Happy Belated Birthday: The PS3 and Wii Turn Two

November 17 & 19, 2006, where were you? Well, if you’re an early adopter chances are you were waiting in a line at one of the many video game retailers across the country. Gamers (and eBay entrepreneurs) lined the sidewalks of retailers in anticipation of Sony and Nintendo’s foray into the next gen console war. Two years removed and questions still remain for both consoles, but when it comes to the top games we have the answer.

We thought about baking a cake in celebration of this occasion, but instead we decided to count down the top five console exclusives for each of the platforms. In a collaborative effort we, the staff of EDG, bring you our picks. So, without further ado here it is.

Nintendo Wii:

5. Metroid Prime 3

The side scrolling adventure turned FPS during the Gamecube era made it’s wonderful Wii debut with this title. While it lacked the multi-player mode made popular in the DS iteration (Metroid Prime Hunters) the story and game-play more than made up for this. This title features some of the best Wii motion controls of any game to date on the Nintendo console.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

What’s a Nintendo system without a little Zelda love? Twilight Princess had Zelda fans foaming at the mouth for the triumphant return of Link. Easily the best launch title for the Wii – TP had gamers pouring hours of their life into the little, white machine right off the jump. With it’s incredible story, hours of game-play, and solid focus on action, rather then waggle controls, TP is still one of the best titles to grace the Wii.

3. Wii Sports

This incredible tech demo turned pack-in title for the Wii is easily one of the most recognizable games for the system. Wii Sports had gamers and non-gamers alike bowling, golfing, boxing, playing baseball, and tennis until they developed elbow arthritis (or threw a wii-mote through their HD TV). Definitely the best game to show off the controls and function of the Wii-mote, Wii Sports has set the bar high for waggle based game-play.

2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Nintendo’s unique brawler is easily one of it’s most successful franchises. Series faithfuls have been throwing down since the N64 days, and were certainly pleased with this outing. SSBB has you controlling your choice of video game character (mostly from traditional Nintendo series’) and facing off against three other human or A.I. controlled opponents. Brawl introduced online play to Nintendo’s fighting series, which continues to develop into one of the best fighters available on any console.

1. Super Mario Galaxy

The plumber may have missed the Wii’s launch, but that didn’t stop his game from selling millions worldwide when it finally did hit store shelves. Galaxy built upon what Mario 64 started by expanding it’s open world feel and sending Mario into space.  If any game ever justified owning a system solely for it’s playing, Galaxy is definitely it.

Honorable Mention: Zack & Wiki, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Lost Winds, Wii Fit

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Playstation 3

5. MLB ’08: The Show

The Show presented 2k’s baseball series with it’s only video-game rival, and easily became the best game of stick ball available for any console. 08′ incorporated some in depth features including “Road to the Show” which takes the traditional “create-your-own-player” mode to a new level. With it’s slick performance, crisp graphics and flawlessly executed game-play, The Show is video game’s equivalent to the Yankees (I hate the Yankees).

4. Ratchet & Clank: Future

One of Sony’s flagship titles, Ratchet & Clank, made it’s PS3 debut to critical acclaim. Future took the R&C series, and threw in “Pixar-like” graphics to create, not only a fun, but also one of the most beautiful platformers ever. Ratchet & Clank continues to please fans, and offers one of the few family friendly titles that is still able to appeal to the “hardcore”.

3. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune

Naughty Dog’s Uncharted presented gamers with a “tomb raider” who was able to compete with Ms. Croft. One part Tomb Raider one part Gears – Uncharted had gamers seeking out treasures, fighting off bad guys, and exploring jungles as pretty boy Nathan Hale. The games gunplay, while not flawless, was solid enough to add a new element to the traditional cave exploration game type. It looks like Sony has another blockbuster franchise on it’s hands.

2. LittleBigPlanet

Platformer? Puzzle game? Shooter? LBP’s the game that is whatever you want it to be. With it’s robust game creation tool-set players are able to create whatever type of level or game that their mind can think up. Rather just play? You can also jump online and download user created levels, or just play the one’s that come with the game. The game’s Sackboy character has quickly become a face that Sony can rally behind (and hopefully save the life of the PS3).

1. Metal Gear Solid 4

Snake may be old and near death, but this game is full of life. Kojima’s MGS series has long been a staple of Sony’s consoles, and this outing is possibly the best. This game presents some of the most realistic and beautiful environments that any console has ever seen. Possibly the best game of 2008, it’s no wonder it made the top spot on our list.

Honorable Mention: PixelJunk Monsters, Warhawk, Resistance 2

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