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The 28 best Wii games

The most successful console of this generation has games for just about everyone, if you know what to look for.

  • 17 Mega Man 9



    Mega Man 9 represents what the series used to be like before fancy additions like Dash Boots and wall-jumping. More difficult than Devil May Cry 3, less forgiving than BattleToads, and almost as maddening as Ghosts 'n Goblins, this return to old-school form for Capcom could go down in history as one of the most difficult games ever made. Leaving the X series and its embarrassing anime-related spinoffs, Mega Man 9 once again pits the Blue Bomber against Dr. Wily and a new crew of Master Robots, showing that simple 80's style gameplay can still be more punishing than life itself in the right hands. Capcom's love letter to the 8-bit era packs impressive challenge, toe-tapping chiptunes, and retro soul in a great Wii game.
  • 7 Metroid Prime Trilogy



    Each single Metroid Prime title on its own is worthy of being in any Wii game collection, so it's a no-brainer to include the full Metroid Prime Trilogy collection in the top ten of our Wii countdown. It just goes to show how a change in gameplay can wildly improve even the best titles, as both Prime 1 and Prime 2: Echoes got the motion control treatment from Nintendo & Retro Studios, as well as improved graphics and better special effects. In this economy, getting three games for one is a great deal, and thanks to the technology of the Wii, joining Samus Aran in her epic battle against Dark Samus has never been more exciting.
  • 20 Little King's Story



    For a game that looks ripped from the pages of a children's book, Little King's Story has a cute exterior that hides a deep and immersive experience rivaling the best Wii games, including the likes of Pikmin, Animal Crossing, and many real-time strategy titles. Starting from a tiny corner of the world, players take the role of a tiny monarch on a quest to unite the entire globe. Tons of character types and missions to complete are layered over a 30+ hour campaign, and the amazingly unique boss fights punctuate something that's anything but a kid's game.
  • 27 A Boy and His Blob



    When you consider great gaming duos -- Mario and Yoshi, Sonic and Tail -- hardly anyone would call out the pseudonymous "Boy" and his "Blob". Re-imagined from an old classic title of the same name, 2009's A Boy and His Blob took a gameplay concept from the more ancient days of Nintendo and hit the Wii with charming graphics, tricky puzzles and addictive platforming action. With artwork inspired by cartoon-like drawings (such as the work of Hayao Miyazaki) and a more heartwarming interpretation of the two titular characters, Majesco Games was able to re-create a truly unique title that easily ranks among the best Wii games yet.
  • 8 Super Smash Bros. Brawl



    It's hard to imagine that Nintendo could out-do the perfect blend of action-packed brawling and nostalgia present in the GameCube's Super Smash Bros. Melee, but amazingly enough, the company managed to pack in more moves, better characters (including two long-requested third-party kings in Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake), and online play! Whether you're playing online with strangers, in the same room amongst friends, or by yourself in the new expanded single-player Subspace Emissary mode, Super Smash Bros. Brawl will entertain and recall fond memories for hours on end.
  • 22 Wii Fit Plus



    Keeping in shape is tough for anyone, gamer or not, but it's a good thing that Nintendo is keeping us busy with Wii Fit Plus. Adding a handful of new aerobics-based exercises and more Yoga positions may not seem like a huge addition to most, but we were pretty sore after realizing that our legs were still too weak to handle the "Grounded V" pose. Wii Fit is still one of the best selling-games in history, and the Balance Board can easily produce a more brutal workout that most people would expect. With Wii Fit Plus, you're getting a bigger experience for your buck (and a better deal than any daytime TV exercise regime). It's not just standing on a board: it's getting fit the Nintendo Way!
  • 26 Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barabaros' Treasure



    While many players were put off by Zack & Wiki's cutesy art style and cartoonish presentation, they also ended up missing out on one of the deepest point-and-click adventure games in years. With amazingly deep puzzles that would leave you scratching your head for hours and lush, wondrous environments for Zack and his monkey pal to explore, the Quest for Barabaros' Treasure was the shot in the arm that the Wii needed, but sadly enough, went almost entirely ignored.
  • 14 Okami



    Okami was the definition of buried treasure when it was released for the PlayStation 2. From various "Editors' Choice" awards to near-universal praise across the globe (even netting perfect scores from GamePro, Eurogamer, and the now-defunct Newtype USA), nearly every publication heaped praise on Okami for its wonderful design and innovative calligraphy-based gameplay system. With its second release on the Wii, gamers once again had the opportunity to witness Okami's refreshing watercolor art style and Legend of Zelda-inspired combat as they helped sun goddess Amaterasu save classical-era Japan from darkness. Sadly, this port is still undervalued, yet one of the highest rated games to ever be released on the Nintendo Wii.
  • 13 MadWorld



