Grab three friends or pay some strangers; it’s time to look at the best 4 player Nintendo Wii games of all time.
Now, this list might have some slight differences to other Wii games lists here on Retro Dodo, and there’s a very good reason for that. I’m ranking the best 4 player Nintendo Wii games in terms of their fun with three other players on board.
We’re talking drinks in the fridge, snacks on the table, and three people that you couldn’t imagine living without hanging out beside you in real time, not worrying about lag, ping, or whether Duncan has a headset or not.
Dammit, Duncan, get a headset already!
There’s a reason the Nintendo Wii is Nintendo’s best selling console; it promoted multiplayer gaming in a way that had never been seen before, getting us up off the sofa and interacting with each other.
These games are accessible, they’re easy to pick up, and they provide hours and hours of fun.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s dive right in and check out which games made the cut!
GoldenEye 007 might not be exactly the same as the epic N64 original title, but man is it a great game to play with friends round.
Ok, so it’s basically in this list of the the best 4 player Nintendo Wii games because of the multiplayer, which let’s face it, is the main reason we all play this game anyway!
So the feel is slightly different and Bond looks more like Craig than Brosnan, but the concept is still the same.
And nothing… nothing (bar the other 14 titles in this list) beats Bond multiplayer action.
One of the things that I love the most about Goldeneye 007 for the Wii is having the ability to plug GameCube controller in. For some reason, the GameCube just feels like the ultimate multiplayer console.
Whether wielding the Wii Zapper or crunching back foes with custom GameCube controllers, getting three mates together and picking from Baron Samedi, Jaws, Natalya, and more while prowling around the Facility level feels like a walk down memory lane.
What a title to start with, and it’s only going to get more exciting from here!
Yes, you did just read that right. Even though the Wii finished production in 2012, Just Dance 2020 still proved a popular hit with fans. Ubisoft knew that a lot of Just Dance customers were Wii owners, so they appealed to the masses.
That’s the sign of a clever company right there!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re 16 or 61, this game is incredibly fun to play (especially after a couple of beers!)
I still feel a little bit like I’m having a bizarre dream when I see that purple gorilla on the screen. Still, one thing’s for sure; Just Dance 2020 is a cracking ice breaker if you’ve got people coming around that you’ve never met before.
That or a massive no-go zone which means they’ll never come back…
Close the curtains so the neighbours cant laugh, and then make a fool of yourself or wow your mates with some power stances and kick-ass moves.
Kirby jumps into the 13th spot on on our list with Kirby’s Return To Dream Land!
Ok, so he 100% is taking vibes from Link in this title, but that’s fine by us! It also has some serious Crystal Shards vibes going on too, recreating those classic Kirby platform feels of yesteryear.
And the best bit is that you can bring your friends along for the ride!
There’s nothing better than working together with your friends to beat Whispy Woods and all the other incoming Kirby baddies that we know and love.
Play as Meta Knight, Kirby, Waddle Dee, and the mighty hammer-wielding King Dedede as the four of you move through this luscious side-scrolling title.
Remember the Goomba tower from Super Mario Odyssey?
Well, all the players can jump on top of each other to make a Kirbalicious column of death (I made it sound better than it actually is…) in order to take down enemies.
Collect spaceship pieces and lose yourself in the fantastic graphics and textured backgrounds. It’s a joy to play and a worthy entry in our best 4 player Nintendo Wii games list.
You think it’s time for Mario Party 9 yet? Come on; it’s always time for 4 player mini game madness.
That’s what makes the world go round, after all.
Mario Party games tend to sell themselves; they come with that unofficial fun guarantee and all feel familiar while boasting new and exciting features (apart from the candy dispenser in Mario Party 5!).
Get ready for more board game shenanigans as Bowser Jr. and his pops try to steal mini stars from the sky.
For the first time in the series, you and your three amigos no longer travel on foot around the board. You all travel in a vehicle together, with each player dictating how far the vehicle moves each turn by the roll of their dice block.
As always, the mini games and challenges that players come across through the game are spectacular. They’re not hard to grasp, but getting one over on your competitors isn’t always an easy task.
It’s a Mario game, which means quick reflexes and maximum laughs… and hurt fingers from excessive button mashing.
Speaking of quick reflexes and button mashing, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games takes the 11th spot in this list of the best 4 player Nintendo Wii games of all time.
