What are the best Nintendo Wii games of all time?
When the Nintendo Wii was first released, it was an incredible hit with players of all ages.
With its use of Nunchuck controllers, it introduced a new era of interactivity that no other gaming system had.
While picking out the best Wii games of all time is no easy task, we’ve done our best to unearth the ones that stood out the most and cemented their place in gaming history.
The Best Nintendo Wii Games of All Time
Our ranked lists are created by researching and rounding up information from the most reputable web sources.
If you enjoy this list, don’t forget to check out our other Nintendo game lists:
- The 50 Best GameCube Games of All Time
- The 50 Best Gameboy Color Games of All Time
- The 50 Best GBA Games of All Time
- The 50 Best Nintendo DS Games of All Time
- The 50 Best Nintendo Wii U Games of All Time
Here’s our list of the 50 best Nintendo Wii games of all time:
50. MLB Power Pros
Fans of America’s pastime loved MLB Power Pros and how it brought the fun of playing baseball to the comfort of your own home.
Featuring miniatures of the best players and ballparks, players can tackle Season Mode and live the life of a team manager as they work their way toward winning the World Series.
49. WarioWare: Smooth Moves
One of the best Wii games for multiplayer, WarioWare: Smooth Moves is as fun as it is wacky.
With loads of quick mini-games, one of which even requires you to pick a Wario’s nose, the main goal is to gain more points than your friends so you can be victorious.
48. No More Heroes
This Nintendo Wii game shines not only because of the gameplay but because of the rich stories that it tells.
Following the life of an anime fan who winds up in an assassin organization, players must take out 10 other killers — all of whom have interesting stories of their own — in order to become the top assassin.
47. Wii Fit
This Wii title was one of the top-selling of the Wii era and a must-have game for almost everyone who owned the console, selling approximately 43 million copies.
Not only was this game incredibly fun, but it made you feel like you got in your daily workout without needing to hit the gym.
Although the effectiveness of the exercise itself is debatable, it certainly did make you feel like you’d accomplished something.
46. Goldeneye 007
As arguably one of the best N64 games, this James Bond classic came to the Wii in an updated format.
While some fans may not like all the small changes, the multiplayer mode retains everything that made the original amazing.
It allows players to use numerous controllers, such as the Classic Controller Pro, Wii Remote, Nunchuck, GameCube Controller, or Wii Zapper.
45. Sonic Unleashed
This Sonic game is a controversial choice as players either loved or hated it due to the changes it made to the franchise.
One change is Sonic’s ability to turn into a Werehog to engage with enemies after touching the Dark Gaia. This mechanic was loathed by some but beloved by others.
44. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
With gameplay similar to the first game, this sequel brings back Travis in his fight to become the best assassin in the world.
The plot is also surprisingly engaging, and the boss battles are nothing to take lightly.
Once you play this game for yourself, you’ll start to understand why fans enjoy it so much, and why it’s considered one of the best Nintendo Wii games of all time.
43. Boom Blox Bash Party
This incredibly fun Nintendo Wii game can be played solo, with friends, or in teams.
Although it has less of a focus on shooting mode, compared to the original, it does feature all-new environments, new block shapes, and an extensive multiplayer mechanic that makes this a great game to play with friends.
42. Swords & Soldiers
This side-scrolling game brings back the nostalgic feeling of classic games while forcing players to think strategically in order to get through the lengthy single-player campaign.
Swords & Soldiers is a hidden gem on the Nintendo Wii, and a fun way to spend a night if you’re a fan of 2D games.
41. Monster Hunter Tri
As the third game in the Monster Hunter series, this game towers above the competition, and that isn’t an exaggeration.
In this game, players go head to head with towering monsters the likes of which are on par with those found in Shadow of the Colossus.
Needless to say, the sheer scale of these beasts makes this game incredibly impressive.
40. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
When you can’t hit the course on a rainy day, this game comes in handy.
