The Wii has the biggest appeal of almost any console, with great casual games and some classic classics for hardcore Nintendo fans.
Ahhh the Wii; The reason every Nintendo game still has motion controls somewhere. As much as we consider them a nuisance these days, the Wii made them seem like the future of gaming at the time. So soon after the PS2 dominated the industry, no one thought any other console would do it so soon, especially after the GameCube’s mediocre success. Still, the Wii kicked in the door with fitness games and experimental technology, somehow opening the market wide.
That said, fitness games and novelty may be what most people remember about the Wii, but you’d be surprised how many Nintendo classics call the console home. Put your minigame compilations and glorified meditation apps aside and check out these great games.
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart Wii is the first game in the series that feels like part of the modern age. It dug into the obscure parts of Mario lore for playable characters, added bikes, and embraced the more wacky track design that later games enjoyed. Plus, as gimmick as the motion controls are, there’s an inherent fun to playing with a good handlebar and it made it super easy for the whole family to get involved.
Rhythm Heaven Fever
Keep your Guitar Hero games, Rhythm Heaven Fever – aka Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise – is the true king of rhythm games. Not only is almost every song memorable and fun, but the settings for each of the minigames make for an experience you won’t be able to get out of your head. It’s the kind of game that evokes instant nostalgia, with fond memories of each minigame. Except Monkey Watch. Screw Monkey watch.
No more heroes
These kinds of games always feel out of place on a Nintendo console. Especially one as aggressively family-oriented as the Wii, but sometimes weird and wonderful things are allowed to happen, like No More Heroes. It has fun minigames, brilliant swordplay, and enough breaks on the fourth wall to give Deadpool a run for its money.
Thanks in no small part to the fact that it comes with every copy of Wii, Wii Sports has rightly taken its place as an all-time classic. The reason half of the Wii library and gimmicky minigame collections is because Wii Sports was so great. It showed the simple yet effective ways that motion controls can revolutionize games and presented itself in such a way that anyone, regardless of their gaming experience, could get on board.
Xenoblade Chronicles, a game that might never have made it to the west if it weren’t for fan demand, now stands as one of the most beloved JRPG franchises still in existence. 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 credit for what it brought to the series. The Subspace Emissary campaign is widely believed to be the series’ best campaign mode, and some of the added characters were truly stunning at the time. This shining beacon of everything Nintendo has brought aboard some of their most iconic rivals in Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake. It cemented the series’ place as an encapsulation of gaming history.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
It is a Legend of Zelda game. We’ve covered so many through these retro console listings, do you really need us to explain why they’re brilliant? The control scheme may be an issue that the best SNES games don’t have to deal with, but if you can overcome that hump, 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 Sandship’s time travel shenanigans or Ancient Cistern’s puzzle box.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Virtually all 3D Mario games can be considered the best 3D platformer ever made, and Super Mario Galaxy’s case is particularly strong. For starters, it’s the only one to get a sequel to date, and that sequel has improved on every aspect of the original’s formula. The gravity game is something that no other franchise could have done better than Mario, who will forever reign as the king of platform games.
Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GLHF†
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