28. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Many gamers saw putting the entire story of Luke, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Star Wars cast through a LEGO filter as a gamble, but it paid off so well, it started a new trend in casual gaming. With an updated and complete series in one pack, each part of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga was better than the last.
27. Trauma Team
Instead of a lone doctor fighting man-made diseases and super terrorists, Trauma Team puts players in the role of six different doctors, each with their own specialties and medical areas of expertise. Ranging from surgery to forensic examinations to preliminary diagnosis, Trauma Team puts you through many steps that precede and follow a medical case -- each with a unique mix of puzzle solving and delicate motion control gameplay.
26. Mega Man 10
Thankfully, Mega Man 10 is nowhere near as difficult as Capcom's previous 8-bit throwback to the series' NES days. Packing a new "Easy Mode" for gamers who need a walk in the park before riding the roller coaster, Mega Man 10 also comes with several gameplay elements packed in from the get-go.
25. Bully: Scholarship Edition
In Bully: Scholarship Edition, Bullworth Academy had more classes, more missions, and more craziness for Jimmy Hopkins to deal with -- and it was every bit as hilariously charming as it was before. With new mini-games clearly based on already-existing Nintendo games, you could actually learn something by going to class, and precise hand-to-eye coordination was just one more talent that you could use to get a passing grade from Hopkins's crazy teachers.
24. Boom Blox Bash Party
While the first Boom Blox game proved to be a surprise hit for the Wii, its sequel was expected to repeat the same innovative and groundbreaking experience that reeled in both casual and core gamers. Boom Blox Bash Party, like the previous game in the series, features various levels that task players with knocking down colorful towers of blocks, netting as many points as possible in the process.
23. WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Wario is at his best in bite-sized minigames, and Smooth Moves proves to be no exception. The Wii's take on WarioWare challenged us with gameplay that tested our reflexes with tons of motion-based tasks, such as parrying sword thrusts or guiding Fox McCloud's Arwing through an SNES battlefield. If you've got friends over, there's nothing more fun than watching them flail around in a vain attempt to keep up with this addictive Wii game.
22. Metroid: Other M
A joint collaboration between Nintendo and Team Ninja, Metroid: Other M acts a bridge between the events of Super Metroid and Metroid Fusion. Shortly after dispatching Mother Brain and witnessing the death of the Baby Metroid, Samus escapes the Planet Zebes and winds up recovering on a Galactic Federation spaceship. Shortly after, the bounty hunter answers a distress call from a derelict "Bottle Ship," and stumbles upon an old mentor and new threat.
Taking the gameplay in much more action-oriented route, the combat is a mix of third-person and first-person combat. No other Metroid game features mechanics that allow Samus to grapple enemies with chokeholds, kicks, and brutal finishing moves, showing Team Ninja's handiwork at various key points in the adventure.
21. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Travis Touchdown may have been the Number Assassin at the end of the first No More Heroes, but Desperate Struggle puts the beam katana-swinging, pop culture-riffing protagonist back on bottom in short order. With Travis gone from the fighting game for three years, the villainous Pizza Bat corporation takes over Santa Destroy and orchestrates a plot that results in the murder of Travis's best friend. That's all motivation the 51st ranked assassin needs, as he sets out to topple Pizza Bat's evil CEO.
20. Little King's Story
For a game that looks ripped from the pages of a children's book, Little King's Story has a cute exterior that hides a deep and immersive experience rivaling the best Wii games, including the likes of Pikmin, Animal Crossing, and many real-time strategy titles. Starting from a tiny corner of the world, players take the role of a tiny monarch on a quest to unite the entire globe. Tons of character types and missions to complete are layered over a 30+ hour campaign, and the amazingly unique boss fights punctuate something that's anything but a kid's game.
19. Super Paper Mario
Hitting the Nintendo Wii in 2007, the nostalgia-fest of Super Paper Mario truly changed everything we thought we knew about perspective. The game's main gimmick of spontaneously shifting from two to three dimensions on the fly was pure genius, and developer Intelligent Systems did it with jaw-dropping finesse. Moreover, Super Paper Mario also brought back classic levels and memorable characters that were clearly styled after their 8-bit origins, mixing things up with entirely new gameplay, puzzles, and challenges. Sure, this game was meant to hold Nintendo fans over until Super Mario Galaxy finally got out of the gate, but it proved to be a leading act all by itself.
18. Mario Kart Wii
No matter what kind of Nintendo fan you are, there's something for everyone in Mario Kart Wii. For the dedicated fans of the series, there's plenty of classic tracks remixed with a glorious Wii sheen. For newer fans, there's plenty of crazy new tracks to explore and crash through, as well as the addition of motorcycles for those feel the urge to pop a wheelie after winning a heated final lap. And for go-karting veterans who frustrated other gamers by snaking through Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii has an online mode that's 100 percent tailor-made for you to practice your cheap racing tactics against hapless speedsters.
