You can’t go wrong with these great value Wii games. If the game is featured here, it’s worth buying. For more of this, please see Every Wii Game I Ever Paid For

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MadWorld

Nintendo chainsaw massacre.

Critically acclaimed yet virtually ignored by the masses, MadWorld is an ultra violent third person brawler, developed by Platinum Games and published by SEGA. Presented in black and white, MadWorld tells the story of main character Jack, a mean mother who has been cast in the violent survival game show, Deathwatch. Really there’s not much more to MadWorld than running around killing people in the most imaginative ways- the more thought you put into your kills the more points you earn. There’s some hilarious boss battles and some rude and very funny commentary by John Dimaggio (Bender from Futurama) as well as some shockingly violent ways to dispose of the enemy. The main game is short and sweet, so for under $20 MadWorld is a great afternoon’s entertainment but be warned, it’s easy to see why it received an MA15+ rating.

 

WORMS: Battle Islands

Got worms?

From its origins on the AMIGA platform to the flawless WORMS: Armageddon on Nintendo 64, TEAM 17‘s WORMS franchise has definitely stood the test of time. Unfortunately for Wii owners, the last installment in the series, WORMS: A Space Oddity was a serious disappointment- due to poor controls and a silly user interface. Thankfully, WORMS: Battle Islands takes the series back to basics, allows players to do what they want in a WORMS game. Name your teams, access your weapons easily, etc. all by using the Wii remote on its own, or with the nunchuck, but with none of the ridiculous motion controls that let Space Oddity down. WORMS is turn based strategy, control a team of worms which you get to name individually, use a variety of weapons and tools to have the last worm standing and win the match. It’s simple and fun- especially with two or more players. Anyone wanting a decent WORMS experience should look no further than WORMS: Battle Islands  on Wii. Pick it up for under $30.

 

Grand Slam Tennis

Best tennis game ever? We can be serious.

Wii Sports Tennis is undoubtedly the most played tennis game of all time, thanks to it being a freebie when you bought the Wii, which has now sold over 100 million units worldwide. Since it’s launch, we’ve waited for someone -anyone- to make a game worthy of taking the title from Wii Sports as Wii’s best tennis experience. And then we waited some more.

Finally last year EA Sports delivered Grand Slam Tennis, which is not only Wii’s best, but the best, tennis game available. Create your own player or use one of the many real world stars, including some golden oldies like John McEnroe and Pat Cash. (Cash even commentates the game, including the matches he is playing in!)

Work your way up through the ranks to become Grand Slam master, jump right into an exhibition match, or mix the rules up in party mode with up to 3 friends. There’s also an online match system that works flawlessly (a rarity here in Australia). Grand Slam Tennis is all about the control, and although it isn’t required, the game is compatible with Motion Plus, allowing for perfectly fliud movemtent and control. There’s a steep learning curve and it takes more getting used to than Wii Sports tennis for example, but stick with it and you’ll see just how accurate and satisfyingly nuanced the controls are. You’ll be slicing and lobbing like a pro in no time. If you’re thinking about a sports game or you’re any sort of tennis fan- at about $40, Grand Slam Tennis is really the only way to go, especially seeing as there is no Playstation Move or Kinect Tennis game better.

Super Mario Galaxy

It’s Mario’s greatest adventure yet.

No figure in video game historyis more iconic or popular than Mario. Since 1983 he’s been wowing audiences with his incredible adventures and continues to do so today- and with games like Super Mario Galaxy it’s easy to see why.

Simply put, Super Mario Galaxy is as close to gaming perfection as you could ever hope to get. And it’s one for all ages- newcomers will enjoy seeing the game’s ending by running, jumping, flipping, flying, swimming and skating through the brilliantly designed levels to collect 60 stars and see the game’s spectacular ending.

More seasoned players will enjoy scouring every corner of the 20 plus galaxies for 100 percent completion and a long overdue ‘bonus’ at the end of the game. Priced at around $50 and with a sequel already available, there has never been a better time to experience the joy and the wonder that is Mario Galaxy. There’s nothing much else to say because there’s no contemplating the fact that Mario Galaxy is one of, if not the greatest games ever made, and if you own a Wii you should go out and buy it right now. Mario Galaxy 2 is out too, and has a gamerankings.com rating of 97.25%, making Galaxy and Galaxy 2 the 3rd and 4th highest rated games EVER.

Mario Kart Wii

The game that created a genre just keeps getting better.

Mario Kart Wii is the fast, furious cartoon racing game that spawned a whole new gaming genre- the kart racer. It’s a simple formula: vehicles + weapons + outrageous tracks = addictive fun. And it’s addictive fun for everyone, which is a very good thing. For starters there’s a difficulty level and a control scheme to suit all players- turning the Wii remote on its side or snapping it into the included Wii wheel is a great way for beginners to learn the tracks, while plugging in a nunchuck provides seasoned players with that extra level of tightness in the control. There’s also support for Gamecube controllers.
Knowing the tracks and knowing what each weapon and item does (and when to use them) is the key to becoming a decent Mario Kart player. For more on how to play, you can check out our Mario Kart Wii: Get Good In No Time guide here.

