Wii on Wii U: The LightGun Games

One of the greatest genres of gaming on the original Wii was the plethora of incredible lightgun style arcade shooters.  With the Wii U finally selling proper, it is time to continue our series on “Wii on Wii U” by giving you a look at all the fantastic lightgun games you can pick up for your Wii U to play in OG Wii mode.  The Wii’s sensor bar and on-screen reticle make in an obvious choice for lightgun games.  The Wii U follows in that tradition.

For the uninitiated, lightgun shooters are typically “on rails” arcade style shooters where you are taken through various scenes and environments automatically while trying to maximize your score and completion percentage.  In the arcade, these games included titles like Ghost Squad, Area 51, Target: Terror, CarnEVIL, Jurassic Park and dozens of others.

Note: At the end, I’ll include some other “gun games” that may be some fun shooters.

LightGun Games

These are presented in alphabetical order.  While every attempt was made for completeness, this list should not be considered all-inclusive.  Only retail titles are included here.

Attack of the Movies 3D (Amazon)

In Attack of the Movies 3D, players take on the role of the hero in their favorite action film by battling through six 3D movie-themed worlds! Using genre-based weapons within each scene, players fight off attacking enemies including zombies, robots, giant insects and more. Attack of the Movies 3D comes packaged ready for action with four pairs of 3D glasses to support multiplayer mode. Players can defeat enemies with the help of up to three friends while still competing to see who achieves the highest score, or play in single player mode and fight alone. Additionally, branching paths and changing enemy attack patterns ensure that – unlike the real movies – players will never fight the same battle twice.


Dead Space Extraction (Amazon)

Although designed to preserve the feel of the action of the original game, gameplay in Extraction is also quite unique. First, the player perspective has been changed from third, to first-person, placing all the action right in front of you. Also, Extraction is a ‘rail shooter,’ meaning a shooter game where most of the action engaged in and paths followed are programmed into the mission play, instead of the freeform wandering ability built into the considerably larger Next-Gen and PC Dead Space release. The combination of these two changes funnels the players focus onto the combat options available in the game. In dealing with the danger of the alien Necromorphs swarming the game space, Dead Space Extraction utilizes the precision of the Wii Remote in variety of ways. Weapons like the Plasma Cutter can dispatch these enemies from a distance by taking advantage of the remote’s pointing targeting ability, while a quick wave can activate weapons like the Ripper, a guidable spinning saw blade. The Wii Remote is also handy for picking up items and hurling them at enemies using the power of Kinesis.


Dino Strike (Amazon)

Are you the Hunter or will you end up being the Hunted? It’s a race for survival in Dino Strike as you blast through jungles filled with prehistoric beasts looking to put you on the endangered species list. Ferocious dinosaurs are not only alive and well, but stalking you at every turn, so stay sharp or you may find it is you who faces extinction!


Ghost Squad (Amazon)

SEGA’s top grossing light gun game, Ghost Squad, comes to the Wii system and replicates the excitement of the arcade experience in your home! The Ghost Squad is a Special Forces unit established in strict secrecy by the U.N. to combat terrorism and carry out special highly-classified missions without leaving a trace.


Gunblade NY/L.A Machineguns (Amazon)

Two fast-paced and beloved arcade shooter games take you to the skies above some of America’s most well-known locales. Up to two players control achineguns on two flying battle vehicles to destroy an android terrorist invasion. First, combat android invaders in New York City with your Gunblade helicopter gunship. Then, climb aboard a futuristic hovering gunship to battle a new force of android enemies in Los Angeles and West Coast locales such as Alcatraz, Yosemite and Las Vegas. Wii Zapper compatible and a host of added Wii features like online leaderboards for worldwide ranking and Wii Remote vibration complete the experience.


Heavy Fire Afghanistan (Amazon)

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan propels you into the gut-wrenching, fast-paced action of modern-day Afghanistan. Hunt down the enemy and secure the area as you scour thick forests, mountains and bustling towns. Take the enemies on their own territory and rescue hostages from caves. Use your skills as a soldier as you fly in helicopters, ride in tanks, drive trucks and cover the ground on foot across 24 suspenseful missions. Gather your team and play in co-op modes with friends, or face off against them in versus mode. The enemy’s firing relentlessly at you. Take cover, gather yourself, grab the biggest gun you can find and take out the enemy with Heavy Fire.


