This coming Friday heralds the official start of the holiday buying season and the biggest shopping day of the year. You can bet that there will be a handful of great deals, but we wanted to make sure you had a little direction going in to the holidays, so we're giving you this handy guide. Today we'll be taking on the Wii, but keep checking back, as we'll be covering all the major consoles throughout the week.
Recommended For a Crowd - "New Super Mario Bros. Wii"
Pictured above, "New Super Mario Bros. Wii" manages to capture the magic of the original Mario games, while adding in the ability to play with up to four players simultaneously. It's also the one game that will probably please just about every Wii owner, making it an ideal I-have-no-idea-what-to-get gift.
Recommended For The Casual Gamer - "Wii Sports Resort"
Everyone who owns a Wii has played "Wii Sports," so upgrading to "Wii Sports Resort" isn't too much of a stretch. Thankfully Nintendo didn't just ride on the popularity of the first game with "Resort," as there are more games with better controls the second time around. You may want to buy your casual gamer friend a second Wii Motion Plus attachment, though, as they'll need it for multiplayer.
Recommended For The Hardcore Gamer - "Muramasa: The Demon Blade"
This is a tricky category, as hardcore gamers are notorious efficient at picking up the games they want to play. But with a game like "Muramasa: The Demon Blade," it's possible they missed it the first time around, since it was a bit of a dark horse title. Gorgeous 2D graphics and fantastic levels of depth make this an easy choice for those who consider gaming their main pastime.
Recommended For The Younger Gamer - "New Super Mario Bros. Wii"
Not to repeat myself, but just because you're buying a game for a younger kid doesn't mean it has to be bad. Unless you consider hopping on turtle shells a violent endeavor, you'll have a hard time finding anything offensive in this game, and the fact that you can play along with your favorite half pint and help them through the harder bits makes this an easy pick.
Recommended For The Mature Gamer - "Dead Space: Extraction"
While the Wii excels at family-friendly games, there are a few solid titles for the more mature family members. "Dead Space: Extraction" is a gruesome, thoroughly enjoyable shooter which features 2-player co-op, as well. Children should be kept far away, but older gamers will no doubt get a kick out of this one.
Recommended Purchase With A Console - Extra Remote, Nunchuk, Wii Motion Plus
If you just picked up a brand new Wii console for the holidays, make sure you pick up an extra Wii remote and nunchuk while you're at it. If that makes no sense to you whatsoever, just ask the clerk at the store, they'll help you out. Also, if you pick up "Wii Sports Resort," get a second Wii Motion Plus attachment, as you'll need it for multiplayer.