Well, here we are. This is like lying in bed on the day before my birthday, or Father’s Day, or Christmas. I have a vague idea of what could possibly be in that shiny, enticing giftwrap when I get up, I know what I’m wishing for, I know what I asked for, but I don’t know exactly what I’ll be opening when morning finally arrives.
Yes, Monday brings with it the launch of WiiWare, or Wii Live Arcade, or whatever you want to call it. Is it an innovative idea? Well, no, Microsoft and Sony have been offering original downloadable content for quite some time now, some of which defines the consoles it resides on (Everyday Shooter, flOw, Geometry Wars) as much as the big ticket items that get all of the publicity and the numbers. That it took this long for Nintendo to get on board is both a testament to the power of the library of old games Nintendo had at its disposal via the Virtual Console and yet another aspect of the online experience that Nintendo is shamelessly behind on.
This is not the time to dwell on the Wii’s shortcomings, however; the stable of games that WiiWare has lined up looks immediately appealing and very, very creative. Remember two years ago, when we were first hearing about the Wii and its nutty little control interface? Remember the promise that it held, as we dreamed of virtual swordfights and endless tennis volleys that actually increased our heart rate? Occasionally, that promise is fulfilled, but I don’t think anyone was suspecting the onslaught of minigames and PS2-with-waggle conversions that have ultimately come to define the system for those who would detract from it. WiiWare, on the other hand, is like a new beginning. Having independent developers create software for the Wii is like handing the reins to people like us, people who once saw the Wii as a system of infinite possibilities, now offered the chance to realize some of those possibilities.
Much like the Virtual Console, however, we really have no idea which of those possibilities we are going to get to experience come Monday afternoon. With that in mind, after the jump are five WiiWare games that would look great inside Monday’s shiny wrapping paper…