The Best Wii Games

Wii-riffic.

If you're looking purely at sales numbers for the last generation of consoles, Nintendo's Wii was far and away at the top of the pile, selling more units than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Despite this, there are plenty of people who think that there were no "good" games released for Nintendo's groundbreaking console. We're here to bust that myth with our list of the must-have games for the Wii. Do you agree with our choices? Sound off in the comments below.

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Call of Duty Black Ops

"Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Wii is almost every bit as excellent as its HD console counterparts. New modes and mechanics give a jolt of energy to the lively competitive multiplayer; the engrossing new campaign is one of the best in the series; Combat Training mode allows anyone to enjoy the thrills of arena combat; and Zombies mode provides a goofy, gory diversion." -- Read our review

Donkey Kong Country Returns

"Donkey Kong Country Returns doesn't hide behind any gimmicks. This is a traditional take on 2D platformers, and it excels because the brilliant level design makes old obstacles seem new again. Every level hides a new surprise, and you'll replay them over and over again not only to nab every hidden collectible, but also because they're exquisitely entertaining." -- Read our review

Kirby's Epic Yarn

"Kirby's Epic Yarn makes it clear from the get-go that it is an adorable game that will put a smile on your face through its outstanding visual design, but the delights go much deeper than the delectable aesthetics. Clever levels with varied objectives make it a blast to play, and though the main story is way too easy, there are at least challenging minigames to unlock for those who want to test their reflexes." -- Read our review

Mario Kart Wii

"The all-new stunt system, simplified drifting mechanics, natural motion controls, and expansive online integration all come together in a single package that, despite a few hiccups, is one of the best and most accessible experiences available on the Nintendo Wii." -- Read our review

Rock Band 3

"Rock Band 3 not only introduces new and exciting things to the world of rhythm games, but it does almost everything better than those that have come before it. When it comes to accessible, inventive, and immensely entertaining music video games, nobody does it better than Rock Band 3." -- Read our review

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

"If you expected Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to be a high-quality continuation of the series, you'd be right. And yes, the Wii controls are terrific and intuitive, so if you hoped that controlling bounty hunter Samus Aran would be a dream, that wish has been granted, too." -- Read our review

Monster Hunter Tri

"This action/role-playing series finally reaches its potential with Tri, which renders its wild paradise in beautiful detail and lets you team up with friends or strangers online to tame it. A few of the game's facets are stubbornly mired in the past, such as a couple of awkward control issues and some online oddities. But this is, finally, what Monster Hunter had the potential to be all along: intense, involving, and most importantly, great fun." -- Read our review

New Super Mario Bros Wii

"New Super Mario Bros. Wii has more than nostalgia to back it up. While it doesn't stray too far from what's come before it, New Super Mario Bros. Wii's tight gameplay, multitude of secrets, accessibility for newcomers thanks to the nifty Super Guide, and some fun multiplayer additions all add up to a great platformer that Mario fans and nonfans alike should enjoy." -- Read our review

No More Heroes

"The fantastic combat is more than enough reason to revisit No More Heroes. This time, SUDA-51 has delivered a game that can match its absurd premise with equally stimulating gameplay, making for one of the most unique and satisfying action games in recent memory." -- Read our review

Click below to see more screens from our top Nintendo Wii games.

Okami

"There's much more to this game than you've probably come to expect from the typical action adventure experience, and the game is so well crafted from top to bottom that it's bound to impress just about anyone who gives it a chance." -- Read our review

Punch-Out!!

"Although the Wii version of Punch-Out plays almost identically to the NES original, the formula is still as intense, addictive, and fun as it ever was. The roster is mostly composed of fighters from the earlier games, but they are as exhilarating to fight now as they were the first time and come with a number of new moves and techniques that will flummox even the more hardened Punch-Out veterans." -- Read our review

Resident Evil 4

"The best games are worth playing through all over again. Not only does RE4 itself remain a heart-pounding thrill ride and a modern classic, but the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls breathe new life into a game that is still a treat to play." -- Read our review

