Best Games for the Nintendo Wii

As the fifth home console generation released by Nintendo, the Wii breaks new ground by offering a totally unique controller getting you more into the action than ever before. Even thought the Wii lags behind the 360 and PS3 in terms of raw power, it still provides one of the most entertaining console gaming experiences to date. This list contains the very best games for getting the most out of your Wii.

The Top Ten

1 Super Smash Bros Brawl

Fun, engaging, and unbelievably addicting, Super Smash Bros Brawl has everything to accommodate anything from a party game to someone just passing the time. SSBB is an awesome game for nearly anyone. It has a massive amount of characters, an enormous quantity of fight stages, and you can beat the hell out of Princess Peach, what's not to like. This game has challenges, a side scrolling adventure for story mode, and the usual classic mode as well.

Even though I wish that there could be ties for first place, because I believe Zelda Twilight Princess and SSBB should be in the same place, but I then remember that a lot of gamers bought the Wii solely to get SSBB and that saying a lot!
- masongilbert74

I really wanted to give you a thumbs up, but after seeing "and you can beat the hell out of Princess Peach, what's not to like," I started to change my mind. - Jasmine21064

This is possibly one of the best games ever. This game is a must-have for all gamers. I remember first buying this game and it not working. After a whole lot of time I got a working copy I fell in love with it.

So glad to see this at first, when I was about 11 I spent about 8 hours a day on this game, which is the time I spent between getting home from school and going to sleep. 5 years on and now I'm 16, my dad sold my wii and let me tell you this, I cried solely because of this game, also slightly because of animal crossing let's go to the city, but this game meant everything to me, it made me laugh, it made me cry (the subspace emissary is an extremely touching story)
Now that I don't have this game anymore, all I can say is that you, Nintendo, you made my childhood greater than I could have ever asked for.

Best game I ever played

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2 Super Mario Galaxy

Some people say that perfect games don't exist. To them, I show Super Mario Galaxy. Aesthetically, the game is beautiful. The art is extremely creative and the graphical effects are some of the best that the Wii can muster, with the fur shading and water effects being particularly impressive. The music is superb, capturing everything that an orchestral soundtrack can muster: it can be big and bombastic and also calm and serene, all fitting perfectly with the level aesthetics. Speaking of which, the level design is phenomenal. The amount of creativity put into the different level themes and even the gimmicks is so great to where they make up some of my favorite levels in video game history. The gameplay itself is perfect. Not a lot of what is done is particularly new, but it is so refined that there is nothing to complain about, and what is new, specifically the motion controls, work perfectly as well. All of this combined makes for an incredible game. In my eyes, it's not only the ...more

how is twilight princess better than this?
This is one of the greatest games of all time - mikeyeggo

you know why mario galaxy is the best game ever? because it is nintendos best work yet but really I think mario galaxy 2 is going to be even better - piggy24

I like galaxy 2 more but you gotta love this one

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3 Mario Kart Wii

Man, this game is a total package:
- 24 Mario characters
- 36 Vehicles
- 16 Courses
- 12 Battle arenas
- Play as your own Mii
- Rosalina is playable
- Single Player V.S. mode

This game has the biggest roster of all Mario games. All the other Mario spin-offs looks like crap compared to this! This is by FAR the best Mario spin-off game ever made! Better as Mario Party 9, Mario Tennis Open, Mario & Sonic Olympic London Games TOGETHER.

Proudly deserves this spot. I can't count how many times I have played this with my family and friends.

Although there are some critiques that I have:
1. The graphics are outdated. It is almost similar to Mario Kart Double Dash.
2. When I was a kid, I found the menu confusing. Now looking back, it is pretty easy to follow but I can understand why some kids will have trouble at this.
3. The Overall game is for me a bit to easy.
And last but not least:
4. The Controls. It is not 'awful'. But let's just say I find it 'flawed'. The motion controls is easier to use for younger players, but it to frustrating for older players. Holding the Wii controller sideways doesn't feel comfortable at all! 'Well you can use a Wii Wheel to make it more comfortable' I hear you saying. And yes, you are right. But you have to buy it for like 10 dollars. EACH. Plus, at least for me, it doesn't make it much comfortable.

Ugh. I just had to get it off my chest. And if this seems to ...more

Mario Kart Wii is an awesome game. It has 24 characters+the mii character divided into 2 outfits. This used to have the most until another awesome game, Mario Kart 8 took over. This game includes bikes and tricks for your characters. Also it includes Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina's bike suits when they're riding a bike. This game has the hardest track in the game, Rainbow Road, the new Wii version. Also, this game debuts the 12-player races, instead of the original 8. This game is awesome. All good Wii games SHOULD be on this list!

