NP’s Top Ten Games Part Deux

Alright, here’s the other half of Nintendo Power’s list:

5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
Finally, one I agree with! This latest addition to the series was a huge success, and so highly anticipated and critically acclaimed that I found myself waiting in line for the midnight release, and playing a few hours before bed on a school night. I wasn’t disappointed, either. With the ever-improving multi-player modes and a new co-op story mode, Brawl is definitely deserving of an honorable mention of the best games of the decade, even if it doesn’t end up making my personal top ten. 

4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)
Yet another entry I completely agree with, and definitely feel will wind up on my personal top ten list. This game split fans of the series down the middle. Many people didn’t want to give it a chance because of the new style of cell-shaded cartoonish graphics. Those stubborn people missed out, big time. The gameplay definitely feels like a Zelda title, and the story and dungeons are well crafted.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GCN/Wii)

I can definitely say that this game will also appear on my top ten list. While it was an amazing game on the GameCube, it was worth the wait for the Wii system to experience this game with the new Wii motion controls. Swinging the Wii remote to swing Link’s sword massively trumped the old style of striking the B button repeatedly, and changed the series forever.

2. Resident Evil 4 (GCN/Wii)

You’ll be seeing this one on my list as well. A great remix of the Resident Evil series, this game made endless zombie sniping an awesome time for all. The use of the remote for the Wii version of the game made aiming more precise than the red laser sight on the GameCube version, which in turn made those endless hordes of ganados seem like a fun challenge rather than a headache to navigate through. The motion controls also incorporated other great interactivity between Leon and the player, who had to respond to rough situations with a quick button press or swing of the remote to correspond to the danger.

1. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

This is surely an awesome and fun game, but I really disagree with it being on this list, especially as the list’s topper. This is not the best Mario game in the series, and certainly not Nintendo’s best work of the last decade. The level designs and treatment of gravity are quite impressive, and the game has lots of replay value, but I feel like Nintendo Power just wanted to see a Mario game top the list too badly. This spot could have been donated to a much more deserving game. IGN may actually agree with NP’s decision, though. Check out their review of the game here.

Look for my list of the top ten games of the decade to come this week!

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