The Top 5 Missing Wii Games

Here's What You're Missing: Games Nintendo Won't Give to U.S. Gamers

In the United States the Wii has often been a repository for mediocre party and fitness games. This is less true in Japan, where Nintendo has published many big budget, critically acclaimed Wii titles. Unfortunately, they have often decided Americans didn't deserve these games, inspiring an import advocacy group, to demand the release of several of them. Nintendo's refusal to release many games likely to appeal to core gamers on a platform that - in the U.S. - has been lacking in core games has infuriated many.

Of the eight games on this list, three - after a huge clamor and an online campaign by advocacy group Operation Rainfall - were released in the U.S. While Nintendo denies OR's influence on their decision, five significant games they did not lobby for are forever out of North America's reach - four from Nintendo, and one third party game that Nintendo should have offered to publish here. Here's a look at the lot of them.

1
Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse

Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Nintendo

What it is: An entry in the eerie survival horror series co-developed by series originator Tecmo and Suda 51, the guy behind the No More Heroes series. The game uses the Wii remote and nunchuk to aim the spirit-destroying camera and a flashlight.

Interesting fact: Since the game was never released for English speakers, some clever gamers created an English patch for the game.

When it was released: 2008.

Where you can play it: Japan Only.

What the critics say: Famitsu's four reviewers gave it 9, 9, 8, 8. Eurogamer gave it 7/10, lauding the atmosphere but complaining bitterly about the sluggish control scheme.

What's it like: Trailer.

A game Nintendo thinks America deserved more than this one:  Wii Play.

2
Dragon Quest X

Dragon Quest X
Square Enix

What it is: An MMORPG entry in a hugely popular game series.

When it was released in Japan: 2012.

Where you can play it: Japan. And while it was supposed to come to the rest of the world, on the Wii and then on the Wii U, Japan is the only place it has ever been released.

What the critics say: Famitsu's four reviewers each gave it a 9/10.

What's it like: Trailer.

A game Square Enix thinks America deserved more than this one:  Pony Friends 2.

3
Fatal Frame Deep Crimson Butterfly

Fatal Frame Deep Crimson Butterfly
Nintendo

What it is: A Wii remake of Fatal Frame II.

When it was released: 2012.

Where you can play it: Japan, Europe, Australia.

Interesting fact: The game inspired an Operation Rainfall copycat group called Operation Zero.

What the critics say: Famitsu's four reviewers gave it 8, 9, 8, 9. Metacritic gives it 77%. Reviewers have reported that it’s controls are an improvement over the previous Wii Fatal Frame game.

What's it like: Trailer.

A game Nintendo thinks America deserved more than this one:  Wii Music.

4
Another Code R: A Journey into Lost Memories

Nintendo

What it is: A sequel to the DS game Trace Memory. It is billed as being like reading a mystery novel, and sounds like it is essentially a puzzle-driven adventure game.

When it was released: 2009.

Where you can play it: Japan, Europe.

What the critics say: The four Famitsu critics gave a combined score of 28/40, which averages to 7.  The metacritic aggregate score is 66/100.  Many critics were particularly impressed with the game's use of the Wii remote in its puzzles.

What's it like: Trailer.

A game Nintendo thinks America deserved more than this one:  FlingSmash.
 

5
Disaster: Day of Crisis

Nintendo

What it is: An action adventure game in which you must survive natural disasters while battling terrorists and saving civilians.

When it was released: 2008.

Where you can play it: Japan, Europe and Australia.

What the critics say: Famitsu's four reviewers scored it 9, 9, 8, 8. Western publications have ranged from 8/10 from IGN to 5/10 from Gamespot.

What's it like: Trailer.

A game Nintendo thinks America deserved more than this one:  Samurai Warriors 3.

6
Pandora's Tower

Nintendo

SUCCESS: Was released in North America in Spring 2013.

What it is: An action role playing game from Ganbarion.  This doesn't have the stellar credentials of the other games - Ganbarion is most notable for making games based on the One Piece anime series.  But the trailer looks really cool.

When it was released: 2011.

Where you can play it: Japan only. It apparently was demoed in France, raising the possibility that it will come to Europe.

What the critics say: Famitsu's four reviewers gave it 7, 7, 9, 8.

What's it like: Trailer.

A game Nintendo thinks America deserved more than this one:  Pokemon Battle Revolution.

7
Xenoblade Chronicles

Nintendo

SUCCESS: Released in the U.S. April 6, 2012. Thank you Operation Rainfall!

What it is: A role playing game from Monolith Soft, the developers of the Xenosaga series

Interesting fact: As part of their campaign to get this game released in the U.S., Operation Rainfall encouraged gamers to pre-order this on Amazon.com under its original title, Monado: Beginning of the World, briefly making it Amazon's number 1 pre-order.

When it was released in Japan: 2010

Where you can play it: Japan and Europe.

What the critics say: Each of Japanese magazine Famitsu's four reviewers each gave it a 9/10, similar to the 92 score on review aggregate site Metacritic. I gave it 5/5.

What's it like: Trailer.

8
The Last Story

Nintendo

SUCCESS: Released in the U.S. August 14, 2012.

What it is: An action role playing game from Hironobu Sakaguchi, the man who created the Final Fantasy series.  This is the first game he is credited on as director since Final Fantasy VI.

When it was released in Japan: 2011.

Where you can play it: Japan right now, but it will come out in Europe in 2012.

What the critics say: Famitsu's four reviewers split; two gave it a perfect 10, the other two gave it a 9. I gave it 5/5.

What's it like: Trailer.