CTGP was a miracle

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4 Super Mario Galaxy 2

This game was a great deal better than the original in my opinion. I also don't understand the massive appeal of Wii sports, haven't people figured out how bad the controls are yet? I have no idea how Mario party 8 got on this list, but whatever. My second favorite Wii game after this one, would either be skyward sword or super smash bros brawl, but this one gets my vote.

The original Super Mario Galaxy was decent. But I think this game really brought Super Mario Galaxy to the next level. Yoshi! Rock Mario! Cloud Mario! Everything here was awesome. Even the Green Stars. I never beat this game 100%. I'm still working on it. And that's the glory of it. Super Mario Galaxy was VERY HARD! But Super Mario Galaxy 2 was better than the first

This game has yow hi in it! You can ride and do many stunts with him in many levels. This game should be number one! Not to mention its cover. The cover is what attracts me into playing this game.

Better than galaxy 1 in my opinion

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5 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Skyward Strike! I love the bosses and temples and flying and EVERYTHING in this game. Its very colorful and never gets dull. The Gameplay is magnificent and the Wii Motion Plus Controls make you NEED strategy to get a sword slash at your enemies!

This is for the games that people have neglected because they're "oldies". Well, the "oldies" just got new!

This is the worlds best Wii game. It uses Wii motion plus. It means that your sword moves according to your action. Clearly that beats the rest. This should be number one.

Crappy game, bad gameplay, bad story, bad characters. Worst GAME EVER! - Pinkarray

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6 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess is the only reason I own a Wii. All other Nintendo franchises I prefer on the Nintendo 64 or Gamecube!

Its a really great addition to the Zelda series. Though not the best Zelda game created, the motion controls add extra functionality that never existed previously. - JoshUK

People never sit down to take a break from all the shooter and fast paed violence on the PS3 and XBOX360 and play a game with great visual effects, beauitiful music, and outstanding and detailed dungeons that take hours alone. This is the best game ever! - Cookieman1221

The legend of Zelda twilight princess is the one game that felt complete and I loved it. Zelda twilight princess has earned a spot as number 1 in my heart and let me tell yaw, it has definitely deserved it. I almost cried when I finished the game.

To be honest I prefer GameCube controls - MaxPap

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7 New Super Mario Bros

It is the best game. An all new game with extra powers, worlds and graphics. It has extra players too with toads. Not so easy as the old version. With 4 players it is a fun for the whole family.

This game you must have on the wii cause it is like the BEST MULTIPLAYER WII GAME OF ALL THE GAMES I HAVE PLAYED... I mean, it SUUCKED when I kept losing in singleplayer, but when I play it in multiplayer it is so much fuun. You guys really must try this game, anyone, kids from 5-10, Teenagers, Even Adults... If you can lose your temper easily, then I really recommend you play it in multiplayer mode.

The multiplayer was torturous to play with a little brother though. - Justinianism101

I beat the whole game by my self it was easy except for one level in world 4 and I got all the star coins and unlocked all secret passages all by my self. I never got to enjoy multiplayer because when we did do multiplayer I played with people who suck at super mario games so they died 5 times each course and so it was up to me to save princess peach

Yes I love to play this game - B1ueNew

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8 Donkey Kong Country Returns

So much more fun than people may think. I don't get why people like New Mario Bros so much, this game has much more challenge and a cooler character to play as.

This game is fantastic I like the boss battles and how every stage is creative and different the only thing they missed was probably dixie but she later appeared as a playable character on tropical freeze

I love this game so much! It's challenging when you get to the later levels. If you have a wii, you should get this game - Ajkloth

Fun, but extremely challenging. - MaxPap

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9 Wii Sports

This was the game that started the whole motion control craze. Everyone wanted to copy Nintendo after the Wii was released with this game. How is this not in the top 5? - dlbk03

I think that this is a really good game. I also like wii sports resort. I really think this game should be the 5th best selling game.

this is the first game on wii without this no games will be here I know you just said that thomas245 it just came out of me - hermione_granger

Personally, I like Resort a little more. - IcetailofWishClan

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10 Super Paper Mario

Contrary to popular belief not short, it is a 20 hour game. Which could be considered short I guess but doesn't matter. Great story, audio, gameplay, literally everything, should be right up there if not higher then Galaxy. It is so underrated. It is also NOT easy, the combat is easy, but the puzzles are not. Let us be honest, we all got stuck on one. It looks awesome, the reason it "looks bad" in 3d, is because of what the game IS! Not all objects in the game are 2 dimensional. Another thing I love is how it breaks the fourth wall in a lot of jokes like "No more sequels Mario! " in the first bowser boss fight.

