The best Wii games are capable of time travel. Of whisking us back 16 or so years into the past to a time when, believe or not, video games were hardly mainstream. PlayStation and Xbox were hugely popular, don’t get us wrong, but the Nintendo Wii really sold the idea of video games in the living room to the masses, making that little white box and its accompanying motion sensor joy cons as ubiquitous as the DVD player that sat beneath the silver 32" widescreen TV.
With so many to choose from, naming just 25 of the best Wii games of all time is hardly an easy task but we’ve taken a crack at it here nevertheless. Only one game per series, mind, in a list that spans multiple genres and interests.
25. The House of the Dead: Overkill
There have been lightgun-style games for almost as long as there have been home game consoles, but The House of the Dead: Overkill (opens in new tab) is easily one of the best in class, let alone on the Wii. Good old-fashioned zombie slaying mixed with grindhouse cinema presentation make this a fun (and funny) title that meshes naturally with the Wii Remote's design.
24. Mario Kart Wii
Were it not for its Wii U sequel, Mario Kart Wii (opens in new tab) would undisputably hold the crown for best Mario Kart game. The addition of more riders per race, motorbikes, a tweaked drifting system, and the ability to perform tricks were all hailed as major improvements, and the courses are as wonderful as they've ever been.
Reboots and remakes are a tricky business. You want the experience to feel fresh, but you need to pay respect to what came before. Thankfully, Punch-Out!! (opens in new tab) for the Wii does exactly that, bringing back the dodge, dodge, punch rhythm that made the original such a classic, and wrapping it up in a beautifully stylized package.
22. Rhythm Heaven Fever
With its simple design and gyroscope sensor, the Wii Remote makes for a great music game controller. And while Just Dance parties were fun, it was Rhythm Heaven Fever (opens in new tab) that stuck with you, ensaring players with its adorable visuals, cutesy storylines, and catchy tunes. Plus, it had a certain wacky charm that simply can't be described on the back of a box.
21. Excitebots: Trick Racing
Excitebots: Trick Racing (opens in new tab) proves that it's not all about how fast you cross the finish line, but how cool you looked when you did it. Rather than focus on tight curves and single-file racing speedways, Excitebots features large, sprawling courses with multiple pathways. And while you may end up in first place just from being fast, you'll want to challenge yourself to be the best trickster too.
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