Picking the best Nintendo Wii Games for Nintendo’s best selling console might be a tricky task for some people, but I played this console day-in, day-out for years.
The Nintendo Wii was the ultimate multiplayer console, championing the Nintendo couch co-op spirit with a new active way to play. Ditching the standard controller and shipping a remote control that could swing, punch, shoot, and bowl; a classic forward-thinking Nintendo move!
Back when the Wii came out, the console sold faster than anyone could have anticipated. I had to ring round stores every morning for weeks to find out when they would be getting stock in, and eventually travelled to the next city by train just to be able to buy one!
Yep, this console played a huge part in my life, and I’ve got some incredible memories from playing all of the games below and more. If you’ve just picked up a Wii for the first time, then you’ve got a lot to look forward to.
Check out the best games for the console as well as lots of juicy facts and figures below!
Let’s kick off with a cracker! Wii Play is one of the most mis0mash party games I’ve ever played, but it’s great fun when you’ve got a bunch of mates over and makes a nice change from Wii Sports.
Part of the reason for this games success is that it’s basically designed to show off the Wiimote and all of the motion controls. It also came with an additional Wiimote too which certainly helped sales.
This launch title is the 5th-best-selling game on the Nintendo Wii and officially the 20th best selling video game ever. We’re talking ‘of all time’!
I know it should have gone higher up in this list, but at least it made the cut! We’re pretty picky here at Retro Dodo!
Gamers grab their favourite Mii and take to the stage with one of nine exciting mini games. Choose from Find Mii, Shooting Range, Tanks!, Pose Mii, Laser Hockey, Charge! Fishing, and Billiards.
Fans of Wii Party, Mario Party, and Wii Fit (the mini games, not the exercise) will love this game. It sold over 28 million copies in its lifetime, and is the best selling non-console-bundled launch title.
Pretty impressive stuff, right?
The graphics and gameplay are quintessential ‘Mii Plaza’, and the game is fun to kick back with without having to put too much thought into it. It’s got Sunday Mornings written all over it!
Serving as a spooky-space prequel to Dead Space, Dead Space: Extraction takes the 49th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Wii games of all time!
This first-person rail shooter is not for the faint of heart, which is something you might not expect to see in an article about a family console like the Wii. Fighting Necromorphs using a bunch of space colonists; things are about to get real very quickly!
As always, the Wii motion controls and the added speaker in the Wiimote make this game a joy to play.
I say joy… as joyful as a scary title can be!
The first person action style makes for pretty jumpy gameplay, though gamers control the camera somewhat through the different levels.
Using the Wii Zapper or just holding the Wiimote like a gun, players knock out melee and long range attacks via shaking, twisting, and mashing the fire button. The space colonists also use Kineses to make objects float.
Anything goes in space!
MadWorld is one of the greatest stylised games for any console. It’s like a whole game based on the black and white scenes in Kill Bill. It’s brutal, it’s gory, and it’s an all-out kill-a-thon.
Turns out the Wii is more ballsy than we all thought!
The game has a strong ‘Sin City vibe about it, with the only real colour being splatters of blood, of which there are plenty! It’s like a cross between Deadpool and Grand Theft Auto, providing open-world levels where anything is possible.
I say ‘open-world’; the levels have to be completed in a sequence, though each stage is large and allows gamers to take the protagonist Jack on wild, violent rambles.
It’s based on a game show called DeathWatch, a little like ‘The Running Man’. Take part in epic boss battles and use the Wiimote and Nunchuk to pull off Power Struggles, taking down insane foes and throwing out moves Mortal Kombat characters would be proud of.
Some mini games and boss battles are timed, and certain levels require a specific number of points to enter. Play human darts, impale people on spikes, and kick foes into next week while riding a motorbike. It’s brutal but thrilling, and we love it.
In stark contrast, Little King’s Story is a Pikmin-style game with a cutesy vibe, but don’t be fooled by the colourful characters!
This real-time strategic RPG is one of the most addictive titles on the Nintendo Wii. This game never left my Wii back in 2009 and the journey to take our little protagonist from zero to hero was so compelling that I could hardly think about anything else!
Players take control of a young boy who finds a magical crown. This crown enables him to charm other members of his kingdom of Alpoko into building… well, the kingdom of Alpoko.
Our young King, Corobo, can increase the strength and skill of his followers by building training grounds, though finances and materials aren’t infinite.
That’s where the adventure elements of this RPG come in. Corobo must explore the world, gathering gold and conquering other neighbouring kingdoms in order to expand his rule.
Explore caves, gather followers to slay bosses, and create the ultimate utopia. It’s like a medieval version of the Sims, and it’s certainly one of the best Nintendo Wii games for the console.
The Last Story takes the 46th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Wii games, bringing JRPG action to gamers across the globe.
If I tell you that the mind behind the original final fantasy game played a big part in the creation of The Last Story, does that make you feel more excited?
It should, as this story is a fantasy-nerds dream!
The Last Story follows Zael, a mercenary based on the island of Lazulis. Instead of picking up work in Lazulis City, the capital of the fortress island, Zael wants to be a knight, fighting for glory instead of cash.
He soon gets his wish after shacking up with Calista and ends up in a raging war between humans and the Gorak, fantasy beasts that are out for blood.
Stealth and strategy are the keys to success in The Last Story. With the original creator of FF and the iconic composer on board, it’s no surprise this game got big licks back in the day.
Great graphics, a stunning score, and a plot that makes Dragonball-Z look like a toddlers exercise book. It’s a tour-de-force of huge monsters and epic adventures, and it needs to be in your collection!
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is another crossover side-facing fighting title like Capcom Vs SNK or Marvel Vs Capcom.
As the seventh title in the ‘Capcom Vs’ series, I think some of the fighters available in this game are the best of the bunch. Choosing from anime characters from the Tatsunoko Production series’ such as Polymer and Gold Lightan is amazing, and seeing Viewtiful Joe going up against Ken the Eagle will never get boring.
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is the first 2.5D game in the series too. The characters move in a 2D fashion like the previous game, but the backgrounds and characters are all 3D rendered and richly textured. It looks amazing and a far cry from the simple backgrounds used back in Street Fighter 2!
