Nintendo Power has comprised a list of some the greatest Wii games in the latest edition of the publication. The list includes ‘The Must Haves’, ‘The Should-Haves’, ‘The Nice-To-Haves’, ‘WiiWare Essentials’ and ‘Virtual Console Essentials’. So, if you’re looking for a new Wii game to play then you should certainly think about consulting this comprehensive list. What do you think to their choices?

The Must-Haves:

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Little King’s Story
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy
  • Rayman Origins
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

The Should-Haves:

  • Bully: Scholarship Edition
  • Dead Space: Extraction
  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
  • Klonoa
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • No More Heroes 2
  • Punch-Out!!
  • Sonic Colors
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure

The Nice-To-Haves:

  • Disney’s Epic Mickey
  • GoldenEye 007
  • The House of the Dead: Overkill
  • Kirby’s Epic Yarn
  • MadWorld
  • Metroid: Other M
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Rhythm Heaven Fever
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

WiiWare Essentials:

  • Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth
  • Cave Story
  • Contra ReBirth
  • Mega Man 10
  • World of Goo

Virtual Console Essentials:

  • Final Fantasy III
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid

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  1. THE BEST GAMES

    NINTENDO HAS THE BEST EXCLUSIVES. SORRY SONY AND MICROSOFT. YOUR COOL BUT NOT THAT COOL

    BOOO YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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      • I disagree. There’s not much to learn with Galaxy at all…the controls make perfect sense. One could easily do without the first game.

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        • Mario Galaxy 2 was just an expansion on the first game so how is it a new game or even a sequel? All it has is a new map system, yoshi and new maps and thats it. Still the same game.

          Super Mario Galaxy 1 will always be better

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          • Because it has more than enough content and new ideas NOT in the first game to have it be considered a full sequel? It has a new map system, which in these games works a lot better, Yoshi, which goes with the “new content” and new levels, again “new content.” And unless you hated the first game, I don’t see how it being very similar is a bad thing. “Yeah, the first game is awesome, but the second game is the same but better in this way, and that way, oh, and in this way too because of more content…but the first one is better!” Dafuq?

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          • Besides which, what about New Super Mario Bros. Wii? It’s not even a sequel to the one on the DS (that’s coming in August for 3DS), yet it is INCREDIBLY derivative. That one plays it safe, just adds new levels and multiplayer. But there really is nothing new about New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Why is it no one complains about that game being too similar? It’s more similar to NSMB DS than SMG 2 is to its predecessor. Your claims are unbelievably exaggerated.

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            • At this point you kind of expect Mario games to be similar. It’d be nice if Nintendo made a new groundbreaking Mario game akin to Mario 64, but the games are still just as fun now as they were when the original NES classic helped Nintendo become what it is today.

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      • That’s because you played the first Galaxy, therefore, it’s a rather personal complaint. What if someone never played the first one and doesn’t have that nostalgia? Therefore, Galaxy 2 would be a MUCH better experience because they’re getting a game that improved upon the shortcomings of the first game.

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        • True, but who bought 2 without buying one?!
          2 was still fantastic, was alot harder, and they cut out all the dialogue and hub, because most people didnt wana go through that again.
          Only bad thing about it, they changed Bowsers battle theme for Galaxy. When i first heard that music, i came

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          • The people that assume Mario has a story, that’s who.

            I don’t think that’s a bad thing. The music in Galaxy just wasn’t a right fit for Mario games anyways. Glad they toned down the bombastic tunes in Galaxy 2, it has more of a Mario charm that way. If only they could get Koji Kondo involved again and stop hiring other composers to do all the work.

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              • Right, but “Epic” as in “Hollywood theatrics” is not a good fit for Mario. A lot of the Galaxy 2 tracks to me didn’t fit well either, but they were better to me because the “epic”ness was toned down a lot. Not to mention, the soundtrack felt much more original. I could help but feel like the tracks in the first game lacked originality, they just felt too generic. This is why I wish Koji Kondo was still a major composer in the games, not some guy that just composes the hub theme and two other tracks for a couple levels.