    Gore, blood, and dismembered bodies probably aren't the first things that come to mind when you think about the best Wii games around. But then again, MadWorld is pretty much five miles out in left field when compared to the rest of this lineup. Touted as a rare M-rated title for the Nintendo Wii, MadWorld put you in a "Kill or Be Killed" world that delivered deliciously dark ways to murder, maim, and mash the living Hell out of anyone who gets in your way. By far, some of our favorite moments include the "Bloodbath Challenges," like Rocket Reamer and Man Golf. Oh, and stepping up the difficulty just makes the game even better, so don't wuss out.
  • 4 Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition



    Many people considered Resident Evil 4 to be a perfect game when it was released on the GameCube and PlayStation 2 in 2005. When the Wii Edition released two years later, gamers everywhere were raving about the improved control scheme, courtesy of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. Fighting off hordes of Las Plagas was more intense than before, especially since every time you trembled, your aim did too. Sure, RE4 came out on two platforms before the Wii, but for diehard horror-survival fans in search of the ultimate Resident Evil 4 experience, they should look no further than the Wii Edition, which was more intense due to the aiming/shooting/stabbing mechanics that graced Nintendo's gusty little console.
  • 2 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess



    How do you ensure a successful console launch, especially when said console features a unique control scheme that's completely different from one that gamers have become accustomed to? Step One: Bundle a fantastic game -- Wii Sports -- into the box. Step Two: Release a title from one of the most beloved franchises in all of gaming. That was the one-two punch combination Nintendo employed to ensure the Wii's success. Originally pegged as a GameCube release, The Big N did the smart thing and went back to the drawing board with Twilight Princess and included Wii Remote functionality. Of course, a lesser company would have botched the job, leading to a messy final product that no one would have enjoyed. But this is Nintendo we're talking about. All they did was take a game that would have been great anyway and added a layer of complexity that made Link's epic adventure even better.

    The Legend of Zelda franchise is so revered that anything less than an instant classic would have been seen as a failure. Thankfully, Twilight Princess lives up to the high bar set by previous titles. It's an absolutely stunning game, with gorgeous graphics, clever level designs and a great dose of action. What makes Twilight Princess even more noteworthy is that it opens up a brand new chapter of the series in terms of potential; just imagine what the next Zelda title, completely designed with the Wii in mind, will look and play like.
  • 15 Muramasa: The Demon Blade



    Oddly enough, Muramasa is one of those games that seems like it requires you to be swinging the Wii Remote like a spastic maracas musician. Thankfully, the team of Vanillaware and Ignition Entertainment realized that they'd be indirectly responsible for millions of broken TV sets, and kept Muramasa simple. Set against some of the most breath-taking artwork we've ever seen in any Wii game, The Demon Blade tells the feudal-era tale of Kisuke and Momohime, an amnesiac shinobi and a possessed princess, set against the backdrop of some wickedly awesome figures in Japanese mythology. Simple controls, light-speed katana-clashing combat, and award-worthy visuals easily make this Wii game a must-have for your collection. With such fine hand-drawn art rounding out this beautiful title, you might never play anything this pretty in 2D again (outside of Odin Sphere, of course).
  • 23 WarioWare: Smooth Moves



    Wario is at his best in bite-sized minigames, and Smooth Moves proves to be no exception. The Wii's take on WarioWare challenged us with gameplay that tested our reflexes with tons of motion-based tasks, such as parrying sword thrusts or guiding Fox McCloud's Arwing through an SNES battlefield. If you've got friends over, there's nothing more fun than watching them flail around in a vain attempt to keep up with this addictive Wii game. Another WarioWare game for Nintendo's motion-based console isn't in the works yet, but with Smooth Moves around there's always something to do at your next party
  • 11 The Beatles: Rock Band



    If you own a Nintendo Wii, there's bound to be a party around the corner. And sometimes, there's no better music to have for your shindig than that of the Beatles. By now, most Wii owners should have a plastic mountain of Rock Band and Guitar Hero peripherals, and putting them to use with the musical stylings of the world's greatest four-man band just makes sense. What makes The Beatles: Rock Band an especially good fit for the Wii is the wide appeal of the music. Parents and the younger members of the family alike can groove to "A Hard Day's Night", "Taxman" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", and you'll never come across a single Jimmy Eat World song.
  • 9 Punch-Out!!