Giving players access to the Augusta National grounds, the goal of this game is to work your way through to win the Green Jacket, one of golf’s most prestigious prizes.
39. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
Soccer games have always been popular regardless of the console they’re on, and Pro Evolution Soccer ’09 is no exception.
This title brought new stadiums, new animations, and new gameplay modes, which served to make it more engaging and realistic.
38. Guitar Hero: Metallica
For fans of this legendary metal band, this Guitar Hero title stood out as one of the best.
With over 45 of Metallica’s best songs, along with a load more from other incredible bands such as Judas Priest, Slayer, and Queen, this game truly was a concert right in your living room.
37. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
Even people who aren’t familiar with golf know about the PGA Tour, and this game allows anyone to compete.
Players can choose from either the European or American squads, and tackle different game modes, such as foursomes or singles, the latter of which is closest to a head-to-head contest.
36. Super Paper Mario
Fans of Mario games went crazy for this game when it was first released, and while it may just seem like a simple 2D scroller on the surface, it turns into much, much more.
Combining both 2D and 3D perspectives, as well as both platformer and role-playing elements, this game is one of the most impressive Mario games to be hosted on the Wii.
35. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
Capcom vs. games are a favorite of many gamers, and in this title, characters from various Tatsunoko Production series take on Capcom favorites.
While the characters in this game are 2D, as in previous installments, the backgrounds have been updated to 3D to provide a great distinction between fighters and the environment.
34. Tetris Party
Tetris is that game that looks easy but turns out to be deceptively tricky and addicting.
The WiiWare version of this game gives players 10 brand new levels and multiplayer modes, which enables you to play with up to five of your friends.
33. Little King’s Story
Some people passed up this game due to its deceptively cute design when, in reality, it is one of the most attractive and well-written games on the Wii.
As a strategic RPG, this game allows players to complete a hero’s journey, adventuring as a young boy through caves and dungeons as he works toward expanding his rule and creating a utopia for his kingdom.
32. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
A rail shooter for the Wii and Wii U, this game serves as a sequel to the original, and both the gameplay and graphics are fantastic considering the game was released over 10 years ago.
Following the story of a girl with amnesia, there is no shortage of action to be had, and being able to slice bullets out of mid-air kind of makes you feel like a Jedi Master.
31. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
This Guitar Hero game ranks higher than Metallica, and while some metalheads may disagree, there’s no denying the sheer range of incredible bands this game provides.
Between The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Alice Cooper, and more, there is literally something for every rock fan to jam out to in this game.
30. Guitar Hero World Tour
Featuring classics from Linkin Park, Ozzy, Van Halen, Sublime, and numerous others, Guitar Hero World Tour ended up ranking higher due to the additional features it provides.
With a redesigned guitar and a music studio creator that allows players to create their own music, there is so much to do in this game that you’ll easily lose hours pretending to be a rock legend.
29. Bomberman Blast
Another of the WiiWare games, Bomberman Blast, allows players to battle up to 8 people online, and because the controls are so simple, it is easy for all ages to play.
You can even use your own Miis and record battles to see how you compare to other players from all over the world.
28. LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
Winter of the Melodias is a sequel to the original game, and it allows players to take up the power of wind once again.
Using Enril’s elemental powers, players must guide Toku through the land of Mistralis, which the player can transform between summer and winter.
Building on the first game, there are several new powers, interesting and interactive areas, and delightful characters which make for a great casual game to play at any time.
27. Kirby’s Epic Yarn
This Kirby game has all the makings of a fun, cute, platformer, but the playstyle is deceptively mature, which makes it appealing to gamers of all ages.
In this video game, players must help Prince Fluff, who needs more magical yarn, in order to put his kingdom of Patch Land back together.
26. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
With real-time weather, increased odds, and mounting pressure at every hole, this installment in the Tiger Woods franchise is literally the closest you can get to the green without actually heading to a golf course.
Using the Wii’s Motion controls, the gameplay is more immersive, more engaging, and much more realistic than others that have come before it.
25. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
Giving you the ability to be a swashbuckling pirate with only your Wii Remote, this game follows an apprentice pirate who finds the talking skull of one of the most legendary pirates of all time.
With the skull promising to reveal the key to treasures, players can explore some incredibly beautiful environments, such as volcanic caves, ice temples, and dense jungles, all of which are incredibly interactive and interesting.
24. Donkey Kong Country Returns
Fans of Donkey Kong 64 will love this game, which is also available on the Wii U.
With creatures after Donkey and Diddy Kong’s bananas, this duo is forced to fight back and retrieve their precious fruits.
As one of the best Nintendo Wii games in the Donkey Kong franchise, this game was an outstanding success that has long been praised for level design, graphics, and engaging gameplay.
23. DJ Hero
While you may not have the skills to be a DJ in real life, this game brings the track mixing fun to you without needing to spend exorbitant amounts on a real turntable.
Fortunately, the turntable that comes with this game is really impressive and doesn’t have the plastic toy look that some other musical controllers have.
22. Cave Story
While the original PC version of this game is a fan favorite, this Wii-Make is arguably even better.
As one of the most unique games on the console, this platformer is nearly perfect, and when coupled with the amazing soundtrack, it is hard to put it down.
21. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
This Mario game brings its classic side-scrolling fun to the Wii and it is an immediate classic.
Bounding through 8 worlds to rescue the beautiful Princess Peach, this game enables up to 4 players to join the campaign to teach Bowser a lesson.
While it doesn’t deviate much from the typical formula, New Super Mario Bros. Wii is still one of the best Wii games to be released.
Bringing strong Indiana Jones vibes to the table, La-Mulana follows a whip-wielding adventurer who is trying to seek out the secrets of humanity.
While there is only one ending to the game, there are numerous entertaining and interesting ways to get there.
19. Art of Balance
Using your Wii Remote, this game challenges players to balance stacks in 100 unique levels. While it may seem easy at first, it ends up forcing you to get creative as the levels progress.
There’s even a co-op mode or a versus mode if you feel like getting help or proving that you have superior skills.
18. The Beatles: Rock Band
Giving fans the ability to follow this legendary band’s evolution from their early days into Beatlemania, this game even provides never-before-released vocal recordings of the band that were recorded between studio sessions.
Even for fans who don’t consider themselves gamers, this video game is a must-have just for the one-of-a-kind experience.
17. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
The Wii Remote works great for this first-person shooter, and the level of immersion packed into this game alone is astounding.
If you’re a fan of the Metroid franchise, you’re definitely not going to be disappointed by this installment.
Ōkami is a beautiful game, and the style makes the whole game look like a moving painting.
Modeled after Zelda, Ōkami contains all the details a game needs to be successful, while still being unique enough to immediately set it apart.
15. Xenoblade Chronicles
This game features a vast open world and some of the biggest monsters you’ll find on the Wii.
With numerous side quests, endless areas, and enemies around every corner, you’ll have plenty to explore for hours to come.
14. Guitar Hero 5
Giving at-home rockstars the ability to customize instrument combinations in-game and play through brand new game modes, this Guitar Hero title provides hours of entertainment.
With the ability to choose songs from 85 of the world’s best artists, this is a great game to have on hand when you just want to jam out with your friends.
13. Rock Band 2
When it comes to music titles, this was one of the best Wii games in the genre.
The amount of connectivity and content this game provides is incredible, and it has one of the largest tracklists of any music game, coupled with the ability to integrate any tracks purchased in the original Rock Band.
12. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
Resident Evil seems to be a staple on almost every console, and on the Wii, it really shines with the Nunchuck and Remote combo.
As you aim with the remote, you can shoot wherever you point, allowing for a greater level of immersion, more so than some modern FPS.
11. Rock Band 3
Some hail this as the best music game ever. In this title, Rock Band brings in all-new instruments and songs so you and your friends can rock out all night.
When it comes to rhythm Wii games, this is without a doubt one of the best.
