Love it or hate it, Nintendo’s foray into motion gaming was a very successful one. They connected to the casual audience better than their competitors and for the first time ever I was able to play a video game with my grandma and even get my ass kicked at Wii Bowling. Now that the Wii has rode off into the sunset to pave way for newer consoles, we have decided to look back at the Top 10 Wii Games of all time.
There was crying, bloodshed, and roller coasters of emotion as this list came together. So here it is gamers, Mad Ape Games’ top 10 Wii games of all time.
10) The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
Link’s latest quest to save Zelda comes in at number 10 on our list. The innovative motion controls, wonderful level design, and the new bold color palette stood high above minor flaws the game had (I hate you stamina meter). Skyward Sword may have not been the greatest Zelda game, but there’s no denying it’s a wonderful game and easily deserves a spot as one of the best Wii games of all time.
9) No More Heroes
Travis Touchdown versus 11 assassins in Suda51’s No More Heroes makes its way into our #9 spot. The games satire humor, unpredictable story, crazy gameplay, and Suda51’s insanity easily make this game a must have. If you haven’t beaten the living hell out of assassins with a beam sword yet, you’re missing out.
8) Wii Sports
The only game your grandma can beat you at. Wii Sports was packaged with the Wii itself and easily became the number one family game for the Wii. This was the game that brought my parents into that strange land called “video games.”
Whether it was playing tennis with mom, golfing with dad, or bowling with grandma (crazy lady gets a 300 every damn game.) Wii Sports was the best casual game and helped the Wii sell millions upon millions of units.
7) Epic Mickey
A dark twisted Disneyland? Check. A wonderfully crafted and deep story? Check. Warren Spector’s Epic Mickey amazed with its beautiful world, amazing story, and great morality system. The game isn’t without its flaws (coughcameracough), but this amazing game is incredibly fun and heartwarming to Disney fans and gamers alike.
6) New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii takes the 6 spot for being one of the best multiplayer games of all time. Countless hours of drinking, fighting for the propeller hat, and throwing my roommates into lava were had in New Super Mario Bros.
It is one of the most entertaining games of all time and easily the best Wii game with penguin suits. There may not be much “New” about it, but Nintendo crafted a multiplayer masterpiece with New Super Mario Bros Wii.
5) Donkey Kong Country Returns
Retro Studios this is why we love you. You take a completely dead franchise and make it a colorful, perfectly designed game. It is also one of the toughest games on the Wii expect death constantly as you barrel blast your way through the crazy mine shafts, beaches, and pirate ships you expect from a Donkey Kong Country game.
Though the difficulty turned some people off that didn’t stop many from riding rockets in search of those damn bananas. Retro took a dead franchise and made it brand new again in the best way possible.
4) The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
A Gamecube and Wii game (I bought it with my Wii) that redefined Zelda for many. The game was seen as a return to form after many hardcore fans were turned off by Windwaker’s visuals (Even though Windwaker is better in my opinion).
Twilight Princess’ “Twilight Realm” was a welcome change as Link transformed into a wolf and totally rocked it killing all the Poes. The game was the Zelda standard in perfect level design, increased AI, and gameplay, with Midna being the least annoying partner in years. This game is still a must have game in your Wii library.
3) Xenoblade Chronicles
If there was one genre the Wii was lacking it was the RPG. With no (critically acclaimed) epic RPGs for the Wii fans got angry, and Operation Rainfall was formed. Operation Rainfall was a campaign to bring three JRPG’s to the United States and boy did they succeed. Xenoblade Chronicles was the first game to get released and damn is it amazing.
One of the largest, deepest, and most epic JRPGs of all time Xenoblade instantly became a classic and a must own for Wii owners. It has an amazing real time battle system and many mmo style features that make it much richer in content and a steal. Xenoblade Chronicles is not only the best RPG on the Wii, but one of the best RPGs of all time.
2) Super Mario Galaxy
You knew it would be on the list and for good reasons. Super Mario Galaxy does perfectly what many 3D Mario games do. INNOVATE INNOVATE INNOVATE. The gravity mechanic used so Mario jumps from planet to planet is incredible.
A masterpiece in level design and an A+ in innovation, Super Mario Galaxy moved games into the future with its 2007 release. It is the best platformer in history and one of the best games of all time. Super Mario Galaxy almost won our top spot in a close vote, but must settle for 2nd place right now.
1) Super Smash Bros Brawl
If you feel modern games aren’t worth their $60 price tag, then you haven’t played Brawl. With thousands of collectables, endless hours of fighting your friends, a 20 hour story, one of the best musical scores of all time, 35 characters, and the first Wii game to get online right.
Brawl was an achievement in video games that none of the other entries on the list come close to. It is the best multiplayer game on the Wii, one of the best fighting games of all time, and our top choice for the best Wii game of all time.
Do you remember the Wii games you loved the most? What other titles would you add to this list?