The 8 Best Wii Games That Never Received a Western Release

The 8 Best Wii Games That Never Received a Western Release ...

Many consider the Wii to be a charming, accessible social game, which may be attributed to the simple-yet-intuitive motion-controlled 'Wiimote.' It contained a huge library of games, from the well-known and well-known Super Mario Galaxy to the obscure and uninteresting Ninja Bread Man.

It's perhaps no surprise that such a large range of games existed on the Nintendo-made console, which often failed to reach Western markets. Despite many of the titles featured here, there are many that, until today, remain exclusive to Japan.

8 Captain Rainbow

Nick, a yo-yo waving protagonist who may evolve into the colorful Captain Rainbow, is introduced to the island called Mimin, which is apparently a popular place for lesser Nintendo characters like Chibi Robo.

Captain Rainbow may wish to go fishing and bug catching while doing islander duties. This game's quirky themes, fun minigames, and dynamic environments (complete with day-night cycles) make this a unique Wii experience.

7 Puyo Puyo! 15th Aniversary Edition

Puyo Puyo, a Sega-made puzzle game, grew rapidly in Japan until the Tetris hybrid game was released in 2014. Still, Wii's Puyo debut quietly became one of the more prominent puzzle games with its slew of content and thrilling, addictive multiplayer. The game serves as a stellar compilation of Puyo games with lots of strategic yet fast-paced arcade gameplay.

The gameplay is all about mixing and matching colored slime-like 'Puyo' tiles, tying them together and notching points as they're cleared, as well as new modes, including the rotating 'Spinner,' and explosive 'Bomber.'

6 Taiko No Tatsujin

With their simplicity of simple yet intense, competitive gameplay, Rhythm titles like Dance Dance Revolution have players moving most of their bodies, while Namco's stylized drum games emphasize fast, intricate beats and drum rolls. This fast, rhythmic gameplay is enhanced with the Wii version.

Although the series has been available in several forms in the West, this striking '08 remake remains a Japanese exclusive. Nintendo enthusiasts did get to see similar titles at the time, at least with multiplayer hits like GameCube's Donkey Konga.

5 Ougon No Kizuna

Ougon No Kizuna is a dynamic ARPG developed by Town Factory and Jaleco that was released in 2009 exclusively in the Land of the Rising Sun. This quest pits players against a group of hostile creatures as they assume the role of the swordsman Lian.

The game is unusual in its action combined with its refined use of the Wiimote's motion and pointing abilities. Between the flexible interface and the game's swift sword-hacking mechanics, the game feels like a unique hybrid of a Dynasty Warriors and a powerful PC RPG. The journey includes an impressive amount of over 100 quests, wrought with much exploration and free-wheeling combat.

4 Zangeki No Reginleiv

Fans were surprised to learn about Nintendo's upcoming MotionPlus, which would add depth and refinement to the fairly worn-down Wiimote motion controls. Yet, few games seemed to even realize how powerful it is, let alone take full advantage of it. Sandlot's Zangeki no Reginleiv (Blades of Reginleiv) is a thrilling fantasy action game that nicely showcases what the Wii's controller can do.

The game's simplicity and flair for arcade-style fun are complemented by adventure elements. Players may customize their heroes' weapons during this long run, which includes dozens of missions. The melee-focused Freyr, while the ranged-focused Freyjathe latter, can pelt enemies from afar using bows and magic.

3 Fatal Frame: Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse

Even with the well-known Resident Evil 4 port on the Wii, the survival horror genre has proven to be popular in the West. Yet, given the game's themes that stressed Japanese sensibilities and slower, more nuanced gameplay that was difficult to enter, one could understand why Temco decided to keep the Fatal Frame sequel in Japan.

Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is based on an eerie atmosphere and shrouded locations, but also emerging phantoms that one must defeat with camera shots for its scares. Similar to Wii's Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, these dark indoor settings are illuminated by aiming and shining a flashlight around, while players explore Rougetsu Island as the captive Ruka and a few other survivors.

2 Dragon Quest 10

The Dragon Quest series has been one of the most popular JPRGs for decades now, serving as the more traditional, whimsical alternative to Final Fantasy. However, this 2012 release remained a Japanese exclusive. The primary reason can be attributed to the fact that it required a subscription at a time when Wii was nearing the end of its lifespan.

Fans were dissatisfied, especially given the game's excellent reception, and that it made the Wii's library a hole as a rare MMO. Regardless, Dragon Quest 10 has proved popular with its classic series traits, such as the MMORPG elements.

1 Tales Of Graces

Tales of Graces is a game that draws on its fusion of deep RPG elements, inspired fantasy settings, and intense combat that resembles fighting games. While the '09 Wii game was released outside Japan, it was never released outside Japan.

The game follows Asbel and his entourage in an emotional, political adventure filled with conflict and wonderas well as exciting combat. The game's world-building and characters proved to be sufficiently strong that it has inspired many novels and manga adaptations.