    While it took Little Mac a pretty long time (about 15 years!) to get back in the gym, a few rounds with the new Punch-Out!! proves that the champ isn't showing many signs of ring rust. Reuniting the Nintendo Club with their favorite boxers from around the globe, Punch-Out!! pits you in the ring against old opponents like King Hippo, Piston Honda, and even that French wimp Don Flamenco. Surprisingly, the new Punch-Out!! also throws a few new things out for long-time fans, like a hotly-desired head-to-head mode and the ego-stompingly difficult Title Defense mode. Think Von Kaiser was a pushover the first time around? Don't lose your drive after he takes away your Championship Belt.
  • The most successful console of this generation has games for just about everyone, if you know what to look for.

  • 1 Super Mario Galaxy



    Formerly known as Super Mario 128, the release of Super Mario Galaxy solidified the Nintendo Wii as a console that any kind of gamer couldn't go without. Mario's long-awaited return to 3D platforming was made all the more amazing by inventive gameplay and unforgettable levels that said 'so long' to the laws of gravity and physics. With Super Mario Galaxy, Nintendo also proved, once again, that the plucky plumber's still got plenty of tricks to show off, and he's just getting better with age. On top of everything else Galaxy has going for it, it's easily one of the best looking (and shiniest) games on the Nintendo Wii yet, with graphics comparable to those seen on its next-generation console competitors. Welcome back to the world, Mario. We missed you.
  • 18 No More Heroes



    When the motion-control concept for the Wii was announced, thousands of fanboy brains immediately gravitated towards one franchise: Star Wars. While LucasArts was working overtime to produce The Force Unleashed and The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels, they were beaten to the punch by Ubisoft and Grasshopper Manufacture, the publisher-developer team behind the stylish action title No More Heroes. With a dorky protagonist, a lightsaber-esque weapon, buckets of blood, and lots of inspiration from icons of pop-culture like Kill Bill, Star Wars, and 8-bit gaming, No More Heroes is made for the hardcore gamer nerd in all of us.
  • 21Mario Kart Wii



    No matter what kind of Nintendo fan you are, there's something for everyone in Mario Kart Wii. For the dedicated fans of the series, there's plenty of classic tracks remixed with a glorious Wii sheen. For newer fans, there's plenty of crazy new tracks to explore and crash through, as well as the addition of motorcycles for those feel the urge to pop a wheelie after winning a heated final lap. And for go-karting veterans who frustrated other gamers by snaking through Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii has an online mode that's 100 percent tailor-made for you to practice your cheap racing tactics against hapless speedsters.

  • 6 Dead Space: Extraction



    Just like the Necromorphs that inhabit the dark corridors of the USG Ishimura, Dead Space: Extraction revived the rail-shooter genre from death in a truly exciting-yet-horrifying fashion. A prequel to the smash-hit Dead Space, Extraction tells the story of the unfortunate colonists that triggered the events of the main game. Using the Wii Remote as an aiming recule, Extraction throws all manners of ungodly space gore at you every step of the way, and it even gives the player the ability to control the camera and utilize hand-to-hand attacks and secondary fire, much like the control scheme of the original game. In fact, we liked Dead Space: Extraction so much, it rates a solid 5 out of 5 stars on GamePro -- and trust us, it's just that good
  • 24 Boom Blox Bash Party



    While the first Boom Blox game proved to be a surprise hit for the Wii, its sequel was expected to repeat the same innovative and groundbreaking experience that reeled in both casual and core gamers. Boom Blox Bash Party, like the previous game in the series, features various levels that task players with knocking down colorful towers of blocks, netting as many points as possible in the process. We're glad that Steven Spielberg was on board to lend his design skills to EA the second time around, and with 400 levels as the icing on the cake, we're hoping to complete each one before the next Boom Blox, which is sure to be another one of the best Wii games around.
  • 16 Super Paper Mario



    Hitting the Nintendo Wii in 2007, the nostalgia-fest of Super Paper Mario truly changed everything we thought we knew about perspective. The game's main gimmick of spontaneously shifting from two to three dimensions on the fly was pure genius, and developer Intelligent Systems did it with jaw-dropping finesse. Moreover, Super Paper Mario also brought back classic levels and memorable characters that were clearly styled after their 8-bit origins, mixing things up with entirely new gameplay, puzzles, and challenges. Sure, this game was meant to hold Nintendo fans over until Super Mario Galaxy finally got out of the gate, but it proved to be a leading act all by itself.
  • 10 World of Goo



