The Wackiest Games on the Wii
The standard fare of Wii party games are fighting games, mini game collections, and the odd racing game. I propose a new staple for your gatherings and get-togethers: games that will have you and your party rolling on the floor laughing.
Just for Laughs
So you've had several rounds of Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Or Mario Kart, or Guitar Hero, etc.) and you're looking for something else to play. Competition is great, but sometimes you just need to play something fun just for the sake of playing. Heck, maybe you and your party are willing to make fools of yourselves while you play. The following is a list of games that I'm sure you'll get a laugh or two out of.
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Smooth Moves is a collection of mini games that challenge the player to use the wii remote in many different ways. The objective is simple: complete a quick mini game using the control method given to you, while the clock ticks down from ten seconds or less. Another mini game follows, and another, and another, until you are unable to complete any more games. After a few mini games, the timer speeds up and the games become more challenging. Mini game objectives range from tilting the remote sideways and keeping a panda bear balanced on a ball, to even more absurd things like moving the remote around the screeen to shave off the main character's facial hair. The action is frantic and the games are out-of-this-world crazy, and I can almost guarantee that gamers will be killing themselves with laughter.
I should note, however, that this game is no longer in print. You may have to scour your local game store for a used copy, or try to find one on the net somewhere.
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Similar to WarioWare in that it's a collection of mini games, Raving Rabbids challenges the gamer to get the best scores they can in games that feature psychotic rabbits doing weird things. While there are rhythm games and arcade style shooting games in the mix, most of the gameplay will involve activities like swatting bunnies who are singing off-key, or guiding a blindfolded rabbit into (Yes, into) as many cacti and campfires as possible. Some games will have the player waving their arms as fast as they can to get the best scores, while others will actually require a good deal of skill. Raving Rabbids is a great choice for those who find amusement in Looney Tunes-esque cartoon violence.
Defend Your Castle
Your weapon? A numbered tag off of a bag of bread... Your castle? A masterpiece of paper and cardboard... Your enemies? Stick men... It might not sound too impressive, but just give this WiiWare title a chance. The goal is to keep the advancing hordes of stick men away from your frail castle walls, using your bread tag cursor to toss their fragile bodies into the air or into the cardboard ground. The stick men soon come at you with cap gun ammunition bombs and popsicle stick battering rams, and the sheer number of foes can make this a very challenging game. Luckily, you can convert some of the horde into allies to power upgradable towers. What got me laughing though? Probably the fact that all of the sound effects in this game were made by a person, rather than a computer.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a fantastic game; every bit the classic that we've all come to expect from the franchise. One might not think of this game as funny or wacky, but the reason I list this title here is because of the multiplayer co-op. Two players can team up to tackle things that one couldn't do alone, or solve difficult puzzles in interesting ways; but with three or four players, the game becomes a challenge just to survive until the end of the level. Even when the players aren't competing, it's hard not to step on someone's head and cause them to lose a life. For that reason, I can't help but call this title wacky.
You'll have to wait until spring for this WiiWare title, but that won't stop me from mentioning it. Clayfighter is a classic game from the Super NES era that mixes arcade style fighting with zany characters that you can't find in any other game. Combatants include a shapeshifting blob, a Gumby-like man made out of taffy, and a disgruntled snowman, among many others. Instead of blood, colorful chunks of clay fly off of characters when hit. The wacky special attacks and victory taunts should at least inspire a few chuckles. It was a great game back in the days of the Super NES, and I have no doubt that it will make a great addition to the Wii's selection of downloadable games.