Players use two characters on a team or one humongous character that barely fits on the screen. Choose from Capcom favourites Ryu and Chun-Li, or try your hand with Mega Man Volnutt or Zero. The list is vast, and this fighting title is one you’re not going to want to miss out on.
It’s time for a rail shooter! Sin & Punishment: Star Successor takes the 44th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Wii games and follows up from the popular N64 game Sin & Punishment.
I came to the this game a little later on, downloading it via the Wii U Virtual Console. I played it the traditional way, but original Wii users also have the ability to play it using their favourite custom GameCube controllers.
Travel freely forwards, backwards, left, or right while running and flying! That’s right, players can fly while shooting or slash using swords while on the ground in close combat.
It’s the classic story of boy meets humanoid girl with amnesia who was a trained killer but now is harmless. He doesn’t want to kill her and ends up going on the run from Outer Space and Inner Space agents.
The graphics and gameplay are fantastic, as are the battles in each of the well-crafted levels. Deflecting bullets with swords brings a Star Wars feel to this futuristic game, something that critics loved along with the movie-like storyline and meaty gameplay.
Monster Hunter Tri takes the 43rd spot on this list of the best Nintendo Wii games of all time!
Unsurprisingly, this is the third title in the Monster Hunter series. If you’ve never played one of these games before, it’s a little like Shadow of the Colossus in that players take on gargantuan monsters about 40-times your size.
In Monster Hunter Tri, gamers capture or slay huge creatures while protecting different villages and regions. It’s a sure fire hit for fans of the Greek Heroes legends and RPG fans alike, with epic quests twinned with weapon and world upgrade functions a-plenty.
Check out the size of that brute!
Like any upgrading game from Fable to Spirit of a Tail, the weapons and armour that gamers choose to equip their hunter with decide which stat points are most prominent. Swords provide more damage than arrows, though ranged attacks can be twinned with poisons and other substances imbued into the arrow heads.
Likewise, different armours affect other stats such as speed.
Monster parts are used to upgrade weapons and armour, a mechanic used in the ever-popular Breath of the Wild. Looks like we know where Nintendo got the idea from now!
While the Wii server for online play is now defunct, the Wii U still offers servers that work if you want to get online and embark on a monster hunting session with friends. Now, where did I put that axe?
Muramasa: The Demon Blade takes the 40th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Wii games of all time!
Taking a leaf out of Castlevania’s book, this side-scroller beat-em-up RPG title is a real visual feast for the eyes. It has an Ōkami vibe about it (that’s not the first time I’ll say that throughout the course of this article) and is one of the most detailed games on the console.
Expect demon swords with a lust for blood, possessed characters and a Samurai who can’t remember his past. Yep, the storyline is just as epic as the graphics!
Set on the Japanese island of Honshu, Muramasa keeps true to Japanese folklore and the Eco period. The hand-drawn levels are also reminiscent of the period too, and the enemies players encounter could well be found in Japanese story books.
As with most RPG games, this title has random attacks and battles integral to the storyline. Speak with characters in towns, cook up meals, and fight using deadly Samurai weapons.
I can’t say enough good things about Muramasa: The Demon Blade, and the intertwining stories of the two main characters will delight fans of all ages. A truly remarkable game.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is far more than just a rehash of the original classic Silent Hill game. It’s a reimagined version of the first game with a similar premise but completely different features.
That made sense in my head, though it looks like gobbledegook written down!
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t associate the Wii as being the home of scary titles either. I think about Mario Party and Zelda when I think of this thing.
Still, there’s nothing scarier than hearing sounds bursting from the speaker in the Wiimote controller, and the motion controls only intensify the horror feels. We’re not responsible for anyone screaming or wetting their pants through this one.
As I mentioned above, this game is a reimagining of the original title. Harry Mason, the writer searching for his daughter, makes an appearance once more, but the plot, characters and setting are completely different.
New characters make an appearance, with players working towards one of five endings. Shattered Memories is psychological horror at its finest. It even splits play between an over-the-shoulder Resident Evil 4-style exploration mechanic and psychiatric sessions that affect the main gameplay.
And yes; the music make me sh… mess my pants everytime. The score is fantastic and really sets gamer’s teeth on edge. Give this one a try, if you dare!
Come on; we all know Just Dance 2020 is a cracking game. Whether you’re a kick ass dancer in real life or just fancy busting some moves after a crate of beers, this party game is one that never gets old.
Well, 2020 was only last year, so it’s certainly not old yet.
Yep, you read that right. Just Dance 2020 is a bonafide Wii game. Ubisoft know their markets, and they know that Wii users still go crazy for their games. The console might be discontinued, but they’re still creating games as there’s still a very lucrative market for them!
A pink gorilla, a purple hippo, and a character to follow in the middle. No, that coffee in your hand isn’t laced with anything. This is the world of Just Dance in a nutshell.
Mimic dance moves and move your feet to the beat in this energetic party title. It features songs from 1979 all the way through to 2019 and boasts tonnes of classics that everyone knows.
In times of lockdown when families can’t do much together, this game is a lifesaver. Work out while acting the fool with mates or compete to be the best in the single player mode.
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is a sleazy game with more Tarantino-style attitude than any other title we’ve ever played. Use lightsaber katana’s to chop up enemies (and innocent people), deal with your mate’s heads flying through the window, and fight to become the best assassin in the world.
The gameplay is fairly similar to the first No More Heroes game with subtle differences. Travis is back, as is the cut-throat world of Santa Destroy. Players no longer need to pay to enter fights, and coins are won through mini-game battles.
The plot is about as crazy as they come, with insane boss battles and the weirdest situations to encounter. I don’t want to give too much away here because it’s a game you’re going to want to buy (along with the others in this list), but rest assured you’re in for one hell of a ride.
The hack ‘n’ slash gameplay is made all the more exciting thanks to the Wiimote’s motion controls. Wield dual swords and take down bad guys with ease as you prove who the hardest mofo in town. It’s crude, it’s crass, and it’s gory; basically, all the good stuff.
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga takes the 36th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Wii games of all time!
My defining memory of this game is having some random dude at uni appearing in our flat and playing LEGO Star Wars for around 4 hours. No one knew him and no one could get him to leave.
