Blow out the candles with WiiWare’s top five


If someone had penned a list of my finest exploits by my first birthday, the piece would’ve covered infantile handiwork typical of one-year-olds.

Times I made dookie behind the couch might be a favorite for high-ranking inclusion, for example.

That’s not the case with WiiWare. Nintendo’s download service may not be toddling as confidently as similar amenities on other consoles, but it is making greater strides than most one-year-olds.

It’s not pooping behind furniture, at least.

To celebrate little WiiWare’s first birthday, we’ve taken a sentimental browse through the scrapbooks, baby socks and SD cards, and with a teary eye, we’ve chiseled out a list of the best games on the service.

Oh, they grow up so fast!


  1. I’ve never play Bit Trip beat, so i don’t have much to say about it but otherwise a good list.

    Some favorites of mine also included Artstyle: Orbient and Dr. Mario Rx.

  2. Great list! I haven’t played all of these, but I plan to eventually.

    I’m really enjoying Bit.Trip Beat right now. I’m glad it’s getting the attention it deserves.

  3. I don’t know what exactly should take it’s place. But I’ve always found world of goo to be wildly overrated. The only real improvement over tower of goo is the art and music, except tower of goo was free.

  4. You said it beat Mario Kart Wii on your list but it didn’t. Anyway good list I’m eager to try the games I haven’t played or own yet.

  5. Not a single game with Mario or Zelda in it. I’m kind of shocked there aren’t quality Nintendo products on there. Imagine how awesome a WiiWare Four Swords could be? Or maybe a Mario Party title. I don’t know, I just kind of feel like most of WiiWare is third-party, flash game crap. And I would be more willing to take a chance on something like World of Goo if they had demos.

    Mega Man 9 is awesome, though.

  6. Lost winds doesn’t deserve to be on this list, it was terrible.

  7. Thanks, schmuck. Oversight on my part. Fixed!

  8. Are you from Pittsburgh? I couldn’t tell! Anyway, great list. I agree on all of the above!

  9. Where’s Strong Bad in all of this!? Everyone’s favorite cool and attractive Flash cartoon deserves some loooooove!!

    But he ain’t gettin’ any…

  10. school is finished for the year!! wooo!

  11. now i can play tons of games!!!

  12. Of all the Wiiware games released, the only ones I really care about at all are Bomberman Blast and the soon-to-be-released Contra ReBirth. Most of them feel too much like cheap flash games. I still stick with the VC.

  13. Derek is obviously a very rich, talented, and scholarly man for placing World of Goo at number one.

  14. I agree with Lite – Strong Bad should be on this list.
    Maybe it’s just me being a classic 8-bit fan, but I believe Mega Man 9 should be at the top of the list.

  15. I’d have to say that of this list, World of Goo, Lost Winds, and Mega Man 9 are not only the only ones from this list I’d put on a Top 5 list but they are pretty much the only WiiWare games even worth getting period. Overall I’ve been pretty unimpressed with WiiWare.

  16. I really enjoyed Final Fantasy Crystal Cronicles: My Life as a King.

    Played it; downloaded all of the additional caves and then beat it again. I would play through it a third time but I am waiting for the My Life as a Dark Lord to come out.