If you have never played Okami before, you are in for an amazingly beautiful and awe-inspiringly epic adventure that simply must not be missed on Nintendo's console, particularly if you like games like Zelda. The title oozes charm and style from the opening credits and the Wii additions truly enhance the experience. Now, you can play the game in 480p and 16:9 widescreen, and you can do so using the Wii remote, which controls Amaterasu's celestial brush with a level of speed and accuracy never before possible. It's implemented so triumphantly that it actually changes the pace of the game, effectively speeding everything up.
Of course, there are some considerations, too -- first and foremost being that if you've restored Nippon before on PlayStation 2, you will not find any new content -- story, puzzles, power-ups, weapons, etc. -- waiting for you in the Wii version. This is disappointing since Okami's been out for nearly two years now. Meanwhile, not all of the control tweaks are for the better. The nunchuk-mapped dodge move, for instance, feels much worse. And the pronounced paper filter in the PS2 build is less visible the Wii version -- a visual shortcoming, as far as I'm concerned.
Still, Okami's strengths on Wii far outweigh any of its weaknesses. Wii owners can pick the game up for only $39.99 and those who do will be walking away with an outstanding title full of great adventure of a caliber typically reserved for titles starring Link and Zelda. I still think Twilight Princess is Wii's best adventure, but Okami is more than a worthy alternative. Support this game -- it deserves nothing less than your full attention.
(I feel that Okami for Wii is the better of the two versions, but I have rated it very slightly lower than the PS2 original to account for the fact that it arrives very late on Nintendo's console and with some remaining imperfections.)
Gorgeous presentation. Slick interface. Fantastic save system -- you can save as many times as necessary. Some annoying loads between overworld and sub-regions.
Beautiful style and a great 3D engine impress. New 480p and 16:9 widescreen modes are fantastic. Subtler paper filter. Still has some framerate dips.
Ambient, fitting, amazing. A truly spectacular soundtrack.
Entertaining, engaging and very fun. Feels like Capcom's very own Zelda-like adventure. The Wii-mote-mapped celestial brush is superb. Fantastic puzzles, satisfying boss fights, and much more.
It's a huge, epic, 30-plus-hour adventure.
(out of 10 / not an average)