The Wii Sports game had a lot going for it ”” everybody in the family (even Grandma!) loved bowling. And uber-competitive moms and dads got their kicks flinging themselves around pretending to be Pete Sampras in tennis.
But, c'mon, the chance to be in a Home Run Derby (even if your character looked like a Lego figure made out of clay) and hammer the ball out of the park was just too cool to pass up. Especially when you could, if you chose, to get in a real batter's stance and actually swing away. In fact, we think we'll go play a round or two right now...
Let's just admit it. Mario Kart on the Wii was incredible fun because: A) It had a Nerf steering wheel that was way too much fun to squeeze like a stress-ball when you hit a sharp curve and B) You could drink and drive. Some of the tracks were pretty insane too, whether you were drinking or not. Just don't get us started on Rainbow Road. Literally. We'll fall off.
A classic for the tween and toddler Wii crowd (parents just ended up embarrassing themselves and cramping up), the Just Dance pantheon was specifically designed for Wii. In fact, it might just have been the reason the Wii remote even had a hand-strap. There was nothing more humbling to an adult than watching a room full of twelve-year-olds shake and shimmy their way through Rasputin, Hey Ya and That's Not My Name and knowing no matter how hard you committed to working out, you were never gonna get those moves back again.
This one was way harder than its Wii Sports cousin tennis and probably accounted for its fair share of scars and embarrassing crashes. But the opportunity to wear a Hawaiian shirt without fear was never better. Plus the "smash return" was one of the most satisfying moves you could ever do in sports, real or virtual.
You might wonder how Rock Band Wii could be so awesome. Well, for once it's not actually the Wii but the game itself. Rock Band was/is cool on any console, Wii included, and should make every Top Ten list every time. In fact, we think playing your own Fender is pretty darn near incredible, even if the guitar is plastic. But don't even think about taking a bathroom break during Freebird.
This one makes the list because, like all of the best Wii games, the real joy is in playing together, as a group, rather than as a classic "lone" gamer. The cool cooperative setting in this version of Mario Bros. allowed Wii players to work together while leaping and stomping their way through Mushroom Kingdoms galore.
If you wanted to get a roomful of people screaming advice while two idiots jumped up and down and flailed their arms about like a cross between Luke Skywalker and Aragorn, this game was for you. As an added bonus, the loser was sent flying over the edge of the sword fighting arena into the water below ”” cool!
This one was so good that Nintendo brought it back from the gaming grave for the Wii. Everyone's here: Little Mac, Glass Joe, King Hippo and the rest of the boxing gang. And this time, thanks to the virtual controller, the action is super, super fast. A classic that deserved the Wii treatment.
Metroid was already a huge cult gaming classic with a more interesting take on the first-person shooter than most when Wii came out with Metroid Prime 3. What made this one an all-time Wii classic was the awesome controls it offered. That and the fact that, when you got bored, you could use those same controls to roll yourself into a steel ball and cruise around abandoned space stations like a pinball gone AWOL.
Wait a minute. You could have Mario fight Sonic? Solid Snake (of Metal Gear fame) could actually fight Diddy Kong? And all you had to do, like all Smash Bros. games, was knock the other guy off the screen? Challenges were issued; legends were born.