Best Wii Games Ever

Next year we'll be celebrating fifteen 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!

Enough chatter — it's time to dive into our list of the top 50 Wii games ever. We begin, as is customary, at number fifty...

50. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)
Publisher: Konami / Developer: Climax Entertainment
Release Date: 8th Dec 2009 (USA) / 26th Feb 2010 (UK/EU)

The Wii might not be the first system that springs to mind when asked to think of classic horror games, but Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is up there with the greatest titles in the genre — all the better for really making use of its host console's features, whether it's the speaker in the controller or intelligent use of motion controls to draw you into this reimagining of the Silent Hill series' first entry.

49. Pandora's Tower (Wii)

Pandora's Tower (Wii)Pandora's Tower (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Ganbarion
Release Date: 13th Aug 2015 (USA) / 13th Apr 2012 (UK/EU)

48. 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.

47. Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Wii)

Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Wii)Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Wii)
Publisher: Atlus / Developer: Atlus
Release Date: 19th Nov 2006 (USA) / 10th Aug 2007 (UK/EU)

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.

46. New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Wii)

New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Wii)New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 4th May 2009 (USA) / 5th Jun 2009 (UK/EU)

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.

45. 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) brought the antihero's antics to Wii in fine fashion.

44. Klonoa (Wii)

Klonoa (Wii)Klonoa (Wii)
Publisher: Atari / Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 5th May 2009 (USA) / 22nd May 2009 (UK/EU)

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.

43. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations (WiiWare)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations (WiiWare)Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations (WiiWare)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 10th May 2010 (USA) / 21st May 2010 (UK/EU)

Another awkward transition to the TV screen for a game which began life on a handheld, we wouldn't recommend playing the WiiWare version of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials & Tribulations these days — besides the fact that you can no longer access the Wii Shop, there are too many excellent alternative ways to play. This port really should have included pointer controls, but even given its sloppy presentation on Wii, the base game is still pretty ace.

42. Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (Wii)

Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (Wii)Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Arika
Release Date: 22nd Feb 2010 (USA) / 5th Feb 2010 (UK/EU)

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.

41. BIT.TRIP COMPLETE (Wii)

BIT.TRIP COMPLETE (Wii)BIT.TRIP COMPLETE (Wii)
Publisher: Aksys Games / Developer: Choice Provisions
Release Date: 13th Sep 2011 (USA) / 16th Mar 2012 (UK/EU)

BIT.TRIP COMPLETE combines all the beat-based WiiWare releases into a single compilation with extras thrown in for good measure, and delivers one of the most entertaining experiences on Wii. Commander Video's retro style never goes out of fashion, and this package still feels fresh all these years later.