Top Wii Games of All Time

The Wii took the globe by storm when it launched in 2006. Everyone and their nan was playing Nintendo’s remote-wagging console to hilarious telly-smashing consequences, leading to the release of a Wii-mote wrist strap for those unable to keep hold (it also led to a collection of excellent YouTube videos).

Although inferior in terms of specs compared to its rivals, the Wii comfortably became the best-selling console of its generation with over 100 million units sold, and with good reason, as it played host to some of the best video games of all time.

Mario, Link, Kirby, Samus and Donkey Kong all made an appearance, as well as a host of new IPs that became instant must-haves. Not to mention the Virtual Console, which gave veteran gamers a chance to revisit retro favourites, and newcomers an opportunity to experience what it was like in the “good ol’ days”.

Anyone with a Wii U absolutely should delve back into the Wii’s library, and we’ve listed the top games you can buy. Take a look and see what should be in your collection.

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  • 30.

    Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

    While Forgotten Sands has its fair share of problems, it's one of the best action adventure titles the console has seen. With Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on Wii, Ubisoft managed to resist the temptation to port... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 29.

    Metroid: Other M

    Metroid Other M is one of the most accomplished action games on the Wii, but it's let down slightly by some clumsy controls and awkward storytelling. Metroid Other M is one of the best Wii games I've ever played, easily bettering... more

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  • 28.

    Sonic Colours

    Without the distractions of combat, hub worlds and pointless Wii-mote waggling, Sonic Team has been able to put all its efforts into creating a platformer Sonic fans can be proud of. Sonic Unleashed did a remarkable job of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 27.

    Def Jam Rapstar

    There are certainly areas where things can be improved, and any sequel would do well to ditch the censorship, but this is a hip-hop game worthy of the label. Karaoke has never been my cup of tea. When people suggest a late-night... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 26.

    Disney Epic Mickey

    It's clear that a lot of love went into making Disney Epic Mickey and it's easily up there with the best-produced games on Nintendo's console. Disney Epic Mickey is both one of the Wii's most impressive titles, and a slight... more

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  • 25.

    Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time

    Travel in Time is far more than a hastily cobbled-together ensemble of mini-games. It's a cohesive party experience with a plethora of activities tied together in a fantastic hub world. Time travel is always an interesting... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 24.

    Donkey Kong Country Returns

    Retro Studios has managed to make a game that feels new and old at the same time, appealing to young blood and cynical old-timers who've seen it all before. Donkey Kong Country Returns might seem like a 'fun for all the family'... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 23.

    Super Mario All-Stars

    It might be a tad overpriced at £24.99 for a ROM dump of four SNES games, but Nintendo's ever-loyal fans won't find it hard to justify dropping the cash regardless. I won't lie to you: I belonged to SEGA as a kid. I grew... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 22.

    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

    There's plenty of things to like in LEGO Star Wars III, though some of them might be buried a little too deep for younger players. In the interests of full disclosure, here's what I knew about Star Wars: The Clone Wars before... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC

  • 21.

    Disney Universe

    Ultimately, Disney Universe constitutes the ideal family game. It's quick and simple, but has charm, character and inventive little puzzles galore. "Thank you for my birthday money. I spent it on two very good Harry Potter... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 20.

    The Last Story

    Full of gags, bawdy humour and pratfalls, The Last Story has got charm to spare. Some critics would have you believe that the JRPG is stagnating into irrelevance, but recent entries show a genre in rude health, as developers... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 19.

    Skylanders: Giants

    Despite the occasional glimpse of dollar signs in its publisher's eyes, Skylanders Giants is that rarest of beasts: a kids' game that's very, very easy for adults to like. The greatest trick Activision ever pulled was convincing... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 18.

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

    When all is said and done, Twilight Princess is a brilliant, near flawless addition to the series and an easy contender for game-of-the-year. In the past week I've gotten about 12 hours sleep, grown a beard, and developed... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 17.

    Super Paper Mario

    Super Paper Mario is a well-rounded adventure with some truly ingenious puzzles and highly enjoyable gameplay, packaged with a surprisingly rich story to unearth. Super Mario Galaxy may still be a few months away, but that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 16.

    Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

    Corruption may not be much of an evolution of the series, and it's not without its flaws, but remains one of, if not, the biggest reason to own a Wii. If for some bizarre reason you thought Retro Studios would pull a Sam... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 15.

    Super Mario Galaxy

    In the hands of anyone who's been longing for a true sequel to Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy could well be the game of the year, but it's nowhere near as revolutionary as Mario 64. A true new Super Mario game is something... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 14.

    Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

    With wonderfully varied levels, colourful, cel-shaded graphics and mind-bending puzzles Zack & Wiki triumphantly makes its debut on Nintendo Wii. Don't be put off by Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure's unwieldy title... more

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  • 13.

    Boom Blox

    EA has made a game that people of all ages and skill levels can play and enjoy. It proves that developers other than Nintendo can create brilliant games for the Wii. Boom Blox might well be the best motion controlled game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 12.

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl

    With an epic online mode, dozens of unlockable characters and stages and hundreds of collectible trophies, Brawl deserves its place in every Wii-owner's collection. Does the date November 19, 1999 ring a bell? If you're a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 11.

    FIFA 09 All-Play

    FIFA has been given what it needed to draw in the first timers and the old hands, snatching the title of best football game on the Wii with a last minute flick of the remote. Football, as Jimmy Greaves once said, is a funny... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 10.

    Boom Blox Bash Party

    This is more or less everything we wanted from a Boom Blox sequel and can't recommend it enough. Boom Blox was one of the best games of 2008. It managed to take an incredibly simple concept (throwing balls at blocks) and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 9.

    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10

    If you want a fun, accessible golf game that lets you pretend to be a real pro then look no further. Tiger Woods 10 on Wii sets a new benchmark for others to follow. Few people could deny the fact that the Tiger Woods series... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 8.

    Guitar Hero 5

    The core gameplay mechanics are as good as ever, the presentation has been toned down for the better, there are some brilliant new multiplayer options, and everything is more streamlined than before. It's hard to believe... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 7.

    LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias

    Spell-bindingly beautiful, packed full of wonderfully designed characters, and an eerie yet entrancing atmosphere that forces its way under your skin. It's easy to think of LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, the sequel to... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 6.

    Super Meat Boy

    Super Meat Boy is bright, huge, colourful, funny and painfully annoying. Super Meat Boy is one of the reasons I play video games. It's bright, huge, colourful, funny and painfully annoying. This retro-revival darling immediately... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii

  • 5.

    DJ Hero 2

    DJ Hero 2 is happy with the beautiful, simple thrill of flashy, lightning-fast button presses in time with some fantastic music. Rhythm games are older than most people seem to think. I've had a love affair with hitting notes... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 4.

    Rock Band 3

    If you've still got a passion for the genre Rock Band 3 might just be the most important rhythm game to date. One of my main goals with Rock Band 2 was for Goretopsy, my Rock Band band, to complete the Endless Setlist II... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 3.

    Kirby's Epic Yarn

    One of the most creative examples of casual gaming. I write this as someone who is immune to twee. The tedious, contrarian part of my brain sees cute and screams: It's a PLOY. I look at those adverts with talking cats and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

  • 2.

    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    Even though this is a direct sequel, Nintendo has once again made Mario's planetoid adventures feel remarkably fresh and, somehow, even more entertaining than those in the original. Can a direct sequel to one of the best... more

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  • 1.

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Your favourite Zelda is usually your first. For many, come November 18, that won’t be the case any longer It's no surprise that Zelda has historically been a bit of a magpie. It does, after all, tell the story of a boy who... more

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