Cheap gamer's paradise: The Wii

This cartoonish and family-friendly boxing game, based on the 1980s Nintendo title, has strayed little from its original formula: dodge punches, counter and repeat.

Being an early adopter is a perverse thing. Sure, you may get to lay down some smack talk on your friends that you rushed through all 40-plus hours of “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” before the first week of December, but now that we’ve turned the page on 2011, those patient, penny-pinching friends might throw this right back at you: They’re paying less than half for the same experience.

Keeping in mind that the smarter gamers (or parents) among us might have waited until recently to get the best possible bundle deal on a Wii, here are the top titles you might want to consider with your new waggle wonder. Despite the Wii-U on the horizon and post-holiday deals abound, now is the best time to be a new Wii owner — especially if you’re price-conscious. The technology marches on, but that leaves plenty of great titles that can be grabbed for a fraction of the original price.


About the Authors

Brian Bowers is Stars and Stripes’ Assistant Managing Editor for Europe and Mideast and one of its video game reviewers. He joined the newspaper in 1992 in Germany, where he worked on the news desk and the city desk. He has a wife and three children, who are always eager to help him test games.

Sam Laney joined Stars and Stripes in 2007 as a copy/layout editor and slowly convinced upper management to support his video game habit. Since then, he’s added game reviews and previews to his list of duties and moved on to the iPad. When he’s not rocking newbies in “Left4Dead2,” he covers PC and Nintendo systems.

Michael S. Darnell joined Stars and Stripes in 2013 as a reporter and quickly annoyed his bosses into allowing him to write about video games in his spare time. He's a PC gamer at heart whose life goals include building the first gaming PC on Mars.