Due to its motion controls, the Nintendo Wii was home to several light gun games. The possibility of playing these type of shooters without having to buy some expensive attachments or additional controllers (though you could definitely still do it) made the Wii one of the best platforms when it comes to the somewhat forgotten genre. Below, you’ll find a list with the best light gun games, but take into account that first-person shooters or games with light gun sequences weren’t taken into account.
5. The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
This compilation, which features The House of the Dead 2 and 3 for the Nintendo Wii and is compatible with the Zapper attachment, might not be the best light gun games, but they are classics. House of the Dead 2 comes with both the original and the arcade mode, as well as minigames, a boss mode and a training mode. House of the Dead 3 has a time attack mode, an extreme mode and a new melee attack that can block enemy attacks.
4. Ghost Squad
Developed and published by Sega, Ghost Squad is a light gun rail shooter game that originally came out in arcades, but later was ported to the Nintendo Wii in 2007. Apart from being able to control the game with the Wiimote and the Nunchuck, Ghost Squad also supports the Wii Zapper to target enemies, defuse bombs and detain hostages. The Wii version of the game came with some extras, including four-player support and online leaderboards via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
3. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, The Darkside Chronicles
Although these are separate games, I ultimately decided to include both The Umbrella Chronicles and The Darkside Chronicles as the same entry. The Umbrella Chronicles which came out in 2007, recapitulates events from Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. The Darkside Chronicles, on the other hand, serves as a prequel to Resident Evil 4 and features four scenarios set in events from Resident Evil 2 and Code: Veronica. This light gun games work both a great light gun games and as a love letter to fans of Resident Evil.
2. Dead Space: Extraction
This rail shooter based on the Dead Space series takes place before the events of the first game and during the first animated movie Dead Space: Downfall. In Extraction, you face re-animated human corpses known as Necromorphs in a space colony. The game introduced new enemies, environments and weapons and in terms of controls, you had some control over the camera, you could point and shoot, use a secondary firing mode and perform melee attacks. It might be short, but if you’re into horror games and light gun games, Extraction deserves your time.
1. The House of the Dead: Overkill
Overkill is a rail dead shooter similar to other House of the Dead games, but other than its gameplay, this is a completely different game. Overkill is easier than previous games, it’s extremely violent, has a grindhouse B-movie style, there are cheesy one-liners and F-bombs that are definitely part of the game’s charm, there’s a vintage soundtrack, has toilet humor. This is such a refreshingly unique light gun games, that it might convince some newcomers that the genre is worth checking out in this day and age.