House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (Amazon)

Two fan-favorite titles from The House of the Dead series are being compiled into one action-packed horror shooter for the Wii. Both The House of the Dead 2 and III will feature the original arcade experience, complete with branching storylines, six ghoul-filled game modes and bonus content. Re-live your glory days in the arcades as you mow down packs of biting and clawing undead.


House of the Dead Overkill (Amazon)

The House of the Dead: OVERKILL charges you with mowing down waves of infected, blood-thirsty zombies in a last-ditch effort to survive and uncover the horrific truth behind the origins of the House of the Dead. Survival horror as its never been seen before, The House of the Dead: OVERKILL is a pulp-style take on the best selling, classic SEGA light-gun shooter series. Back when the famous Agent G was fresh out of the academy, he teamed up with hard-boiled bad-ass Agent Washington to investigate stories of mysterious disappearances in small-town Louisiana. Little did they know what blood-soaked mutant horror awaited them in the streets and swamps of Bayou City.


MadDog McCree Gunslinger’s Pack (Amazon)

In Mad Dog Mccree Gunslinger Pack, players can use their Wii Remote as a virtual six-shooter and go back to the Wild West to take down outlaws. There are three arcade classics in this game: Full versions of Mad Dog McCree, Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold, and The Last Bounty Hunter. Gamers can track down the diabolical Mad Dog McCree and the wanted fugitives Handsome Harry, Nasty Dan, El Loco, and Cactus Kid. Multiple players can team up in “Posse” mode to go for the highest possible combined score. If you are looking for a bit of competition, go head-to-head in “Rebel” mode in a contest to track down the wanted outlaws and rack up the best score.


Martian Panic (Amazon)

The Martians are coming and it’s up to you (and your friends) to stop them! Battle a horde of loony Martian invaders in this 1 to 4 person shoot-em-up game for the Wii. Packed with non-stop action, players will use a range of powerful weapons against a gang of colorful and comical enemy invaders. Collect powerups and rescue helpless civillians to get high scores and earn achievements. Visit a range of iconic locales from the drive-in movie theater to the Great Pyramids of Giza. Everything in the game is rendered in colorful comic book style with a retro 50’s science fiction vibe.


Medal of Honor Heroes 2 (Amazon)

It’s June 6th, 1944, and the war is far from over. Step into the boots of OSS Operative John Berg and infiltrate Normandy from behind enemy lines to undermine the Nazi regime. As a special agent of the Office of Strategic Services, you must use tactics of combat, infiltration, assassination, reconnaissance, and sabotage to carry out the covert operations that will help defeat the Nazi war machine once and for all.


Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Amazon)

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is the sequel to Capcom’s highly successful, million-selling Wii title, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. A rail shooter with an included two-player co-op play option, The Darkside Chronicles is set within a new compelling story which sees the return of series favorites Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield to the fray in new and classic levels. The game also contains customizable weapons, a wealth of collectibles and a dynamic difficulty feature that automatically adjusts to players’ abilities, which together ensure a fun, yet challenging Resident Evil gaming experience, regardless of skill level.


Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (Amazon)

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is a brand new game in the Resident Evil franchise, with familiar locales from the entire series. This action/shooter hybrid reveals the back story behind the fall of the Umbrella Corporation by exploring locations from Resident Evil 0, 1, 2 and 3 as well as new never-before-seen locations, such as Umbrella’s stronghold. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles combines first-person, light-gun style combat with interactive pathways, multiple weapons and new enemies to create an entirely new Resident Evil experience that could only be delivered on the Wii.


