30. 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.

29. WarioWare Smooth Moves (Wii)

WarioWare Smooth Moves (Wii)WarioWare Smooth Moves (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo SPD
Release Date: 15th Jan 2007 (USA) / 12th Jan 2007 (UK/EU)

A early showcase of the Wii Remote (or the 'Form Baton' as it's known in-game), WarioWare Smooth Moves brought the anarchic mini-gameplay and aesthetic of the handheld series to the Wii in an entry which surely ranks as the most widely played of any WarioWare title. You never quite knew what was coming next, and this ranks up there alongside Wii Sports as an off-the-wall demonstration of the console's potential in those first few months.

28. 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?

27. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)Sin and Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Treasure
Release Date: 27th Jun 2010 (USA) / 7th May 2010 (UK/EU)

A sequel to Treasure's cult classic N64 rail shooter (which didn't make it to the West until it appeared on Wii's Virtual Console in 2007), this sequel improves on the experience and is arguably the better of the two games — yet another fantastic addition to a huge and impressively varied console library. We're thankful we didn't have to resort to importing this one back in the day.

26. Mega Man 9 (WiiWare)

Mega Man 9 (WiiWare)Mega Man 9 (WiiWare)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Inti Creates
Release Date: 22nd Sep 2008 (USA) / 26th Sep 2008 (UK/EU)

Winding back the clock to Mega Man's NES routes with a potent throwback, Inti Creates and Capcom tapped into our nostalgia beautifully with Mega Man 9, returning the bombardier bleu to his original 8-bit stylings in the first numbered entry in the original series for twelve years. Simply making it look authentic wouldn't have been enough, though. Fortunately, Inti Creates crafted a tight little run-and-gun platformer worthy of bearing that hallowed digit.

25. 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.

24. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (Wii)

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (Wii)Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (Wii)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Eighting
Release Date: 26th Jan 2010 (USA) / 29th Jan 2010 (UK/EU)

A crossover fighter bringing together Capcom's finest with the varied faces of Tekkaman, Karas, Jun the Swan, Gold Lightan and other luminary characters from Japanese Animation studio Tatsunoko's IP portfolio, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars was an appropriately gorgeous, madcap and joyous console-exclusive fighter on a system which missed out on some of the biggest franchises in the 2D fighting space.

23. New Play Control! Pikmin (Wii)

New Play Control! Pikmin (Wii)New Play Control! Pikmin (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 9th Mar 2009 (USA) / 6th Feb 2009 (UK/EU)

Who says that Switch is the first Nintendo system to raid its less successful predecessor for choice 'deluxe' versions, eh? The 'New Play Control!' series brought back a host of GameCube titles with Wii Remote enhancements and other additions for a new audience, and if you never played Pikmin originally on the lil' purple box, this was the perfect way to catch up.

Thoroughly disappointing box art, though. It's like the Player's Choice boxes — does anyone actually like those? "Hmm, well you weren't cool enough to play it the first time around. No problem, we'll give it to you again, but you get the boring box this time..."

22. Wii Sports (Wii)

Wii Sports (Wii)Wii Sports (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 19th Nov 2006 (USA) / 8th Dec 2006 (UK/EU)

You played it, your mum played it, your granddad played it; more to the point, you all enjoyed it. Drawing people in with a gimmick is relatively easy, but Wii Sports managed to genuinely entertain entire families and get them playing video games together for an extended period of time — perhaps for the first time ever. This pack-in brought huge numbers of people together in silly Mii form and showcased the potential of motion controls to gamers from all generations. It's quite simply one of the most important video games ever made, and the most killer of apps.

21. Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)

Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii)
Publisher: Ignition Entertainment / Developer: Vanillaware
Release Date: 9th Sep 2009 (USA) / 20th Nov 2009 (UK/EU)

A gorgeous side-on action-RPG, Muramasa: The Demon Blade was ahead of the wave of side-scrolling platformers that would arrive from indie studios over the next few years, and Vanillaware's eye-catching adventure through Japanese folklore is still a treat over a decade on.