2009 may have not had as many monumental game releases as 2008, but is anyone really surprised? How can you compete with Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Grand Theft Auto 4, Mario Kart Wii, Metal Gear Solid 4, Fable 2, and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World?
Nonetheless, 2009 has made an admirable attempt to outdo its predecessor. With the holiday season almost upon us, it’s your job to decide which recent releases will be under your tree. Here are some of your best bets for your child’s Christmas list this year!
1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
You can’t call yourself a gamer unless you’ve played at least one of the Mario classics. Now Nintendo is doing something they’ve never done before- creating a 4-Player co-op 2D Mario game! That’s right- this November you’ll be able to form a team of four and take on the Mushroom Kingdom’s greatest levels yet! Mario, Luigi, the toads, Yoshi, Princess Peach, and Bowser are all waiting for you in this Wii exclusive!
2. Harvest Moon Animal Parade
Not every child loves mashing buttons and ruthlessly fighting their way through level after level. Harvest Moon is for those calm, open-minded children. Start your own virtual life on your very own farm. Plant crops, take care of animals, explore the land, forage for items, and even get married. The follow-up to ’08’s highly praised ‘Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility’ is looking to be twice as good! Look for it this November, exclusively for the Nintendo Wii!
3. Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3
Also releasing this November exclusively for the Wii is what looks to be the greatest fighting game based off the hit anime series, Naruto. A roster of over 35 fighters, online play, and a huge number of extras are all awaiting fans of this ninja anime. For those of you interested, pre-order bonuses for this awesome-looking game include a DVD of the Naruto: Shippuden Movie and an Akatsuki ring! Children that love Naruto will be overjoyed to find this under their tree!
4. Wii Sports Resort
Wii Sports Resort comes bundled with Nintendo’s latest and greatest peripheral, Wii Motion +. This ($20-$25) device turns the Wiimote into a 1:1 perfect motion sensing device. It plugs into the bottom of the Wiimote and includes a longer version of the rubber jacket- considering the old one would no longer fit. Wii Sports Resort, much like Wii Play, Wii Sports, and Link’s Crossbow Training before it, serves as a demo of the included device- with total Mii compatibility! The game is comprised of 12 different sports- all of which branch into varied other gameplay types. Your child can look forward to Swordplay, Archery, Cycling, Air Sports, Bowling, Table Tennis, Canoeing, Golf, Basketball, Power-Cruising, Wakeboarding, and Frisbee on Christmas morning!
5. Little King’s Story
Little King’s Story is a masterpiece- the greatest RPG of 2009, without a doubt. LKS is a highly stylized game that reveals a beautiful world, overflowing with humor & charm, and crafting an experience unlike anything previously available on video game consoles. Little King’s Story borrows a number of elements from games before it, but it brings out so many original ideas that you never feel like you’ve played it already. This amazing RPG comes from the makers of Harvest Moon, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Kingdom Hearts- but surpasses them all in different areas.
In the game you play as a young boy who finds a magic crown. You are declared the king of a tiny village of barely 15 people and a cow. It then becomes your mission to build up your kingdom, defeat the evil provinces around you, and unite the land! It would be a shame to not let your children experience this wonderful, massive game.
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up
Ask yourself this. Does your child love Super Smash Brothers, Power Stone, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? If the answer is yes- you should go right out and buy this game now. From some of the developers that helped with Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Smash Up is the best TMNT game ever. Chaotic 4-Player battles take place on moving stages riddled with traps and hazards. Play with the Wiimote, Nunchuk, GameCube controller, Classic Controller- all are compatible! Play offline, online, in a tournament, survival- and several other game modes! The only thing holding this game back is its low-numbered roster- the game features about 16-17 fighters. If you can overlook that one flaw, you have a great game waiting for you.