10. Okami (Wii)

Okami (Wii)Okami (Wii)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 15th Apr 2008 (USA) / 13th Jun 2008 (UK/EU)

This was arguably the game which proved that third parties had mastered the grammar of the 3D language Nintendo invented with Ocarina of Time. Okami is a gorgeous Japanese adventure with an oddball cast of characters, fabulous music, and an unforgettable art style. The HD version on Switch is probably the best way to play these days, but the Wii port of Clover's PS2 original was a delight back in 2008.

9. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 9th Mar 2008 (USA) / 27th Jun 2008 (UK/EU)

The third entry in the long-running scrap 'em up series, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was the first to introduce Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake, and included the lauded Subspace Emissary mode. Picking up the baton from the celebrated GameCube entry, Brawl pushed the series in an all-encompassing direction as far as content was concerned, and set the precedent for the 'more is more' approach to stages, fighters, music and more that, to this day, keeps creator Masahiro Sakurai occupied eight-days-a-week.

8. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

Wii Sports Resort (Wii)Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 26th Jul 2009 (USA) / 24th Jul 2009 (UK/EU)

Showcasing the new MotionPlus accessory (eventually built into the Wii Remote Plus), Wii Sports Resort offered the kind of motion-tracking fidelity many of us had imagined the Wii would offer out of the gate, with highlights including fencing and throwing a frisbee for an adorable pooch.

7. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

Mario Kart Wii (Wii)Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 26th Apr 2008 (USA) / 10th Apr 2008 (UK/EU)

From the outside, the Wii entry might have sacrificed some of the kart racing series' personality, but the optional motion controls, online multiplayer with support for up to twelve players, and additional vehicles and characters made Mario Kart Wii a huge hit with gamers of all ages and abilities, and the console's premier racer.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 19th Nov 2006 (USA) / 8th Dec 2006 (UK/EU)

This was the first Zelda game to straddle console generations (something Nintendo would repeat years later even more successfully with Breath of the Wild). Ground-breaking as it was in the '90s, the 3D Zelda formula was starting to look a little tired by the mid-2000s, so while Twilight Princess is a very fine game, it certainly lacked the impact of its predecessors. The additional 'waggle' implemented in the Wii version didn't live up to the ideas of 1:1 swordplay we'd imagined, either (we'd have to wait until Skyward Sword for that). Did the entire world really need mirroring just to make Link right-handed?

Still, at the time this was the only way to play the game in 16:9 and it made for a satisfyingly meaty launch title in North America. Not one for the purists, perhaps — you'll want to track down an expensive copy of the GameCube version for the left-handed, canonical geography of Hyrule (or just play The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on Wii U) — but even as a 'lesser' entry in the Zelda series, it's still really very good.

5. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 19th Jun 2007 (USA) / 29th Jun 2007 (UK/EU)

A remarkable breath of fresh air for a franchise that was getting a little stale, this put the Resident Evil series on an action-based path away from the fixed-camera, pre-rendered and 'staged' survival horror of the previous games. What you lost in nail-biting tension was more than made up for by the brilliantly chunky gunplay and impeccable progression through a story that continually ups the ante and adjusts difficulty automatically to keep you on the edge of your seat without pushing you off entirely.

While the additional pointer controls arguably make the Wii version a little easy, you've still got the option to play with a GameCube controller if you wish (or that chainsaw variant if you're proper hardcore). Subsequent remasters might have upped the resolution, but there's a genuine argument that the Wii Edition of Resident Evil 4 remains the best way to play this genre-defining classic, even all these years later.

4. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 23rd May 2010 (USA) / 11th Jun 2010 (UK/EU)

With Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo gave us that rarest of treats - a direct sequel to one of its finest games. While anyone who played and fell in love with Super Mario Galaxy would have been overjoyed to hear there was more on the way, the expectations on the sequel couldn't have been higher. Somehow it manages to take the baton from its predecessor and perform even more incredible feats, with the designers revelling at the possibilities of Mario's cosmic playground. It may be missing from Switch's 3D All-Stars collection, but this game is truly worth hunting down a Wii for if you missed it.

To argue over which Galaxy is better is pointless, really — they're both wonderful and utterly essential, so if you never got around to playing the sequel, carve out some time as soon as possible.

3. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 12th Nov 2007 (USA) / 16th Nov 2007 (UK/EU)

Where Sunshine faltered, Super Mario Galaxy truly did shine. Taking Mario into space gave Nintendo the opportunity to play with gravity and give the plumber a whole new frontier of planetoid playgrounds to blast between, setting the stage for endlessly creative snippets of platforming perfection. All that aside, there's also Rosalina and the Lumas' story to enjoy if you go looking for it; an affecting and underrated aspect of an utterly sublime game and a truly worthy successor to Mario 64 that's also available on Switch via the time-limited release, Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

2. Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)

Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date: 6th Apr 2012 (USA) / 19th Aug 2011 (UK/EU)

Xenoblade Chronicles is epic in scale and setting, and you'll spend many hours examining its incredible complexity, enhancing your abilities and exploring the world's ecosystem. Whether you play it on Wii, on New Nintendo 3DS, or on Switch in the sublime Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, it delivers a huge (and hugely enjoyable) JRPG experience that developer Monolith Soft would build on with its sequel and Xenoblade Chronicles X, although the original game was arguably never bettered.

1. Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)

Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Retro Studios
Release Date: 24th Aug 2009 (USA) / 4th Sep 2009 (UK/EU)

Collecting the original Prime trilogy in one handy package with new Wii controls, difficulty options and other enhancements for the earlier GameCube entries (which received individual releases in Japan), Metroid Prime Trilogy is arguably one of the best compilation offerings in video games, ever. Purists may point to a handful of missing visual effects compared to the originals, but whichever way you look at it, this is a spectacular package — the best way to play these games, and a hardcore crown jewel on the most casual of consoles.

If only there were an easier way to play these on current Nintendo console, eh?


And there we are — the finest Wii games available to humanity! Such a variety of genres and quality games from all developers, and so many we should catch up on.

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