Happy trails: Ten best Wii games remaining

Remember when consecutive vowels were the most confusing thing about a Nintendo system? Those bygone days when console names didn’t end with text messages?

And U thought a remote seemed like a crazy idea.

Nearly five years have passed since Nintendo launched its revolution, a small white console with a silly name that suddenly doesn’t seem quite so silly. Its pace may have slowed in recent months, but since its phenomenal debut in Nov. 2006, the Wii has cemented its legacy as one of the most important game platforms in history.

As its slumping sales have suggested, however, the Wii is also showing its age. But even with its successor on the horizon, this generation’s top-selling system isn’t ready to hand over the reins. From major franchises to interesting new IP, these upcoming games are the ten most compelling reasons not to sell your Nintendo Wii.

Keep those protective silicon saddles secured, partner.

10. Wii Play Motion (Nintendo)

They say numbers don’t lie. Unless they’re talking about sabermetics, they’re lying. Case in point, Wii Play is the best-selling video game of all-time’at least, of those not bundled with hardware.

Sorry, Mario. I guess a controller doesn’t count.

The point is that very few people bought Wii Play because they wanted Wii Play. They wanted the extra Wii Remote the game was packaged with, which they wanted for games other than Wii Play.

But the funniest thing happened when we got home and tried Wii Play’we had fun with it. Despite poor reviews, it turned out to be an enjoyable minigame compilation with an accessibility and multiplayer appeal not unlike Wii Sports.

Four years later, Nintendo’s $10 controller tax is back in a new form and with a new remote. Wii Play Motion features 12 all-new minigames, and as with the original game, they’re designed as introductory courses to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the bundled’and in this case, extra sensitive and responsive’controller.

It may seem like the Wii line of games has run its course, but if the original Wii Play taught us anything, it’s that surprisingly fun games can come in unlikely packages.

And even controller packages.


  1. you are aware the last mario party was for the wii?

  2. out of the ones that we know for sure are coming (and excluding zelda), mystery case files excites me the most. mini-game compilations…..i’m done, i got enough already, pass.

  3. I was hoping at this year’s E3 Nintendo was going to announce Pandora’s Tower, XenoBlade, and Last Story for the Wii here in North America, that would hold me over till Wii U would come out, but now with only Skyward Sword on my radar for the Wii my PS3 is going to be getting all the attention.

  4. Nice digs, Derek. One I might add: Driver 3. The kids at E3 seemed to speak highly of it, saying it’s not only easy to pick up and play, but addictive. Check it out.

  5. Rhythm games aren’t dead…they’re just regrouping. Yeah, that’s it. I loved DS Rhythm Heaven, and I can’t wait for the Wii sequel.

  6. If I don’t get at least one of those Japanese games in America, I may have to stop dealing with Nintendo altogether.

  7. I… I NEED Last Story.

    😛 Well, you might mean “dealing with Nintendo of America”.
    … as far as I know, Nintendo of Europe gets the games America wants – and America gets the games Europe wants – and Japan gets everything. 😛
    There’s always getting yourself a foreign console. Some even never touch American consoles here in the States. There may be some region-locked exclusives, but it really depends which region’s exclusives you like the most.

  8. Well I bought a Japanese Last Story copy. It was the only way to thanks the creators of this game, because I really like everything that Sakaguchi made it before. Soon I will be unlocking my Wii just to play this game. I am tired to waiting for Nintendo of America.

  9. I really want those three RPGs and of course Zelda. Fortune Street looks pretty promising as well. I can only afford so many games, so this is enough.

  10. Yeah, Skotski, this may be the first time I import the hardware. I got my feet wet importing individual games for GBA and DS since they are region free. Unfortunately, I don’t understand Japanese, so I would have to avoid JRPGs.

    Of course, if gamers in the UK do get JRPGs localized, I could benefit…

    🙂 I wonder how hard it would be to get a PAL Wii U sent to the USA?

  11. All right, i’m sorry if this offends anyone, but i HATED Kirby’s Epic Yarn. When you buy a Kirby game, you expect a Kirby game, not a ridiculous yarn-based fairytale! And narrator, for the most part, seemed to be addressing three-year-olds. That said, i am looking forward to Kirby Wii very much. Stop with the innovation, game companies! As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  12. I can’t wait for Xenoblade and Kirby Wii.

    Zelda… Of course, but I don’t really know what Nintendo is cooking with that one 🙂

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