The Nintendo Wii has had a good run with big titles such as Wii Sports. Now, it is in the past as the Wii U takes over, but it does have backwards-compatibility, so you can still play these games. I’ll give you my suggestions for what I think are the best for this system.
Pikmin is a classic that was originally on the Nintendo GameCube. It is a pure puzzle/strategy game that has you playing as a troubled astronaut named Olimar as he works to repair his spaceship and bring back an alien species called Pikmin back from near extinction to do so. They need your leadership to get them past several enemies and obstacles in order for them to successfully retrieve and carry parts back to the landing site. The story itself is not deep but the world makes you have some questions as to what exactly happened to the planet. While unknown to Olimar, it is most likely Earth after recovering and evolving after a major event like possibly a nuclear war that wiped out humanity there. Anyways, it is definitely worth trying out, especially if you’re considering getting Pikmin 3 for Wii U.
9. Metroid Prime Trilogy
Samus Aran, a bounty hunter of sorts, goes through a journey of space exploration to mostly hunt down the leader of the space pirates, Ridley, who killed her parents and the rest of her colony. This game is hard to pick up at first, and remains difficult to “get into” with the lack of direction and somewhat clunky controls, but its universe fiction is very interesting. Samus doesn’t really say or show much of her personality – she mostly serves as your window of the world as you will often feel sorry for or ponder a lot of the history you scan for in each area. These are also worth playing, even though Metroid: Other M, the lastest in the series, went down the drain. Hopefully Nintendo will forget Other M ever happen and start fresh again.
8. Donkey Kong Country Returns
A step-up from Mario overall in terms of overall difficulty, which is mostly a good thing. This platformer challenges you a lot in different ways – from timing your jumps just right to collecting all the puzzle pieces. It has some good artistic touches in some levels. I wouldn’t recommend this to someone who is a novice at platforming games because even I was challenged by many of its levels.
7. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
A great leap from its DS predecessor, New Super Mario Bros. Wii brings Mario and his friends back to their 2D roots. You can play with up to four friends who can help or harm you, so be wise about who you invite over. It offers up a good challenge as the difficulty raises with every new world to you travel to. The various new (at the time) power-ups in this game, like the Propeller suit, really make Mario fresh again.
6. Wii Sports Resort
If you liked Wii Sports, then you love Wii Sports Resort. It improves and expands with better motion controllers (introduction to the Wii MotionPlus) and adds more activities and replayability. It will make you sweat within a relatively short period of time – making you work out your arms and legs. Plus, there are a couple that let you relax if you don’t exactly feel like exercising like skydiving or flying around Wuhu Island.
5. Xenoblade Chronicles
This is a Japanese RPG that I love a lot. You follow Shulk and his band of friends explore the world of Bionis and Mechonis as they try to end the war. The main story, as well as the side quests and conversations, are very deep in detail. There is a ton of customizability with the weapons, equipment, and move sets or “Arts” for each character. A spiritual successor called Xenoblade Chronicles X is coming out for the Wii U in 2015. There will also be a port of this game for the “New” Nintendo 3DS sometime in the future as well.
4. Super Mario Galaxy (1 and 2)
Personally, I enjoy the first slightly more than the second mostly because I was hoping to see more of Rosalina, expanding on her backstory, and her Observatory (above) but maybe that’s just me. Anyways, both games are some of the best Mario games ever in how everything was changed for a new and fun experience. You hop from one galaxy to another to collect Power Stars to fix the station in order to eventually save Princess Peach from Bowser like always. The gameplay mechanics, with all of the new and old but updated power-ups, are unique to this series. It wouldn’t be surprising if there is a Super Mario Galaxy 3 in the works, plus Rosalina has been making more cameos like in the recent SSB4.
3. Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart 8 is out right now for the Wii U, but this game is still worth checking out. The Mario Kart series has been a classic racing title for a long time where you get to play with or against your friends and family as your favorite Mario characters. This one doesn’t do a lot in terms of innovation like going underwater and gliding or better customization, but it offers mostly different tracks and items that were removed in the newer installments.
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Ah, I remember playing so many hours on this game with everyone KO-ing each other off the stage. Even though this is rated “T” for teens, it’s not really inappropriate or violent at all. It’s all about having fun on the couch with friends. There are a few things different from this one compared the Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U like how some modes were either removed (Story/Adventure) or changed (Target Blast). I think the changes mostly improve the series. The artstyle has especially been redone for the sake of making the characters look closer to their own games versus having them in a more realistic look – don’t know how I feel about that. Anyways, be sure to try out these fighting extravaganzas.
1. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
There’s nothing like Link flying on his Loftwing. I chose Skyward Sword to be first because it truly makes full use of the Wii’s motion controls in all the right ways from swinging a sword to steering your bird. Plus, I love the story as always with Zelda games. The water and pastel colors are beautiful; I like the dark style Nintendo went with in Twilight Princess as well, but I think they pull of this theme better most of the time. This got rated perfect scores like from GameInformer with its “10/10” or “Platinum” status. If there is one reason to own a Wii at the time, The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword is it. 😀
*Honorable Mentions: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, The Last Story, and The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess (I wasn’t able to consider putting these on the list because I haven’t had the chance to play them either all the way through or at all, but they were highly praised.)