Finding great games on the cheap is one of a true gaming nerd’s callings. Bin diving, eBay cruising and yard sale scrounging is what the best of us do as often as we can. It’s nice when companies take a lot of the guess work out of the equation by pushing their own fantastic games below a greatest hits, platinum or select banner. Gamers immediately know titles will be both worth playing and cheap.
Nintendo has officially added four more games to its roster of “Nintendo Selects” for the Wii. The initial host of games offered with the red border, golden seal and $19.99 price tag includes: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports. The additions sport three Mario-centric titles and one classic re-imagined.
From Nintendo’s press release:
Three of the four new additions to the Nintendo Selects collection invite players to interact with Nintendo’s iconic Mario™ character in imaginative and entertaining ways: Super Mario Galaxy is an out-of-this-world adventure in which Mario must travel through outer space to rescue Princess Peach™ from the devious Bowser™; Super Paper Mario offers classic Mario RPG action that can be switched from flat 2D worlds to a full open-world perspective; and Mario Strikers Charged finds the Mushroom Kingdom crew storming the soccer field for fast-paced athletic kicks. Also, the fan-favorite Punch-Out!! game delivers motion-controlled boxing thrills with a host of memorable characters. All four games feature multiplayer modes that let friends and family members have fun together.
We’ll argue that the multiplayer modes in both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Paper Mario are lackluster; however, Mario Strikers Charged and Punch-Out!! both include excellent multiplayer functionality. Mario Strikers Charged, in particular, is a terribly under-rated title that honestly packs a solid amount of fun for solo or group play.
As is typical with Nintendo’s first-party, non-Mario Party offerings, the four new games in the Select collection are top-notch in quality. If you’re looking to pick up some new titles for you Wii and you’ve yet to experience these, dive in.