That’s how good this game is; it’s impossible to put down and impossible to kick people out once you start playing! Chose your friends wisely, dear reader, as they may be at your house for some time.
The Complete Saga follows the events of the first six films; the not so good ones, and the original classics. Control lego versions of all your favourite characters including Luke, Darth Maul, Chewbacca, and more.
Lego Jar Jar Binks is here too… sorry to disappoint.
This title is a must have for Star War fans and packed full of classic scenes from the movie, recreated in that glorious Lego style that kids and adults love.
Achieving 100% on this game is about as tough as completing Donkey Kong 64, so set some time aside to give it the attention it deserves
Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City takes the 37th spot in this list of the best Wii games of all time. American readers may well know it as Animal Crossing: City Folk, and it’s a classic life-simulation game that compliments all the other titles in the series.
So, what happens in ‘Let’s Go To The City’? Well, all the usual faces are back in another world brimming with anthropomorphic animals. Plant seeds, collect items, and follow the real-time game clock to perform tasks during the day and at night.
One of my favourite features in Animal Crossing games is the fact that different scenarios occur during different seasons too. It’s an immersive game that follows real life occurrences closely… albeit with talking dogs and frog-looking dudes.
Let’s Go To The City used to have a function that allowed players to skip between each other’s villages and cities via online connection. It also twinned with the Wii Speak to allow whole rooms of people to chat with each other through the Wii at the same time.
Pretty neat, huh?
Buy items from Nook, see your house looking magical on Christmas Day, and enjoy the secrets and spoils of this enchanted game universe.
I could work for Nintendo with marketing slogans like that!
World of Goo is the only title not to have a physical release that we’ve included in this list of the best Nintendo Wii games. The links in this section take readers through to the Nintendo Switch version; all the same fun with updated graphics.
Back to the Wii. World of Goo is like one of those addictive games you download on your iPhone and play religiously until level 2,456. I say like those games as World of Goo is 10-times more addictive and cleverly put together.
Nintendo consoles often champion indie games, and this physics-based puzzler is one of the best.
Use blobs of goo to build structures over holes, chasms, and reaching up to great heights. The aim of the game is to reach a goo pipe at one side off a level, though that’s easier said than done.
Players receive more points when using fewer blobs, so thinking methodically is the key to success in this game. It’s definitely one for keeping your little grey cells in check and a great game to play while having your morning coffee.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn takes the 34th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Wii games of all time!
Western gamers may well have been later getting into the Fire Emblem spirit, but we certainly made up for it in later years.
For anyone wondering what on earth Fire Emblem is, its a tactical role-playing game that, like World of Goo, requires the mind of a war general to complete.
Oh, and there are dragons too, which instantly makes it a surefire hit in my book!
Radiant Dawn follows a similar gameplay mechanic to Jeanne D’Arc and the other Fire Emblem games for the Nintendo GBA and DS. Players battle over gridded areas in true RPG fashion, with turn-based action cropping up left, right, and centre.
Players follow Micaiah, a member of the Dawn Brigade rebelling against the occupying forces of Tellius. I like the fact that the plot moves between different factions of this war-ravaged land; it keeps players on their toes and provides plenty for us to sink our teeth into.
Like the new Digimon game, some players die never to return. That’s the price you pay in war, but it makes gamers measure every action in this tense RPG tactics-fest.
If you’re looking for a game tougher than Iron Man’s undies, then this is the one for you.
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith was… nay, is one of the best Nintendo Wii games in my collection.
Love in an Elevator, Dude Looks Like a Lady, Walk This Way; the list of hits is endless, and riffing along with these classic tracks makes me feel like I’m up on stage with Steve Tyler, Joe Perry, and the rest of the band.
Everyone knows how Guitar Hero games work by now. Follow the notes on screen, hit the coloured buttons, and achieve Rock ‘n’ Roll glory. It’s simple, its effective, and it’s hella’ addictive.
This game is the first in a series of Guitar Hero games focusing primarily on one legendary rock act. A large majority of the songs players rock along to are from Aerosmith’s back catalogue, while the rest are bands that Aerosmith toured with over the years.
Mixed with real interviews with the band and a career mode where players retrace their footsteps through venues that launched their career, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is a title that every classic rock fan should own.
Twinned with the Aerosmith Les Paul-themed guitar, this game seriously rocks!
Punch Out!! see’s little Mac returning in an updated title for the Nintendo Wii.
After the success of Wii Sports Boxing, it was only a matter of time before Punch Out!! saw a revival. Using the Nunchuk and Wiimote to move Little Mac’s fists in the ring feels amazing, and going up against some of the insanely huge players feels exhilarating to say the least.
Whether battling two player or taking Little Mac through the single player mode, this game requires the reflexes of a gazelle. The larger-than-life opponents are tough to crack, especially everyone’s favourite simian, Donkey Kong.
That guy can punch!
Mike Tyson doesn’t make an appearance in this version of Punch Out!!, though all the original characters from the first game do. Still, with Mike Tyson hinting at a new Punch Out game for the Nintendo Switch, we might be seeing the big man himself returning to the virtual ring real soon.
Still, the list of characters to battle against is exciting enough without him, and players will relish working their way to the top. Those who love using Little Mac in Super Smash Bros Ultimate can finally see where it all started out for him in this updated, funky-fresh remake.
DJ Hero is the closest I’ll ever come to being a professional DJ. Like Guitar Hero, it requires players to follow on-screen prompts, hitting coloured buttons in time with famous tracks.
The difference with DJ Hero is that players use a turntable, and the tracks are all epic dance tunes from bands like Daft Punk!
The good news is that the turntable works for both DJ Hero titles and, unlike the Guitar Hero guitars that look unmistakably like toys, this bit of kit looks really impressive when left out on display.
Crossfade, keep the beat, and scratch like you’re in Run DMC. That’s how you win in this game, and the 94 two-song medley mash-ups are perfect to show off your newfound skills to friends.
First stop, living room: next stop, Creamfields!
Rock Band 2 takes the 30th spot in this list of the best Wii games of all time!
Keeping on with the playing-along feels, Rock Band brings multiple instruments together including vocals, bass, and drums, making up a real… well, a real Rock Band!
