The Wii is ten years old! A full decade! So, uh, hey, let’s talk about exclusive games for it.
I’ve read a couple of seemingly anti-retrogame articles recently and it’s got me thinking. The first was written by Dennis Scimeca over at Joystick Division. That one asserts that old games are essentially just that, old, and have no place amongst all the shiny new games we have now because they lack some cultural relevance that Citizen Kane has decades later. Fortunately, his cohort Garrett Martin wrote a pretty good comeback. The more recent is a piece by Joel Goodwin over at Electron Dance. It’s the last in a long series about his history with games and seems to assert that the only value in old games is for us older gamers (whatever the fuck that even means, I’m in my twenties, goddamnit) to relive our childhoods. The games aren’t actually that great, it’s just our rose-tinted nostalgia goggles that make them seem good.
Having raised myself on a healthy diet of Contra as a child I imagined that everyone was as familiar and devoted to Konami’s iconic shooter as I was. So, of course when I discovered that our friends across the pond never had Contra I was shocked and dismayed! Who did children look up to when they don’t have role models like Bill and Lance? Turns out they look up to the Probotectors.