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                • I meant epic as in the grand scaleseeing as your in space. Besides,it wasntall big orchestral tracks, remember the bee levelsmusic? Very chilled out.

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                  • Yes, but it was very generic, it lacked creativity. It just felt like they were trying too hard to take advantage of the fact that they have an orchestra, and the fans were easily pleased by it.

                    Indeed, not all the tracks were loud bombastic non-Mario tracks, but they still lacked a sort of creativity, such as Beach Bowl Galaxy in comparison to Galaxy 2’s Starshine Beach. I feel like people just want the loud bombastic tracks and don’t really appreciate creativity, therefore favor Galaxy 1’s soundtrack.

                    Galaxy 2 also had tracks such as Yoshi Star Galaxy (which happens to be composed by Koji Kondo himself, which is why it sounds a lot like Yoshi’s Island music), Puzzle Plank Galaxy, Fluffy Bluff/Cloudy Court Galaxy, etc, each were much more distinct in character and felt more Mario-like.

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            • Wasn’t fit in a Mario game? Well, that’s your personal opinion. Most people agree that Super Mario Galaxy has the best soundtrack in a Mario game ever.

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              • That’s because “most people” hate creativity and just like the soundtrack because it has an orchestra. :)

                I guarantee you nobody would like it had it not been orchestrated. Orchestrated music doesn’t make the music any better, it just makes it orchestrated. What matters is memorable and creative music, and Galaxy 1 really doesn’t have that. Galaxy 2 doesn’t necessarily either, but a little more so than Galaxy 1. I think the reason why people prefer the Galaxy 1 soundtrack is because the whole “orchestral music” novelty wore off, so now they’re actually listening to the music and realizing it’s not so good, but defend the soundtrack in the first game due to nostalgia. ;)

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      • ^ This.

        New Super Mario Bros. on DS was very good, better than its Wii version…but even that doesn’t compare to the 3D Marios, which sadly are far less successful…

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        • What i personally want next from Mario? An open world in the whole Mushroom Kingdom, like merging all the levels to this one huge level. Just this huge landspace that you have free reign over, picking up stars along the way, and then having it change when enough star are gotten. Warp pipes for easy traversal too. Make it happen Nintendo!!

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          • That would be fun. They could also do maybe a 3D Mario game based off Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA). Personally, I just want a 3D Mario kind of like Mario 64/Sunshine where you go find Stars (or whatever the objects may be) in mission-based levels with a nice free-roaming hub with lots of secret levels and secret “collectable-objects”. None of this linear stuff anymore!

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  2. Geometry Wars: Galaxies was a gem. It should have been mentioned. I’m also glad Super Mario Galaxy is above the 2nd one, also I would’ve put it on the Nice-To-Haves. Let’s face it, it was a $50 expansion pack.

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    • But, there was WELL more than enough content in it to call it a whole new game. I don’t understand what’s wrong with the second game. It’s the same, except improves on all the shortcomings of the first, like difficulty, making it a MUCH more enjoyable experience, and cutting out all the crap like unnecessary story lines to just give you a nice game.

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    • Geometry Wars is actually a really fun game, I approve of the first line of your comment.
      The second line, however, I disapprove of greatly. According to your logic, almost every single sequel in existence is an expansion…

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  3. Soon to be more essentials when they bring out the new controller add on called wii u, that makes the games hd. It also adds another screen.

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  4. Where is the Trauma Series, Muramasa, Rune Factory Tides of Destiny, Monster Hunter 3, Fire Emblem, The Last Story, Pandora’s Tower, Lost in Shadow and The Skycrawlers Inoccent Aces games? Epic fail!

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    • Metroid Prime Trilogy is a compilation of the three Metroid Prime games, Metroid Prime, Metriod Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. All three are fantasic games, and if you see it anywhere, for any price, pick it up straight away!

