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You probably already own one.
The Nintendo Wii is the 5th best-selling home console of all-time with 101.63 million units sold. Odds are you probably have one in storage or in a box somewhere at your parent’s house. Even better, if you’re one of the few lucky owners of the Nintendo Wii U, you can play Wii games “upscaled” via HDMI.
Nostalgia for the Nintendo Wii is at an all-time high. Many who grew up with this console are in their mid-20s and ready to return to the Wii’s unique game library and motion controls that inspired so many happy memories from their childhood.
They’re easier to mod than ever before.
Anyone that can follow a tutorial can mod a Wii in 2023. Wii.Guide will show you how to unlock your Nintendo Wii’s full potential, using just a computer and an SD Card.
Better yet, this process can also be achieved on the Wii U by modding that system’s internal Wii. And, for added gaming goodness, GameCube games can also we played via NintenDont on either console.
The game library is fantastic, diverse…and affordable.
If you’d rather buy physical copies of Wii Games in 2023, then you’re in luck. Prices are cheap right now. Many of the best games are around $20. Here’s just a small list of Wii games that are nearly perfect and as fun today as they were back then:
- Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
- Kirby’s Epic Yarn (2010)
- Mario Kart Wii (2008)
- Metroid Prime Trilogy (2009)
- Rhythm Heaven Fever (2012)
- Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (2011)
- Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (2009)
- Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (2008)
- Warioland: Shake It! (2008)
- Wii Sports Resort (2009)
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
- Punch-Out!! (2009)
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (2007)
- WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2007)
As always, Nintendo stuck to their gold standard; making fun, colorful, and unique games for the Nintendo Wii.
The Nintendo Wii is a couch co-op multiplayer’s dream.
There are hundreds of fantastic multiplayer games for the Wii to get your friends and family playing together. Plus, if you have GameCube controllers, that system’s entire library can be played as well, including some of the best party games of all time: Super Smash Bros. Melee, F-Zero GX, Super Monkey Ball 2, TimeSplitters 2, and Mario Kart: Double Dash.
The Wii Remote is actually pretty amazing.
Your grandparents loved it, because it was shaped like a TV remote, but hardcore gamers resisted the whole concept of motion controls and the toy-like appearance of the Wii Remote. Today, most of us see it for what it is: a unique, fun, and versatile game controller.
Beyond it’s obvious success with Wii Sports and motion controls, the Wii Remote works exceptionally well for light gun games (Dead Space: Extraction), racing games (ExciteBots: Trick Racing), strategy games (Little King’s Story), and dexterity games (Art of Balance).
Several GameCube games were even remade with Wii Remote support as well, and the added pointer controls made them the definitive way to play those games. Pikmin 1 and 2, Metroid Prime 1 and 2, Resident Evil 4, and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat are best played on your Nintendo Wii with Wii Remote support.
Also, the dedicated speaker inside the Wii Remote was unique to the console and greatly added immersion when used effectively. The survivor horror gem Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was a shining example of this. The already creepy atmosphere of the game was amplified by turning the Wii Remote into a cell phone that you’d held up to your ear to listen to crackly voice messages as you explored the spine-chilling environment. The Nintendo Wii had so many experiences like this that still can’t be found on any other gaming console.
So, dust off your Wii today, start swinging that Wii Remote around, and bring back some of that pure gaming joy from your youth. Even if you don’t already have one lying around, they’re not hard to find for cheap online.