In its six year lifespan, the Nintendo Wii has seen a number of great games. From Boom Blox to No More Heroes, developers have poured tons of thought, talent, and creativity into designing great exclusive titles for the innovate new system, creating experiences that would be a shame for anyone to miss.
But, undoubtedly, most of the Wii’s best titles came from the Big N themself. So, with less than a month to go before the Wii U’s launch, we’re counting down the Top 9 first-party Wii titles.
Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort
Though two different games, Wii Sports and its successor Wii Sports Resort were two halves of the movement that helped catapult the Wii’s new, innovative play style into the media spotlight and the living rooms of millions. And, because of the fact that they’ve both been bundled with the system, it’s impossible to split them up on a list like this.
With their simple games and infinite replay value, these two titles may not have been the best Nintendo had to offer, but they were strong entries that brought many new people into the wonderful world of video games.
Super Paper Mario
Super Paper Mario is, without a doubt, a great game. Starting with the unique concept of being able to flip the world from 2D to 3D at any time, the third title in the Paper Mario series was chocked full of great level design, interesting characters, enjoyable gameplay, and hilarious predicaments The title is incredibly on-point and wass a great installment in the Wii’s early line-up.
Sadly, Super Paper Mario was sullied by its name. It didn’t really fit with the other tiles in the series, due to its unique gameplay, and that made the whole experience feel cheaper than it should have. However, it is most definitely worth a play, just expect something very different from its predecessors.
ExciteBots: Trick Racing
A true gem overlooked by just about everyone, ExciteBots: Trick Racing, a sequel to Wii launch title Excite Truck, is fast, furious racing fun, plain and simple. Ditching Nintendo’s popular kart formula for high-octane machines, Excitebots delivered the speed and thrills that Mario Kart Wii failed to deliver on.
Though it may take a minute to get the hang of, ExciteBots will soon having you performing massive jumps, crazy tricks, and a bevy of other insane and hilarious activities in no time. ExciteBots is easily the best racer on Wii and, hopefully, we’ll see a sequel for it on the Wii U.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong has one of the strongest lineups in video game history. Aside from a few mediocre spin-off, just about every game the big lug has starred in has been incredible, partly thanks to the unprecedentedly great run Rare gave him from Donkey Kong Country to Donkey Kong 64.
Donkey Kong Country Returns, designed by Nintendo’s new golden studio Retro, brought DK and his pal Diddy back to his golden days with tight level design, beautiful art and music, and wonderfully challenging platforming. Though the controls weren’t perfect, the secrets were a chore to find, and the lack of kremlings was sad, they still weren’t enough to take this brilliant platformer off the list.
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