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The Best Wii Game

Last updated on August 12, 2019

We looked at the top 9 Wii Games and dug through the reviews from 95 of the most popular review sites including Cheat CC Game Cube, Games Radar, Worth Playing, Trusted Reviews, GameSpot, WCCF Tech and more. The result is a ranking of the best Wii Games.

Best Wii Game

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Our Picks For The Top Wii Games

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Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall
  The Best Value

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Nintendo Super Mario Galaxy 2

Overall Take

This game packs an entire galaxy full of Mario's adventures into one game. Its vibrant, artistic graphics and variety of gameplay options set it worlds apart from the competition. The 3D camera is a little tough around tight angles, but it's still a fantastic voyage.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus GameSpot, Kotaku, Engadget, Games Radar, Wired, Nintendo Life and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Best Buy and Target.
Pros
" The vibrant artistic design immediately welcomes you into this colorful world, and the catchy soundtrack deftly mixes classic tunes with new compositions to provide the perfect backdrop for your goomba-stomping, star-snatching fun."
Cons
"the music is too often grandiose and it made me feel like I was always playing the game during the opening or end credits of a feature film, the music constantly at a swell."

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Nintendo New Super Mario Bros.

Overall Take

You can't go wrong with a Mario game! Our #1 Wii game offers the first ever multi-player Mario adventure. New power-ups like the Ice Flower and Propellor Suit are a welcome addition. This game is a blast for kids and adults alike.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Common Sense Media, Metacritic, Wired, Kotaku, GameSpot, Nintendo Life and 16 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Best Buy.
Pros
" Playing through the adventure solo is fun, and at times brings back that great old Mario feeling of discovering secrets and pulling off desperate acrobatics with perfect timing."
Cons
"While playing as a group the only annoyance I found was that when another player died, it momentarily paused everyone on the screen to play that brief, catchy death melody. That stutter in time cost me more than a few..."

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Nintendo Mario Kart

Overall Take

Rev your engine for the Wii's take on "Mario Kart." The wheel shell adds a new dimension to an already epic game. The controls are simple to manage but tough to master, and you'll never get bored with 32 unique courses. It's a great buy for players of all ages.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Metacritic, Trusted Reviews, GameSpot, Common Sense Media, Thunderbolt Games, Wired and 14 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon.
Pros
" Mario Kart Wii follows Mario Kart DS by taking the competition online too. As always, hooking up via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service is a breeze, and the game soon finds up to eleven other racers – on your continent..."
Cons
"Nostalgia doesn't save most of the classic courses from being boring."

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Nintendo Mario Party 9

Overall Take

The ninth game in the "Mario Party" series is just as fresh and fun as the first go-round. A balanced mix of motion-controlled challenges and standard minigames use the Wii's features without losing the classic "Mario Party" feel. Not everyone is a fan of Solo Mode, but this game does... Read More

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Pros
" Each board features two boss fights and, much like the majority of the minigames, they are genuinely good fun."
Cons
"The games here are still simple and kid-friendly, but many of them feel much more like Mario experiences, and not just party games that happen to feature Mario-themed skins."
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The Best Overall

Wii Nintendo Super Mario Galaxy 2

Our Expert Score
9.8
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
925 user reviews
Our Take

This game packs an entire galaxy full of Mario's adventures into one game. Its vibrant, artistic graphics and variety of gameplay options set it worlds apart from the competition. The 3D camera is a little tough around tight angles, but it's still a fantastic voyage.

