2009 Wize Choice Awards: Wii Gamers Name Mario Kart, High School Musical and Super Smash Bros. Brawl as the Best Games

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Far Cry: Vengeance, AMF Bowling Pinbusters, and Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum Cited as the Worst Games, Earn UnWize Choice Awards

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Mario Kart for Wii is a wonderful game! It's great for all ages. I love that Mario still has his old school buddies in this game!

No one wants to spend good money on bad video games. Just in time for the holidays, product recommendation engine Wize.com is making it easy for Wii gamers to choose great games - and avoid those that are bad - with the 2009 Wize Choice Awards for Wii Games. The games given Wize Choice Awards are those rated the best in thousands of reviews from gaming fans across the Web. These are Mario Kart, High School Musical and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Those panned by gamers - Far Cry: Vengeance, AMF Bowling Pinbusters and Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum - received UnWize Choice Awards, so video game enthusiasts know to stay far away. Reviews of these games cited poor graphics, bad characters and unresponsiveness to Wii controllers as the key reasons to avoid these games.

The Wize Choice Awards are selected using the patent-pending Wize Product Research Engine, which analyzes millions of online product reviews. It allows consumers to search for products using natural, everyday language - "I want the best Wii games for kids" - and bases its findings on what consumers have said is important.

2009 Wize Choice Award: Best Wii Games

Best Wii Game for Kids: Mario Kart
"Mario Kart for Wii is a wonderful game! It's great for all ages. I love that Mario still has his old school buddies in this game!"

  •     100% of the reviews recommend for children
  •     88% of the reviews mention best game ever
  •     46% of the reviews mention multiplayer

Best Wii Game for Singing: High School Musical
"Excellent Wii game. Both of my daughters (ages 7 and 11) and their friends love singing with the songs and then being told they are a rock star."

  •     69% of the reviews recommend for singing
  •     100% of the reviews recommend for kids
  •     43% of the reviews mention fun!

Best Wii Game for Online Play: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
"BEST GAME EVER!! I LOVE ALL OLD SCHOOL NINTENDO GAMES AND THIS BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN ALL THE CHARACTERS... I CAN PLAY IT FOR HOURS."

  •     25% of the reviews mention online play
  •     20% of the reviews recommend for families
  •     28% of the reviews mention graphics

2009 UnWize Choice Awards: The Worst Wii Games

Worst Wii Shooter Game: Far Cry: Vengeance
"In all honesty, I couldn't even get past the terrible graphics in the opening sequence. Even the worst computer games of 1993 didn't look this bad!!!"

  •     79% of the reviewers have given this Wii Game three stars or less
  •     66% of the reviewers did not like the graphics of this Wii Game

Worst Wii Sports Game: AMF Bowling Pinbusters
"This is the worst game I have ever played. There is not one aspect of this game that is good. The characters and their sayings are really annoying. The game play is pathetic."

  •     78% of the reviewers have given this Wii Game three stars or less
  •     65% of the reviewers have mentioned they prefer Wii Sports - Bowling

Worst Wii Fitness Game: Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum
"This was the worst Wii Fit game ever invented! It barely responded to anything I did, and when I finally figured out how to make my avatar work the response time was slow!"

  •     85% of the reviewers have given this Wii Game three stars or less
  •     25% of the reviewers were disappointed with this Wii Game

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Wize (Wize.com) simplifies product research by helping consumers find products based on their needs instead of technical product features. Users simply tell Wize what product they are looking for and how they want to use it. The patent-pending Wize Product Research Engine then reads data from thousands of sources across the Web, analyzes some 26 million recommendations for more than 1 million products, and provides a personalized list of the top products for a users needs. Wize, headquartered in Burlingame, Calif., is privately held and funded by Mayfield Fund and Bessemer Venture Partners. For more information, visit Wize.com.

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