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The best Wii games of all time

6. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

Usually, the word trashy is saved for bad things, but we can't think of a better, more loving way to describe No More Heroes 2. The game goes for a pulpy, sexy, raunchy vibe and nails it perfectly, with hilarious characters and awesome hack-and-slash gameplay that takes full advantage of the Wii Remote's love of waggle. Bizarre, silly situations and awesome boss battles make it easy to recommend this game to anyone interested in a completely unique experience on the Wii. Actually, it's sort of a unique experience in general; what other games let you chop up models with a lightsaber that needs to be... well... shaken to charge it up?

5. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor

The fact that the Wii didn't see a proper Star Fox game was disappointing, but that sadness was overridden when Sin and Punishment: Star Successor filled the void perfectly with remarkable gameplay, awesome music, and some of the most over-the-top action we've seen. Kicking missiles out of the sky? Sign us up. Extreme difficulty during the early levels might be a turnoff for some people, but if you're able to get past that (either by tenacity or by bumping the game down to Easy) you're in for an absolute treat that shouldn't be missed.

4. Kirby's Epic Yarn

Is Kirby's Epic Yarn easy? Yes. It's absurdly easy. You can't die, it's hard to lose, and the game basically holds your hand the entire way. And yet despite that, it still manages to be one of the most enjoyable games on the system, with its absurdly charming art style and some of the strongest platforming from the Wii generation. Even the co-op, a weak point in some of Nintendo's other platformers, made for some incredibly enjoyable play, and the game's somewhat simplistic gameplay made it possible to play it with anyone and still have a good time.

3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Not much of the core gameplay changed between Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and that's because not much had to. Instead of altering the core formula, Nintendo settled for piling on loads of new content, from new items to new characters. The entire game is an insanely robust love letter to not just Nintendo's history, but video game history in general. The inclusion of both Solid Snake and Sonic The Hedgehog helped flesh out the game's already-robust character list, making for one of the most enjoyable experiences on the Wii. 

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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2. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Wii saw the release of not one, but two Zelda games, though only one made full use of the new technology to create a unique experience. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword featured an imaginative art style which allowed for some of the best visuals on the system, and made masterful use of the Wii MotionPlus to prove that motion controls were no gimmick. It used these motion controls to the fullest too, resulting in the best swordplay in Zelda's storied history. The puzzles were also some of the best we'd ever seen, and the plot was a treat not just for fans (serving as the first story chronologically), but for newcomers as well. This was the Zelda we were waiting for.

1. Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 improves over the original in every way - a task we didn't even think was possible - to create not just the best Wii game available, but one of the best Mario games of all time. It pushed the system to its limits with wonderful, mesmerizing visuals and some of the best platforming in history, completely redefining what it even means to be a platformer. Even if you believe it's too similar to the first game, what's wrong with more of an incredibly great thing?

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Obviously not every game could make the list; there are only so many games that can be labeled the absolute best. We're sure that some of you have games you think should have been added, cut, or rearranged, so let us know in the comments below what you would change about our list of the best Wii games of all time.

Want more of Nintendo's best? Check out the best GameCube games and the Best Wii U games.