The 28 Best Wii Games
- December 10, 2009 19:00 PM PST
The most successful console of this generation has games for just about everyone, if you know what to look for. GamePro highlights the 28 best games on the system.
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- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
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Many gamers saw putting the entire story of Luke, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Star Wars cast through a LEGO filter as a gamble, but it paid off so well, it started a new trend in casual gaming. With an updated and complete series in one pack, each part of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga was better than the last. Traveller's Tales and LucasArts compiled two trilogies' worth of the best Wii games that spanned an epic adventure, treating gamers to genuine lightsaber sound effects though the speaker on your Wii Remote. The levels were huge, popular characters like Boba Fett and Darth Vader could be replayed anywhere, and even the spaceship combat was wacky enough that it didn't disappoint.
- A Boy and His Blob
When you consider great gaming duos -- Mario and Yoshi, Sonic and Tail -- hardly anyone would call out the pseudonymous "Boy" and his "Blob". Re-imagined from an old classic title of the same name, 2009's A Boy and His Blob took a gameplay concept from the more ancient days of Nintendo and hit the Wii with charming graphics, tricky puzzles and addictive platforming action. With artwork inspired by cartoon-like drawings (such as the work of Hayao Miyazaki) and a more heartwarming interpretation of the two titular characters, Majesco Games was able to re-create a truly unique title that easily ranks among the best Wii games yet.
- Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barabaros' Treasure
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While many players were put off by Zack & Wiki's cutesy art style and cartoonish presentation, they also ended up missing out on one of the deepest point-and-click adventure games in years. With amazingly deep puzzles that would leave you scratching your head for hours and lush, wondrous environments for Zack and his monkey pal to explore, the Quest for Barabaros' Treasure was the shot in the arm that the Wii needed, but sadly enough, went almost entirely ignored.
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
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In Bully: Scholarship Edition, Bullworth Academy had more classes, more missions, and more craziness for Jimmy Hopkins to deal with -- and it was every bit as hilariously charming as it was before. With new mini-games clearly based on already-existing Nintendo games, you could actually learn something by going to class, and precise hand-to-eye coordination was just one more talent that you could use to get a passing grade from Hopkins's crazy teachers. Living out the whimsical life of these boarding school brats was a blast, and we're hoping for a college-edition sequel to come out soon.
- Boom Blox Bash Party
While the first Boom Blox game proved to be a surprise hit for the Wii, its sequel was expected to repeat the same innovative and groundbreaking experience that reeled in both casual and core gamers. Boom Blox Bash Party, like the previous game in the series, features various levels that task players with knocking down colorful towers of blocks, netting as many points as possible in the process. We're glad that Steven Spielberg was on board to lend his design skills to EA the second time around, and with 400 levels as the icing on the cake, we're hoping to complete each one before the next Boom Blox, which is sure to be another one of the best Wii games around.
- WarioWare: Smooth Moves
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Wario is at his best in bite-sized minigames, and Smooth Moves proves to be no exception. The Wii's take on WarioWare challenged us with gameplay that tested our reflexes with tons of motion-based tasks, such as parrying sword thrusts or guiding Fox McCloud's Arwing through an SNES battlefield. If you've got friends over, there's nothing more fun than watching them flail around in a vain attempt to keep up with this addictive Wii game. Another WarioWare game for Nintendo's motion-based console isn't in the works yet, but with Smooth Moves around there's always something to do at your next party.
- Wii Fit Plus
Keeping in shape is tough for anyone, gamer or not, but it's a good thing that Nintendo is keeping us busy with Wii Fit Plus. Adding a handful of new aerobics-based exercises and more Yoga positions may not seem like a huge addition to most, but we were pretty sore after realizing that our legs were still too weak to handle the "Grounded V" pose. Wii Fit is still one of the best selling-games in history, and the Balance Board can easily produce a more brutal workout that most people would expect. With Wii Fit Plus, you're getting a bigger experience for your buck (and a better deal than any daytime TV exercise regime). It's not just standing on a board: it's getting fit the Nintendo Way!
- Mario Kart Wii
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No matter what kind of Nintendo fan you are, there's something for everyone in Mario Kart Wii. For the dedicated fans of the series, there's plenty of classic tracks remixed with a glorious Wii sheen. For newer fans, there's plenty of crazy new tracks to explore and crash through, as well as the addition of motorcycles for those feel the urge to pop a wheelie after winning a heated final lap. And for go-karting veterans who frustrated other gamers by snaking through Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii has an online mode that's 100 percent tailor-made for you to practice your cheap racing tactics against hapless speedsters.
- Little King's Story
For a game that looks ripped from the pages of a children's book, Little King's Story has a cute exterior that hides a deep and immersive experience rivaling the best Wii games, including the likes of Pikmin, Animal Crossing, and many real-time strategy titles. Starting from a tiny corner of the world, players take the role of a tiny monarch on a quest to unite the entire globe. Tons of character types and missions to complete are layered over a 30+ hour campaign, and the amazingly unique boss fights punctuate something that's anything but a kid's game.
- Guitar Hero 5
Guitar Hero 5 was a landmark title for the Nintendo Wii thanks to the addition of a big feature that every previous game lacked: complete parity. For the first time, Nintendo loyalists didn't have to worry about getting shafted on songs or downloadable content, as the Wii version of Guitar Hero 5 supported the SD format that let players save hundreds of songs in their digital setlist. Even better, the "Mii Freestyle" and "Roadie Battle" modes (which let DS owners join in on four-player sabotage wars) gave the Nintendo Wii solid content that was exclusive to the console. Let's hope this represents the future of Guitar Hero on Nintendo systems. Having eight-player support is nothing to sneeze at, and it makes Wii parties a blast.