This is number 5?! How is this not number 1! The only thing I can think of that keeps it low is the fact it's short. If this were an enjoyable length, this would have to be at the very top.


A bit short but my current favourite game on wii. - tardispikachu

Holy crap. This game has an amazing story, amazing levels, amazing villain, just overall amazing. Best Paper Mario by far.

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The Contenders

11 Wii Sports Resort

I remember when I first got it, it was late at nigh and I had school in the morning. I was so eager to play it, that I got an hour early just to be able to play it. I will never forget the long tutorial of how to put the Wii Motion Plus on the remote though.

come on this should be after wii sport I'm telling you this is the best game after wii sport! -

Love everything about the game especially archery, swordplay, flying and water sports, and cycling.

What the hell what is this imagine?

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12 Kirby's Return to Dream Land

This is actually my 6th favorite Wii game but it deserves to be higher on this list. I consider this to be Kirby's comeback installment. I honestly think this is the greatest Kirby game since the release of Amazing Mirror in'04 and a wondrous return to the home console where he belongs. I hope to see much more excellence like this in his next adventure in triple deluxe,

Is this seriously only in the Top 15? This is one of the best Kirby games ever and I'd personally say it's the best kirby game since the rise of the Nintendo Wii. With great graphics, exciting gameplay, and colorful level designs, this should definitely replace Wii Sports because seriously - even though Wii Sports was a good launch game, it only had 5 sports. FIVE! And the baseball was just overall terrible. This game is a great bundle and should at least be in Top 10, maybe even in the Top 5.

Haha! Oh that's funny! Good joke! This is funny! Wait.. This isn't a joke?! Kirby's return to dreamland In the top 5? Common, this is the best Kirby Game! This should be way higher! This game has one of the best stories in any video game! With it's plot twist,vote for Kirby's return to dreamland!

Bruh my favorite game EVER made. NEED I SAY MORE?

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13 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

This game is great for its environments and new exciting weapons but the controls are what you should get excited about! You can now just aim your Wii Remote and press "A" to shoot! Much More Realistic! Well... Sorta. The controls are WAY more responsive than the other metroid prime games and The Wii Remote Aiming takes care of that gamecube shooting where you can only shoot straight ahead unless you hold "R" and all that other stuff. But still the environments are BEAUTIFUL and the weapons are AWESOME! But remember that if you have as crappy a T.V. as mine, put the brightness to 100% to see.

You have to be kidding 15! My brother loves this game so much that he would vote 365 times a year but he does play super smash bros brawl more.Sword fighting will get old anyways.

Metriod's gameplay will never get old and even though Super Paper Mario and Mario Galaxy are very great games, they don't compete enough to beat MP3. - quazzie834

Thank GOD this spot is project m because that metroid game SUCKS

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14 Mario Party 8

This game is actually the best Mario party I have ever played! It is totally fun if you play it as a family. The only thing that still hasn't changed is that when you win the other players stat saying " I want to quit" or they get mad somehow. I still love this game even though I had it for four years already. Although the mini games are a little worse than the mini games in Mario party 7.

It has great mini games that are fun and creative, and the whole tournament story mode is really creative, especially when looking at the creative levels. It goes from get 2 stars to reach the end with 50 coins to find king boo 2 time to get to this person with 50 coins along with creative traps and level design! It's an under looked game that has variety

Ssbb is so overused but fun, but it is nice to have a fun game with spinoffs like mario party 8. Mario party 9 turned into wii party mario edition.

Is #9 better

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15 Kirby's Epic Yarn

This is the only Wii game I have seen that not only has lived its store shelf life for a very long time, but maintained its price at $49.99. It outlived both Mario Galaxies, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, and even Brawl. That's how great of a game this is.

Kirby's Epic Yarn is not only creative and fun, it also has some decent challenge to it. Super Smash Bros Brawl is my favorite, but Epic Yarn deserves higher. - Garythesnail

I Haven't Play This in a While, But I Loved This Game, This Game Was Really Creative - ChiefMudkip

Was good at the time, but was way outclassed by Yoshi's Woolly World

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16 Sonic Colors

Sonic was in hard times. Sonic Unleashed and Black Knight had immensely failed, and it was feared that he would be forgotten. Then this piece of beauty came around. It's got amazing graphics, amazing music, amazing gameplay... Amazing everything! This is a must have for all Wii owners!