Dead Space: Extraction

"Dead Space Extraction has been built from the ground up to offer a more strategic, story-oriented experience that acts as a second meaningful entry in the Dead Space universe. Extraction pulls no punches and delivers an uncompromised horror experience, complete with the series' famous strategic dismemberment, spooky atmosphere, and intense action." -- Read our review

Super Mario Galaxy 2

"It's the expertly designed levels that will keep you coming back, even after you've seen everything this game has to offer, just to experience it one more time. This is an instant classic that belongs alongside the best games Nintendo has ever created." -- Read our review

Super Paper Mario

"Super Paper Mario stands as an engaging and fun Wii game that's well worth your time. Super Paper Mario's humorous story, accessible gameplay, inventive design, cool visual style, and impressive amount of content give it an undeniable charm. Anyone with a Wii should check it out." -- Read our review

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

"Whether you're a diehard Smash Bros. fanatic or a neophyte brawler, you'll be pleased to know that Super Smash Bros. Brawl includes a plethora of impressive characters, features, and game modes, and is more accessible and fun than ever before." -- Read our review

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is one of the best games ever. Ever.

Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All Stars

"While fighting veterans will revel in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom's deeply satisfying combat, the game is without a doubt one of the easiest in the genre to jump into, thanks to control schemes that cater to everyone from brawling neophytes to air combo aficionados." -- Read our review

The Last Story

"It's a familiar tale, but The Last Story is far from a familiar game. It's a deep, fast-paced JRPG, that evolves the genre in ways that enhance its existing tropes, without stripping away at its soul." -- Read our review

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

"Twilight Princess is a great game that stays extremely true to the Zelda franchise's past. That's excellent news for fans of the series, who'll find in Twilight Princess a true-blue Zelda game with updated visuals, some new twists, plenty of challenging puzzles, and a faithful dedication to the series' roots." -- Read our review

WarioWare: Smooth Moves

"This game is totally built around the Wii Remote and maintains, if not surpasses, the level of absolute random insanity that has made the whole series so appealing. It's a terrific use of the Wii's unique control features, it looks amazing, and in short, it should be a part of your library." -- Read our review

Wii Fit

"Wii Fit takes the whole concept of games as exercise to a new level with the inclusion of a balance board peripheral that can tell you on the fly exactly how well--or how poorly--you're doing with its various activities. As such, Nintendo is heavily marketing this innovative title as a mixture of fitness and fun, and for the most part it works." -- Read our review

Wii Sports Resort

"holiday. Wii Sports Resort shines as a fun, accessible, and varied multiplayer experience, and while not all of its minigames are top-notch, there's plenty here to make this a great party game for any Wii owner." -- Read our review

Xenoblade in action.

Xenoblade Chronicles

"It has everything that seasoned JRPG veterans are looking for, but it also manages to lift the barrier for entry for those new to the genre. It retains the traditions it wants to and modernises the aspects it needs to. It's not only one of the best JRPGs in years; it's also one of the best RPGs regardless of subgenre. Xenoblade Chronicles is a captivating, magical game which deserves to be hailed as the revolution it is." -- Read our review

Zack and Wiki Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

"It might not win you over with its characters or story, but it will with its wonderfully crafted puzzles and sharp control mechanics. It's just the sort of game Wii owners have been pining for, the sort of game that blends accessibility and challenge into one seamless whole, and does it without devolving into yet another minigame collection." -- Read our review

House of the Dead: Overkill

"Overkill reinvents the aging shooter series for the better with an over-the-top grindhouse theme that resonates in its every aspect, from the hilarious story to the fantastic vintage soundtrack." -- Read our review

* GameSpot's Best Of Lists will updated periodically as new games worthy of inclusion are released on their respective platforms.

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Discussion

193 comments
Yagr_Zero
Yagr_Zero moderator moderator

Pretty good list, although I'm saddened at the absence of Skyward Sword.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I'd replace Black Ops with the Goldeneye remake (as a fan of the N64 original, I still think this game is awesome).