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      • Cant wait for Metroid on the WiiU. Prime was such a good series, and graphically outstanding, so imagining it on WiiU blows my mind.

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  5. The Wii has a decent list of games, and a treasure trove of downloable classics. There are enough games to keep you occupied for a long time, but the list of good Wii games compared to a list for the Xbox360 or PS3 is tiny, and don’t go and say “xbox & ps is all shooters”, when they aren’t. There are so much more for them than shooters, and even then I do enjoy games like Halo, Gears of War, Left 4 Dead, Bioshock, etc. They’re just great games, even if they are shooters. This is why people say “Oh, dur dur dur, Wii has no games”, because there really isn’t as big a quantity of quality games, not to say Super Mario Galaxy or DKCR aren’t quality though. It’s all opinion though, and I enjoy my Wii a lot and is definitely worth the $100 it’s going for now. Oh, and Chrono Trigger missing from the VC list is depressing. Best game of all time.

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  6. Looking at this and all the comments it really is kind of a nice look back and farewell for the Wii :/ bitter sweet, the WiiU will do you proud!

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  7. That’s a very good list. I missed the Wii, so when I buy my Wii U, I’m definitely going to have to pick up some of these games. Starting with Skyward Sword. Leave luck to heaven.

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    • Its funny (sad) how Prime for the Cube got a 4/5 from Xplay because you had to stop to look up and stuff… then when Corruption for Wii comes out and fixes the ‘problem’, they give IT a 4/5. WHY.

      But yeah, if you get Corruption or the Trilogy, you won’t regret it- shouldn’t go for more than $30 (Corruption, I mean).

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  8. That’s pretty accurate, though im surprised Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn wasnt on there at all… at least Brawl is considered a must-have.

    Notice there arent any M games as must-haves

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  9. For me that list is missing games like: Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Trauma Team, Okami and I would put Red Steel 2 in ‘Nice to Have’, and of course Resident Evil 4, the Wii Edition is the best!

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  10. let me put something out there i hope that tasanuko vs capcom 2 comes xclusively to the wiiu i love that game and its way better than marvel vs capcom 3

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      • For no other reason other than to have an exclusive fighter for the Wii-U. I mean, Nintendo systems have missed out on Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs Capcom, Tekken, Soul Calibur, etc. Personally, I could care less for the game being exclusive to the Wii-U, but it would help in giving the system some nice exclusives.

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        • The main reason the Wii missed out on those titles was due to hardware limitations. The Wii U will be more capable thus more titles will be multiplatform.

          Nintendo has many third-party exclusives though.

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          • But, the thing is, it wasn’t just with the Wii. I don’t remember there being a Tekken or a Street Fighter or a Marvel vs Capcom or a lot of other games on the GameCube or the N64 and, honestly, there was NO reason not to.

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          • Nintendo does have plenty of 3rd party exclusives but for every good 3rd party exclusive on a Nintendo console, there’s about 2-3 more on non-Nintendo consoles.

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    • I respect your opinion about that game…but am I the only one who thinks that Tatsunoko v Capcom was like the most shallow fighting game ever? I played it for about a half hour and thought it was one of the worst games I have ever played in my life…just sayin…

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    • Oh my…you’re right! Very underrated, all the TTYD fans hate it, but it’s still a great game, even if it was different. Once you can accept that, it’s a very good game.

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      • TTYD may be my favorite PM game, but Super Paper Mario was fantastic and very much underrated. By far the best story and writing in the series and the gameplay was fun.

        My only problem was the lack of character with the partners/pixls.

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  11. eh, Tatsunoko vs Capcom is fun for a while but gets boring when you get good at it. The character balance is fucking nuts in this game. Online being horrible doesn’t help either. It was nice seeing some underrated Capcom characters like Batsu and Soki again though.

    Glad to see Zack & Wiki on here, insanely underrated and underplayed. It probably would’ve done better as a handheld title though.