That’s right folks; Mario and Sonic are no longer the console rivals that caused all those rifts years back. They work together now to organise the Olympics (yes, I’m pretty sure it’s the actual one…), and compete against characters from the both the Mushroom Kingdom and Mobius in all the sporting events you know and love.
Can you remember you and your mates squeezing onto a three seater sofa, the four of you wielding Wiimotes like there was no tomorrow, sprinting down the 100m track before either jumping up with joy or holding your head in your hands with disgrace?
Nothing beats seeing Mario pitting his skills against Shadow. You’d think the Ultimate Life Form could wipe the floor with Mazza, but he must have some boost mushrooms stored in his moustache or something.
New Super Mario Bros Wii is another 4 player platform game that sees you and your mates working through side-scrolling themed levels like the classic Mario games of old.
Players can pick from Mario, Luigi, and two eager Toads as they smash Goombas and bounce on Bowsers baddies.
Save Peach, don’t die… you know how these games work by now, surely!
Don’t worry; it might just be the four players, but Yoshi still makes an appearance to help Mazza and the gang out of tight spots.
I don’t need to go into this too much with you; if you love Mario games like Super Mario 3D World or the plumbtastic titles in our best NES games list, then New Super Mario Bros Wii will be right up your street.
Rayman Origins jumps into the 9th spot in this list of the best 4 player Nintendo Wii games of all time!
Rayman has always been up there with Mario and Sonic in my opinion. His side-scrolling adventures are always thrilling, and the graphics on Origins are simply stunning.
And, more importantly, there’s an option to play the main story mode through with four players (otherwise I don’t suppose it would have featured in this list…).
So what’s the score here then?
Well, players can control Rayman, Globox (my favourite character), and two Teensies in a format that feels very similar to New Super Mario Bros Wii (Toads and Teensies obviously aren’t important enough to have actual names these days).
Your mission is to stop Darktoons from causing havoc in the Glade of Dreams. Grab new abilities, rescue Electoons, and experience the highest rated port of this game on Nintendo’s best selling console of all time.
That’s a lot of accolades to take in at once!
Mario Party 8 might not have gameplay that revolves around a moving vehicle, but it does have MC Ballyhoo with his talking coin-spewing hat showing up at every verse end.
Even despite the weird 4:3 display instead og showing widescreen, this game is still one of the best 4 player Nintendo Wii games on the console. It’s a Mario Party game; what did you expect?
Mario Party titles have played a huge part of my gaming life, always coming out at Christmas, birthdays… ok, and most weekdays and weeknights too.
Play against three of your friends or team up in couples in order to become the Party Star. Buy coins, get stars, and try to avoid Bowser whenever he turns up at all costs!
Plus playing with the Wiimote is super fun too. This was the first game where swinging your controller upwards affected the dice block, and of course the motion controls revolutionised the mini games completely!
Hey, it can’t come top all the time!
More characters started appearing in the Wii version, 39 in total, though there’s still a small enough choice to not get overwhelmed when you’re preparing for battle.
Notice above; Link now looks like his Twilight Princess self rather than his Ocarina form.
Oh, and remember the fact that you can use GameCube controllers on GoldenEye 007? Well, the same applies for the Melee on the Wii too.
I love the Wiimote, but there’s no better way to play Smash Bros than with a GC controller, and everyone knows it.
Who else mashes the C-Stick like their life depends on it?
WarioWare: Smooth Moves barges its way into our best 4 player Nintendo Wii games list like a runaway train carrying a brass band.
It’s one of the most bizarre games I’ve ever played, and my friends and I probably spent (wasted) far too many hours on it over the years.
Nothing is more tense than a game whose whole premise revolves around 3-5 second mini games.
Not only do you need to figure out the premise of what’s going on immediately, but then you have to try and complete it in the remaining 1.5 seconds.
To be fair though, that’s the whole point of the game and what makes it so dam addictive.
It also keeps it fresh and current too, meaning that you still might not understand what the hell to do on a game the fifth time it turns up.
You don’t play Wario Ware for the graphics or phenomenal gameplay. You play it because it’s impossible not to laugh while watching your mates screwing pu time and time again.
Because everyone loves to witness other people’s misfortunes, am I right?
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games slaloms neatly into 5th spot in our list, bringing all of the exciting events of the actual Winter Olympics from 2010 into the Mario & sonic games series.
