The Nintendo Wii has always had the stigma of being “not for gamers” but the truth is the Wii offers something for everyone. Whether you consider yourself a hardcore gamer, casual, or are just getting your feet wet in gaming, the Wii has a ton of great games that are often overlooked. In this list, we are looking at 5 great games that can be purchased on the cheap. We are not saying that these games should be in everyone’s collection but at these prices, there is no reason not to pick them up. We have tried our best to find Wii exclusives. If any of these games are on other platforms we have chosen to add it here because the unique controls of the wii offer an experience that other systems can not.
Note: The prices of video games change over time. At the time of writing, these games were cheap (generally under $10 used/complete). The prices may be different when reading this. The games here are fun to play and worth a look.
Metroid Prime 3 Corruption – Corruption is the 3rd installment in the Metroid Prime series.. It is another prime example of good motion controls in a shooter (pun intended). The original Metroid series helped defined level exploration in gaming and these aspects translate well into a 3D environment. While you do not need to play the other games in the series to enjoy this game, you should. All three games are critically acclaimed with beautifully detailed worlds and deep storylines that have come along away from simply crash landing on a planet and fighting your way off. The puzzles are deep and involving, the boss battles epicly intense, and it has all the power-ups you could ask for.
FlingSmash – While this game rates low on most reviewers scoreboards and I can understand why. It is definitely worth playing if you know what you’re getting yourself into. Basically, you wave your Wiimote around to fling your character across the screen and break various objects. It is completely mindless and offers no replayability but it is fun while it lasts. I only played Multiplayer and I think it is a must (especially if you have a youngling) I doubt playing alone would be an as good experience. There are power-ups that change the game-play, fun boss battles and thoughtfully designed levels that are just enough to keep you interested. At under $5 it is definitely worth a try for a night of fun with you and a friend.
Super Mario Galaxy – While I wouldn’t consider myself a big Mario fan, I have beat most of the franchise on every system. Super Mario Galaxy is my favorite Mario game. It’s a 3D style platformer that is more the likes of Mario 64 or Sunshine than the classic side-scrolling action. Each level consists of smaller planets that Mario can travel between. The physics are perfect, and they need to be. The game relies heavily on the size and gravity variation from planet to planet which makes for some interesting puzzle solving. This game also introduces Rosalina into the Mario world who has become a frontline cast member appearing in other games such as Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart. It’s so much fun to explore actual “worlds” each with their own unique themes enemies and power-ups. At the time of writing this game is averaging $9.95. If you have ever enjoyed a Mario game you owe it yourself to buy this game.
Resident Evil 4 – I have never been a fan of Resident Evil or survival horror for that matter, but I love RE4. Considered one of the best looking games on the Wii, Resident Evil 4 is pure zombie killing fun that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The story takes place 6 years after the events of Resident Evil 2, but you do not have to play any of the other games in the series to enjoy this thriller. The story sounds weak (you have to rescue the president’s daughter) but that really is just the setup for everything else that unfolds in the small cult ridden town. The Wii’s motion controls really are the best way to play this game. Motion controls are perfect for shooters such as this when executed correctly and it’s a pity that more franchises did not take advantage of that fact. If you have one of those plastic gun attachments, know is the time to break it out. It is also worth noting that the Wii version also has extra content not available in other releases.
Sega Superstars Tennis – Taking notes from the popular Mario Tennis series, this is Sega’s attempt to bring its characters into the arena. Of course Sonic is front and center but if you have been playing games for a while there are some other familiar faces here from franchises such as Super Monkey Ball, Samba Di Amigo and Space Channel 5 to name a few. While this game is available on other consoles, the Wiimotes make this the go-to system for local play. And I say for local play because this is the one version of the game that lacks online multiplayer. The controls are spot on, much like the Virtua Tennis games. There are 8 character and a half dozen levels based mostly on classic Sega franchises. Each player has their own personality and special moves. With plenty of extras to unlock, special modes and tons of mini-games, Sega Superstars Tennis offers hours of fun for both single player and larger groups.