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GameRevolution's Top 25 Wii Games

Posted on Wednesday, December 26 @ 11:00:00 Eastern by Alex_Osborn


With Nintendo's new console now sitting happily on store shelves, it's safe to say the era of the Wii has officially come to an end. As we welcome the next generation with open arms, we can't help but look back on these last several years and smile. While yes, the Wii primarily catered to a casual audience, it was home to some of the very best gaming experiences of the last six years. It was an underpowered machine—even at its launch—but it still managed to wow the world with both motion control and some killer game experiences. As such, the GR staff has put together a list of the best games to ever grace Nintendo's revolutionary box.

Note: This list reflects the opinions of the GR staff at large. So if you're looking to pick a fight, you better be ready to take on all of us. But be warned, Mr. Tan is pretty accurate with a shuriken.



25. Kirby's Return to Dream Land

While Epic Yarn was a unique departure for the franchise, it didn't have the same charm of the originals. Fortunately, the Wii still got a classic Kirby experience with Kirby's Return to Dream Land. With the same great gameplay you've come to know and love from prior entries in the series, the latest entry in the franchise is clearly a love letter to fans of the original games. Not only that, but there are loads of extra modes including multiplayer and all sorts of stuff to unlock. Return to Dream Land is a fantastic package that all Wii owners should check out. 



24. Mario Kart Wii

Ever since Mario started karting on the SNES, Nintendo's racer has become a staple for each subsequent console. Like every one of its predecessors, the entry on the Wii is an absolute blast to play. With an added (and completely optional) motion control option along with some killer new courses, you're bound to sink dozens and dozens of hours into this game. Rarely do gamers group up around the same television to compete against their friends nowadays, but Mario Kart Wii proves that its still one of the most enjoyable and engaging ways to play.



23. No More Heros 2: Desperate Struggle

The Wii is often criticized for not having enough mature, adult-themed games. The No More Heroes franchise is often one that people point to when arguing against that point, as these Suda51 games are far from family friendly. Between the two that launched on the Wii, Desperate Struggle offered the most insanely twisted—yet totally awesome—experience. In an industry dominated by corridor shooters and sports games, No More Heroes 2 is an absolute breath of fresh air. Just don't play this one around the kids.



22. Okami

Often referred to as Zelda with a wolf—ummm hello Twilight Princess?—Okami is one of the most highly revered action adventure games of the past ten years. While the Wii version of the game is actually a PS2 port, it features motion control support that takes the paintbrush mechanics to new levels of awesome. If you're looking for an enchanting adventure to tide you over until the release of the next Zelda, you really can't go wrong with Capcom's work of art.



21. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition

The fourth installment in the Resident Evil franchise is inarguably one of the best GameCube games of all time, and its port to the Wii is just as awesome. While not quite as astounding as it was the first time around, Resident Evil 4 is still an incredible survival horror game and the added Wii functionality makes the gameplay mechanics slightly less cumbersome. Using the Wiimote to aim is surprisingly satisfying and serves as a great example as to why motion controls shouldn't be ignored. If you're looking to re-experience RE4 or perhaps jump into it for first time, you can't go wrong with the Wii version.

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