Almost ten years ago, my parents drove our family to the next town over to visit a garage sale. We weren’t all that interested in the garage sale, considering we were too young to appreciate treasure hunting. (Now that I’m older that’s changed, and I visit garage sales and flea markets at least once a week). During that weekend, my parents gave us what was possibly the greatest gift of our childhood: a Wii.
Granted, this Wii was used, but it was in fantastic condition. I’m honestly so glad my parents had the idea to buy us one. Honestly, we didn’t even care that it was used. And to tell you the truth, I feel kind of bad for the previous owners because they clearly had no idea what they were missing out on.
Some of the best memories of my childhood and adolescence were from playing on my Wii with my brothers. That’s why today I’ve compiled this list of some of the greatest Wii games to have ever been released.
#1 Super Mario Galaxy
In this game, you play as Mario, who, of course, is trying to rescue Princess Peach while saving the world from Bowser. So the levels in this game consist of galaxies with different worlds and planets. Different planets have different variations of gravity, so in some of the worlds, you can jump super high. You have to collect Power Stars to restore power to Rosalina’s observatory (Rosalina is basically a magician and protects the stars). Think of it as an ethereal Super Mario 64!
#2 Legend of Zelda TP
This was the first game that I ever played through and is still one of the highest-ranking games in the Zelda franchise and one of its best-selling games, too. In this game, you play as Link and can turn into a wolf. You have a trusty sidekick, Midna, who is actually kind of the most important character in the game. You’re trying to help her return to her rightful place as the princess of the Twilight after a usurper stole her place and kind of ruined the world. Its ratings on every single game rating chart out there are near perfect, which is no easy feat. Honestly, this is my favorite game of all time.
#3 Wii Sports
Who knew that a simple game about sports could be such a hit? I know, I wasn’t expecting it either. When I first looked at Wii Sports, I thought it looked really lame. Like a video game for grandmas who needed more exercise. Turns out it was actually insanely fun: you can play tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, and boxing. It shipped out with Wii consoles to help demonstrate the Wii Remote’s motion-sensing capabilities. And boy, it did not disappoint. In fact, it’s the best selling game of all time for a single platform and is the third best-selling video game of all TIME. Think about that! That’s insane! I also had a lot of fun playing Wii Sports Resort, but I will always always always love the original game the most.
#4 Mario Kart Wii
I always thought Mario Kart was really awesome because you could control it with a simulated steering wheel, which was the bomb for younger kiddos like me who weren’t yet able to drive. It’s straightforward and fun without making too many grand edits to the traditional Mario racing game, which is exactly why it’s so beloved! Plus there are so many characters and tracks, which made for really awesome weekends playing with my friends and my family. I always chose Bowser.
#5 Super Paper Mario
I was so amazed by Super Paper Mario’s fun gameplay and plot that I finished it in a weekend. If you’ve never played it, it’s definitely worth a try! It was so original and exciting, at least for me–I loved being able to experience Mario in 2D and 3D! Instead of fighting enemies in a turn-based battle like in previous Paper Mario games, you can just walk right up to a monster and start fighting them. The primary objective of the game is to collect the eight Pure Hearts, one in each chapter. Each chapter contains a different dimension which are all joined at one center, called Flipside.
Alright, this is just my list of what I believe are the best games ever released for Wii. Sorry that a lot of them are Mario games! I guess there’s just some inescapable magic with Mario that’s helped it last this long! Usually, franchises start to fizzle out because of a lack of ingenuity. Anyways, what do you think? How many of you played with Wii when you were younger?