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

they forgot to add Red steel 2 and conduit on the list above

snxx
snxx

Solid list, but I would add No More Heroes 2; Muramasa: The Demon Blade; Little King's Story; Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn; Bully and MadWorld. Wii was a very solid console. Heck, it got me back into console gaming. If wasn't for it, today I would probably only game on my PC.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

I would add in The Little King's Story, Skyward Sword, Sonic Colors, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, Sin & Punishment Star Successor and Boom Blox. The Little King's Story was easily one of my favorite games on the Wii, blending strategy, simulation, with RPG elements all in a very charming story. 

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

It is not that the Nintendo Wii has no good games. It is just 50-80 great games out of a total Wii library of 2100 games which is pathetic. By far most were shovelware. Aimed at casual gamers most of which just bought a Wii and maybe 3-5 other games during the 2006-2012 lifespan of the Wii. It was mostly a Wii sports player for most of these non-gamers.


100.9 million sold it is Nintendo's only home console to ever sell past 100 million units. NES,SNES,Nintendo 64, Nintendo Gamecube, And The Wii U have not done this feat. 


In all the Wii did win the console sales race of the 7th generation. 80 million each for the much better Xbox one and PS3. 


The Wii has very few great games despite having the largest Nintendo library. Only the DS has a bigger game library. Selling 153.9 million and lasting 10 yrs. Today the DS is just barely active but 2004-2014 is a great run.


The Wii did better than I expected. It is worth playing those 50 to 80 great games for this system.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Did you seriously put a Call of Duty game on this list?

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Is this a joke? Dead Space Extraction was pure garbage. So were several others on this list

Jay2528
Jay2528

I know it did not sell very well but I would add MadWorld. Very fun and unique looking game.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

Nat Geo voice: and here, in this wild micro atmosphere of the gamespot plains, you will be able to see the remains of the almost extinct species of the video game universe, also known as nintendo fanboys.


Immature creatures that play kids games and support shitty, underpowered and overrated consoles.

playstationzone
playstationzone

well i think reason why Will sold because party games and old classic games since first time they had store.

Nightelf123
Nightelf123

RE 4 should be replace by RE 1 remake.

oromashu
oromashu

I'm surprised Little King Story isn't on this list. It's basically an underrated Pikmin. Both of which are fun games.



Rune Factory is also another good game. Though it's a farming sim/dungeon crawler, so I don't think it's too popular.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

I have over 40 games for Wii - 18 of which are on this list. Wii has some great games. You just need to know where to look in the mountain of shovelware.

JoInfo
JoInfo

Call of Duty, Rock Band, and HotD... Really? You had that much trouble making a list of decent Wii games?

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Skyward Sword was amazing. Where's that mention? House of the Dead was garbage. On any other system it would be laughed at.

jouster
jouster

Some great choices there - Zack and Wiki was particularly sadly overlooked. A couple of others my family had a lot of fun with were Mario Strikers Charged and the Boom Blox series.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles... really these two should be in their own list.


Edit: Also this list is super incomplete, even taking into account no games from the same series Little King Story and Red Steel 2 jumps to mind. It's also pretty messed up that it's not Skyward Sword and NMH: Desperate Struggle representing their series.


But yeah completely worthy article, busting the no good games on Wii myth.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Activision and EA multiplats? What happened GameSpot? Afraid your sponsors would frown upon your article if you didn't include them?

mr_nee
mr_nee

I kind of disagree with Wii's success story. While yes, Wii sold more consoles than PS3 and X360 (maybe combined? I don't know just a guess), but ultimately it led Nintendo to bad decisions and they lost both core gamers and casual gamers.

Imagine if Wii didn't do so well and Nintendo wouldn't come to conclusion that it doesn't matter if consoles HW is outdated as long as you provide exclusive games for a wierd controller -- WiiU most likely would be competing with PS4/BONE

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Ok...

No Skyward Sword but Twilight Princess means this list is joke imo.

Delkura
Delkura

Funny how the most successful console was the first one to die.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Megavideogamer  

Um so? Who here gives a damn about the percentage of great games? The amount is more important and for being by far the cheapest home console on the market, 50-80 great games is MORE than enough. It has the largest library because it was the most popular and easiest console to develop for. In the 6th gen, the PS2 had the lowest percentage of great games while the GameCube (or Dreamcast) had the highest percentage, same with the N64 vs the PSone, yet no one cared since both had strong libraries. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@The_Dragon_Born  
Such as? When you start being vague like that, it just tells us that you have no basis to what you're saying. Aside from Dead Space, the only other game I would remove is Black Ops. 

