Nintendo may have just released their brand new hybrid console called the Nintendo Switch, however, gamers and Nintendo followers would never forget their roots and the fun that they had with Nintendo’s 2006 console, Wii.
What is Wii
The Wii is video game console by Nintendo which is considered to be a seventh-generation console which competed Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. It has sold over 101.52 million worldwide as of March 31, 2015. One of its memorable sales was during Black Friday 2011 where 500,000 Wii units were sold thus making it the most successful Black Friday sale in Nintendo history.
Nintendo Wii succeeded the GameCube. It was known as Revolution before it was released. The name Wii was meant to resemble two people standing beside each other and to represent their handheld pointing device which detects movement, the Wii Remote controller.
The Wii console has quite a number of notable features including extendability via expansion ports and its firmware can get periodic updates through the WiiConnect24 service.
The Wii Menu is designed to copy television channels –channels appear displayed in a grid and can be navigated with the Wii Remote’s pointer.
Nintendo Wii also offers backward compatibility which is perfect for all Nintendo GameCube software, memory cards and controllers. It is able to accept Nintendo GameCube game discs. However, in order to play GameCube titles, a GameCube controller is needed.
Wii also supports wireless connectivity with its another Nintendo console, the Nintendo DS. With this feature, you are able to use the Nintendo DS mic and touchscreen. Games that can be played with this feature include Pokemon Battle Revolution and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (released both in Wii and DS). The Wii also has a Nintendo Channel where you can download demos and more data to the Nintendo DS.
Not to be left out, the Wii can also connect to the internet with its built-in Wi-Fi or through a USB-to-Ethernet adapter. With this feature, one can access WiiConnect24, Virtual Console, Forecast Channel, Internet Channel, News Channel, Everybody Votes Channel and Check Mii Out Channel. And for LAN players, Wii can connect with other Wii systems so you can have a great multiplayer or LAN party with your Wii-owning friends.
In addition, the Wii console also has parental controls so you can prevent your little kids at home from playing games that are not suitable for their age levels.
- The Wii has a built-in Wi-Fi networking so you can easily connect to your home network and broadband connection for online gaming
- The Wii has a built-in solid-state (flash) memory so you can store game information, photos, and more
- The Wii has a memory card slot that accepts SD cards so you can add additional memory to the console and display photos on the screen
- The Wii has two USB ports to connect devices or for additional memory
- The Wii contains an IBM Power PC CPU and an ATI “Hollywood” graphics chip
- The Wii is compatible with classic GameCube controller and Nintendo DS
- You can download new and classic Nintendo games
- Cannot read DVD’s and BlueRay Discs
- Lack of hard drive
- Closed proprietary file system
- Graphics leave a little to be desired
- The Wii doesn’t support Dolby Digital
Now that we have established more details about the Nintendo Wii game console and its pros and cons, let’s move on with Wii’s best all-time games.
5 All-time Best Wii Games (2017) - Updated 2017. The ultimate review of the best Nintendo Wii games.
Here are the All-time Best Wii Games:
Super Mario Galaxy 2
One of the best Wii games available is Super Mario Galaxy 2 from the makers of the ever-famous Super Mario games. Released in 2010, it has won awards such as BAFTA Games Award for Gameplay and VGX Award for Best Wii Game. It can be played in both Wii and Wii U consoles.
The sequel to Super Mario Galaxy, this Wii game follows Mario as he travels across galaxies to get Power Stars for him to rescue Princess Peach. He needs to defeat Bowser, the Koopa King in outer space. Among the major differences from this game to its predecessor are the addition of new power-ups, new environments and the ability to ride Yoshi.
In this Wii game, the player will control Mario (and later, Luigi, his brother) who has abilities such as long jump, Spin attack, somersaults and wall jumps.
- Skilled players will want to collect new Comet Metals, which will unlock harder levels with even more challenges
- Mario collects stars as he travels from galaxy to galaxy, sometimes upside-down, sometimes floating from place to place.
- On some stages, Mario can find an egg, smash it open and hop onto the back of Yoshi.
- New power-ups include a drill that Mario uses to tunnel through the planet’s surface all the way to the other side of a planet
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
One of the best Wii games is the popular action-adventure game from Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This is the sixteenth game of The Legend of Zelda series which was released in late 2011. And while old school gamers are all too familiar with this well-loved game series, new players can still get immersed into this fun and challenging title.
Players will take the role of protagonist Link who will navigate the skies on the floating island of Skyloft. Here, they are tasked to complete quests and solve dungeon-based and environmental puzzles. With a combative gameplay, players attack and block with the use of a sword and shield which depends on the players’ actions handling the Wii MotionPlus expansion device. Link is also controlled with the Nunchuk and Wii Remote. However, the majority of this Wii game will revolve around motion controls including camera with the Nunchuck and hotkeys and movements that are linked to the Wii Remote.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has won notable awards such as VGX Award for Best Motion Game and VGX Award for Best Wii Game.