Definitely one of Sonic's best games. It brought him back up on the the top, because this game shows his true colors. Mario and Call of Duty are overrated.

I really enjoyed this game, with its dizzying colors and unique gameplay. Game Informer can hate on this one all they want, but it's my favorite Sonic game personally. - Garythesnail

Reach for the stars

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17 New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Why is it on here twice?

This is the same thing on #7!

It very good - Minecraftisawesone

18 Xenoblade Chronicles

This game came out of the blue and took me completely by storm. I'm actually not sure which one I like better between Brawl and Xenoblade, but since this game is placed 37th at the moment of writing this, I decided to go with the second, since Xenoblade deserves SO MUCH MORE than just puny 37th place.
Massive game with 70 hours of gameplay (excluding side-quests). Great storyline. Lovable characters. HUGE worlds to explore, giving you the feeling of total freedom. Intriguing battle system. Grinding is almost non-existent. The game is just about as far from being linear as a game gets. Challenging and epic boss fights. Mind-blowing ending.
And last but not least, it has the best soundtrack I've ever heard... In any video game... EVER!

This is by far the most underrated game of the Wii, due to NoA's decision (Nintendo of America). Xenoblade is something that has a lot of charm, and one of the best RPG's. It brings new concepts to the table, and does more rather than playing with your nostalgia like other recent RPGs do. The cast of characters are extremely likeable, especially Riki and Reyn. This game shows what the Wii is capable of and pushes it to the limit. It loads well and allows for beautiful, creative, innovative environments that games have been lacking. You're literally standing on a tian! The dialog is amazing and allowed for wonderful character development, with the exception of the relationship of Seven and Shulk. Though Xenoblade may not be perfect, it has a lot of content that many of the games higher on the list lack. The game is unpredictable and throws a lot of plot twists. (Ex. Seven being someone from the past, High Entia's Fate, Gold Face's original desire, etc. ) This game deserves higher on ...more

I just played this game and my god this needs to be in the top 5. It has a great storyline, fighting, characters and soundtrack! - Seventies-Music-Fan

Best game ever made.

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19 Metroid Prime Trilogy

Amazing game complication with tons of bang for your buck. All three Metroid games are included and have been approved apron to add stellar graphics and use of the Wii remote. The only thing I cold ask is GameCube controller support, but otherwise perfect!

What are Resident Evil 4 and Metroid Prime Trilogy doing down here? Bellow a crap Movie Tie in game of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows... - Salsander

A compilation of all 3 Metroid games with even better controls than the GameCube version! What's not to like? - MaxPap

How is this not higher then corruption?

20 Mario Super Sluggers

Should be in the top 5 with the rest of the Mario games. This is the only Wii game I play and it is so addicting. You should get it it is really fun. BEST GAME EVER!

CRAP accidentally voted this one! I love this game though but brawl is one of my FAVORITE GAMES EVER! It's like top 5

I used to play this but I still love the game

This is so underrated - Randomator

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21 Mario Strikers Charged

This game needs to be at least top 4. Seriously, strong emphasis, great gameplay, supreme power, masters, what's not to love about this game? It got good reviews, so why is it so low on the list?!

I can barely wait for the delayed sequel to come out. Seriously, top 91? Maybe this isn't very old on the list.

This game is so epic. My favorite game ever - marktheshark

Great game. Very underrated. - MaxPap

Very underrated - Randomator

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22 Warioware: Smooth Moves

Totally the best game ever! Who doesn't like fat greedy money-crazy plumber nemesis who makes you dance and tap your butt with the wii remote? - Oreanta

first game I got, one of the first games made for wii. - jake33

This game is awesome, but that dancing boss... oh god - Runtoastrun

Is really good

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23 Punch-Out!!

Punch Out is my all time favorite game for the Wii. And one of my favorite games of all time. A must play! - Jonerman

The instrumental remix of the original soundtrack was my first instinct on how good the game was going to be.

How did a Naruto game make it over 50 games higher than this?

I was floored by the level of detail put into this remake. They kept pretty much everything that made the previous games great (well, besides Tyson, but seeing as that isn’t really possible anymore, I’ll have to let it slide), and even improved on a lot of the flaws. The characters now have more personality than ever before (especially some previously forgettable ones like Aran Ryan). If you’re a fan of the original (and even if you’re not), play this game. - Zach808

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24 Animal Crossing: City Folk

A Call of Duty game is more higher than this masterpiece? Kill me. - spodermanfan1000

This needs to be in the top 10 - jameshoward

Best Animal Crossing game in my opinion. I am maybe biased, because this game was a huge part of my childhood.

