Hidden RPG Gems on the Nintendo Wii
We’ve talked about some of the best RPGs on the Nintendo Wii, but as with all systems, some great games fly under the radar. If you think the Wii doesn’t have a lot of standout RPGs, here are a couple people often overlook.
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
Fragile Dreams is an unusual RPG. Co-developed by Namco Bandai and tri-Crescendo, it has many similarities with survival horror games, despite not being a horror game itself. It is set in a world where most of the population has vanished after a cataclysmic event. A teenage boy named Seto ventures into post-apocalyptic Tokyo to search for other survivors.
As you explore abandoned locations using the Wiimote as your flashlight, battle ghosts, and learn about Tokyo’s lost inhabitants through collectibles called Mementos, Fragile Dreams builds up a desolate, atmospheric world. It’s a haunting story about emotion and the bonds between people, and while it’s definitely not your typical RPG, it’s an excellent choice if you want something different.
Arc Rise Fantasia
Over on the turn-based side of things, Imageepoch developed an RPG called Arc Rise Fantasia for the Wii. It is infamous for bad voice acting and some translation issues, but if you can look beyond that, it’s a solid game that many of its fans consider to be one of the best on the system. Although it has many traditional elements, it also has some unique twists in its gameplay, such as a shared AP gauge that regenerates each turn.
Arc Rise Fantasia is set in a world where creatures called Feldragons endanger the Empire. A mercenary named L’arc is sent to fight a flock of them. There, he encounters a girl named Ryfia and eventually learns that a Child of Eesa must choose between two Laws or philosophies to determine the world’s path.
These are two of the Wii’s hidden RPG gems. Take a look at Arc Rise Fantasia if you want a traditional RPG experience… and check out Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon if you want something a bit more unusual.
What are some of your favorite underrated RPGs for the Wii?