Target Terror (Amazon)

Target Terror is the first game from Konami that will be compatible with Nintendo’s new Wii Zapper. With both players will be able to capture the old-school flavor of fast-paced light gun shooters from gaming’s glory days of the arcades. Target Terror puts players in the role of an elite counter-terrorist agent charged with protecting the U.S. from an ever-increasing wave of terrorist threats. With a full-scale assault spanning the entire nation, players can show these terrorist thugs who’s boss, using an assortment of lethal weapons including machine guns, grenade launchers, freeze guns, flamethrowers and even an orbital laser beam from space. Target Terror also features a unique “Justice Mode,” allowing players to dual-wield weapons for twice the mayhem. Target Terror also features an unlockable offering of fun and humorous mini-games inspired by a variety of arcade classics.


Wild West Shootout (Amazon)

Draw your six-shooter and survive a hail of gunfire in Wild West Shootout. Fight your way through treacherous terrain on your way west, but beware – outlaws are rounding every corner looking to take you down with a single bullet, so watch your step and keep your finger on the trigger! Barrel through the gun smoke, and live to tell the tale of gold rushes and gunfights.


Bonus: Gun Games

Arcade Shooting Gallery (Amazon)

It seemed like any other day at the local amusement park. Smiles, the laughter of children, parents taking their children on rides… nothing out of the ordinary. However, a secret agent has crept his way into the Central Control Tower and has taken over the park! Now all of the once friendly clowns and other robotic characters have run amok, bringing evil chaos to an otherwise pleasant day at this state-of-the-art park. In Arcade Shooting Gallery, your mission is clear. Players assume the roles of Tony and Melissa in this third person shooter with a colorful cartoon feel. Shoot down enemies with Laser Guns, Bubble Bomb Pistols, and more in order to bring order back to the park. Explore different sections of the carnival and shoot down all that comes at you—but be aware, these enemies will not go down quietly. Fend off their attacks and you’ll be home free.


Deer Drive Legends (Amazon)

Get your firearms locked and loaded. You’re going to the far corners of the earth to hunt some of the wildest animals rarely seen by the human eye. Choose from diverse weapons like sniper rifles, crossbows, and high-powered shotguns to capture your greatest trophy ever. Featuring more than 30 elusive animals including woolly rhinos, white-tailed deer, wolves and Irish elk, Deer Drive Legends for Wii puts you up close and personal with some of the deadliest creatures in the world. Go against the feared T-Rex, saber-toothed cats, and more in vicious boss battles. But watch out these animals are eager to turn you into dinner!


Cocoto Magic Circus (Amazon)

Free Fairy and become a sharp shooter! Four game modes from 1-4 players: Arcade, Training, Duel and Tournament. 40 Mini games all original! Fun surprising bonuses!


Legend of Zelda: Crossbow Training (Amazon)

The Wii Zapper is a gun peripheral that allows the user to insert a Wii Remote and Nunchuk, both sold separately, into either end and play a compatible game. The control stick on the Nunchuk controls player movement (on stages that allow player movement), while aiming the Wii Zapper moves the targeting reticule on the screen. The Zapper comes with Link’s Crossbow Training, which helps to familiarize the player with the Zapper in a shooting gallery style game. Link’s Crossbow Training contains three game styles: target shooting, defender and ranger.


Reload (Amazon)

Things have gone completely haywire for our humble poultry-farming friend! Crazy chickens have infiltrated his once anonymous and boring life – and now all of his chickens are going mad! Chickens on rockets! Chickens on water skis! Chickens jumping on trampolines! In Chicken Blaster, it’s time to put those crazy chickens in their place. Blast them off the farm with an arsenal of weapons – but keep an eye on those egg-wielding birds determined to defend their new insane way of life.


Chicken Blaster (Amazon)

Things have gone completely haywire for our humble poultry-farming friend! Crazy chickens have infiltrated his once anonymous and boring life – and now all of his chickens are going mad! Chickens on rockets! Chickens on water skis! Chickens jumping on trampolines! In Chicken Blaster, it’s time to put those crazy chickens in their place. Blast them off the farm with an arsenal of weapons – but keep an eye on those egg-wielding birds determined to defend their new insane way of life.