And it's addictive asf. - MaxPap

My favorite animal crossing games. There is so much to do in the city, folks. Just a beutiful game

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25 Resident Evil 4

One of the best should be top 10

Best game

26 No More Heroes

Everything a game should be, simple yet addictive gameplay, visually unique, great dialouge, catchy music, and truly a one of kind game and one you'll not forget. A modern classic

27 Okami

Speaking as a HUGE fan of this game, of course I think it should be higher on this list. "Underrated" is the word!

great adventure game as good as twilight princess - leggylegg

This game is beautiful! I'm more for SSBB, but this game really needs some help! All the Okami fans know how underrated this game is! - micks

No contest. Okami is the best!

28 Wii Fit Plus

Fun and burns energy and weight all at the same time

Great workout and fun

Make this higher on the list runt

Yes! Amazing! - MichealEvens

29 Red Steel 2

Really like this game

30 Wii Party

The new wii party you is a total success I don't know why this is so low I love I "wii games" even wii sports!

Wii Party. Basically the same as Just Dance - lizard302

So fun to play (with friends) - kaisietoo

Nostalgia is hitting hard there...

Awesome game to play with friends. It's like Mario Party but with Miis instead. - MaxPap

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31 NHL 2K11

Best game ever for Wii can not be beat!

Love this game too friend

Love sport games

32 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Oh, this game. This game is so fun! Some of the games are near impossible it seems, but that doesn't stop it from being a load of fun! The mini games make you sweat

33 Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Vote it up people. This should be at least top 3. Seriously, this is a crossover which takes place in British Columbia. It is currently the highest rated place on Earth, so why is it so low? This game mainly could be praised for taking place in British Columbia. But why was Princess Peach in this game? According to her bio, she is great friends with Princess Daisy (who needs to return to British Columbia with Tails & Pac-Man) & is Skill-based (meaning that she would prosper at Figure Skating & Curling). More like "Princess Peach is arch-rivals with Princess Daisy & is technique-lacking whereas she was so terrible at Figure Skating & Curling due to how pathetic she is that she has never any reason whatsoever to be at the Olympics". Rosalina could've replaced Princess Peach. Oh my god. The Vancouver Olympics will happen again in 2028 with the Seattle 2028 Olympics. I just know it. This will be the first time 2 countries together have the Olympics.

I'VE heard of it but never played it. sorry for the capital I.

Worst game ever. always lose


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34 Wii Fit
35 Mario Sports Mix

Great game. You can play, Basketball, dodgeball, hockey, and volleyball

Decent game overall - Randomator

36 Rock Band
37 No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

This game is SO COOL! Hacking enemies to bits to the best soundtrack ever never felt so good!


38 Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry Potter is awesome, for god's sake! Ah, the Brits...

39 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
40 Just Dance 4

The best Dance game I have ever had. It has amazing songs that you want to dance to over and over again! TOTALLY worth buying. One of MY best Wii games. It's a Great way to do some exercise AND learn some new dance moves. A VERY awesome game!

Just Dance 4 is a brilliant game, and its very fun to play. You dance against someone following the on screen moves, it includes very good songs.

Best game EVER! It also makes you lose weight unlike the other type of video games.

Favorite song on there is Never Gonna Give You Up!

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41 Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
42 Mx Vs ATV Untamed - Xbox 360
43 Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

More than 60 characters! Awesome combos! Great konquest mode! Great graphics (for that time)! Nice story!

Is that a joke? MK Armageddon should be in the top 3!

So many diverse fighters and arenas. Even its story is good. Also, MK Armageddon has the greatest INTRO in the whole mk series

44 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

More polished than Mario Kart doesn't have the variety but it is a tighter more refined game. Sonic transformed is the best Kart racer thus far

I absolutely LOVE this game - Celestius

All-Stars Racing even had Wreck-It Ralph. - playstationfan66

Really fun

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45 Link's Crossbow Training
46 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Virtual Console)
47 Super Mario All-Stars: Limited Edition

This can not be happening! This is so low on the list even at 27! Sure I like the original SNES versions but this game is a modern masterpiece though Princess Daisy could've STILL replaced Princess Peach.

Whats wrong with Peach?

48 Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
49 Sonic and the Black Knight

no thanks

50 The Beatles: Rock Band

Best "Rock Band" ever is for the best rock band ever! Such a great, underrated game. This is, Wii Sports, Brawl, Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Go Vacation and Mario Kart should be in the top 10.

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