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Tips for quick answers:
1. Browse the lists below before asking a question. Who knows, you might find what you're looking for without having to wait for a response!
2. Browse Gamespot's list of Wii games. You can sort them by genre or review score. The main Wii page also has a handy "Most popular" section at the bottom. Clicking on the game's title will take you to its page, where you can read the review, watch gameplay videos, and see other helpful information. For the most popular WiiWare and Virtual Console games, check here.
3. Browse the Nintendo Channel, available for free on the Wii through the Wii Shop Channel. You can view video previews of games that are recommended to you based on your preferences.
4. If you still need to ask the advice of other Wii owners, be as specific as possible. Tell us what you're looking for and what kind of games you like. We'll try our best to suggest a game that you'll enjoy.
*This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. If every game that everybody likes were on this list, it'd be huge. These are just a select few that should cover the majority of the best games.
If you're looking for Virtual Console games, check the list of most downloaded titles or ask in this thread. You can also check www.vc-reviews.com for a list and ratings of all VC games. VC recommendation threads outside of this one will also be locked.
If you're looking for Gamecube games, check the Gamecube recommendation thread in the Legacy forum.
Must-Haves (the Best of the Best)
If you don't have one of these games, there's a good chance you should buy it, because you'll probably like it. These are the most widely appealing Wii games, the best of the best:
1.Super Mario Galaxy- 3D Platformer
By perfectly combining gameplay elements from the 3D and 2D iterations of the Super Mario games, Mario Galaxy is a more-than-worthy sequel to Mario 64. Winner of Gamespot's Best Wii Game, Best Platformer, Best Artistic Graphics, and Game of Year 2007 Awards.
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl- Quasi-3D brawler
Duke it out with all the big Nintendo characters in this simple to play yet difficult to master fighting game. Online multiplayer is available along with tons of unlockables to make for a long-lasting experience. Up to four players can play locally in several game modes. This game has something for everyone.
3. Mario Kart Wii- Racing
Play as characters from the Mario universe in this weapons-based racer. Duke it out in races or battle mode with up to four local players or twelve players online. The game comes packed with one Wii Wheel that helps the motion controls feel much more natural, though you can use the remote+nunchuck, cIassic controller, or Gamecube controller as well.
The online features of MKWii are fairly robust for a Wii game, including tournaments, regular races, battle modes, leaderboards for time trials, and exchangeable ghosts
4.New Super Mario Bros. Wii- Platformer
New Super Mario Bros. is a side-scrolling platformer in the tradition of the original Super Mario Bros. games for the NES and SNES. It combines elements from nearly all of the 2D games to create an experience that feels familiar but fresh. New to this version is the ability to play through the game with up to four players on-screen at the same time. Because all of the characters can interact with each other (pick each other up, bounce off each other's heads, even kill each other with turtle shells), it makes for an insane but incredibly fun experience. There are also two multiplayer battle modes but no WiFi support.
5.The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess- Action/Adventure
Twilight Princess goes back to the more realistic art styIe of the N64's Ocarina of Time and manages to mostly keep pace with that cIassic. Link can turn into a wolf to take on the familiar mix of puzzles and action in the land of Hyrule.
6.Metroid Prime Trilogy - First-person adventure
The Trilogy includes updated versions of the first two Prime games with Wii motion controls, slightly updated graphics and load times, 16:9 aspect ratio, and new unlockables. It also includes an unchanged version of Metroid Prime 3. Each game provides a good balance of exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat, all set in beautiful environments that are worth exploring. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes provides an offline split-screen multiplayer mode with up to four human players.
7.Super Paper Mario - 2D/3D platformer/Action RPG
Super Paper Mario is a unique mix of 2D and 3D platforming with RPG elements, such as talking to other characters, buying items, and leveling up. The battles are real-time and somewhat reminiscent of cIassic Mario action.
8.Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition - Third-person shooter
Although it's a Gamecube port, Resident Evil 4 is a worthy purchase because of its superior control scheme designed around the Wii controller. If you never owned this game for the Gamecube, it's worth checking out for the Wii.