Chicken Riot (Amazon)

It’s time to get out your good ole’ gun and save the farm. Believe it or not, you’re facing an all out chicken rebellion! If you don’t want to have your dwelling ruined, you’d better shoot the wretched hens that are running amuck. Shoot them on the ground and in the air, as they swoop down on you. Drive them from your farm and from the graveyard… No wait, the graveyard is exactly the place where you want them! Redneck Chicken Riot for the Nintendo Wii is a hilarious on-rails shooter game fun for the entire family!


Chicken Shoot (Amazon)

Climb behind the trigger and help our distressed farmer friend obliterate hordes of no good cluckers! Great comic sound effects, and catchy original songs to fashion a world where hunting fowl is a blast! Brilliant animation takes you through forests and villages, through deserts and mountains, winging winged adversaries and piling up points!


Toy Story Mania! (Amazon)

Inspired by the Disney/Pixar feature film, Toy Story and the 4D Toy Story Mania attraction at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, Toy Story Mania! is now headed exclusively to the Wii Video game system. In addition to galleries adapted from the attraction, the game includes new and original galleries and a series of mini games, all hosted by beloved characters from the movies. The thematically-connected levels are designed for up to four players of all ages with competitive and co-operative multiplayer options.


Top Shot Dinosaur Hunter (Amazon)

In this epic shooter set on a dark, mysterious island lost in time, players assume the role of weapons and survival expert Craig Dylan, who has been hired to protect a research team studying the strange temporal energy of the island. Protection quickly becomes a fight for survival as Dylan is pulled back in time through the Bermuda Triangle and finds himself facing the most terrifying creatures in the history of the planet.

Combat encounters include arena style fights, fortification sieges, survival modes and unforgettable boss battles. Adrenaline bursts give you an edge – this cinematic gameplay feature allows the player to visualize and then target an opponent’s weak points in slow moti


Remington Super Slam Hunting Africa (Amazon)

Hunt Africa’s most dangerous game! Stalk over 30 of Africa’s most lethal animals to fill your trophy room and become the greatest Hunter on the Dark Continent. Use over 30 real, licensed weapons, scopes, and accessories to climb your way to the top of the Online Leaderboards! Remington Super Slam Hunting: Africa features both competitive and cooperative multiplayer for up to 4 players. Compete for 175 achievements and trophies. More than 30 unique and dangerous environments await you! No passport required.


Remington Super Slam Hunting Alaska (Amazon)

The Alaskan wilderness is home to some of the most ferocious animals on Earth. Here is your chance to pay them a visit! Remington Super Slam Hunting: Alaska sends you into the cold, sometimes snowy wilds of the Alaskan frontier.


Remington Super Slam Hunting North America (Amazon)

From the publishers and developers of the best selling game Deer Drive comes Remington Super Slam Hunting: North America! Hunt Elk, Moose, Bison, Deer and more in 30 unique locations across the U.S. and Canada. Hunt alone or grab a buddy and hunt together in the first ever start-to-finish Co-Op Career Mode, with the chance to earn over 120 medals and achievements. Compete with your friends in the fast-paced Versus Mode for up to 4 players, or post your scores to the Online Leaderboards to show the world you’re the best hunter in North America.


Remington Great American Bird Hunt (Amazon)

Remington Great American Bird Hunt is the ultimate North American bird hunting game. Fun and fast paced, you and your four legged hunting partner and buddy Rockford use a collection of Remington shotguns that look, feel and shoot like the real deals. Hunt through sixty levels of geese, ducks, turkeys, pheasant, grouse and other birds. Different birds mean you’ll need to use different guns and different strategies but enjoy the same hunting thrill. Collect more than 50 trophies, awards and power-up items. Perfect to play by yourself, with the family or with your shooting buddies, Remington Great American Bird Hunt is for 1-4 players and includes a special party modes as well cooperative and competitive play and a leader board to show off your skill.


Top Shot Arcade (Amazon)

Shootin’ fun for everyone! Have a Blast in 4 player head-to-head arcade action! Enjoy non-stop laughs and the wildest shootin’ action ever as you compete in 75 arcade style shootin’ galleries and 15 over the top bonus games. Featuring 4 person head-to-head arcade style gameplay, this is the ultimate game for a party or family night.


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