parts, but is just as insane as before. Rock out with your beam katana out.

Red Steel 2
Dev: Ubisoft | Pub: Ubisoft

Red Steel 2

Although in name, Red Steel 2 looks to be similar to its predecessor, that is hardly the case. With a new protagonist and its Japanese-Western infused setting, this sequel should be a brand-new experience. Match this with Wii MotionPlus support, and we’re eager to see what kind of gun slinging, sword wielding, bad-ass we’ll be. And there’s promise of various mini-games (one we saw at E3: pick a lock by listening to the Wii Remote’s speaker and slowly tilting it until you hear the “click”) that will take advantage of the Wii Remote’s capabilities. The gameplay is sure to be fun as you unlock new abilities along the way as well.

Monster Hunter Tri
Dev: Capcom | Pub: Capcom

Monster Hunter Tri

If you told us that it’s not unusual to see four young women intensely playMonster Hunter Freedom Unite on their PSPs together in ad hoc mode, we would have called you a filthy liar had we not witness this incident ourselves. Yes, Monster Hunter is immensely popular, and after a series of numerous (but incremental rather than evolutionary) expansions, the Wii is getting the true and proper third Monster Hunter. While the “hunt, kill, skin, make, and hunt more” formula remains intact, this installment adds snazzier graphics (recall that the previous games were on PS2 and PSP), motion controls, and even Wii Speak support for online matches. You can actually talk to someone about skinning lizards together across the Internet on your Wii now!

Sin & Punishment 2
Dev: Treasure | Pub: Nintendo

Sin & Punishment 2

While it’s already made a splash in Japan (we even played it on Game Night), Nintendo is still — as of this writing — mum on a final U.S. release date for Sin & Punishment 2. Perhaps it’s waiting for the right time, but honestly, the sooner, the better: This slick sequel to the N64 classic features intuitive pointer controls, awesome looking stages and boss fights, and simple co-op play that can honestly make it fun for even the most adverse gamer you know.

La Mulana
Dev: Nigoro | Pub: Nicalis

La Mulana

When it debuted as a free game, La Mulana was a deep, exploratory platformer with a difficulty in line with the classic games it was inspired by. Prettied up for Wii-ware, it looks like it’ll be keeping all its charm while gaining SNES-style graphics. Of this particular feature, Jeremy Parishnotes, “while the visuals still feature quite a few placeholders, Nigoro has really gone out of its way to create a gorgeous game. Sprites look faithful to the original version of the game, but now they animate fluidly, and the hero boasts more contextual animations: He stands at an angle on sloped surfaces and reacts differently to damage according to how he’s hurt.” The original is still out there if you’re looking for an early peek.

Tatsunoko Vs Capcom Ultimate All-Stars
Dev: Capcom | Pub: Capcom

Tatsunoko Vs Capcom Ultimate All-Stars

When Capcom announced Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, its latest Versus game starring notables from Capcom and Tatsunoko (a Japanese animation studio) franchises, people weren’t sure if Capcom could even release it outside Japan. Acquiring the character license for several Tatsunoko characters was tricky, to say the least. But Capcom managed the impossible. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom will not only be released outside of Japan, but include several new characters, like Frank West (fromDead Rising) and Mega Man X’s Zero. And just like any Versus game, expect crazy aerial combos that seemingly never end, over-the-top special attacks, and a frenetic pacing in every match.

Endless Ocean 2
Dev: Arika | Pub: Nintendo

Endless Ocean 2

Those with an affinity for the mysteries of the deep should keep an eye out for Endless Ocean 2, which seems to greatly improve upon the unique (if flawed) original. Beyond the more detailed graphics, your exploration now covers a variety of real-world locations instead of just one, with a host of new sea life (and sea landmarks) to seek out and learn about. You can also build your own reef, train your dolphin pal, and get some extra use out of the Wii Speak mic when you dive with a friend online.

 

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