The Top 10 Best Japanese Wii Video Games You Have to Play Before You Die

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. However, in the past couple of years before the Wii U, Nintendo decided to bring a lot of Japanese exclusive games, pleasing the masses. However there are still some that have been only for Japan. Here are the Top 10 Best Japanese Wii Video Games. 

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1. Okami

First, yes I know this isn't exclusive to Japan. However, it is Japanese themed and brought a resurgence in Japanese culture. The game is set in a Nippon (Japan) based on Japanese folklore and begins in one hundred years in the past. The narrator describes how the white wolf Shiranui and swordsman Nagi fought and sealed the eight-headed demon Orochi at the cave, to save Kamiki Village and Nagi's beloved maiden Nami.

In the game's present, Nagi's descendant and self-proclaimed greatest warrior, Susano, refuses to believe in Nagi's legend and frees Orochi, who escapes and curses the lands, sapping the life from Nippon. Sakuya, the wood sprite and guardian of Kamiki Village, calls forth Amaterasu, the sun goddess, known to the villagers as the reincarnation of the white wolf Shiranui, and asks her to remove the curse that covers the land. Accompanied by the artist Issun (an inch-high creature known as a Poncle), Amaterasu restores the land to its normal state.

Throughout her journey, Amaterasu confronts Waka, a handsome and strange but powerful individual who seems to have the gift of foresight and further teases Amaterasu and Issun to his own mysterious ends. Additionally, Amaterasu locates several Celestial Gods hidden in the constellations, before bestowing upon their powers of the Celestial Brush to aid in her quest.


2. Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate Alll-Starss a cross over fighting game developed by Eighting and published by Capcom. The game features characters from both Capcom's video game franchises and various anime series produced by Tatsunoko Production. It was released for the Wii in North America, Japan, and Europe in January 2010, featuring additional characters and an online mode. Ultimate All-Stars. Following high demand from international fans, Capcom worked with Tatsunoko to resolve international licensing issues and a second version, (タツノコ VS. CAPCOM CROSS GENERATION OF HEROES)  video game console in December 2008 as Wii and the arcades. It was originally released in Japan for Tatsunoko series produced by anime.  

In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, players engage in combat with a team of two characters or with a single giant character and attempt to knock out their opponents. It is the seventh Capcom-designed installment in their Vs. fighting game series, which includes the Marvel vs. Capcom and Capcom vs. SNK series, and the first to be fully rendered in 3D graphics. The game is set in a 2.5 environment; characters fight in a two-dimensional arena, but character models and backgrounds are rendered in three-dimentional graphics. The game is designed around a simplified three-button attack system, which was inspired by the simplistic control schemes commonly used by both the Vs.series and the Wii.

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3.Taiko No Tatsujin

Literally translating to English as Taiko Master, is a series of rhythm games created by Namco. In the games, players simulate playing a Taiko drum in time with music. The series has released games for the arcade and for platforms including Playstation 2, PSP, PS Vita, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U, and mobile phones. The main objective of Taiko no Tatsujin games is to hit a simulated Taiko Drum following a chosen piece of music, corresponding to notes (音符 onpu) scrolling from the right. A song is cleared when the spirit gauge (魂ゲージtamashii geeji) is filled past the target (ノルマ noruma), by playing accurately enough.


4. FRAGILE DREAMS : Farewell Ruins of the Moon (FRAGILE~さよなら月の廃墟~)

In Fragile Dreams, the player character, Seto, must traverse the ruins of Tokyo and the surrounding areas, fighting off ghosts that lurk within these ruins. The game's heads-up display includes a mini-map and HP gauge for Seto's location and health, respectively. Seto will fall unconscious if his HP reaches zero, resulting in a game over. The player controls Seto from a third-person perspective with the Wii Romote and Nunchuk. Seto can use his flashlight (controlled by the Wii Remote pointer) to illuminate his surroundings or solve puzzles and interact with the environment. When searching for certain objectives or hidden enemies, pointing Seto's light in their direction picks up and plays their sounds through the Wii Remote's mini speaker. The Wii Nunchuck, meanwhile, directly controls Seto's movement: aside of basic movement, he can crouch to hide and crawl through small spaces. Seto will often come across damaged floors, which require slow movement (and for heavily-damaged floors, crouching) to cross without falling through.

As Seto, the player can use weapons found throughout the world to fight off ghosts, ranging from slingshots and golf clubs to crossbows and katannas. Each weapon can only take a certain amount of use: once a weapon reaches its limit, it will break after battle.The player can also find other usable and collectable items in the field, marked with fireflies. The player can only save their game by resting at small fire pits scattered throughout the world: used fire pits are marked with a bonfire. The player can also examine and identify Mystery Items, organize their inventory, as well as after encountering the Merchant, buy and sell items.


5. Captain Rainbow

The game puts players in the role of Nick, an ordinary guy whose alter ego "Captain Rainbow", was once a popular movie superhero. In order to regain his popularity, Nick travels to Mimin Island, a place where dreams are said to come true. Captain Rainbow is an action adventure game that involves making friends with the other island residents (who are all lesser-known Nintendo characters), collecting "Kirarin" crystals, and granting their wishes.The game's storyline follows Nick, who is able to transform into "Captain Rainbow", a yo-yo-wielding, tokutsu-styled superhero that stars in his own TV show. Unfortunately, his TV show is no longer popular. To restore his popularity, Nick ventures to Mimin Island, an island where wishes are said to come true. Nick meets a vast array of past, minor Nintendo characters with their own dreams and wishes on his journey.

