Top 10 Wii games to play by yourself


wiialone.jpgBefore it was named Wii, Nintendo’s latest console was being promoted as a system you would play with others. Mini-games and party titles account for the majority of the Wii’s software line up, but what about solo gaming? Behold, the top 10 Wii games to play alone:

10. SSX Blur
With controls that made you say “the Nunchuck can do that?” when they weren’t making you crazy, SSX Blur is a great game to get lost in by yourself. Sure, the game has a fun multiplayer mode, but having all that beautiful screen real estate to yourself is a huge plus.

9. ExciteTruck
Much like SSX Blur, ExciteTruck boasts some fun two-player racing. Filling up a widescreen TV with constantly changing terrain and jamming to your MP3s is even more fun on your own.

8. Sonic and the Secret Rings
Love him, hate him, or tolerate him, Sonic’s Wii debut let you bust up a variety of solo player missions at mind boggling speeds. Mini-game modes almost detract from this title.

7. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition
One of the first M-rated games for Wii, it gave us a taste of a free-roaming world while letting us get our hands dirty. Probably want to play this one alone so nobody sees the sweat on your brow as you shake down, not to mention strangle, some chumps.

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Another game with immersive controls in a free-roaming world. A lively castle with no loading as you run about definitely kicked some life back into to this stale gaming franchise. Though, playing this game is kinda like that joke about riding a scooter … it’s a lot of fun till your friends find out.

5. Elebits
Trashing a house with a gravity gun hasn’t been this fun since Half-Life 2. Playing with a friend is a blast, but creating your own Rube Goldbergian levels in this game can suck you in for hours and hours.

4. The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess
A game that most of the first Wii owners probably bought along with their consoles last winter, this overly-epic retelling of Link’s adventures is a great trip to go on, but not much fun for friends to watch. Using the Wiimote for aiming and shooting made this a truly personal experience.

3. Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Maybe your friends don’t like the site of blood (or GUILT), maybe they’re turned off by soap opera story lines, or maybe they’re just jealous of your surgical skills. You know that Dr. Stiles and Dr. Weaver could never use the Healing Touch without your help. Trauma Center adapted the DS game perfectly around the Wii Remote’s unique abilities.

2. Super Paper Mario
With a story line as grandiose as any Paper Mario game before it, the dimension flipping antics of Mario and his team made for a satisfying tale. The sheer amount of hilarious dialog to be read would be enough encouragement to play this game by yourself.

1. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
The first truly great single-player game built exclusively for Wii, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption really got it all right. Controls, graphics, story, voice acting, music, and more … just no multiplayer! But it’s certianly a game that doesn’t need group gaming to prove itself.


  1. I think there’s about 4-5 VC title’s I’d rather play than half of the games on that list. I really didn’t like Sonic. Harry Potter had a few good things going for it, but awful camera and controls. SSX Blur just isn’t my type of game.

    I’d put “Punch Out”, “Link to the Past” and “Super Metroid” in their place.

  2. Where is Resident Evil 4? It’s clearly better than most of the games on this list, even if it’s a port.

    And I have to agree with Drew, most on this list don’t excite me much at all. 1, 2, and 4, and I throw in RE4 well above any of the rest. The only other one on this list I’d consider is ExciteTruck, it’s a bit above average. The rest I’ve played and wasn’t particularly impressed with any of them.

  3. David, you forgot the Wii Opera Browser on your list of Top 10 Wii games to “play by yourself”!

  4. Hehe, gravity guns in Halo 2, I think there’s a freudian slip in number 5 :p

    Although saying that gravity guns in Halo 2 would be pretty funny.

  5. @Masheder – not sure about Freud, maybe just ‘lazy writer’ .. thanks for catching that, I meant Half-Life 2.

    And at InvisibleMan – I’m not sure what you’re insinuating .. oh .. wait .. no.

  6. 1 through 5 are the five best games on Wii, period. Every Wii owner should own all five of them.

  7. Wow, you put MP3: Corruption at #1! How original!

  8. This is an excellent list.

    I usually find myself playing games by myself, and playing FF games all the time, can get a bit boring. So, I am thinking of renting Sonic first, before buying it.

  9. I’ve played all, except 6 & 3 and they are all great games! RE4 needs to be there instead of elebits tho…

  10. I had a feeling MP3 would come it on top… πŸ˜›

  11. The Metroid series has built itself on isolated single player experiences. Not surprised it was number one. I would take out Elebits and put in Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition.

  12. The top 3 games haven’t been released in New Zealand yet! Cry.

  13. MP3 can come up on top of any “best 10” list!!

    David… I think you got my little joke… πŸ˜‰

  14. Also, does David really feel that Trauma Center and Super Paper Mario are better solo experiences than Twilight Princess? Geez, SPM was good, but not mind blowing.

  15. I agree with most comments, and 1-4 are the one’s I’d keep, and put RE4 in there. Maybe you should have just limited your list to Top 5. And a couple are out of order.
    1. MP3
    2. LOZ:TP
    3. RE4
    4. SPM
    5. TC:2ND OP

  16. @DrewMG – Yes. I finished those games quickly and had a lot of fun along the way. Twilight Princess was enjoyable, but I found it less attention grabbing than TC:SO and SPM.

  17. I just find it a bit weird that you slipped those two ahead of Zelda with little to no explanation. I’d think that saying Trauma Center is better than Zelda is worth an article in and of itself, let alone Super Paper Mario.

    Just please don’t write an article comparing Trauma Center to Bioshock.

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