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wii gamesNintendo took the wraps off its next console, the Wii U, all the way back at E3 2011. But it wasn’t until September 2012 that it decided to reveal the full and official launch details. The Wii U will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 18, in Europe on Nov. 30, and in Japan on Dec. 8. It will cost between $300 and $350 depending on which of the two editions you choose.

There will be 22 Wii U games available at launch, with an additional 11 promised before the end of the year. But the one thing we all know from previous console generations is that launch games generally suck. Thankfully Nintendo has made the Wii U backwards-compatible with the Wii, meaning all of those games released for the original motion-control console over the last six years will work on the Wii U.

What follows is a list of Wii games – presented in no particular order – that all new Wii U owners should play. And as they’re aging classics they should be available to buy for less money than new releases. We don’t yet know whether the Wii U will succeed 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Succeed [Opinion] 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Succeed [Opinion] This generation of home games consoles is nearing an end. Sony and Microsoft are surely both working on successors to the PS3 and Xbox 360 respectively, even though neither will admit to it. While they... Read More or fail 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Fail [Opinion] 4 Reasons The Wii U Will Fail [Opinion] While there is no sign yet of a PS4 or Xbox 720 (not likely to be the real names when they do finally arrive), we do have one next-generation games console on the horizon to... Read More , so why not hedge your bets by sticking with these older games.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 is one of the highest-rated games ever released… on any system, not just the Wii. It takes the simple appeal of a Mario platformer and adds a whole host of creative 3D elements. As the name suggests this is the sequel to Super Mario Galaxy, which is also more than worthy of your time and attention.

The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess

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The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess should suck: not only was it a Wii launch title, it was ported over from the GameCube. But as is the case with most of Zelda titles, it has an indefinable magic that means most people will become engrossed in its story and setting. The Wii boasts two Zelda games, but while Skyward Sword is good, Twilight Princess is better.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

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Kirby is somewhat underused as a character these days, but he made a triumphant return to the console scene in Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Wii. The knitted and textured graphics are unique – though reminiscent of LittleBigPlanet – and the gameplay thoroughly entertaining. If you love platformers but hate Mario, then it has to be Kirby.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl is just about the most fun you can have with a group of fully-clothed friends. It features a roster of much-loved Nintendo characters fighting with their own particular styles and weapons. Sony has since “borrowed” the idea for its own side-scrolling beat ’em up titled PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

Xenoblade Chronicles

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Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the select few Wii titles proving Nintendo hadn’t abandoned core gamers while chasing the casual market. It’s a Japanese RPG that many feel is the best to have been released in this generation. With a convoluted plot and complex battle system, this won’t be for everyone, but those who ignore it will be missing out.

The Last Story

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Another Japanese RPG that deserves attention is The Last Story. The name gives its nature away… for The Last Story read Final Fantasy. The difference is that the recent Final Fantasy games were bogged down with long cutscenes, boring plots, and over-complicated battle systems. The Last Story treads a different path, and is all the better for it.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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One of the Wii U launch titles is New Super Mario Bros. Wii U, but if the HD graphics and GamePad elements hold no interest for you then you may as well buy the original New Super Mario Bros. Wii. This is old-skool 2D fun for those who prefer the classic gameplay to the innovative style exhibited in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong is another character that was brought out of semi-retirement in order to grace the Wii. Donkey Kong Country Returns was the rather fitting title of the game, and it’s a superb side-scrolling platformer that will bring back memories for anyone who played the original Donkey Kong Country on the SNES.

Little King’s Story

If you can’t decide which genre to lump your game into then why not create your own? That’s exactly what the developer behind Little King’s Story did, forging a game that defies sensible pigeon-holing. Part real-time strategy game, part simulation, part RPG, Little King’s Story offers an epic mixture of gameplay styles that together make a great game.

Mario Kart Wii

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We end as we begin, with a Mario title. He sure gets around, and speedier than usual when he straps himself into a motorized vehicle. Mario Kart Wii may not better the SNES version of the game, but it’s still massively fun to play. Place your Wii remote into the steering wheel peripheral and the hours will fly by as quick as the characters do.

Conclusions

These games represent the very best of the Wii, and collectively they should tide Wii U owners over until the good titles start appearing for the new console. Assuming they ever do, of course. This list should also provide existing Wii owners with a set of titles they should make sure to play before they inevitably sell their console to fund the jump to the next generation of hardware. Unless they find a new use for it Find 6 New Uses For Your Old Wii With A Few Homebrew Solutions Find 6 New Uses For Your Old Wii With A Few Homebrew Solutions The Wii, and every game console, is basically a computer hooked up to your television. By default this doesn't mean much – you can only use the Wii to do things Nintendo intends – but... Read More in the meantime.