10. Wii Sports
When people think of Wii games, Wii Sports is one of the first that comes to mind.
Showing off all of the strengths of the Wiimote and motion controls, this game was the 5th best-selling game for the Wii and the 20th best-selling game of all time.
Needless to say, Wii Sports is a big deal among fans, and for good reason.
9. Rayman Origins
Fans of this limbless hero place this franchise right up there with the likes of Sonic and Mario.
Upon its release, this game was immediately successful with both fans and critics as it stayed true to its origins while still providing fresh and engaging gameplay.
8. World of Goo
World of Goo is an addictingly good time, and there are so many levels that you just can’t run out.
In this game, players must use goo to build bridges and ladders to get to the end of the level. While it may sound easy, it’s much harder in practice.
7. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
One of two incredible Zelda games for the Wii, Skyward Sword is an absolute joy to play, and the Wii’s motion controls give players more control over Link than ever before.
Throughout the whole game, you really feel immersed in this magical world in a way that was never quite possible before.
6. Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)
Combining the first two GameCube games and Corruption, this game is a Metroid fan’s dream come true.
It’s also extremely hard to put down, as these games change the perspective to first-person, meaning you truly get to see things through Samus’ eyes.
5. Mario Kart Wii
As the 12th best-selling game of all time, Mario Kart Wii is the ultimate Wii party game and arguably one of the best racing games Nintendo has released.
With steering controllers that really make you feel like you’re in the driver’s seat, this game is one-of-a-kind and one of the best.
If you’re a fan of the old Mario Kart games, Mario Kart Wii is something you have to play at least once.
4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
When this game came out, it was a huge deal, and for good reason.
This Super Smash Bros. game features 39 characters, the most of any Smash Bros. to date at the time, and it brings back everyone’s favorites.
If you’re a fan of the Smash Bros. series or fighting games in general, this Wii version isn’t one to pass up.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
This classic Zelda game is beloved by fans, and it was one of the first to release on the Wii.
Although the Wii motion controls weren’t as helpful as in Skyward Sword, the gameplay and story completely make up for it and more.
2. Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2, surpassed only by its predecessor, is an incredible game, and it builds nicely upon what the original game established.
In this game, Mario searches for Power Stars through numerous galaxies in order to save the world and, as usual, Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser.
1. Super Mario Galaxy
Taking the first spot is, without a doubt, Super Mario Galaxy.
While 2 builds on the foundation of this game, when this game dropped it was exciting and fresh, something the sequel just couldn’t match.
Between the stunning design, engaging gameplay, and everyone’s favorite characters, this game has everything a Mario fan could want and more.
For these reasons, Mario Galaxy takes the top spot as the best game released on the Wii.
And there you have it, all the best Wii games ever released on the console.
Although the system may not be as popular as it was in its heyday, especially since the initial console was discontinued, like the N64, it — and many of these great games — still live on, either on old systems, the Nintendo Switch, or the Wii U.
Here’s a quick recap of the 50 best Nintendo Wii games of all time:
- Super Mario Galaxy
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Mario Kart Wii
- Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- World of Goo
- Rayman Origins
- Wii Sports
- Rock Band 3
- Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
- Rock Band 2
- Guitar Hero 5
- Xenoblade Chronicles
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
- The Beatles: Rock Band
- Art of Balance
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Cave Story
- DJ Hero
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
- Kirby’s Epic Yarn
- LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
- Bomberman Blast
- Guitar Hero World Tour
- Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
- Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
- Little King’s Story
- Tetris Party
- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
- Super Paper Mario
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
- Guitar Hero: Metallica
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
- Monster Hunter Tri
- Swords & Soldiers
- Boom Blox Bash Party
- No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
- Sonic Unleashed
- Goldeneye 007
- Wii Fit
- No More Heroes
- WarioWare: Smooth Moves
- MLB Power Pros
What’s the best Nintendo Wii game of all time, in your opinion? Leave a comment below.
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