8 best Wii games of all time

8 best Wii games of all time

The Wii has the widest appeal of almost any console, with awesome casual games and some all-time classic for hardcore Nintendo fans.

Ahhh the Wii; The reason every Nintendo game still has motion controls forced in somewhere. As much as we tend to see them as a nuisance these days, the Wii sure made them seem like the future of gaming at the time. So soon after the PS2 had dominated the industry, no one thought another console would do that well so soon, especially after the middling success of the GameCube. Still, the Wii kicked down the door with fitness games and experimental tech, somehow blowing the market wide open.

That said, fitness games and novelty may be what most people remember about the Wii, but you’d be surprised at just how many Nintendo classics call the console home. Put your minigame compilations and glorified meditation apps to the side and take a look at these awesome games.

Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii is the first game in the series that feels like part of the modern era. It dug into the obscure regions of Mario lore for playable characters, added bikes, and embraced the more wacky course design later games revelled in. Plus, as gimmicky as the motion controls are, there’s an inherent joy in playing using a proper steering wheel and it made it super simple for the whole family to get involved.

Rhythm Heaven Fever

Keep your Guitar Hero games, Rhythm Heaven Fever – also known as Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise – is the true king of rhythm games. Not only is almost every track memorable and fun, but the settings for each of the minigames make for an experience you can’t get out of your head. It’s the kind of game that brings instant nostalgia, with fond memories of each minigame. Except Monkey Watch. Screw Monkey Watch.

No More Heroes

Games like this always feel out of place on a Nintendo console. Especially one as aggressively family-oriented as the Wii, but sometimes weird and wonderful things like No More Heroes are allowed to happen. It’s got fun minigames, brilliant swordplay, and enough fourth-wall breaks to give Deadpool a run for his money.

Wii Sports

Thanks in no small part to it being bundled with every copy of the Wii, Wii Sports has rightfully taken its place as an all-time classic. The reason half of the Wii’s library and gimmicky minigame collections is because Wii Sports was so great. It showcased the simple but effective ways motion controls could revolutionize games and present itself in such a way that everyone, no matter their gaming experience, could get on board.

Xenoblade Chronicles

A game that may never have come to the west if it wasn’t for fan demand, Xenoblade Chronicles now stands as one of the most beloved JRPG franchises still going. It may be very graphically dated now, but the Switch remaster fixes that, and the gameplay is still top-notch. Whether you want open-world exploration, complex combat, or powerful storytelling, the Xenoblade series had you covered.

Super Smash Bros Brawl

It may not be the most beloved entry in the series, but Smash Bros Brawl still deserves a lot of praise for what it brought to the series. The Subspace Emissary campaign is widely agreed to be the series’ best campaign mode, and some of the characters added were truly mind-blowing at the time. This shining beacon of everything Nintendo brought on board some of their most iconic rivals in Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake. It solidified the series’ place as an encapsulation of gaming history.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

It’s a Legend of Zelda game. We’ve covered so many through these retro console lists, do you really need us to explain why they’re brilliant? The control scheme may be a problem that the best SNES games didn’t have to deal with, but if you can get over that hump then this game can easily be considered the best in the series. This game’s selection of dungeons is easily one of the best, whether you want the time-travel shenanigans of Sandship or the puzzle box of Ancient Cistern

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Pretty much all of the 3D Mario games could be considered the best 3D platformer ever made, and Super Mario Galaxy’s case is especially strong. For starters, it’s the only one to have gotten a sequel so far, and that sequel improved on every aspect of the original’s formula. The gravity play is something no other franchise could’ve pulled off as well as Mario, who shall forever reign as the king of platformers.

Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GLHF.

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