    Nintendo's WiiWare service may not spawn as many hits as the in-house company, but games like World of Goo are exactly the kind of thing we want to see as downloadable content. Taking the simple concept of building blocks and using the adorable little "Goo Balls" as playable characters, World of Goo gives gamers the puzzling challenge of constructing oddly-shaped objects in order to reach the exits of various levels. What makes World of Goo such a challenge is the need to fight various elements, like gravity, gaping pits, and various death traps. It's no wonder this title won so many awards, including honors at the Independent Games Festival of the Game Developers Conference in 2007. If you don't own this awesome Wii game, at least give it a try.
  • 25 Bully: Scholarship Edition



    In Bully: Scholarship Edition, Bullworth Academy had more classes, more missions, and more craziness for Jimmy Hopkins to deal with -- and it was every bit as hilariously charming as it was before. With new mini-games clearly based on already-existing Nintendo games, you could actually learn something by going to class, and precise hand-to-eye coordination was just one more talent that you could use to get a passing grade from Hopkins's crazy teachers. Living out the whimsical life of these boarding school brats was a blast, and we're hoping for a college-edition sequel to come out soon.
  • 12 Mario Strikers Charged



    Hey, it doesn't matter if you live for the sport or if you don't know that a good shin guard can prevent soccer cleats from breaking your bones, Mario Strikers Charged is some of the most fun to be had on the Wii. There's a reason we still love this game here at GamePro HQ, well over two years since it's arrived in our office. The fast-paced arcade play is extremely balanced, with every character offering distinct advantages and disadvantages. All of the items are set at the exact right power, too -- good enough to provide a potential advantage, but still something that can be overcome with enough skill. Mario Strikers Charged is the best arcade-style soccer game we've ever played, and one of the best Wii games you'll be able to share with your buddies.
  • 19 Guitar Hero 5



    Guitar Hero 5 was a landmark title for the Nintendo Wii thanks to the addition of a big feature that every previous game lacked: complete parity. For the first time, Nintendo loyalists didn't have to worry about getting shafted on songs or downloadable content, as the Wii version of Guitar Hero 5 supported the SD format that let players save hundreds of songs in their digital setlist. Even better, the "Mii Freestyle" and "Roadie Battle" modes (which let DS owners join in on four-player sabotage wars) gave the Nintendo Wii solid content that was exclusive to the console. Let's hope this represents the future of Guitar Hero on Nintendo systems. Having eight-player support is nothing to sneeze at, and it makes Wii parties a blast.
  • 5 Wii Sports/Wii Sports Resort



    For about a week, screams of childish excitement would frequently penetrate the walls of GamePro HQ at ungodly hours of the morning. Without having to say a word, the rest of us knew that Wii Sports was back in town. Building off the addictively engaging style of the record breaking, industry-changing Wii Sports, Nintendo's beachside sequel introduced a ton of new activities for gamers to try, including swordplay, archery and table tennis. Precise control also played a key point in Wii Sports Resort, as Nintendo packaged the game with Wii MotionPlus technology, which took a lot of guesswork out of the gameplay. Whether you're playing Wii Sports or its worthy sequel, you're enjoying the purest Wii workout you'll ever get.
  • 28 LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga



    Many gamers saw putting the entire story of Luke, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Star Wars cast through a LEGO filter as a gamble, but it paid off so well, it started a new trend in casual gaming. With an updated and complete series in one pack, each part of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga was better than the last. Traveller's Tales and LucasArts compiled two trilogies' worth of the best Wii games that spanned an epic adventure, treating gamers to genuine lightsaber sound effects though the speaker on your Wii Remote. The levels were huge, popular characters like Boba Fett and Darth Vader could be replayed anywhere, and even the spaceship combat was wacky enough that it didn't disappoint.
  • 3 New Super Mario Bros. Wii



    Looking at New Super Mario Bros. Wii, a cynic would just call this title just a port of New Super Mario Bros. DS slapped into a Wii disc. Not only is such a statement 100 percent incorrect, it's also completely short-sighted of the charm, ingenuity and nostalgic feel that this multiplayer madness can bring to a crowded room. No matter how many times we see it, the story is still winner: Princess Peach is kidnapped for the umpteenth time by Bowser, no surprises there. But this time, Mario and Luigi have to deal with both the Koopa Kids and Bowser Jr., along with some of the most challenging platforming levels you'll see in any Wii game. What compounds the whole thing is playing with our friends, as you can either help or hinder your pals in Coin Battle mode, or just play through the main game, fighting over Fire Flowers. Your best friend will become your worst nightmare.
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