Nintendo Wii: The 10 Best Games

Here's a comprehensive look at 10 of the best video games available on the Nintendo Wii.

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For our "Top 10" Nintendo Wii games, we looked at the best of the library, going all the way back the console's launch. But even with older titles like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess still dominating a good chunk of the list, newer titles like Kirby's Epic Yarn and Donkey Kong Country Returns are still proving that the original motion control console still has plenty of life in it.

Here is our full countdown of the best Nintendo Wii games and where they stand.

GoldenEye 007

Using the original Nintendo 64 game as more of a guideline than a blueprint, the updated Wii version of GoldenEye 007 is a thorough re-imagining of the famous console shooter.

Also, this game is the forerunner to GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, an HD update of this same title. That's a lot of classic Bond.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong and his trusty sidekick Diddy Kong star in DKCR, chasing after an evil army of Tikis that steals their banana hoard and hypnotizes the rest of the island inhabitants. Retro Studios does an excellent job of taking all the things that made the Super Nintendo games great--the barrels, the mine carts, the secret collectables--and give them a modern spin.

The game also offers some of the most challenging platforming in recent memory, but thankfully offers a Super Guide feature if you ever get hopelessly stuck.

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 known 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.

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

As with the first game, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor is a unique 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

Throughout Star Successor's intense single-player game, your small, human protagonists--Isa and Kachi--will face off against missile-packing mechs, robots, and tons of other weird enemies.

Muramusa: The Demon Blade

Starring Princess Momohime and ninja Kisuke, the story focuses on their journey to rid the Genroku era of demons that infest that heartland of Japan.

Through several levels, the hack-and-slash action is complemented by snappy Wii Remote support, although classic controls options are readily available. There's even a collection element at play, as you can collect various swords with different degrees of strength.

Dead Space: Extraction

Using the Wii Remote as an aiming reticule, Dead Space: Extraction throws all manners of ungodly space gore at you every step of the way. It also offers more control options than the common on-rails shooter, giving 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.

For a Nintendo Wii game, it's pretty violent, and even a little scary.

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition

Aside from improved controls, Resident Evil 4 on Wii also packs extra content from the PS2 version that wasn't present in the GameCube version. That includes extra missions, unlockable costumes for Leon and Ashley, plus more.

It's the best version of the game available, and all around a good Wii shooter.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

As the follow-up to the immensely successful Super Smash Bros. Melee, there's more of everything in Brawl. More characters, more story, more special moves, and more content.

Aside from the impressive single player mission, multiplayer is the same four-player fun that it's always been, especially with new roster additions like Meta Knight, Solid Snake, Lucas (Earthbound), Zero Suit Samus, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Of course, 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.

What makes Twilight Princess even more noteworthy is that it opens up a brand new chapter of the series in terms of potential -- Skyward Sword can't come soon enough.

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. Mario, initially helpless to do anything, gives chase as his archenemy flees into outer space, leading into a long journey across various worlds and planets.

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.

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