I guess the name is in the title…
Guitar Hero is all well and good, but Rock Band allows drummers, basists, and singers to join the fray too. Rock Band 2 brought newly designed controllers with it, giving users even more control over their chosen instrument.
How many songs do you think are available to rock out too?
Well, 84 came with the disc as well as 20 free-to-download tracks. However, over 1400 tunes have since been released for the Wii. We’re talking all the classics that you and your mates can blast out in your attic, reliving the glory of some of the greatest bands on earth.
Whether singing through a USB mic or blasting out beats on the plug-in drum kit, this game is an absolute beast and well worth having in any collection.
Bully: Scholarship Edition takes the 29th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Wii games of all time!
For those new to the world of Bully, imagine GTA but set in a school. It’s an open-world beat-down game where players fight to get to the top of the social ladder. It’s like Harry Potter if Harry used his fist instead of his wand all the time.
Developers worried that the violent content would affect sales. Over 1.5 million people flocked to buy it, which means gamers still love a good-old-fashioned beat-em-up, especially if it’s borderline inappropriate.
What a gnarly bunch you are!
Gamers take Jimmy Hopkins through Bullworth Academy. He’s trying to stop bullying by bullying everyone else into submission.
I guess there’s a warped kind of logic to that…
This game is jam-packed full of features to explore and NPCs to encounter. Jimmy uses skateboards, go-karts, and bikes, as well as getting around on foot from time to time.
Take part in lessons, beat up enemies, and work your way to the top of Bullworth’s social elite over the school year. The Scholarship Edition features new dialogue, extra missions, better clothes, and lots more fine-tuned elements including the use of Motion Controls.
Lay the Smackdown, Jimmy!
Ōkami looks like a cross between Twilight Princess and The Wind Waker, two of my all-time favourite games. It’s no wonder it takes the 28th spot in this list of the best Nintendo Wii games of all time!
Like Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Ōkami has a very distinctive style. Based on ‘Some-e ink’ artwork, the levels look like moving paintings and feature stunning backgrounds that look superb on the Wii.
Okami released for the PS2 back in 2006. It follows Amaterasu, a sun goddess that transforms into a magnificent white wolf named Shiranui. Armed with magical abilities, Shiranui must bring life back to a bleak world using the Celestial Brush.
The iconic artwork style and original gameplay makes Ōkami one of the greatest video games of all time on any console. It’s a joy to play, and the Celestial Brush feature is like a divine Bob Ross painting tutorial.
The game is heavily modelled on Zelda; that’s a fact. The director, Hideki Kamiya, cited the Legend of Zelda series as one of his favourite gaming franchises, though this isn’t a direct copy like Immortals Fenyx Rising or Windbound.
Okami as an elegant title with lots of subtle nuances, exactly the type of thing one might say when looking at a fantastic piece of art!
Sonic Unleashed is one of those games that people either love or hate. They love it because it brings a different dynamic to the Sonic franchise, or they hate it for the same reason.
Me? I’m in the first category. I love the fact that Sonic mutates into a Werehog in this game. Heck, I can’t complain about that when I love Link morphing into a wolf so much in Twilight Princess now, can I?
So, what’s the score in this game? Well, Egghead Eggman has released Dark Gaia on the world after destroying parts of the earth using his super-duper-Eggman-laser-beam.
I imagine what that’s what he called it…
Fans of Stephen Fry’s ‘Mythos’ know Gaia is the supreme Earth Mother, though this time Dark Gaia turns Sonic into a rabid Werehog at night. It’s a little like Dark Jak after touching Eco, though in this case, Jak is a hedgehog.
Whenever our blue-spiked hero touches Dark Gaia, he becomes the Werehog. Gameplay splits between zooming around epic levels during the day and beating back scores of baddies at a much slower pace at night.
All of the same ring collecting, enemy bouncing gameplay returns, though there’s enough to separate this game from the rest of the titles. It stands out in a hairy, Werehog crowd, and I think it’s one of the best Sonic games on the Wii!
Link’s Crossbow Training is a seriously underrated game, and I’m not just saying that because I live and breath Zelda.
Imagine, if you will, Call of duty with Link fighting a boat-load of Skeletons. It boasts Skyward Sword-style graphics with our green-garbed hero mowing down wave after wave of enemies with his trusty weapon.
It’s an awesome spin off, especially when used with the mighty Wii Zapper!
Link’s Crossbow Training certainly brought about the idea for the Hyrule Warriors series. It’s a first-person shooter that sees players firstly tackling bullseye targets and then moving on to real-enemies from the series.
The game boasts 9 levels with three gameplay styles. Play through Target Shooting, stationary Defender Levels , and Ranger levels where link fights through forests encroaching on an enemy camp.
Face up against Boses, battle mates, and put your skills to the test in one of the greatest series of all time. It’s a surefire hit for Zelda fans and a nice nod to one of my favourite games.
And, it’s dirt cheap to pick up a second-hand copy!
New Super Mario Bros. Wii brings classic Mario side-scrolling feels to the Nintendo Wii in a new adventure!
Control Mario through eight worlds, bouncing on enemies and defeating Bowsers minions in a bid to rescue Princess Peach.
You know the drill by now…
New Super Mario Bros Wii adds to the success of New Super Mario Bros by adding a multiplayer feature.
Up to four players can battle through the game’s levels using Mario, Luigi, and two Toads. Yoshi makes an appearance, and other features like the Super Guide allow new players to the series to enjoy the game without any stresses.
If you like every Mario game from Super Mario Land up, then you’ll love the Wii title. It’s easy to play, vibrant, and fun – all the ingredients of a Mario game!
Look, this game is great, but it’s similar to every other Super Mario side-scroller. The action might be in 2.5D, but the gameplay is tried and tested and not 100% new, despite the ‘new’ in the name.
What a way to start off this list of the best Nintendo Wii games! Xenoblade Chronicles is an enormous open-world RPG adventure that fans of Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy will go absolutely berserk over!
Before Breath of the Wild arrived on the scene, Xenoblade Chronicles was the biggest open-world title on any Nintendo console. It’s the first in the Xenoblade Chronicles series and features some of the biggest monsters and gnarliest battles of any Wii game.
If exploring and collecting games are your bag, then this is the Wii title for you. Players can move through the richly textured world using the Wii Nunchuck Controller and Wiimote.