Do you agree with the choice of Wii games listed above? Are there any other unmissable gems you feel Wii U gamers should fight tooth and nail to get their hands on? Are you planning on buying a Wii U this year or will you be waiting to see what Sony and Microsoft unveil next year? As always we welcome a discussion on the subject at hand in the comments section below.

  1. Ryan
    December 11, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    oh yeah, and Red Steel 2 for best use of the Wiimote!

  2. Ryan
    December 11, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Great list! I would personally add Muramasa 'The Demon Blade', Sin & Punishment 'Star Successor', and Tatsunoko vs Capcom. I got a Wii just for those games along with Xenoblade and Last Story. Those 2 games btw, goddam, amazing.

  3. Austen Gause
    November 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    the wii u sounds a little ridiculous

  4. Anonymous
    October 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Nice list,great games.

  5. William Adams
    September 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Twilight Princess should be featured as a Game Cube game --- swap it and Skyward Sword, which is the premiere game for the Wii and Motion Controls. Moreover, SS has a higher ranking on the Nintendo Channel and would be universally higher rated if one discards anti-motion-control bias.

    Similarly, Red Steel 2 should have an honourable mention as should Metroid Prime Trilogy (the latter is the only other Wii game to have a Platinum ranking on the Nintendo Channel besides Skyward Sword and Xenoblade Chronicles, so it's inexplicable not to include these 3 games).

    • Dave Parrack
      September 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      These lists are invariably based on opinion, and these were the 10 games I felt Wii U owners should check out. Also there has to be a cut off point and for me it was 10. If it had been 20 then Metroid Prime and Red Steel 2 may indeed have made the cut.

      Thanks for your contribution to the discussion.

      • Colton Hilliard
        September 29, 2012 at 12:03 am

        What about Kirby's Return to Dreamland

  6. Benoit Rainville
    September 28, 2012 at 1:18 am

    After FFVII I lost hope oon getting hooked to any other RPJ. Then I found Xenoblade Chronical. Epic!

    • Dave Parrack
      September 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      "Epic!" is a very good way of describing Xenoblade Chronicle. Thanks for commenting :)

  7. IamAshMcLean
    September 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    My favorite by far is Zelda, but You must add Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword!!

    • Dave Parrack
      September 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      It gets an honorable mention alongside Twilight Princess :)

  8. tanto
    September 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Xenoblade and last story are good

    but there have been hundreds of great jrpgs this gen

    its not right to generalize

    • Dave Parrack
      September 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      I don't believe I've generalized. I'm a fan of JRPGs but they have to be exceptional to gain mainstream attention these days. I believe the two listed are the best available for the Wii, though you're welcome to disagree and offer other names :)

  9. Neonridr
    September 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I think one omission is rather glaring (in my opinion). The Metroid Prime Trilogy is an absolute must own. Not only are you getting a fantastic game in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, but you are also getting the first two Gamecube installments, updated with 16:9 widescreen support along with wii remote pointer controls. All this for the price of one game. Simply put a must own for any Wii / Wii U owner.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Metroid Prime Trilogy was close to making the list, but I'm afraid my own bias came into force. I've just never been a fan of that series. Also I wasn't sure if Wii U owners would want to play something from two generations ago, as the first two installments are.

      • Neonridr
        September 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

        Fair enough, although that's like saying that Wii U owners shouldn't play Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition. While technically it's a Gamecube game, adding the Wii remote controls totally changed the game and made it function for the better. And with it being one of the best Gamecube games out there, I would encourage anyone who maybe missed it to definitely pick up the Wii version.

        • Dave Parrack
          September 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

          You make a good point. Hopefully people will see your comment and add Metroid and RE4 to their shopping lists :)

  10. Peter Everett
    September 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Zelda.. the best games of my childohood

    • Dave Parrack
      September 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      I think we all have a Zelda game that resonated with us. That's the sign of a fantastic series.

  11. Austin
    September 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Nice list, the Wii has some amazing games often overlooked because of the console's bad perception it has for many gamers. You did mention them, but the first Super Mario Galaxy and Skyward Sword are also must plays in my opinion. Also, I found a type, you called it Skyward Song, not Skyward Sword, but nice list :) There's a few games in here that I haven't tried and might try to pick up sometime.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      I had limited space, hence the mention of prequels and sequels as a side-note. Arrgh, a typo, I'll beat myself around the head a few times as punishment. I'll also ask an editor to fix it. Thanks for the spot :)

      • Dave Parrack
        September 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        Typo fixed!

  12. Allyn
    September 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    the "Rune factory" series and fire emblem: radiant dawn. your list is a little incomplete.
    by my terms.. anyway xD ^^

    • Dave Parrack
      September 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Of course there are more than these 10 out there that could be deemed must-play, but I pared it down to what I consider the best of the best. :)

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