What other experts liked
The vibrant artistic design immediately welcomes you into this colorful world, and the catchy soundtrack deftly mixes classic tunes with new compositions to provide the perfect backdrop for your goomba-stomping, star-snatching fun.
- GameSpot
May 21, 2010 | Full review
While Yoshi levels are restricted to specific galaxies, they're all incredibly creative with a variety of different techniques: some levels use his ability to inflate like a balloon to scale heights and float along large distances, while another gives him...
- IGN
May 20, 2010 | Full review
As with the first, a variety of gameplay styles are offered, offering the player challenges that range from traditional jumping courses to flying races to using tilts of the Wii remote to make Mario drive a rolling ball across elevated...
- Kotaku
May 21, 2010 | Full review
The map also does a good job of clearly differentiating between the "main" galaxies and those designed for more skilled players, placing them on separate branches along its path.
- Engadget
July 20, 2019 | Full review
Some great references to previous Mario games
- Games Radar
May 21, 2010 | Full review
Every level in Galaxy 2 is different from the last. There are level concepts here that are only used once that could be made into full games on their own.
- Wired
May 21, 2010 | Full review
The enemies and characters themselves are also equally impressive, and it's nice to see many familiar faces from Super Mario releases of old strung throughout the game.
- Nintendo Life
May 22, 2010 | Full review
What other experts didn't like
the music is too often grandiose and it made me feel like I was always playing the game during the opening or end credits of a feature film, the music constantly at a swell.
- Kotaku
May 21, 2010 | Full review
Dealing with the general imperfections of a 3D camera
- Games Radar
May 21, 2010 | Full review
Thinner presentation occasionally feels like Mario Galaxy 1.5.
- Wired
May 21, 2010 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wii Nintendo Super Mario Galaxy 2

Overall Score: 9.9
Reviews Included: 10

2. Wii Nintendo New Super Mario Bros.

Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 27

3. Mario Kart Wii

Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 23

4. Mario Party 9

Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 20

5. Wii Nintendo Sports

Overall Score: 7.8
Reviews Included: 9

6. Wii Go Vacation (Bandai)

Overall Score: 7.2
Reviews Included: 11

7. Wii Scooby Doo First Frights (WB Games)

Overall Score: 6.7
Reviews Included: 7

8. THQ Wii uDraw GameTablet

Overall Score: 6.5
Reviews Included: 9

Our Wii Game Buying Guide

The Nintendo Wii is, both literally and figuratively, a game-changing console. The system brought an unprecedented level of physicality to mass-market video games, and it modernized smash-hit Nintendo franchises like “Super Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda.” The only hard part about owning a Wii is choosing which game you’ll play over the weekend. 

Every video game is shaped by its platform, and Nintendo’s best Wii games all capitalize on the console’s motion technology and groundbreaking controllers. Each player uses a wireless Wii Remote (or “Wiimote”), which communicates with your screen using gesture recognition. Translation: You control the onscreen action with a flip of your wrist.  

The best Wii games take advantage of the system’s controls in ways that feel natural. “Mario Kart for Wii” is a great example: Instead of hitting a button to make a sharp turn, you can attach a steering wheel for a more on-the-track experience.  

“Mario Kart for Wii” is one of the console’s most popular titles. It has a massive character roster to choose from, and the 32 unique tracks (with 16 tracks just for the Wii) keeps players guessing at every turn. The Grand Prix, Versus and Time Trial modes are perfect for single players or groups. Battle mode pits drivers against each other in a virtual demolition derby.

The “New Super Mario Bros.” is loaded with fresh power-ups. You can slide over long stretches of icy terrain with the Penguin Suit, reach new heights with the Propellor Mushroom and freeze Koopas with the Ice Flower. 

For the first time in Mario history, up to four characters can play on the screen at once. You’ll blaze through all eight worlds much faster with Luigi and Toad helping you out, then go up against Bowser to save the Princess with time to spare. 

“Mario Party” also still ranks as one of the best multiplayer games in Nintendo’s history. Players choose a character, then take turns rolling digital dice to move around the board. When they land on a space, they might have to play a minigame or challenge other players. The winner earns stars, and whoever has the most stars at the end of the game wins.   

The Wii’s “Mario Party 9” was a fun addition to the series, but it was met with some raised eyebrows. The unforgettable main Party Mode screen got a huge facelift: Instead of players moving around the board like analog game pieces, “Mario Party 9” had them all ride together in one cartoon car. 

