40. Cave Story (WiiWare)

Cave Story (WiiWare)
Cave Story (WiiWare)
Publisher: Nicalis / Developer: Nicalis
Release Date: 22nd Mar 2010 (USA) / 10th Dec 2010 (UK/EU)

There are plentiful ways to enjoy Cave Story these days, and none of them are bad. The WiiWare version will be mighty difficult to get hold of if you don't already own it and have it downloaded (the Wii Shop is no longer in operation), but regardless of where or how you play this indie platforming gem, it comes heartily recommended, and the WiiWare version was a winner.

39. Mario Strikers Charged (Wii)

Mario Strikers Charged (Wii)
Mario Strikers Charged (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Next Level Games
Release Date: 30th Jul 2007 (USA) / 25th May 2007 (UK/EU)

Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom pals lay out their jumpers for goalposts and have a crack at the beautiful game. Mario Strikers Charged delivers exactly the brand of arcade pyrotechnical take on football you'd expect, and Next Level Games went up another rung on the ladder in Nintendo's estimations.

38. Resident Evil (Wii)

Resident Evil (Wii)
Resident Evil (Wii)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 23rd Jun 2009 (USA) / 26th Jun 2009 (UK/EU)

A Wii port of the 2002 GameCube remake featuring new controls, Resident Evil (or Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil to give its full title) provides what we came to expect from Wii re-releases of previous gen titles: a more accessible, incrementally improved control experience with box art that's a bit rubbish. Just concentrate on the horror of the game rather than the horror of the box and you're golden.

37. Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii)

Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii)
Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Good-Feel
Release Date: 29th Sep 2008 (USA) / 26th Sep 2008 (UK/EU)

A cracking 2D platformer from the folks at Good-Feel, Wario Land: Shake It! (or Wario Land: The Shake Dimension if you prefer the European flavour) brought the antihero's antics to Wii in fine fashion. It's hardly the longest 2D platformer you'll ever play, but its gorgeous art style and Wario's adorably greedy antics give us the warm fuzzies when we think back to 2008.

36. Little King's Story (Wii)

Little King's Story (Wii)
Little King's Story (Wii)
Publisher: Rising Star Games / Developer: Cing
Release Date: 21st Jul 2009 (USA) / 24th Apr 2009 (UK/EU)

An excellent little explorative RTS game that holds its own against the Pikmin series. You're put in charge of a village and it's your job to ensure your citizens' happiness while expanding your kingdom upwards and outwards. Little King's Story is one of those games that is loved by all who play it, yet remains one of Wii's many 'hidden' gems. If it sounds at all enticing, we recommend tracking down a copy while they're easy to source — you won't regret it.

35. The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii)

The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii)
The House of the Dead: Overkill (Wii)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Headstrong Games
Release Date: 10th Feb 2009 (USA) / 13th Feb 2009 (UK/EU)

A foul-mouthed, gorily stylised 'lightgun' shooter in the B-movie mould, The House of the Dead: Overkill has its tongue impaled through its cheek and is best served with buckets of popcorn. It's yet another slice of mature entertainment on that most family-friendly of consoles, and further proof that the breadth of genres found in Wii's software library was second to none.

34. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Wii)

Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Wii)
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Wii)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 16th Oct 2007 (USA) / 18th Jan 2008 (UK/EU)

An adventure game from Capcom that's bursting at the seams with creativity and ideas, anyone who's played Zack & Wiki will wax lyrical about how you're really missing out if you never got around to it. Why? Because it's absolutely wonderful — that's why!

Seriously, take a moment to navigate to your second-hand games retailer or auction site of choice and nab yourself a copy right now. If nothing else, it'll shut the Z&W evangelists up. Ordered it yet? Excellent. Now play it. Don't worry, we'll wait...

Good, isn't it? Welcome to the club. Now go preach the good word.

33. World of Goo (WiiWare)

World of Goo (WiiWare)
World of Goo (WiiWare)
Publisher: 2D Boy / Developer: 2D Boy
Release Date: 13th Oct 2008 (USA) / 19th Dec 2008 (UK/EU)

World of Goo is a masterful game which marries addictive physics-based puzzling with a fun gooey aesthetic and some biting social commentary to produce one of the best ever games on Wii or whatever system it appears on. This special game was a 10 then, it's a 10 now, and it shall always remain a 10; just spectacularly good.

32. Rayman Origins (Wii)

Rayman Origins (Wii)
Rayman Origins (Wii)
Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft
Release Date: 15th Nov 2011 (USA) / 25th Nov 2011 (UK/EU)

Before the sublime Rayman Legends, there was the sublime Rayman Origins. A 2D platformer par excellence (as they say in Ubisoft's homeland), the limbless wonder always had an impressive heritage in the platforming genre, but this arguably raised him up alongside the invention and beauty of Nintendo's own offerings — perhaps even higher if you ask players who aren't fans of Super Mario's 'New' adventures.

31. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Wii)

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Wii)
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Wii)
Publisher: LucasArts / Developer: Travellers Tales
Release Date: 6th Nov 2007 (USA) / 9th Nov 2007 (UK/EU)

Combining the two trilogies that released on GameCube into one package, the now-misleadingly named LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga offers hours of low-barrier family fun with dozens of playable characters blasting and lightsaber-ing their way through your favourite galactic locales, all to the sound of John Williams' iconic score.

What more do you want, jam on it?