Side quests and enemies are hiding in every corner, and the game even has a day and night system that alters item availability, enemies, and other important factors like abilities and powers.
Xenoblade Chronicles makes use of the standard RPG battle view mode but differs from other titles with a real-time battle control system. It’s immersive, engaging, and one of the best open world titles that I’ve ever played.
Oh, and the weapons are huge too!
Next up is an action role playing title of a very different design though is every bit as exciting to play.
Many of our readers may well have finished Paper Mario: Origami King recently. Well, Super Paper Mario has all of the same fun and frolics as the Nintendo Switch offering with Mario, Luigi and co. working together to obtain Pure Hearts.
This is the third title in the Paper Mario series and, in a change from normal proceedings, Bowser isn’t the game’s antagonist. Players are fighting to stop a guy called Count Bleck from destroying the universe, assumably by paper-cutting him into submission
A lot of people have had mixed feelings over the turn-based battle system in Origami King. Super Paper Mario doesn’t use the same system, so you might want to go back and revisit this title if you’re not a fan of the new game.
Pazza Mazza’s Wii adventure is mainly viewed from a 2D side-scroller persepctive with some 3D areas revealing hidden secrets that would otherwise have been unreachable. The gameplay and storyline is superb; it’s a Mario title, after all!
Do yourself a favour and check out the best selling Paper Mario title of all time; you won’t be dissapointed.
Everyone’s favourite limbless wonder takes the Number 23 spot on our list of the best Nintendo Wii Games of all time.
For me, Rayman titles are right up there with Mario and Sonic titles as some of the best platform games ever made, and Rayman Origins is a must-have game for any Wii collection.
When Origins was released, critics and gamers alike instantly fell in love with the graphics and Rayman’s trademark sense of game humour. The side-scrolling levels stay true to the original Rayman and provide up to four players with a captivating adventure.
So what is our floating-footed hero up to in the fourth instalment of his series.? Well, Rayman, Globox, and two Teensies (who obviously aren’t important enough to be named) have banded together to fight Darktoons that have wrought havoc through the Glade of Dreams.
As with other Rayman titles, you must rescue Electoons and pick up new abilities along the way if you want to progress. There is plenty of collecting and enemy-stomping action for players to sink their teeth into, along with puzzles to test that grey matter.
The Wii version has been rated highest out of all the major console ports, so grab a copy and try the best of the best!
Every Mario Tennis game has brought immense fun to gamers all over the globe, and Mario Power Tennis is certainly no exception.
Ok, so we all know which the best tennis game is for the Nintendo Wii, but Mario Power Tennis provides a nice alternative by swapping Mii characters with some of your favourite Mushroom Kingdom faces.
Squaring off in a doubles match against Wario and Waluigi never gets old, and the courts are all nicely portrayed along with camoes from other Mario characters watching from the sidelines.
If any readers have played Mario Power Tennis for the Gamecube, then this title is virtually the same. The main difference is the inclusion of the Wii Motion Control system, giving users the ability to swing Mario’s tennis arm rather than mashing buttons.
There are 18 different characters to choose from including the unusual tennis opponent Petey Piranha. Play on a Luigi’s Mansion-themed court or try your luck on the beaches of Isle Delfino.
Each player has a power shot that they can use, hence the name of the game. The format is similar to Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and incredibly intuitive for first time gamers.
Pikmin 2 is a game that infuriated me no end, which shows that it certainly had an effect on me. Any game that can make you shout and curse yet still come back for more time and time again is a special one, which is why Pikmin 2 deserves a spot in our list of the best Nintendo Wii games of all time.
Like the original game, Pikmin 2 sees you controlling Captain Olimar as he explores an unknown planet using Pikmin to do his bidding. This time, Olimar is joined by another spaceman called Louie, and they can take Pikmin around separately as they look for treasure.
When I say treasure, I mean old boots and junk that other humans have disposed of.
But what the heck are Pikmin, I can hear some of our readers shouting? Well, Pikmin are little microscopic plant people that are coloured based on their ability. Red Pikmin can walk through fire, blue ones don’t drown, Yellow Pikmin don’t get electrocuted, etc.
Olimar can throw Pikmin to retrieve items or send them into battle against enemies. The overworld in Pikmin 2 has fewer enemies than the original game, leaving you to explore and experience the game without as much peril.
If puzzle and strategy games are what you usually go for, then you can’t go wrong with Pikmin 2.
Next up on our list of the best Nintendo Wii games is Need for Speed Carbon, a high-speed racing game where the cops are definitely not on your side.
Carbon is the 10th Need for Speed title in the series, which shows that gamers seriously love this franchise. The gameplay revolves around illegal street races and battling rival gangs for driving glory.
It’s a little like the Fast and Furious films, except with a Wii control and you playing in your pyjamas.
One of the best bits about Need for Speed games is the customisation options. My dad used to spend hours choosing the right colours and decals on his cars, only to unlock new features and go back to the drawing board all over again.
While Carbon doesn’t play on the police chase feature as much as other titles in the series, it’s still a great game and has a cracking career mode to play through.
And of course, the multiplayer was amazing, providing a more mature racing experience for anyone kidding themselves that Mario Kart is for kids.
I’m still not sure why they needed to call this game Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition as opposed to just Resident Evil 4. It’s clearly a Wii game, and we understand that the Wii has the whole Wiimote thing going on already!
Anyway, rant over. Resident Evil 4 is an epic title and one that works really well with the Wiimote and Nunchuck combination. You could always use the Wii Zapper peripheral for those uber-realistic zombie-slaying feels.
The Wiimote acts as a gun pointer in this game, shooting wherever you point the remote on the screen. The motion controls also come into play when you are slashing zombies with Leon’s knife which adds a nice touch.
Resident Evil 4 differs from the other titles due to the cool new ‘over the shoulder’ shooting view when gunning down undead cretins. This title is less focused on survival/horror elements as in the previous Racoon City titles and concentrates on more action-filled gunfights..
The villagers in Resident Evil 4 are much smarter too. They can work together to try and stop you, wielding weapons and throwing projectiles in their mission to eat you alive. Like Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow, enemies actually respond according to where you shoot them.
