After 6 years I’m getting tired of people around me laughing whenever anyone mentions the Nintendo Wii. By now Nintendo fans like myself and people I know have already gotten their Wii U’s, but if you’re like many Wii owners you probably don’t have a lot of games. Many casual gamers have only ever played Wii Sports and possibly Wii Fit, but that’s not to say hardcore players can’t have fun too. There is of often the comment that the only good Wii games are made by Nintendo, but aside from the big franchises like Mario and Zelda many of my favorite games are made by third-parties. With all this being said there are a great number amazing games for this generation’s best selling console. Here’s a look at my favorite 6 Wii games from Nintendo and others.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the best game in the series. While it may not look as nice as Twilight Princess did a few year before it, the amazing story and fluid gameplay mechanics make this game stand out in the series. Using Wii MotionPlus you control Link’s sword with extreme precision immersing you into the game like never before. And the story of the game reveals much about the history of Hyrule that brings all the previous games together. Games like Ocarina of Time hardly come close!
- Super Mario Galaxy Series
There’s nothing like a 3D Mario game. Some people prefer the sidescrollers, I prefer the 3D ones. These two games are definitely 3D, and they sure know how to show it. Mario Galaxy and Galaxy 2, while their graphics are simple, are said to be some of the best looking games on the Wii. The levels in this game are massive and there are many stars to collect! This Galaxy games are some of the best in the entire Mario franchise and should not be missed.
- Super Paper Mario
Ever since I played Mario RPG I knew that the Paper Mario series would be great as well. Combining Mario with RPG elements as was done with Paper Mario on the Nintendo 64, and again on the GameCube, Super Mario Mario adds the ability to flip between 2D and 3D throughout the game. Just like previous Paper Mario games Super Paper Mario has much more of a plot than traditional Mario titles and has great characters and several funny moments throughout.
Who said there weren’t M-Rated games on the Wii? Mad World is so brutal they had to make it black and white! Ok, maybe that’s not why, but the graphics are indeed lacking in colour (except for blood red) but they are also some of the sharpest visuals on the Wii. The Wii Remote is put to its full use performing a multitude of different fighting moves, and it may manage to give you an arm workout while you play. The story is a bit more than you would expect from a beat em’ up game. While there aren’t really any deep meaningful characters the premise for the game is very interesting – a game show where you kill everyone – and the premise is displayed perfectly throughout with live commentary while you play.
- Red Steel 2
The first game I bought when I purchased my Wii was Red Steel. There had been so much hype for it in the couple months before launch I just had to get it. While I did enjoy it, reviews had mixed feelings about the sword fighting, the controls in general, and the graphics. Red Steel 2 improves on the original in every single way. Sword fighting now uses Wii MotionPlus and actually requires some skill. You may find yourself actually standing up to do some of the fights. Also, you are generally allowed to seamlessly switch between first-person shooting and sword fighting, and you will find yourself doing both to great pleasure. I found no other problems with the controls and the graphics were very impressive using a somewhat cartoony style that I would compare to Borderlands.
Okami is a massive and beautiful game. Originally released on PlayStation 2, it came to where it belongs on the Wii. This game is considered to be a contender with action-adventure games like The Legend of Zelda series but this this game has many more RPG elements. The world has many side-quests and secrets to discover and you will find yourself immersed in this game for hours. The Wii Remote is used throughout the game as you control the celestial brush for combat, puzzles and more.
These are only 6 of the many great games available for the Wii. There are several more and I can’t go into detail on all of them, but in case you want more: For a great platformer try out Rayman Origins or Donkey Kong Country Returns. For a great shooter check out the remake of GoldenEye 007, and for some RPGs be sure to check out Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. So if you own a Wii don’t let it go to waste. There are many amazing games out there for you to enjoy.