It's been 15 years since Nintendo changed the game with Wii, the little motion-controlled console which broke away from the competition and started a revolution. Its brilliantly compact design (the size of three DVD boxes, remember?) and approachable and accessible controller helped it open up gaming to a whole new audience, young and old alike.
Despite its reputation as a casual, 'kiddy' console, Nintendo Wii hosted a huge library of fantastic and varied titles, the best of which took advantage of its unique controller and provided opportunities for experiences that simply weren't being offered on other consoles at the time. Thanks to the efforts of Nintendo Life readers, we've now assembled our list of the top 50 Wii games ever.
Any Wii game with at least fifty User Ratings is eligible. Remember, though, that this list is not set in stone. The ranking will continue to evolve automatically according to user scores submitted to the Nintendo Life game database, so don't worry if you missed out on 'voting' — you can still do so by simply scrolling down and rating them now, and the order will be influenced!
You can find more details on the game by reading our vintage reviews, which are accessed by clicking the 'Review' button for each game (funny, that). And if you just can't get enough of ranked lists, we've previously assembled lists of the top 50 N64 games, 3DS games, Game Boy games, Nintendo DS games and GameCube games. More than enough to be getting on with!
If there's a game bubbling under the top 50 that you'd like to rate, feel free to find it using the search tool below and give it a score out of 10. Enough chatter — it's time to dive into our list of the top 50 Wii games ever. We begin, as is customary, at number 50...
Note. In order for games to become eligible, they need a minimum of 50 User Ratings in total.
Nintendo missed out on any GTAs on its home consoles, but Rockstar's Bully was much more than a consolation prize. Set in the Bullworth Academy, aspiring miscreant Jimmy Hopkins must negotiate the pitfalls and perils of private school life in an open world game that plays a little like a teenage GTA. The Molotov cocktails are replaced with stinkbombs, the AK47s with slingshots.
With an appropriately mischievous and juvenile setting (which arguably suits the sandbox gameplay even better than GTA's mature mayhem), this was a great addition to the 'mature' shelf in the console's library.
New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat was the third title in Nintendo’s line of 'Wiimakes' and boy, was it good. Everything there was to love about the original can be found here, including a fistful of extra content. The game excels in practically every department, and while it may only take a couple of hours to complete, it's filled with replay value. The lack of DK Bongo support rankled a little — we love those spectacularly silly peripherals! — but this remains a clever, must-play platformer wherever you can access it.
Trauma Center: Second Opinion is something that you won't couldn't find on any other home console at the time. It was proof of Wii's capacity to create entirely new genres of games that appealed to new audiences. A truly unique experience with an excellent control system coupled with its flawless presentation made for a highly entertaining game from Atlus.
Mario Super Sluggers never saw the light of day in PAL regions (probably a wise decision given our general apathy for baseball around these parts — it's basically American cricket, right?), but this Now Production and Namco Bandai-developed slugger was a sequel to Mario Superstar Baseball on GameCube and put the plumber and his pals on the ball field in a thoroughly serviceable take on the sport.
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.
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.
44. Klonoa (Wii)
This Wii remake of Paon's PlayStation original arrived over a decade later and added a lick of paint, some Wii controls and a handful of other welcome features to the 2.5D platformer. While not a standout jewel in the Wii's crown, Klonoa remains an excellent addition to the console's catalogue of colourful platformers and a pleasant little game to return to.
The Endless Ocean series continued its calming exploration the depths in this sequel which added a little more direction and structure to the first game's super-chilled marine diving. Don't get us wrong — you're not suddenly dealing with umpteen surprise shark attacks or infiltrating Emilio Largo's underwater complex in an orange wetsuit, but the sense of discovery in Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (or Blue World as it was subtitled in North America) is just a little more guided this time. It's a lovely, calming experience — and we could all do with one of those these days.
Now available to play on Switch along with its predecessor, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle continues the stylish (mis)adventures of Travis Touchdown in a sequel infused with the same punk-aesthetic, referential humour and sassy surrealism as the first game, except with the splintered edges sanded down to a still-pleasingly rough finish.
A poor port of a great game, we can only assume residual affection for the game itself is elevating the WiiWare releases in your estimations. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a corker, but of the myriad ways available to play the game these days, this is probably the last version we'd recommend.