If you’ve always fancied going to Vancouver but don’t like the cold, then this game will put a smile on your face.
Ok, there’s more reasons to like it than just that. how about 27 exciting events that can be played with both the Wiimote and Wii Fit balance boards?
Even Winter Olympics stars need a little bit of R&R time, which is why there’s now a feature to do a little bit of shopping for your character, with equipment decals and Mii costumes available.
Still, we’re here to talk about the 4 player modes, and Winter Olympics certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Team up with friends in coop mode or go against each other in heats to see who has the fastest fingers and steadiest nerves.
This is a superb game to play with a full house and pizza on the table, and thanks to the Wiimote controls, it’s so intuitive that even the dim one of the group can pick it up easily.
Oh, and if you don’t have a dim one of the group, then it’s probably you…
Wouldn’t football be a lot more fun if the players were being chased by a massive Chain Chomp?Mario Strikers Charged does what the Premier League is too afraid to do and brings dangerous obstacles and items into the mix, and it turns out Mushroom Kingdom rules are much more enjoyable.
If you enjoyed Super Mario Strikers (or Mario Smash Football for PAL gamers), one of the best GameCube multiplayer games, then this follow up title has all of the same exciting action turned up to 11.
Just look at that madness above; it’s usually impossible to make head nor tail of what’s happening on the pitch, so as long as you aim a Super Strike in the right general direction, then you’ve pretty much got all the right bases covered.
Whereas games like Fifa are more about skill and pulling off epic combos, Mario Strikers Charged is a little more of a free for all.
Still. we don’t play this game because we’re bothered about pulling off overhead kicks; we play it because it’s a cracking title and a real credit to the console.
I guess you can’t say fairer than that!
We all know how amazing Wii Sports is, so there’s no surprise that it’s featured in our best 4 player Nintendo Wii games list.
I mean, can you remember the first time you ever swung your bat in Wii Tennis or decided to have a night in playing Wii Bowling with the family?
This console and this game revolutionised indoor fun forever; we might be in a world where teraflops and 4K graphics rule, but these multiplayer games still keep us coming back time and time again.
Ok, so only Bowling, Golf, and Tennis are 4 player games, but that’s still 3 out of 5 and 3 for the price of 1 to boot!
It’s possible to Play Golf and Bowling with just one Wiimote too, meaning you don’t have to splash out loads of cash to enjoy games night with friends, family, or loved ones.
Just remember to use that wrist strap, otherwise you might have a controller sticking out of your brand new TV…
Mario Kart Wii takes the 2nd spot in our best 4 player Nintendo Wii games of all time, proving that all you ned to do to make Mario Kart games better is ship them with a plastic steering wheel.
Honestly, actually using a steering wheel without clamping a massive unit to a table or messing around with pedals still feels amazing. It’s such a simple change, but if you get four people in a room with for Wii wheels, I guarantee there won’t be a sad face in the house.
Mario Kart Wii reverted back to the one driver karts of old but also brought bikes into the mix for the first time too.
The levels looked sharper and more detailed, and with a mixture of old and new courses, there’s plenty for everyone whether they’re a fan of the series or a first time gamer.
My main advice is to make sure you have enough wheels to go around; if you’ve got four mates and only three of the best Wii accessories to hand, then there’s gonna’ be trouble!
And finally, Wii Sports Resort takes the top spot in our best 4 player Nintendo Wii games list. It’s the ultimate title for 4 player action and boasts some fantastic games that really bring that holiday spirit into your living room.
And before you ask, yes; the games are different from Wii Sports. They’re more ‘exotic’, and see your Mii’s taking on epic sports that you might take part in at your all inclusive holiday resort… if that’s the kind of thing you’re into!
While some of the games are for 1 or 2 players, there are some epic 4 player activities in this game. We’re talking Frisbee Dog, Basketball, Archery, Cycling, Canoeing, and Wakeboarding.
A few fan favourites from the original come back to make an appearance in new settings too, keeping things funky fresh and filled with sunshine.
Yes… I did just write that…
I’ve had some amazing evenings challenging uncles and aunties to Archery after a few beers (I always seem to be drinking while playing these 4 player Nintendo Wii games).
Yep, for family friendly enjoyment and the ultimate overall multiplayer experience, look no further than Wii Sports Resort!
Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.