Nintendo’s Wii console is an unqualified success in the gaming industry. According to a website, nearly 14 million households in the United States now own one. An unfortunate consequence of the console’s huge success is the large numbers of sub-par developers hoping to capitalize on its popularity by producing low-quality games.
Fortunately, excellent games exist for the console and this guide should help those interested in differentiating between worthless shovelware and a high-quality gaming experience. Any of these three games would make an excellent choice as a holiday gift or for anyone simply looking for a good-quality title.
Super Mario Galaxy
Easily the best game for the system, Super Mario Galaxy is the first game since Super Mario 64 to approach its predecessor’s quality. Mario Galaxy garnered fantastic reviews from the entire gaming community. Miyamoto’s first true Mario platformer for the Nintendo Wii is among the best games currently available.
In Super Mario Galaxy, gamers guide Mario on a perilous quest to once again save Princess Peach from the clutches of his arch-nemesis Bowser. Mario travels to various creatively-designed worlds featuring amazing puzzles that take advantage of the game’s excellent gravity mechanic.
Each level is a tiny galaxy unto itself, and Mario must make his way from planetoid to planetoid, defeating enormous bosses and collecting powerups that transform him into various useful forms. Super Mario Galaxy is truly a must play for any Nintendo Wii owner.
Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess
The Nintendo Wii was the first console ever to launch with a Zelda game available on day one. For many, Twilight Princess was the reason to buy a Wii.
In Twilight Princess, players help protagonist Link make his way through a beautifully-crafted overworld and the terrifying Shadow Realm in order to save Princess Zelda and the entire land of Hyrule from an evil darkness. Twilight Princess blends excellent melee combat with in-depth puzzle solving action to create one of the most compelling games in the Zelda series.
Any fan of puzzle solving or RPG games would do well to give Twilight Princess a try. Few games deliver as compelling an experience.
Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Super Smash Brothers Brawl is a unique and compelling twist on the fighting game genre. Players take control of a huge roster of Nintendo favorites including Mario, Samus Aran, and Donkey Kong as well as guest stars including Sonic the Hedgehog to battle one another on various amazing single-screen stages. The goal is simple: forcibly remove opponents from the stage by first weakening them with melee and special attacks and then launching them off screen.
The violence in Smash Brothers is comic in nature; characters attack one another with fireballs, magic wands, and baseball bats. The game is suitable for gamers of all ages and playing Smash Brothers with three friends is one of the most amazing social experiences in all of gaming.
There’s a reason this list is comprised of Nintendo’s first-party titles. When it comes to developing for their systems, nobody makes games like Nintendo does. With a few rare exceptions, Nintendo’s first-party lineup delivers consistent high-quality games. Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl are the best the Wii has to offer.