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 Super Smash Bros Brawl Product Image

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.

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!

This is still my childhood. I love the story, the controls, the fighters, the stages, I love the items and everything! This game kickstarted my love for smash bros! I'm not very good, but I love this game and this franchise as a whole! Thank you brawl, for being my childhood, thank you Nintendo, for forging my childhood, and thank you Sakurai, for creating my childhood. In 20 years from this post, this game will be my nostalgic game with bad graphics when compared to the games of the future. It has flaws, but not my childhood. Thank you brawl. You will always be deep in my heart. Always. Never not.

This may seem like just 'fighting', but it is much more than that. There are tons of game modes (free for all, team, story mode, etc. ) and it's very addicting. Usually, you get bored of a gane within a few weeks.
I was playing this for almost a year, feeling like it was a brand new game every day. This is definitely the game of my childhood. I still play it a lot, and is my favourite Wii game.

2 Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy Product Image

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

Super Mario Galaxy is what comes to mind when I think of a perfect game. It has responsive control, colorful and high-definitely graphics, amazingly creative level designs, good variety, and difficulty that compliments both casual and hard-core gamers. SMG is a mus-have to anyone who ever considers themself a gamer, I dare you to prove me wrong.

There are so many different ways to do stars and explore, some parts are easily done, even with your eyes closed. While things like the Bouldergeist Daredevil Run are pure difficulty. I played this at a friend's twice and then begged my parents to go out and get the game for me. THAT'S how much I loved it!

I love Smash bros. games but Super Mario Galaxy is one of the best games of all time! Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U is actually my favorite game so far, but Galaxy is my 2nd favorite! It is definitely the best Wii game byfar, but Super Mario Odyssey looks like it's going to be the next big hit! I think this game should be number one! Vote Mario Galaxy!

3 Mario Kart Wii Mario Kart Wii Product Image

I have been playing thus game since I was very young. It was one of the first video games I ever played I believe. When I was younger I would always play as baby peach but now I have shifted into a daisy fan., although my go to character is Toadette. I'm the only one in my family who still plays this game in 2020 but it does deserve to be played. In the 10? years that its been out I still haven't managed to unlock every character but over corona virus break I managed to unlock MANY characters and karts/vehicles and achieve many personal goals I've had for this game. This game deserves top spot but I'm glad its at number 3. -LIzzy.

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!

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.

4 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Product Image

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

Why do people think Super Mario Galaxy is better than Super Mario Galaxy 2? Super Mario Galaxy 2 can do the exact same thing the first game does and a lot more! There is Yoshi, the Cloud Flower, the Rock Mushroom, and so much more!

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.

5 New Super Mario Bros New Super Mario Bros Product Image

This was the best and the first mario game I have ever played. It was the first game I owned for the wii and I could never put it down. I played it so much that the disks didn't work anymore. Some of the boss fights are so original but the ones that I hate are iggy koopa from 5-tower, Larry koopa from 1-tower and 1-castle, and the first Bowser Jr fight from 4-airship. When you finish the game, Its not over. You unlock world 9. You have to get all the star coins from the corresponding world. For example, for 9-1 you have to get all the star coins from world 1. This game is absolute perfection. My favorite boss fight is the second battle with Bowser Jr, from 6-airship. I only wish that player 1 could pick who He wants to play as.

This game was always very difficult for me as a kid and it still is. However I have many happy memories of playing this with my older sister many years ago. I also played the DS version a couple times while on holiday in 2012. -Lizzy.

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

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.

6 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Product Image

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

It's 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.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is the one game that felt complete and I loved it. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has earned a spot as number 1 in my heart and let me tell you, it has definitely deserved it. I almost cried when I finished the game.

Both Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword get so much undeserved hate, but they are really some of the best Zelda games ever, if not the best Zelda games ever. Come at me haters!

One of my favorite games of all time along Final Fantasy 10 and Fire Emblem Awakening. Worth checking out if you are a fan of the franchise.

7 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Product Image

If you have an old Wii or Wii U buy it and play it! You might be going like, "I have to pay regular price for a Wii game, why? " Trust me, it is worth it! This game is amazing and I wish that every Wii/Wii U owner tried it. The controls are amazing as you have probably heard from others. The story is fantastic. The art style is beautiful. The game is just so awesome! Vote Skyward Sword!

The way I see it I see almost no flaws. I'm one of the people who enjoy more linear Zelda games more than open world because we can focus more on the main story instead of the side quests. The motion controls are pretty accurate, one of the greatest stories in my opinion, great music and fun gameplay overall.

It's the best game I ever played you have to use real life sword skills for the motion control every temple is very hard to compete but is very rewarding when YOU finish. the bosses are hard but that's what people want they want a challenge the most cool thing about this game is how it shows you howbit all started and how the mwsterbsword was just the goddess sword amd you had to power IT up with the 3 goddesses flames

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!

8 Wii Sports Wii Sports Product Image

I don't think I ever played this game apart from the baseball, which I played once. I was surprisingly good at it. I voted for it anyway because I'm pretty sure it was one of the first Wii games. -Lizzy.

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?

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.

I remember this was the game that got my grandma off her chair and beating my ass at Bowling.

