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Speak Your Mind: Help Me Become a Video Game Nerd

I never really played video games growing up. The only game I played with any regularity was Super Mario 64 on my brother's N64. But even then, I wasn't very good at it. I mostly liked surfing around on that turtle shell. You know the one. It's awesome.

But recently, I've had the urge to play more video games. My problem? I don't know what to play! I'm told that looking at the box for some indication of how it will play pegs me as a total n00b, and I don't want that. But I'm also too lazy to do my own research. That's where you come in.

What video games for the Wii should I play? Can you recommend any good gaming websites where I can learn about this stuff? Help me, Teen Skepchick readers! You're my only hope!

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  1. May 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm —

    I have no idea what type of game you’re interested in, but any Harvest Moon game is pretty straight-forward and domestic. (You have a farm, raise crops/animals, woo someone, have a baby.)

    Katamari Damacy (any of them) are really simple but suuper fun. Idk if either of those are for the Wii, but yeah…

    Zelda Twilight Princess… Mario Kart for the Wii is a great version of that game.

    Also for N64 Pokemon Snap was so good! Literally, you’re on a track and you take pictures of Pokemon that jump out. Amazing.

  2. May 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm —

    The Zelda Wii games are really good, and a lot of fun. My brothers are also big fans of the Lego games: Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, etc. The Wii Sports games are classic, so those are fun too. That’s about all I play for video games on the Wii, so…

    Also, if you want a funny tutorial-ish thing on some of those, Hank Green of Vlogbrothers has a channel where he, his wife, and his brother play through video games, which is funny and awesome because not only do you learn how to play, you get to hear other people attempting (and frequently failing) to play.

  3. May 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm —

    Super Mario Galaxy one and two. Zelda. Mario Kart

    Also download the original Super Mario Bros and Zelda for contrast. 😀

  4. May 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm —

    I just want to say how happy I am to see so many mentions of Zelda and Mario. Because those are the games I was gravitating toward anyway, and now I feel ratified 🙂

  5. May 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm —

    I’d recommend Trauma Center: Second Opinion. The story parts are in the style of a Japanese visual novel, but the gameplay centres around operations. It’s really fun and good use of the Wiimote, and it can be extremely fast-paced at times. Also, if you play with a friend, it can get hilarious.

  6. May 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm —

    If you’re talking about the wii then Zelda’s your best bet anyway. Twilight princess is a really good game, and skyward sword too if you’re willing to buy a wiimotion plus.

    If you enjoyed mario 64 though, you’d probably enjoy mario galaxy.

    And if you want to reintroduce yourself to videogames by playing easy games, kirby’s epic yarn and new super mario bros wii are both very easy and a lot of fun.

    I would second Elly’s recommendation for pokemon snap, my girlfriend and I got in on her wii and it’s endless fun. You can also buy mario 64 from the wii shopping channel if you want the nostalgia factor.

  7. May 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm —

    also super smash bros brawl if you’re having friends over.

  8. May 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm —

    I’ll give you my personal suggestions of course but first a bit of general advice. Video game review aggregators such as Metacritic are actually not half bad. The fact that games rely on mechanics which can be broken or well made makes reviews matter a bit more than they do with movies. Generally games that have something to offer someone will get a decent score (above an 8 or so).

    You will miss out on a lot of under the radar titles but it is a good starting point when trying to break into a new consoles catalog. Take the cream of the critical crop and then pare that list down by doing a bit of research to figure out whether or not those games fit your personal taste.

    Now, here are my personal suggestions that you might not find by just searching the aggregators for something that catches your eye.
    People have hit the bigger titles that you should definitely check out so I’ll give you a couple of smaller ones you can buy online through your console.

    I enjoyed BitTripBeat quite a bit. Its a fun mash-up of rhythm games and pong where you make a song play by intercepting dots with your paddle.

    I’ve heard the rest of the BitTrip series is good but have not tried others myself.

    I can also recommend World of Goo.

    Have fun!

  9. May 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm —

    We had this discussion on my favorite video game website, videogamegeek.com. It’s a newer site, but it’s more focused on the community than any other site as far as I can tell.


  10. May 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm —

    I recently went through this process myself! My advice: Watch Extra Credits at Penny Arcade. Okay, so maybe that’s only if you reeaaally like the analytical bent for everything. If you’re thinking you might get into RPGs, I can’t recommend the Persona series enough. I especially like Persona 3, but both 3 and 4 are excellent. If you’re up for a platforming challenge and don’t mind going back to the 8- and 16-bit eras, Megaman and Megaman X are fantastic. And this may be a bit of an odd recommendation, but I loved The Hobbit. If you’ve got an affinity for Tolkien lore in the first place, you’ll enjoy it; it’s a well made game. Also, Psychonauts. Psychonauts is awesome. Okami’s another one. It’s got a unique and gorgeous aesthetic, and its gameplay has been compared to Zelda. The End is another odd one, but I loved it. It’s a free, philosophy-themed, online platformer. So fun.

  11. May 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm —

    You are all being extraordinarily helpful!

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