- Embark on the most expansive Zelda adventure yet, setting the stage for the events of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time!
- Experience some of the most realistic sword combat of any game to date, turning every encounter into a challenge of both brains and brawn.
- Analyze enemy attacks and defenses and counteract with precise sword swings in a dynamic new combat system that combines fighting and puzzle-solving.
- Explore a massive, multilayered world that seamlessly blends soaring exploration some of the largest and most challenging dungeons in the history of the series.
- Ride your Loft Bird across the skies, exploring floating islands, taking on quests and searching for treasure. Find rare materials that upgrade weapons, items, and shields.
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Another Nintendo title that made it into our best Wii games list is Xenoblade Chronicles. Released in 2010 in Japan and 2012 in North America, this action-role playing game is developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Wii console. In 2015, a port for the New Nintendo 3DS was then released worldwide.
This Nintendo game integrates narrative elements which are both science fiction and fantasy and features an open-world navigation with side-quests and real-time action-based battle system.
In Xenoblade Chronicles, the player takes control of one character out of a team of three with the use of a Nunchuck, Wii Remote or the Classic Controller. Due to its open world design, players can navigate freely into various interconnected environments. The main parts of its gameplay includes quest completion, exploration and item collection.
It takes place on the titans’ frozen bodies – Bionis and Mechonis. People of Bionis which includes Homs (human-like) are in a war against the Mechon (machine race) of Mechonis.
With its real-time action-based battle system, the player can move the current character in real-time while party members auto-attack when enemies appear in their radius.
- Vast open-world universe
- Side quests
- Seek out special items
- Uncover hidden areas
- Real-time action-based battle system
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is another of our best Wii games that is worth mentioning. It was released in January 2008 and is developed by a development team including Game Arts, Sora and staff from other developers. It is published by Nintendo for the Wii gaming console.
It can be played with different controllers such as the Wii Remote with Nunchuk, Classic Controller, GameCube controller and Wii Remote. And this is the first game in Super Smash Bros. series that have playable third-party characters. Its main objective is of course – to knock your opponent off the screen. It also has a more extensive single-player mode compared to the previous titles in the series called the Subspace Emissary (SSE).
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a side-scrolling and plot-driven fighting game that features cut scenes and selection of playable characters. It also supports multiplayer battles up to 4 combatants. Additionally, it is the first Super Smash Bros. game that can have online battles through the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.
Players can select from Super Smash Bros. Brawl 39 characters including Link, Mewtwo, Pikachu, Dr. Mario, Diddy Kong, Ike, Lucas, Olimar, Solid Snake, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Kirby, Bowser, and a whole lot more. Brawl also has 41 stages you can choose from and 29 of which are initially available. In addition, it also allows gamers to create stages using options in a mode called the Stage Builder. Players can then save the stages into an SD card or in the Wii’s internal memory.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl has also won awards such as the IGN Wii Award for Best Local Multiplayer Game, IGN Wii Award for Best Fighting Game, and GameSpot Award for Best Fighting Game.
- See your favorite Smash Bros. character, redesigned from their most recent games, brawl onto your screen once again!
- A host of new characters to fight with, including Sonic, Pit from Kid Icarus, Wario and Diddy Kong
- More than a dozen gorgeously-rendered stages
- New special moves and attacks, including the groundbreaking Final Smash
- New items and assist trophies
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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The second Legend of Zelda Wii game that made it into our list of best Wii games is of course, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Developed and published by Nintendo, this game is supposed to be released on the GameCube but then Nintendo allowed the game to be released later in order for the developers to add more content and port it to the Wii video game console. It was then released in the later part of 2006. This is the 13th installment in The Legend of Zelda game series.
Twilight Princess’ gameplay includes exploration, combat and puzzle-solving and uses the basic controls introduced in Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. It includes L-targeting or Z-targeting on the Wii which allows players to keep Link’s view to concentrate on the enemy or an important item while he is moving and attacking.
In this action-adventure game, Link tries to stop Hyrule from being ruled by a corrupt parallel dimension called the Twilight Realm. For him to win, Link takes the form of a wolf and a Hylian and is aided by Midna, a mysterious creature. Link uses a sword and shield in combat with secondary weapons including bombs, bow and arrows and boomerang.
With the Wii console, players make use of motion sensors and built-in speaker of the Wii Remote. Other attacks are triggered with the Nunchuk.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess won the VGX Award for Critic’s Choice.
- Combines the interface features of the Wii with the Zelda franchise
- Amazing horseback combat system
- Attacks, moves, and even fishing, are controlled with the Wii Remote
- Link transforms into different creatures as part of his quest
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