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    • “Anonymous Firstly, I’m glad Tatsunoko vs Capcom made the list. It’s a very good fighter and in ways better than MvC3 in my opinion. I see what you mean about it getting boring when you get good at it but playing online keeps the game fun for me. But what I dislike is the wiimote/nunchuck users >.<

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  12. I don’t know why you’re posting this now since NP revealed this about a month ago… anyway, this is a really great list, except I don’t think Bully should be there. I’m not saying it’s bad, but there are other great wii games like No More Heroes 2 and Monster Hunter Tri.

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  13. Um, hello Nintendo Power? Where’s Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn? That’s a Nice-to-Have at MINIMUM!

    I mean, you even gave it a 9.5 out of 10!

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  14. I’ve pretty much played every Wii game of interest but the only ones I am keeping with my Wii U are:

    * Monster Hunter Tri
    * The Last Story
    * Xenoblade Chronicles
    * Skyward Sword
    * Twilight Princess

    Everything else will be sold.

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  15. I have-

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    Mario Kart Wii
    Metroid Prime Trilogy
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    Xenoblade Chronicles

    Bully: Scholarship Edition
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Gamecube and Wii versions)
    Super Mario Galaxy 2

    Disney’s Epic Mickey
    GoldenEye 007
    The House of the Dead: Overkill
    MadWorld
    Metroid: Other M
    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

    Final Fantasy III
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    The Revenge of Shinobi
    Super Mario World
    Super Metroid

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  16. This list is an embarresment smh xbox has like 10 times the number of number 1 must have lol this list is like some inside joke.shovelware r fun -_-

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  17. @nooblet actually halo started on pc earlier thanmetriod and besides doom was before metro prime. Btw id rather metro return to 2d i hate 3d.

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  18. Rayman Origins as a The Must-Haves LOL what a joke, that game is made by shitty French people.

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as a The Should-Haves LOL that game was shit.

    Disney’s Epic Mickey as a The Nice-To-Haves LOL that game was boring as hell.

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword as The Must-Haves LOL that game was OK but nothing special.

    The list that Nintendo Power made is pure fucking crap, just like the magazine itself.

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    • Pretty much every game you listed can go from being decent to amazing, (Yes, I consider Skyward Sword an amazing game and my 2nd favorite Zelda).

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        • Everyone has a different preference and a different opinion. For me, I actually didn’t mind the back-tracking, mostly because I’m so used to Metroid’s backtracking, and I actually enjoyed it because you can explore new areas in the 3 old areas or get things you were previously incapable of doing.

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    • Rayman Origins is one of the best platformers i’ve ever played, and your insulting racist remark makes me want to club you to death.

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      • Rayman Origins is one of the worse platformers i’ve ever played,

        And insulting racist remark?

        LOL

        How can I be racist toward the frogs? .

        Fuck the French and their right wing country.

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    • Oh my gods you are right.

      Also no Majora’s Mask in the Virtual Console Essentials?

      Fuck you Nintendo Power and your shitty magazine.

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  19. No real complaints with this list though I haven’t thought too much about it. Only thing I’ll say is getting Metroid Trilogy isn’t an easy task unless you break $60 so maybe it should be in the must haves for that but whatever; I get it

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  20. It’s really funny to see SMG as a Must have (it certainly isn’t since SMG2 came out it has become a “should have” at best, since there’s almost nothing to do in it compared to the sequel (It’s a “when Mario becomes casual” game, that’s why i never bought it and I never will) SMG 2 is the “must have”). Overall I disagree about many “must have” games anyway (Little King story WTF?), but most (not all) games in that list are indeed nice to have.
    However there’s one game that is a absolute Must have but isn’t in the list : Okami.
    Several others are missing, but it becomes a matter of taste.

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    • And it’s not only Little king’s story or SMG that are f**** up, Rayman Origins and DKCR as “must have” makes me wonder if they’re trolling or not

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