Before I begin, I think it is important to make two points. One, the games I’m about to list are not necessarily comprehensive in terms of the best that the WII has to offer. Rather, it is more like these games are the best that I would have to offer, were you to visit my home and play from my collection.
Second, instead of risking this article taking all day long to figure out, I’ve decided to list my top games in no particular order.
1. Super Mario Galaxy – This is easily among the first games to make the Wii a worthy system to own. Nintendo took what made Mario 64 great and turned up the notch of the surreal-o-meter, making for an incredibly engaging and addictive game. Nintendo kept the controls simply and made good use of the wii-mote, adding simply functions that weren’t difficult to master for the novice gamer.
2. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – Pretty the same as what I said about Mario. This game took Zelda took a new level. Full disclosure, although I do own the game, I have never actually played it. I’ve watched plenty of it though, as my girlfriend was entirely hooked on the game. I actually decided not to even try playing, since it looked pretty good and I didn’t want to get hooked on a game that looked like it would took way too long to beat.
3. Mario Kart Wii – I’ll admit this is a good game, but i don’t really play it that much. This is mostly because whenever I pick it up, my girlfriend insists on playing two player, and then proceeds to beat the snot out of me.
4. Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop – I absolutely loved this game. It’s fun and full of zombies, which is really all I ever ask for. There was some criticism of the game in it not being a sufficient port of the X-Box 360 version of Dead Rising, but since the Wii version was my first exposure to the series, I wasn’t bogged down with lame comparisons to other editions. On it’s own, the game is totally solid and kept me coming back for more.
5. Resident Evil 4: Speaking of zombies, this is the one that brought the genre to the Wii. With an over-hauled point-and-shoot playing system, this game took all of the appeal of a shooter while retaining the 3rd-person feel of it.
6. Super Smash Bros. Brawl – This is probably the favored fighting game amongst most Wii fans. The amount of Nintendo and Sega characters with which you are able to do battle definitely makes this a game worth checking out.
7. Punch-Out! – It’s a simply and straight-forward update. The added bonus of having to defend your title against stronger versions of every character once you’ve beaten the game is definitely a plus.
8. Metroid Prime: Trilogy – It should be noted that I have only begun playing the first game in this set. I hadn’t played Metroid since it was on the Super Nintendo, and I had been skeptical about the first-person format. I took a chance with this game and now I’m hooked. It’s more than a shooter, which is something many shooters attempt and fail at.
9. New Super Mario Bros. – This game felt like Nintendo went back to Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World and merged them together to make an awesome 2D adventure for the Wii. The multi-player feature is certainly one of the jewels of this game. Not only can you play simultaneously with a friend, but you can also interactive with each other in ways that are both beneficial and detrimental.
10. Bully: Scholarship edition – This last spot on the list was a bit of toss up for me. I ultimately went with Bully. This is not so much because I believe it’s better than all but nine of the games Wii has to offer, rather, I happened to enjoy a lot. I never got the chance to pay it on any other system, and I’ve always been a fan of the free-style play that Rockstar has made a standard with the Grand Theft Auto series. Bully is just a fun game to get into.