Video games, in general, aren’t known for romance. Sure, you’ve got your Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and your Ico, but more often players are simply killing monsters, building empires, kicking balls or solving puzzles. Still, every once in a while, romance peeks out long enough to wink at the gamers. Here are a few games that bring love - or at least lust - to the Wii.
A young boy, alone in a post-apocalyptic world, catches a glimpse of a beautiful young girl and goes in search of her in this episodic role playing game with the most romantic title of any Wii game ever. There is also a secondary romance in this game as well, an artificial intelligence that seems to have a bit of a crush on the boy. But nothing is so effective at distracting boys from machines as skimpily dress girls.
Of all the Zelda games, Skyward Sword is the one that comes closest to explicitly making Zelda and Link into a couple, or at least two teenagers who like to gaze longingly at one another. It’s a chaste romance, but it is probably still the closest the two will ever get to actually dating.
What is romance? A meeting of the minds? Mutual attraction? Shared hopes and dreams? Sure. But perhaps true romance is a guy agreeing to a series of elaborate battles with top-ranked assassins because a hot woman says she’ll have sex with him if he does. If so, then that would make NMH2 the most romantic game ever made.
Love and marriage are generally good things, but choose the wrong mate and it could ruin your future, or in the case of BTTF:TG, the future of an entire town. In this sequel to the BTTF movies, a young Doc Brown’s past is altered, leading to a romance with the town busybody, in turn leading to an Orwellian future in Hill Valley. The game shows how important it is to wait for the right person to come along.
5. Sakura Wars: So Long My Love
This game offers a strange, very Japanese form of romance, being half dating sim and half mech combat. I found this game painfully tedious and didn’t play much of it, but since half the gameplay involves the main character trying to flirt with hot mech-fighting girls, it still has to be considered an important part of the Wii’s romance genre.
Forget Varla the stripper, this game is really about the bromance between Agent “G” and Isaac Washington, who, like many action heroes before them, are far closer to each other than to any sexy woman who crosses their paths. After all, nothing makes two guys bond faster than blasting hordes of zombies together.