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...
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) brought the antihero's antics to Wii in fine fashion.
A continuation of the story of everyone's favourite attorney at law, there are a half dozen better ways to play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For All these days. That said, if you've got the WiiWare version sitting on your console (tough luck if you haven't as it's unavailable for purchase now) and you can overlook the clunky implementation of this handheld game ported to Wii without pointer controls, the game itself is as fun as it ever was.
46. 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.
Mega Man 10 was an old-school sequel that built on the retro rebirth of Mega Man 9, with 8-bit graphics that made the game feel like you'd gone back in time — back to a reality where SNES never released and Capcom just kept iterating on the classic Mega Man formula. Inti Creates and Capcom did remarkable work here, and while it would be several years until the character returned in another numbered sequel, that was worth the wait, too.
We've got a very soft spot for Excite Truck, and this sequel — which was never made available in PAL regions — upped the ante with a slightly more playful take on 4x4 racing, with animal-themed 'bots adding a bit more personality to proceedings. We Europeans are still sore that we never got Excitebots: Trick Racing, and along with Nintendo's other racing franchises, we hold out hope we'll see it (again) in some form in the future.
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.
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.
A gorgeous, low-stress game that transports Kirby into a world of fabric and thread, Kirby's Epic Yarn was the first of Good-Feel's material-based platformers and is arguably still the best. We adore it, and anyone who says it's lacking in challenge is correct... but missing the point entirely. Kirby's Epic Yarn is one of the most joyous and creative games on Wii, or indeed any platform.