Still, If you want my advice, I’d aim for the brain and have done with it.
To say that this title was only supposed to be a GameCube release only, it’s done pretty well on multiple consoles selling over 10-million copies!
Fans of the PS4 game Ghosts of Tsushima will enjoy the samurai elements of this game immensely, especially as you can hack, slash, and parry using the Wiimote as your sword! Players can switch between wielding a sword and gun as they battle their way through the game’s levels.
One of the best bits about Red Steel 2 is that you can fight up to six people at once on screen. Sometimes, however, it can be a bit Agent Smith Vs Neo, with tonnes of enemies queueing up to have a go at you!
Unlike the previous Red Steel game, Red Steel 2 has a bit of an Ōkami feel about it which I’m a huge fan of. It’s less brutal and gory too, with enemies fading away like a cross between Voldermort in the final Harry Potter film and the enemies on Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.
You play as the last surviving member of the Kusagari Clan, a fighter who must retrieve his sword from some evil lads who tried to drag him across the desert while tied to a motorbike!
There’s a strong mix of Eastern and Western culture in Red Steel 2, and I love everything from the level designs to the intricate details of the characters.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was always going to feature in our list of the best Nintendo Wii games because of the Wii Motion Controls. Wielding a katana is one thing, but using your Wiimote to swing a lightsaber around is another thing entirely!
If you’ve always wanted to use a lightsaber but have been mortally wounded by the fact that they aren’t real, then this is the game for you. Thrust and jab your Nunchuck to use Force powers with your left hand and wield your lightsaber with your right; it’s the stuff that dreams were made of!
This title has its own place between the first two series in the Star Wars timeline, not in the order that they came out. It follows Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Star Killer, as he tracks down and destroys the remaining Jedi’s left after the Jedi purge.
Well, that’s what’s supposed to happen, but ol’ Killer starts to question whether he’s doing the right thing (spoiler alert; he’s not) and turns against the Empire.
Look; I don’t need to sell this to you. If you’re a Star Wars fan, then you should definitely buy it. It lets you use the Force, for crying out loud!
Up next in our list of the best Nintendo Wii games is one of my favourite multiplayer games of all time; Wario Ware: Smooth Moves.
How best to describe this game for someone who has never played it before… ? Well, it’s essentially a boatload of minigames that each last around 3-5 seconds. They’re all mad, sometimes bordering on insane, and you have to compete against your mates or the computer to get the most points.
Wario has ditched his yellow plumbers outfit in exchange for some cool biker duds, and he’s brought a bunch of friends along for the ride.
My mates and I spent hours on this game, wielding the Wiimote in all manners to try and come out victorious at the end of the round. With different modes to choose from based on various characters and tonnes of minigames to play through, this is a game that you’ll never get tired of.
Nintendo sure knows how to do couch co-op games well, and the Wii was a console that certainly brought people together. If you want a change from slugging baseballs or skiiing down a slope, then give Smooth Moves a try.
We’ve got a trio of the best Mario multiplayer games coming up next! First up is Mario Strikers Charged, a mad Nintendo take on a football match with all of the items you might expect from Mario Kart and more besides making an appearance
It’s the follow on title from Mario Smash Football, or Super Mario Strikers on the GameCube, the name of which will differ depending on your region. It’s a game that I loved playing but would regularly get thrashed at by my mates.
Still, it’s an enjoyable game and one that you can play with friends next to you or not. Thanks to the WiFi connectivity, you can actually play other users all over the world.
At least they won’t be able to see or hear you cursing when you lose.
The pitches on Mario Strikers Charged all have various elements that make play more lively or, in most cases, more difficult, There are obstacles to tackle and lots of items to either collect or avoid as you try to go for goal.
Team captains can perform a Super Strike, which is kind of like the Super Smash move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The keeper doesn’t stand a chance when one of these is belting towards the net!
Mario Strikers Charged is a bit of a free-for-all, but that’s why we love it. Any game where you might get flattened by a Chain Chomp is a winner in my book!
Everyone loves a Mario Party game. It’s a fact, and Mario Party 8 has some superb minigames that the whole family can enjoy together.
The only thing that ground my gears about this game was the fact that the main mode never seemed to go into 16:9 widescreen and always stayed in 4:3. Still, once you get past that, it’s a cracking title and one that is jam-packed full of Mario Party madness.
It obviously didnt’ bother that many people, as Mario Party 8 is the 11th best selling title for the console with 8.85-million copies sold!
Mario Party 8 sees players moving through different boards as they collect coins and try to buy stars. The boards are introduced and compered by MC Ballyhoo and his weird talking hat that spouts out coins…
… I could do with one of those!
Lots of your favourite Mushroom Kingdom faces appear as playable characters in this game, though it’s the minigames that make Mario Party 8 such a huge success.
At the end of every round is a game where players can compete for coins. They’re not as mad as Wario Ware and require a little bit more skill, but they are just as addictive!
The last title in this Mario medley (don’t worry, there will be more) is Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games London 2012.
Once bitter console rivals, Mario and Sonic put their differences aside back in 2008 when they co-hosted their first Olympic Games title. For those who haven’t played one of these games before, they’re a little like Wii Sports with Nintendo and Sega characters competing in Olympic sports.
Seeing Bowser tackle a canoe sprint or Eggman show-jumping is something else, and Sonic could certainly give Usain Bolt a run for his money!
Why is London 2012 my favourite edition? I guess it was just the most popular at the time because of the Olympics being in the UK. All my friends had copies too, and we’d play it incessantly when we went to each others houses.
This is another great game if you want your kids to exercise without them knowing it. The sprinting leaves you feeling knackered afterwards, especially if you’ve done about 20 in a row!
This is a no brainer for large family get-togethers or if you and your mates are revisiting the delights of couch co-op gaming.
One of the best N64 games returns with an updated version for the Nintendo Wii. Goldeneye 007 isn’t a direct remake of the N64 game, but it’s still a great reimagining of the old Nintendo classic and follows the same basic storyline as the original.
Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. The bond character looks and sounds more like Daniel Craig than Pierce Brosnan. The appearance of some characters have also been modified, and some have been omitted entirely. The plot has also been changed to match Daniel Craig’s movies rather than Brosnan’s iconic outing.