17. Monster Hunter Tri
Monster Hunter is one of the most successful mass multiplayer action RPGs around, but its release on the Nintendo Wii is a surprise success for several reasons: voice chat, four-player quests, and impressive graphics. Monster Hunter Tri has several key features that normally wouldn't be praised on a Wii title, especially considering that we're talking about a console not traditionally known for accessible online play. Leave it to Capcom to make lemons from lemonade, though, as this installment in the franchise retains the series' addictive appeal.
16. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
While the first Sin & Punishment was relegated to "import only" status before its Virtual Console release, Star Successor is thankfully available everywhere, thanks to the efforts of Treasure and Nintendo.
As with the first game, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor is a unique, action heavy on-rails shooter that pits you against massive swarms of enemies. Interestingly, this title doesn't conform to a single control scheme, meaning that players can use their Wii Remote, Wii Zapper, Classic Controller, or even the GameCube controller -- all without a single hitch in the gameplay.
15. Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Oddly enough, Muramasa is one of those games that seems like it requires you to be swinging the Wii Remote like a spastic maracas musician. Thankfully, the team of Vanillaware and Ignition Entertainment realized that they'd be indirectly responsible for millions of broken TV sets, and kept Muramasa simple. Set against some of the most breath-taking artwork we've ever seen in any Wii game, The Demon Blade tells the feudal-era tale of Kisuke and Momohime, an amnesiac shinobi and a possessed princess, set against the backdrop of some wickedly awesome figures in Japanese mythology. Simple controls, light-speed katana-clashing combat, and award-worthy visuals easily make this Wii game a must-have for your collection.
Okami was the definition of buried treasure when it was released for the PlayStation 2. From various "Editors' Choice" awards to near-universal praise across the globe (even netting perfect scores from GamePro, Eurogamer, and the now-defunct Newtype USA), nearly every publication heaped praise on Okami for its wonderful design and innovative calligraphy-based gameplay system. With its second release on the Wii, gamers once again had the opportunity to witness Okami's refreshing watercolor art style and Legend of Zelda-inspired combat as they helped sun goddess Amaterasu save classical-era Japan from darkness. Sadly, this port is still undervalued, yet one of the highest rated games to ever be released on the Nintendo Wii.
Gore, blood, and dismembered bodies probably aren't the first things that come to mind when you think about the best Wii games around. But then again, MadWorld is pretty much five miles out in left field when compared to the rest of this lineup. Touted as a rare M-rated title for the Nintendo Wii, MadWorld put you in a "Kill or Be Killed" world that delivered deliciously dark ways to murder, maim, and mash the living Hell out of anyone who gets in your way. By far, some of our favorite moments include the "Bloodbath Challenges," like Rocket Reamer and Man Golf. Oh, and stepping up the difficulty just makes the game even better, so don't wuss out.
12. Mario Strikers Charged
Hey, it doesn't matter if you live for the sport or if you don't know that a good shin guard can prevent soccer cleats from breaking your bones, Mario Strikers Charged is some of the most fun to be had on the Wii. There's a reason we still love this game here at GamePro HQ, well over two years since it's arrived in our office. The fast-paced arcade play is extremely balanced, with every character offering distinct advantages and disadvantages. All of the items are set at the exact right power, too -- good enough to provide a potential advantage, but still something that can be overcome with enough skill. Mario Strikers Charged is the best arcade-style soccer game we've ever played, and one of the best Wii games you'll be able to share with your buddies.
11. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
Before Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars showed up on the Wii, the system arguably didn't have a quality fighting game outside of retro releases on the Virtual Console. Thankfully, TvC is every bit the brawling experience that hardcore fans would want, yet flashy and open enough for the casual punchers out there.
In a decidedly Japanese-spin on the traditional "Capcom Versus" formula, TvC features several characters from the Tatsunoko anime studio. As a result, the roster runs the gamut from more recognizable heroes -- like Joe the Condor and Jun the Swan from Science Ninja Team Gatchaman -- to downright obscure anime icons like Karas and Casshan.
10. Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby's Epic Yarn is one of the most unique looking Nintendo Wii games on shelves, as well as a noteworthy change of pace for the titular pink hero. Taking place in a world know as Patch Land, Kirby's Epic Yarn sports levels, characters, and scenery that all look like part of an elaborate patchwork collage. It's not just the style of the game that's changed either, as Kirby has also gained the ability to morph his new yarn string body into various objects, like cars, parachutes, and even giant robots.
Kirby's Epic Yarn also sports realistic visuals in the sense that everything looks like it's cut from real cloth. By unraveling bits of scenery or exploring the layers of fabric in various levels, Kirby can manipulate various sections of the game for some intriguing puzzle-solving.
While it took Little Mac a pretty long time (about 15 years!) to get back in the gym, a few rounds with the new Punch-Out!! proves that the champ isn't showing many signs of ring rust. Reuniting the Nintendo Club with their favorite boxers from around the globe, Punch-Out!! pits you in the ring against old opponents like King Hippo, Piston Honda, and even that French wimp Don Flamenco. Surprisingly, the new Punch-Out!! also throws a few new things out for longtime fans, like a hotly-desired head-to-head mode and the ego-stompingly difficult Title Defense mode. Think Von Kaiser was a pushover the first time around? Don't lose your drive after he takes away your Championship Belt.
8. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
It's hard to imagine that Nintendo could out-do the perfect blend of action-packed brawling and nostalgia present in the GameCube's Super Smash Bros. Melee, but amazingly enough, the company managed to pack in more moves, better characters (including two long-requested third-party kings in Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake), and online play! Whether you're playing online with strangers, in the same room amongst friends, or by yourself in the new expanded single-player Subspace Emissary mode, Super Smash Bros. Brawl will entertain and recall fond memories for hours on end.
7. Metroid Prime Trilogy
Each single Metroid Prime title on its own is worthy of being in any Wii game collection, so it's a no-brainer to include the full Metroid Prime Trilogy collection in the top ten of our Wii countdown. It just goes to show how a change in gameplay can wildly improve even the best titles, as both Prime 1 and Prime 2: Echoes got the motion control treatment from Nintendo & Retro Studios, as well as improved graphics and better special effects. In this economy, getting three games for one is a great deal, and thanks to the technology of the Wii, joining Samus Aran in her epic battle against Dark Samus has never been more exciting.
6. Dead Space: Extraction
Just like the Necromorphs that inhabit the dark corridors of the USG Ishimura, Dead Space: Extraction revived the rail-shooter genre from death in a truly exciting-yet-horrifying fashion. A prequel to the smash-hit Dead Space, Extraction tells the story of the unfortunate colonists that triggered the events of the main game. Using the Wii Remote as an aiming recule, Extraction throws all manners of ungodly space gore at you every step of the way, and it even gives the player the ability to control the camera and utilize hand-to-hand attacks and secondary fire, much like the control scheme of the original game. In fact, we liked Dead Space: Extraction so much, it rates a solid 5 out of 5 stars on GamePro -- and trust us, it's just that good.
5. Wii Sports/Wii Sports Resort
For about a week, screams of childish excitement would frequently penetrate the walls of GamePro HQ at ungodly hours of the morning. Without having to say a word, the rest of us knew that Wii Sports was back in town. Building off the addictively engaging style of the record breaking, industry-changing Wii Sports, Nintendo's beachside sequel introduced a ton of new activities for gamers to try, including swordplay, archery and table tennis. Precise control also played a key point in Wii Sports Resort, as Nintendo packaged the game with Wii MotionPlus technology, which took a lot of guesswork out of the gameplay. Whether you're playing Wii Sports or its worthy sequel, you're enjoying the purest Wii workout you'll ever get.
4. Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
Many people considered Resident Evil 4 to be a perfect game when it was released on the GameCube and PlayStation 2 in 2005. When the Wii Edition released two years later, gamers everywhere were raving about the improved control scheme, courtesy of the Wii Remote and Nunchuck. Fighting off hordes of Las Plagas was more intense than before, especially since every time you trembled, your aim did too. Sure, RE4 came out on two platforms before the Wii, but for diehard horror-survival fans in search of the ultimate Resident Evil 4 experience, they should look no further than the Wii Edition, which was more intense due to the aiming/shooting/stabbing mechanics that graced Nintendo's gusty little console.
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Looking at New Super Mario Bros. Wii, a cynic would just call this title just a port of New Super Mario Bros. DS slapped into a Wii disc. Not only is such a statement 100 percent incorrect, it's also completely short-sighted of the charm, ingenuity and nostalgic feel that this multiplayer madness can bring to a crowded room. No matter how many times we see it, the story is still winner: Princess Peach is kidnapped for the umpteenth time by Bowser, no surprises there. But this time, Mario and Luigi have to deal with both the Koopa Kids and Bowser Jr., along with some of the most challenging platforming levels you'll see in any Wii game. What compounds the whole thing is playing with our friends, as you can either help or hinder your pals in Coin Battle mode, or just play through the main game, fighting over Fire Flowers. Your best friend will become your worst nightmare.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
How do you ensure a successful console launch, especially when said console features a unique control scheme that's completely different from one that gamers have become accustomed to? Step One: Bundle a fantastic game -- Wii Sports -- into the box. Step Two: Release a title from one of the most beloved franchises in all of gaming. That was the one-two punch combination Nintendo employed to ensure the Wii's success.
The Legend of Zelda franchise is so revered that anything less than an instant classic would have been seen as a failure. Thankfully, Twilight Princess lives up to the high bar set by previous titles. It's an absolutely stunning game, with gorgeous graphics, clever level designs and a great dose of action.
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
While visually identical to its predecessor, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is actually a very different title, both in content, structure, and gameplay. Even the formula is similar -- Bowser, King of the Koopas, invades the Mushroom Kingdom for the umpteenth time and kidnaps Princess Peach. True to the "Galaxy" moniker, Super Mario Galaxy 2's gameplay is largely founded on gravity, or rather, the manipulation of it. Depending on the size of a planet, Mario can jump far enough to break orbit, and in some case, use gravitational pulls to solve tricky puzzles.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 also brings new power-ups to the familiar gameplay, including standouts like the Rock Mushroom and the Cloud Flower, just a couple mechanics that greatly expand the Mustachioed Marvel's natural talents.
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