9 Donkey Kong Country Returns Donkey Kong Country Returns Product Image

Why do I have the Tiki Tak tribe as my sleep paralysis demon? Also, why do I keep thinking about all the puzzle pieces and KONG letters that I missed? These are things that traumatize me to this day. Returns is the hardest of the franchise, bar none. The Volcano levels and the K levels were hell to go through. Tiki Tong's still laughing at me...

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.

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

Donkey Kong really comes back in this retro reboot. Way better the New Super Mario Bros.

10 Wii Sports Resort Wii Sports Resort Product Image

I liked the cycling one! The golf, archery table tennis is fun too. Fun game to play against family and friends, very competitive in a fun way. My speciality is the swordplay. I pretend I'm a Jedi with a lightsaber! -Lizzy.

Very fun game to grind achievements and xp for. There are so many things to do and it's a great multiplayer game! It's also tons of fun to speedrun!

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.

If it's possible to have TOO much fun, Wii Sports Resorts is that. It has so many unique games( Try swordplay, it's epic ^_^), breathtaking soundtracks, and beautiful graphics for the Wii. Plus, me and my mates have this ongoing thing that whenever there is an awkward silence in our class, one of us will sing the Wii Sports Resort theme. It's funnier than it sounds!

The Newcomers

? Inazuma Eleven Strikers Inazuma Eleven Strikers Product Image
? The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon Product Image
The Contenders
11 Super Paper Mario Super Paper Mario Product Image

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.

When a game is able to take my vote from Return to Dream Land...
You know it's my favorite.
Seriously-you can play as Bowser! And Luigi and Peach too, but still Bowser!
Flipping to 3-D...
Solving puzzles and smashing enemies(and BURNING them as Bowser! )
And hearing the awesome soundtracks!
Did I mention Bowser'S in it?!
Seriously, this is just the best game there is in my book.

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.

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

12 Kirby's Return to Dream Land Kirby's Return to Dream Land Product Image

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.

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,

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!

Arguably my all time favorite game, and my favorite for the Wii. An excellent game regardless of player count, but it's a blast with friends.

13 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Product Image

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.

I voted for Skyward Sword too soon...
While I still think SS is the best Wii game, MP3 Corruption is way too low for my liking.
That is just me though. Not sure about what others think. Isn't it a little too low?

Metroid prime 3 is just as good as legend of Zelda, and all of the Mario games out there. I think this game deserves to be in the top 5 at least.

While everyone else is voting for generic choices such as Brawl, Galaxy, Skyward Sword etc, I think Corruption deserves top 10.

14 Sonic Colors Sonic Colors Product Image

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!

OH YEAH. This is one of my favorite Sonic Games due to how well it brought Sonic back from his deep dark abyss. 06, Seret Rings, Black Knight, and Unleashed were all either mediocre or just plain terrible. This game made him shine once again. Should be in the top ten.

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.

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.

15 Mario Party 8 Mario Party 8 Product Image

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.

Honestly this and super smash bros may be the only reason I still have a wii.

16 Kirby's Epic Yarn Kirby's Epic Yarn Product Image

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.

This game always makes me feel nostalgic when I play it. It was my first Kirby game after all! I now love the series! :D And it all started... With some Epic Yarn!

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

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.

17 Xenoblade Chronicles Xenoblade Chronicles Product Image

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

Monolith soft has proven that they can make fantastic open world jrpgs, and their upcoming Wii you game will likely prolong their magic. This game is definitely worth picking up if you have felt starved for jrpgs on the Wii.

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!

18 Metroid Prime Trilogy Metroid Prime Trilogy Product Image

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...

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

Would be great if they let us have our gamecube controls back, I just can't with the motion controls.

19 Mario Super Sluggers Mario Super Sluggers Product Image

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!

I feel like I'd love this more if it came out in Europe and Australia

I used to play this but I still love the game

Wait, this is a Nintendo Select?

20 Mario Strikers Charged Mario Strikers Charged Product Image

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.

Personally it is my favorite game of all time! I passed my whole childhood playing this game in legendary mode, finishing it and then starting it all over. Once you get good at this game you just can't stop playing it!

I cannot wait for nintendo to make a new one for the switch!

This should be way higher. This is better than Mario super sluggers, Mariokart wii, super Mario Galaxy, and Kirby return to dreamland. This should be number 2

I love how different it is than most Mario games.

21 Punch-Out!! Punch-Out!! Product Image

The amount of charm and personality this game has is amazing, but it also has flawless gameplay and even a fair amount of replayability to make it, in my opinion, deserve a higher spot than this.

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

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

This is probably the best Punch-Out! game of all time,and that says a lot because the last time Nintendo made another game of this was 1994.

22 Warioware: Smooth Moves Warioware: Smooth Moves Product Image

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?

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

Is really good

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

23 Animal Crossing: City Folk Animal Crossing: City Folk Product Image

I haven't really played much of this game but it's really a very good animal crossing game. not as good as Wild world (so far) but still very good. As a major animal crossing fan, I would love to see this game reach a higher spot on the list! -Lizzy.

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.

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

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

24 Resident Evil 4 Resident Evil 4 Product Image

The best version of Resident Evil 4 due to the aiming controls and improved graphics. Best M Rated game on Wii and deserves to be in Top 10.

One of the best should be top 10

25 No More Heroes No More Heroes Product Image

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

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