So it’s not the same Goldeneye game, but that’s why it’s sitting at Number 12 on our list of the best Nintendo Wii games instead of at Number 5. Still, it’s a Bond game and a great one at that.
It’s been modernised to fall in line with other first-person spy shooters of the time, as well as adding an online multiplayer, a feature that many other titles in the genre have. Instead of a watch to scan documents, Bond now has a phone too.
Such a sell out!
The multiplayer still boasts all of the features that made this game so great on the N64, however. Play split-screen or online using the Wii Zapper, a GameCube Controller, the Classic Controller Pro, or your Wiimote and Nunchuck set-up.
Next up on our list of the best Nintendo Wii games is Wii Fit, the 8th best selling game of all time for any console with 43,800,000 copies sold!
Nintendo perfectly executed the active play dream with the Wii, and Wii Fit and the accompanying Wii Balance Board added a whole new way to exercise… or play… exerplay? Playercise?
You get the idea!
The Wii Balance Board is pressure sensitive, meaning that it can sense how much pressure you exert with one or both of your feet at the same time. This meant that you could use it for everything from step aerobics to ski slaloming on the Mii games.
I’m going to be honest; I used this more for flapping like a bird or ski jumping, though there were times where I did a bit of plank or tried my hand at some yoga.
Either way, it was way more than a gimmick. This game and accessory combo was a huge success for Ninty and yet another example of why the Wii was close to becoming the best selling home console of all time!
Kirby’s Epic Yarn has all the looks of a cutesy platform game but boasts a mature play style that keeps adults hooked as well as young gamers.
Some readers out there might recognise this style from Yoshi’s Wooly World for the Wii U, but Kirby’s Epic Yarn was the first Nintendo title to opt for a fabric-textured world filled with knitted characters.
If you have a partner or friend who doesn’t like games but loves arts and crafts, then this is the perfect title to bring them into the Nintendo fold. Kirby must help Prince Fluff by collecting magical yarn in order to stitch Patch Land back together.
It’s a knitting-pattern-lovers dream come true.
Kirby fans might be surprised to find that the pink crusader can’t actually inhale enemies in this game. I suppose that’s because he’s made of yarn and doesn’t technically have any innards.
Instead of stealing enemies abilities like in Smash Bros, Kirby can turn into other objects such as a tank or a submarine in order to progress through the many levels. It’s fun, it’s colourful, and it’s a Kirby game, which means it’s perfection from start to finish.
Any fans of the best SNES games will be all too familiar with this next entry on our list.
Expect all of the same vine-swinging and rhino-riding action as the first Donkey Kong Country game, as well as Donkey and Diddy teaming up to reclaim their banana hoard.
Donkey Kong Country Returns does away with the old pre-rendered graphics of the original title and brings in beautifully textured levels that add depth via faded backgrounds.
Players still have to search for the golden KONG letters hidden throughout each level, and there’s also a mine cart riding level to tackle.
If you loved Donkey Kong 64 but lost interest through the Donkey Konga era, then you’ll be over the moon with Donkey Kong Country Returns. It’s a bonafide DK home console adventure, just like the good old days!
Up next in our list of the best Nintendo Wii games is Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mario’s second home console platform adventure for the Wii.
Some of you might be wondering where the first Super Mario Galaxy title is in this list. Well, it’s on it’s way, and the fact is that I just prefer the original adventure to the sequel.
Still, that doesn’t mean that Super Mario Galaxy 2 doesn’t have its merits. It’s still an unbelievable game, and it’s got Yoshi in it too!
What more could a Nintendoid want!
This game series certainly brought about the idea of Super Mario Odyssey and shares many similarities with its successor. In Galaxy 2, Mario hops through various galaxies as he searches for Power Stars in a bid to not only save the universe, but also, and you guessed it, save Peach from Bowser.
That guy just can’t take no for an answer!
In many ways, this game is an upgrade to the original Super Mario Galaxy and adds to the winning formula, but it’s a lot more difficult and less enjoyable to play, in my opnion.
Still, if you’re a die-hard Mario fan, then you’ll want this in your collection for sure.
You didn’t think we were going to have a list of the best Nintendo Wii games without Super Smash Bros. Brawl in it, did you?
It’s a Smash Bros title, which means you can expect button-mashing mayhem and tense multiplayer battles aplenty. This version has 39 playable characters, which was the most of any Smash Bros game at the time too.
I also like how characters such as Link and Samus have been upgraded too, appearing more like their Wii game variants rather than using classic designs from different consoles.
My one complaint with Super Smash Bros. Brawl was the Wiimote itself, but thankfully, gamers could use other controllers to get into the Smash action. You just can’t beat custom GameCube controllers when it comes to laying the Smash-down on Kirby and Mario!
Oh, and let’s not forget the music on this game! Over 38 composers clubbed together to work on the score for this title. Every song adds to the tension of the battle, with many themes from the different levels being recreated in true Smash Bros-style.
If you like fighting games, Nintendo characters, and beating your friends at games, then this is a title you need.
This is a bit of a ‘3 for the price of 1’ entry in our list of the best Nintendo Wii games. By rights, I should have chosen Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for the Number 6 spot, but I figured all three games are just as good as each other, and I’m sticking by my choice.
It follows bad-ass heroine and galactic bounty hunter Samus Aran, one of the coolest characters in the Nintendo Franchise and a go-to cosplay character for gamers around the globe.
All of the Metroid games in this trilogy are viewed from a first-person perspective, with players just seeing the end of Samus’s plasma cannon on the screen as she moves through gloomy spaceships and creepy planets.
Samus can pick up extra abilities and suit upgrades as she progresses, using her trademark bombs and grappling hook to uncover more secrets and hidden areas.
These are three games that you will find seriously hard to put down and ones that I have frequently replayed over the years. Samus is right up there with Link and Mario as Nintendo’s main players, and I’m looking forward to hearing more news about Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch 2!
The Wii gave us not one, but two Zelda games! The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was an absolute blinder of a game, with the Motion Plus Controls giving you total control over Link’s weapons like never before.
Slashing Bokoblins and angling your slices to kill Deku Babas was incredible, and using the Nunchuck to knock back enemies made you feel as though you were right there wearing a green tunic with him!
