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The best Wii games of all time

16. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

It would be easy to overlook Silent Hill: Shattered Memories as a sloppy Wii remake - we all know there were plenty of those - but going in with that mindset would be a mistake. In reality, it was essentially an original story loosely based on the first Silent Hill, using the franchise as a platform to tell a dark, mature tale. Though it lacked many of the classic Silent Hill tropes, it came with a few tricks of its own, sporting interesting gameplay that analyzed your decisions to taunt you with specific elements suited to your playstyle. If that sounds weird or psychological, that's because it is. Shattered Memories is a game every Wii owner should experience. 

15. Super Paper Mario

Fans of Mario RPG clamored for years for more role-playing Mario goodness, and got their wish with the Paper Mario series. The Wii entry, Super Paper Mario, brings all of the silliness and charm of the RPG series to the modern era, mixing in some interesting 3D puzzles and platforming. But what really sets it apart is the dialogue and narrative, which doesn't shy away from shattering the fourth wall in favor of silly puns and awesome jokes that will have anyone, Mario fan or not, rolling on the floor with laughter. 

14. Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns is everything fans wanted from the series. It's beautiful, painfully difficult, and a nostalgic trip for fans of the storied franchise. And yet it feels remarkably new, with strong mechanics and emphasis on cooperative play. DKCR is a lush, vibrant reimagining of the franchise, and one that we hope is only the first step toward a future resurgence for DK and crew. 

13. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

There's a reason that New Super Mario Bros. Wii is one of the best-selling games on the system: It wonderfully blended together the nostalgic feeling of classic Mario with four-player cooperative play, creating an experience that had children laughing and adults grinning from ear to ear. Though the level design isn't the best in the series and things can get hectic with four people onscreen at the same time, the overall experience is fantastic, providing some worthwhile fun for groups and solo players alike. Just make sure to share the mushrooms.

12. Boom Blox Bash Party

The Steven Spielberg-produced (seriously) Boom Blox was an early success on the Wii, and the sequel, Boom Blox Bash Party, improves on the formula in every way. Bash Party is a brilliant little toy to mess around with, and one you'll get a lot of pleasure from regardless of how many friends or family members you rope in. It wouldn't work on any other console, and as a Wii owner you really ought to check out at least one Boom Blox game; ideally, make it this one. 

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11. Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles, a latecomer to the Wii, offers a singularly beautiful world, streamlined gameplay, likable characters, and a fantastic soundtrack. For these reasons alone it's probably the best RPG on the Wii. Lest you think we're damning it with faint praise, there's no denying that Xenoblade is invigorating and engaging like few recent games of its kind, giving us reason to hope that this once-proud genre may yet have better days ahead. Visit the strange world of Xenoblade for 100-odd hours and see if you don't feel the same.

10. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Metroid Prime 3 is the ultimate achievement of the series. By this point, the formula had been tweaked and pruned to its most perfect point, with some of the best shooting on the system. Best of all, it makes beautiful use of the Wii Remote. Freely aiming with the remote makes the experience much faster than the older titles, where you had to hold R just to look around. Here, it's almost on par with a mouse and keyboard, with gesture controls - like yanking and pulling the Nunchuk to activate the Grapple Beam - that makes ripping off limbs oddly satisfying. 

9. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

The Wii doesn't have that many true fighting games aside from Smash Bros., and that makes the outstanding success of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom all the sweeter. Made specifically from the ground up for the Wii, the game shines on Nintendo's platform, making for a deep, complex fighting game that's perfect for those wanting something more mechanically sound than Brawl. The character models and striking design are powerful even without any HD tomfoolery, easily making this one of the most gorgeous and unique-looking titles on the system.

8. Rayman Origins

At a time when games seem to offer a bit of everything, Rayman Origins stays focused on pure platforming pleasure, and it delivers. Yes, it can be too tough for some, but we're betting even more casual players will soon find themselves hopelessly addicted to the finely tuned challenges on offer here. Play it for the love of platforming, the love of 2D art, or the love of the Rayman series. It doesn't matter why you play it. Just, for crying out loud, make sure you do. 

7. Little King's Story

Look at that title. So unobtrusive. That's the little king's secret: smile, look harmless, and crush with extreme prejudice. Underestimating this diminutive dictator will be the biggest mistake you make with this city-building, Pikmin-like Wii game. When everyone else is mucking around in blood and guts, Little King's Story has the tenacity to be an actual game you can play and play and play. With an adorable art style and fantastic gameplay, it's definitely a standout success.