Captain Rainbow is a game with gameplay divided into two parts. The adventure part of the game is set on enjoying the life on the island together with its other residents. Nick can go fishing, bug catching, and help the other islanders with their requests. Most of the requests can lead to various minigames, such as boxing, volleyball, fishing and golf. Helping islanders will grant the player special, star-shaped crystals known as "Kirarin" (”Sparklies”). The action part of Captain Rainbow is based around those crystals. Each time 20 Kirarin are collected, a star will fall from the sky. The star can be carried to an altar at the top of the island where it will grant a wish. While carrying the star to the altar Nick is challenged by a mysterious Shadow who for unknown reasons wants the star for himself. If Nick succeeds in bringing the star to the altar there will be two choices left for him. He can either grant his own wish to become a popular hero again or grant the wish of one of the islanders and go back to finding other Kirarin.


6. Toshinden

Eight traveling fighters, brought together by a common destiny, now meet at the Battle Arena Toshinden: a fighting tournament hosted by a mysterious organization known only as the "Secret Society". Many years have passed since this tournament, known only to those in the underworld, was last held. Some fighters have come for personal glory. Others have come to fight for those they love, but all will do their best to be victorious in this tournament which will decide their fortunes.

Each character has his or her own unique set of basic moves, special attacks, and a desperation attack that can only be used when the player has low energy (around 10% or less). The player is able to move in 3D around the 3D arenas using the L/R shoulder buttons, which can be used to dodge projectile attacks, or get away from a dangerous spot. Players move using the directional pad. Holding the backwards directional button allows the player to block basic attacks and reduces most of the damage from opponents' special moves. Players can also run by quickly tapping the forward directional button.


7. Zangeki no Reginleiv

The story is an adaption of the Ragnarok story of Norse Mythology.  The player controls one of two angelic siblings, Frøy and Freia, who serve the Norse gods by battling the races of giant that have emerged, leading to the eventual rebirth of the world. While the game takes considerable artistic license with the source material, it does reflect events and characters from the original myth. Simply explained, Zangeki no Reginleiv is Dynasty Warriorsmeets Dragon Quest Swords with giants and online play.

Zangeki no Reginleiv has a similar feel with the added thrill of slashing giants with Wii MotionPlus. When you swing the remote you can chop off a giant’s arm with a vertical slash. Freyr and Freyja, the two Norse gods you can play as, have a basic shake and slice combo that closes with a finishing move like a spinning slash.Before flickering out of existence monsters explode in a bloody mess with torsos and body parts flying in the air. It’s over the top. It’s Sandlot. Some giants will continue attacking after you cut off a limb or two or three. After the blood stops gushing, amputated giants retaliate by stepping on you or crawling on the ground while swinging their fists. You can block attacks by raising your shield with the Z button.


8. Bleach Vs. Crusade

Bleach vs. Crusade is a game for the Nintendo Wii and it was released in Japan on December 18, 2008. It is unknown if the game will be released outside of Japan. Scans depict a roster of characters in line with the manga and anime storyline, featuring Nelliel, Nnorita, Ichigo with his Hollow Mask and Grimmjow's released form, (Pantera) to name a few. The gameplay appears to have been changed substantially, showing a split-screen during multi-player fights. It is a one-on-one fighter, but players pick a partner character for various team-up attacks and other maneuvers as well as being able to switch between them. It supports Wi-Fi play and can be played with the Classic controller or Gamecube controller in place of the Wii-Remote and nunchuk. There are over 25 playable characters each with a different and unique moveset that matches their anime/manga counterpart.

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9. Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse

The story, set on the fictional Rougetsu Island, focuses on Ruka Minazuki, one of a group of girls who was held captive on the island for unknown reasons. Years after their rescue, still suffering from amnesia, Ruka and the two surviving girls return to the island to seek out the truth. The game's title stems from a ritual mask key to the story. The gameplay, as with previous entries in the series, revolves around the main character exploring environments and tackling hostile ghosts using the Camera Obscura.

Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen, commonly referred to in the West as Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, has players taking control of four different character navigating a variety of different environments, including traditional Japanese houses and a Meiji-era sanatorium-turned-hotel. Environments are navigated from a third-person perspective using the Wii Nunchuck. During exploration, the characters are regularly attacked by hostile spirits, who take away the characters' health through touch.

The two central characters can fight off and defeat spirits using the series' recurring Camera Obscura, a camera that captures spirits. Shots taken by the Camera Obscura deal varying amounts of damage based on how close the ghost is, the angle of the shot, and the film used. These factors are taken together to determine how many points the player is awarded for a shot. The most damaging type of shot is the "Fatal Frame", which is achieved if a shot is taken when the ghost is attacking. Points are used as the in-game currency, which can be used to at save points to purchase items such as medicine and other items. Blue gems scattered around the environment can be used to upgrade the Camera Obscura, with some upgrades speeding reload time or enabling shots to deal more damage. Types of film range from an unlimited low-quality film that deals little damage to rarer and more powerful film types.


10. Earth Seeker

Earth Seeker takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, in which humanity's last remnants amass onto a spaceship and crash land onto a mysterious planet. A machine that controls planetary climates aboard the spaceship then malfunctions, causing problems for the crashed humans as well as the planet's native inhabitants.

It's sort of a dungeon crawling action RPG. It's also vaguely akin to Monster Hunter in that you have a bunch of little minions who help you in battle. The main goal seems to be to reclaim a bunch of artifacts to store in a museum of sorts, but there's a bit of a story to go along with it. The combat is out and bizarre at first glimpse.      

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