The one thing that I didn’t like about these controls was how difficult it was to swim and fly with them. That’s why Skyward Sword takes the Number 5 slot in our list, though this was a tough decision as I’m an enormous Zelda fan!
For those of you that haven’t played Skyward Sword before, it’s an epic adventure. It also brought some new weaponry into Link’s arsenal such as the Hook Beetle, the Digging Mitts, and the Sailcloth.
The Sailcloth would go on to become one of the most used items in Breath of the Wild in the form of the Glider. Man, I love that thing!
If you’re a Zelda fan, then you’re not going to want to miss this title out of your Wii collection. I loved it, but there is another Zelda Wii game that I just loved more!
Up next in our list of the best Nintendo Wii games is a title that everyone will have played before. It’s also the 12th best selling game of all time with 37,380,000 copies sold!
Now that’s impressive!
Mario Kart Wii revolutionised the series by allowing us to actually turn our controllers to move karts and bikes. The courses are all incredibly exciting to play through and are jam-packed with the twists, turns, items, and hazards that make Mario Kart games so damn addictive.
Once again, this is a title that anyone can pick up and play without having any previous gaming experience. You can have your granny playing your nephew or your Dad playing your baby sister without having to explain anything more than ‘go, break, and fire’.
The addition of bikes into the Mario Kart series was a nice touch too, as was the jump boost you could use while going over ramps.
And let’s not forget the Mario Kart Wii Wheel accessories themselves. Who would have thought that pieces of white plastic would cause so many scrambles when playing this game!
Note to readers – buy enough of these to go around. I had three wheels and four controllers, which isn’t a good mix when it comes to getting your mates round for a multiplayer sesh.
Mario fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that the original Super Mario Galaxy has finally arrived in our list of the best Nintendo Wii games! As I said earlier, I just preferred this game as it wasn’t as difficult and felt totally different to Super Mario Sunshine.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 was great, but it wasn’t new and fresh. The original game blew me away, and I certainly enjoyed replaying it for my Super Mario 3D All-Stars review!
As the third 3D Super Mario game in the series, Super Mario Galaxy had to knock our socks off. It certainly didn’t dissapoint, and it was a nice to see Bowser back up to his usual tricks after a short interlude with Baby Bowser on Isle Delfino.
Mario must save Peach once again while collecting Power Stars, though this time he’s travelling around different planets in space. The gravity element adds a whole new dimension to play, with Mario sometimes appearing on the sides of planets or upside down as he runs around.
The worlds are all stunningly designed, though I suppose that you wouldn’t expect anything less from a Mario game. You can even play as Luigi once you have collected enough Power Stars!
Come on; you know it makes sense! Wii Sports is the 4th best selling game of all time over any console and the top-selling Wii game with 82,900,000 copies sold!
This game was the main selling point of the Wii, showing off what the Wiimote could really do. I spent hours playing Wii Tennis and Baseball with my mates, and we’d play Wii Bowling at every family get-together.
I’ve said it so many times throughout this article, but the Wii allowed anyone and everyone to play videogames for the first time ever. Almost everyone can point a remote at a TV, and using a Wiimote is no different.
Whether showing off on Wii Golf or punching your friend’s Mii into oblivion in the boxing ring, this game was one of the best for multiplayer madness and working up a sweat at the same time.
The thrill of getting a Home Run still feels amazing today, especially because I am terrible at baseball in real life!
If any readers need a multiplayer game and didn’t get this shipped with their Wii, then grab a copy today and feel the burn!
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a classic Zelda adventure from start to finish and thoroughly deserves a place at the top of our best Nintendo Wii games list!
Originally meant for the GameCube, Twilight Princess was one of the first games that appeared on the Wii back in 2006. It later came out for the GameCube and was the last Nintendo-made game for the portable purple console.
The motion controls weren’t as useful as in Skyward Sword, but it didn’t matter. It didn’t need them, and while swinging Link’s sword is undoubtedly cool, I much prefer playing Zelda games without that feature.
Twilight Princess was the best selling Zelda game of all time unto BOTW came out, beating Ocarina of time by 900,000 copies It’s based many years after the events of Ocarina of Time and sits in between Majoras Mask and Four Swords in the Zelda Timeline.
This Zelda outing made a nice change from the brief foray into cell-shaded territory with Wind Waker. Hyrule looks amazing on this game, and being able to interact with people in the market town and heading back to Death Mountain again felt incredible.
It might seem a little tame compared to BOTW now, but it’s definitely one of the best ‘old style’ Zelda games that Nintendo has produced. Some of you might have even bought Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U.
Man, that game is stunning!
When Was The Nintendo Wii Released?
November 19, 2006.
Yep, it’s just over 14 years to the day as I write this article that the Nintendo Wii first arrived in our lives. In some ways, it only feels like yesterday!
How Many Nintendo Wii Consoles Have Been Sold?
101.63 million units.
The Nintendo Wii is the most popular Nintendo home console of all time. It beat the PS3 and the Xbox 360 by about 24 million units.
The most popular Nintendo console (home and handheld) is the Nintendo DS, selling 154.02 million units, just 860,000 less than the PS2.
How Many Nintendo Wii Games Are There?
1546 Wii games have been made over the console’s lifetime.
The most recent came in 2020 with Just Dance 2020 arriving on shelves. The Wii still has a lot of active fans who play religiously, and the Just Dance developers say that it’s still a lucrative console for them!
Which Games Launched With The Nintendo Wii?
26 games launched with the Nintendo Wii, three of which I have included in the list above. Other notable launch titles include Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, Call of Duty 3, and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz.
What Are The Best Nintendo Wii Games?
This is a list of 50 of the Best Nintendo Wii games that I’ve played throughout my life below. Many of them have been re-released as ‘Nintendo Select’s titles, so lots of other people obviously share my opinion too!
How Do I Buy Nintendo Wii Games?
Most of the Best Nintendo Wii games are second-hand, though some people will have bought copies and kept them sealed or in mint condition.
By clicking the title of each section, pictures, the ‘Buy Here’ button, or the name of the game in the text above, you will be virtually transported to an official buying page for the game that you are looking at.
The same applies to other hyperlinked games for other consoles that might crop up through the article too!