9. Okami - Action/adventure
Okami for the Wii is a fantastic adventure game based on Japanese Mythology. The brightly colored worlds and enticing story really bring you into the game. Okami lasts approximately 30+ hours on story-driven gameplay alone, plus enough extras to last about twice as long. There are varying RPG elements such as the ability to upgrade health and ink capacity as the game goes on; but when it comes down to it, Okami is an adventure game in the vein of Zelda. If you are looking for an epic adventure on the Wii, Okami is the game to get. (submitted by Phantom5800)
10.Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure - Point and click adventure
Zack and Wiki is a surprisingly good puzzle game. Don't let the cutesy graphics and quirky characters turn you away from this game's excellence; the puzzles are challenging and fun, even for adults. Winner of Gamespot's Best Adventure Game of 2007 Award.
11.No More Heroes - Action
No More Heroes is a simple beat-em-up with a lightsaber. The story and presentation are quirky and self-conscious as a parody of the nerd lifestyIe. The gameplay consists of doing random jobs and missions around a city in order to earn enough money to fight against ten fellow assassins. The combat is a combination of button mashing and remote waving, but it's actually pretty satisfying. Each boss battle is unique and requires a different tactic to win.
12. Boom Blox Bash Party- Puzzle
Boom Blox presents a series of physics-based puzzles, the objective being either to keep structures made of blocks from being knocked down or to knock them over by various means, using the Wiimote to throw, shoot, and grab at the blocks. Boom Blox features a realistic physics system; the angle at which a projectile is launched and how fast it is thrown as well as the mass of the projectile and the type of blocks it comes into contact with influence the results of an action. Bash Party improves over the original by offering more tools and more modes, including an online community to share user-created levels. (submitted by king23_, updated by JordanElek)
13. Punch Out - Boxing (puzzle)
Punch Out is essentially a puzzle game under the guise of a simple boxing game. Each of the 13 opponents has a unique set of moves and tells. Once you figure these out, you'll have to use a combination of memorization and twitch reflexes to defeat them. They start out pretty easy, but the difficulty gradually ramps up to an intense challenge. With several single-player modes, challenges for each opponent, and a basic two-player versus mode, there is no lack of replayability. It retains all the charm of the original NES and SNES games, and it's hilarious.
The Wii is known to be the life of the party. At the end of the night, it's usually the one with a lampshade on its head while everyone else is passed out with sore arms. There are a lot of terrible party games on the Wii. These are some of the ones worth checking out:
1. Wii Sports Resort
This mini-game collection includes 12 sports, each with at least two modes of play: swordplay, wakeboarding, frisbee, archery, basketball, table tennis, golf, bowling, jet skiing, canoeing, cycling, and air sports. The game comes packed with one Wii Motion Plus attachment, which allows for more precise motion controls and is required for every controller in every mini-game. Some games let you share one controller among up to four people, but others require each player to have a controller.
2.WarioWare: Smooth Moves
This collection of insanely quirky but fun microgames makes great use of the Wii remote's motion capabilities. Some multiplayer modes support up to 12 players, so it's a great game for a living room full of friends.
3.Rayman Raving Rabbids (and Raving Rabbids 2)
Rayman Raving Rabbids is the spinoff from the popular Rayman Franchise. If you're looking at either of these titles for a platformer that uses Wiimote functions, you'll be disappointed. Instead these titles offer a variety of extended mini games (an assortment of events that last for a few minutes rather then a few seconds like WarioWare). The games combine Wiimote movements and humor. Newcomers to the series would be best to get the original version, while buyers of the first who want a second dose of Rabbids would be advised to get the second (though the humor is still top notch, the events aren't as fresh feeling as the original). (submitted by Jaysonguy)
4.Mario Party 8
Mario Party is a virtual board game with playable minigames at the end of each turn. Up to four players can compete to earn the most stars before the game ends.
5.Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
Super Monkey Ball is a platformer game where you must tilt and flick the wiimote to help get the monkeys to the end of the stage. Don't take this game too lightly, it can get pretty difficult later on. Also includes minigames, some only requiring one wiimote. Returning minigames from the series include Monkey Race, Monkey Bowling, Monkey Wars and Monkey Target. Other games include Dangerous Route, where you must guide your monkey to the finish without falling, Whack-a-Mole, where you use the Wiimote to hit moles, and Alien Attack, where you must attack aliens. (submitted by Kenny789)