Some players like the change of pace, while others feel that the switch up took away from the game’s competitive feel. Regardless, “Mario Party 9” has the minigames and multiplayer madness of its predecessors. 

The first “Super Mario Galaxy” game was a smash hit for the Wii, so Nintendo expanded the game’s story for a sequel. Mario floats from planet to planet in this 360-degree universe, knocking down Koopa Troopas and kicking Goombas into the stratosphere. The standard “Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach” storyline is intact, but this time Bowser is the size of a planet — and it’s up to you to knock him down a peg. Fans love its stunning graphics, nostalgic N64 levels and the return of Yoshi. 

Now that you’ve read our rundown of the Nintendo Wii’s smash hit titles, check out our Tips & Tricks to get the most out of your games. 

DWYM Fun Fact

The Wii remote was unlike any controller Nintendo had ever created. The wireless, motion-sensor technology created a phenomenal gaming experience. Despite the high-end tech inside the Wiimote, there was one thing that Nintendo couldn’t seem to get right: the wrist safety strap. 

The first Wiimotes were shipped out with a loose cable that hung around your wrist to stop your remote from flying out of your hand. Plot twist: It didn’t work very well. The strap was downright dangerous if it failed during a rousing round of golf or bowling. Customers started complaining, saying the Wiimote was flying out of their hands and cracking their TVs or injuring their fellow players. One woman even brought a class action suit against Nintendo, saying that the Wiimote’s faulty strap damaged her 52” TV after flying out of her son’s hand. 

Nintendo quickly released a second strap that had a plastic slider for a more secure fit, but the problems continued — strike two. Nintendo’s third version of the wrist strap had a locking slider, which resolved the issue and let fans get back to their favorite Wii games.

The Wii Game Tips and Advice

  • Before you buy your game, check and see if your it requires any extra Wii accessories. You don’t have to buy the steering wheel accessory for “Mario Kart,” but it makes the game a lot more fun. 
  • Make sure you have enough Wiimotes for friends to come over and join the multiplayer fun. “Mario Party 9” and “Mario Kart” can liven up any get together. You also might want to buy a silicone cover for each Wiimote to protect it from drops. 
  • Find out how old your players will be before you select a game. Our top four picks have content that’s appropriate for all ages, but very young children might get frustrated by fast-paced games like “Mario Kart for Wii”. A slower-paced game, like “Mario Party 9,” will cause less frustration.
  • The Wii comes bundled with a second controller called the Nunchuk. It connects to the Wiimote via a small cable, and its joystick and trigger buttons will help your characters move more precisely. If you buy extra Wiimotes for multiplayer blowouts, you might need to buy Nunchuks.
  • Always loop the strap at the bottom of the Wiimote around your wrist before playing. Make sure it’s securely fastened with a close fit by shortening the strap with its plastic slider. The Wiimote can fly out of your hand if you forget to tighten the strap, putting you at risk for broken windows and damaged controllers.
  • The Wii’s motion-sensor controls make it downright addictive, but make sure you stop and take breaks during long gaming sessions. The repetitive motions can irritate tendons in your wrist, and learning to play with your opposite hand is more trouble than it’s worth.
  • Storing your Wii games in their cases instead of placing them on the TV or a table will prevent scratches that damage your game. You can also wipe down your Wii games with a clean, damp cotton cloth. Make sure you use straight strokes and wipe from the inner rim to the outer rim.

About The Author

Abby Stassen
Abby Stassen 

Electronics can save you a lot of time and add some fun to your day. Abby Stassen is a gadget-head who scours endless online reviews and product specs to recommend the best electronics you can buy. She also loves testing her own purchases at home (especially video games). If a set of headphones or a new tablet makes its way into her heart, you'll also see it in one of her online pieces. Abby has a Bachelor's Degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Michigan. She's been writing professionally for over a decade, and she's been covering electronics for three years.