CptMorgan21
CptMorgan21

@The_Dragon_Born The problem is, is that there isn't anything better to put on the list.  Most of the Wii game library is garbage. 

Darksimm
Darksimm

@Jay2528 Very underrated treasure of a game.. It deserved way better than what it was delt. It should have made the list

Darksimm
Darksimm

@eze_sl89 Wow you must really be pissed that it outsold your console of choice. Don't worry the butthurt will eventually go away..It just takes time and alot of liquor..you'll be ok.
....on a reality note..you complain that it's a shitty, underpowered and overrated system but tell me you wouldn't want 1% of what that shitty , underpowered and overrated console made for money.

CptMorgan21
CptMorgan21

@Snakepond1 They only chose 1 game from any given series.  So only one Zelda and Mario galaxy game.

Darksimm
Darksimm

@mr_nee You don't need to have the best tech to have the best gameplay. XB360 / PS3 suffer from middle kid syndrome, they're not as powerful as a PC and they weren't as playful as the little brother (Wii). They were generic junk for the masses to play CoD on. Sad part is so is the PS4 / XBONE...well at least XBONE gets titanfall but once again not as powerful as the PC version..sorry middle kid you lose.

imm_84
imm_84

@mr_nee  not everyone cares about graphics ... Wii has proven that.   

imm_84
imm_84

@amaneuvering  Twilight was much better than skyward !!! what are you talking about !!!!! For Me Skyward was the worst zelda ever released .. ( I don't mean its bad ) its just the least fun one .. 

CptMorgan21
CptMorgan21

@Delkura People actually need good games to keep playing it.  People just wised up to the fraud that was the Wii

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

@Delkura  

That's definitely partly because unlike the other console manufactures, especially Sony; Nintendo hasn't been very good at all at supporting it's consoles after it moves onto the next generation unfortunately.

hystavito
hystavito

@abHS4L88 @Megavideogamer  I think it's fair to point out that the Wii had loads of shovelware, it was kinda similar to how mobile is now.  It was the super casual console that sold to lots of people and so a bunch of totally unheard of terrible quick cash-in games were made for it.  These games were made specifically because the Wii install base had enough of the type of people that would actually buy some of those games.  Sure it probably was easier to develop for, but more importantly it was easier to sell garbage to its owners.


I remember bringing a bunch of Wii games given to me to trade at EB.  Several of them were kids games that EB did not even have in their system, just trash found in bargain bins and such.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@CptMorgan21

After 4 years? You must think the general populous is extremely stupid then if it took them 4 years to "wise up to the fraud that was the Wii." 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@hystavito

The same could be said about the Playstation and PS2. I actually find it rather interesting that this whole "shovelware" criticism became popular when Nintendo's console became the best selling console once again when it's always been true of the best selling console that would get a crap ton of shovelware. I remember most families I knew with PS2's and even PS1's usually had several crap games that looked like cheap knockoffs of amazing titles, same way shovelware on the Wii played to the interests of the consumers who bought into the Wii's motion controls. 

Mandrew257
Mandrew257

@CptMorgan21 @Mandrew257 @The_Dragon_Born  

Madworld, Xenoblade, Kirby: EY, Kirby Return to Dreamland, No More Heroes 1 and 2, Arc Rise Fantasia, Little Kings Story, Fragile Dreams, Pandoras Tower, Mario Kart, Smash Bros Brawl, Punchout, Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Red Steel 2, Sin and Punishment, Metroid Trilogy, Last Story, New Super Mario Bros, DKCR, Zack and Wiki, A boy and HIs blob, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, Klonoa, Sonic Colors, etc.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@CptMorgan21

Then I can (in all fairness) say that the "stupid general populous" just gave into the media hype surrounding Sony/Microsoft, since they clearly can't seem to think for themselves. I mean look how popular Apple's become despite being more expensive and sporting less power and freedom with hardware than their competitions, but only because the media makes Apple seem like the best thing ever.