Mario Kart Wii also features one of Wii’s more robust online components. Playing against up to 11 other people from around the world is a great way to practice and learn not only the tracks and items- but also how other human opponents play the game. You’ll also earn or lose points based on your online performance, and it’s kept reasonably fair by automatically pitting you up against players of a similar skill level. You’ll also get to see what country each of your opponents comes from via a spinning map of Earth. It’s a great touch, and you’ll get a buzz from knowing you’re out there representing Australia on an international stage. You can also go online with a friend via the two player spit screen option, but unfortunately, (and inexplicably) the second player only appears as a guest, and doesn’t accumulate points.

The real fun in Mario Kart Wii, however, comes when you grab some friends and play together in the same room. Two or three people is great, but four player is where the game truly shines- and modern televisions make 4-way split screen much easier to cope with. Mario Kart is the some of the best fun you can have on Wii, and no matter what your experience level or what kind of games you enjoy- you’ll love Mario Kart Wii. And, with the price now around $60, if you own a Wii, you should own Mario Kart. Simple as that.

Battalion Wars 2

War. It’s never been so much fun*.

The original Battalion Wars was released on Gamecube in 2004, and its sequel for Wii has remained largely overlooked since its release in 2007. Those Wii owners wanting a challenging game with full story driven missions should look no further.

Battalion Wars 2 has a charming visual style- it’s war and there’s real guns with real bullets, (something not generally seen in games from Nintendo themselves) but the characters and vehicles have a charming cartoon style- which works wonderfully with the humour and political satire of the story and dialogue. You’ll control your own Battalion across vast and varied landscapes- tanks, submarines, warships, and bombers- and you can take personal command of any soldier or vehicle in your fleet at any given time, while commanding the others to do what you need them to for the good of the mission. This element really adds variety to the gameplay, and there’s a ranking system at the end of each level, so you’ll have to consider your strategy carefully if you want to progress through the game with the best rankings.

This means there’s extra incentive to replay levels and earn a better rank, given you can take control of whatever or whoever you choose. For example, if you earned a C playing as the tank, you could rethink your approach and replay the level as a soldier, sending the computer controlled tank in to do the work. Or you could change between them at different times for different results. It’s great fun and it’s one of the games major selling points. This kind of experimentation will change your game in other ways, too- you’ll only hear the chatter of the foot soldiers if you’re down there playing as one of them, for example.

Control wise it’s point and shoot with the Wii remote, run and drive with the nunchuck’s control stick. It’s fairly straight forward but there are a few niggles- for example when flying a bomber the game encourages you to tilt the Wii remote to turn faster. It doesn’t really help. Also jumping is mapped to a flick of the nunchuck, which can be difficult to time correctly. They’re minor issues and you’ll forgive them quickly enough.

For the most part the graphics are good- above average for an early Wii game, while the sound- with cool explosion and gunfire effects and humourous dialogue, is exceptional too. There’s also online battles and co-op missions to further enhance the replay value. At around $20 Battalion Wars 2 is an absolute steal, and one of our favourite Wii games.

de Blob

Bounce, baby, out the door…

Grab a Wii Remote and nunchuck and play as de bouncy hero, de Blob. Turn monochromatic cityscapes into technicolour wonderlands as you battle the I.N.K.T corporation, and save Chroma City from a bleak future without colour!

It’s silly and simple- roll, jump, and flip around to paint as much of the black and white environments as you can. Painting the landscape and killing bad guys earns you points, and in turn allows you to unlock new areas and progress through the game. There’s a few head scratching puzzles, big boss fights, plenty of humour, and a killer dynamic soundtrack that changes according to how you’re playing.

Simple, reliable controls combined with a bright and charming style make for an original, at times challenging, and thoroughly entertaining game that everyone will enjoy. de Blob features a fast, addictive 2, 3, or 4 player split screen competitive mode to further enhance the replay value. And the best news? It was made by Australian developer Blue Tongue.

I would encourage every Wii owner to pick up a copy of de Blob, because not only are you supporting Aussie game makers, but at around $20 new, de Blob is great value for money. De Blob 2 is also out for all 3 systems, it has a gamerankings.com score of

Endless Ocean 2

Unda tha sea…

Dive into the blue with Nintendo’s underwater adventure game. Search for treasure, heal sick marine life, and discover breathtaking underwater vistas online with a friend using Nintendo’s Wii Speak peripheral, bundled with the game. At $59 this is the next must have for any Wii owner looking for something a little different. It’s point and click gameplay, so it’s great for parents too.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Four player fighting mayhem.

Four player fighting mayhem Nintendo style, Super Smash Bros. Brawl pits all your favourite Nintendo characters together in a lightning fast, chaotic battle royale. Brawl is an incredibly fast, gorgeous, blood free fighting game that takes moments to learn and years to master. With tonnes of weapons, characters, arenas and modes, Brawl represents some of the best value for money on Wii. It’s also a great way to get aquainted with Nintendo’s rich history and impressive line up of memorable characters.

Wii Fit Plus

Helen Mirren AND Olivia Newton John can’t be wrong…

If you own and enjoy the original Wii Fit, Wii Fit plus is a must have upgrade. As well as all the content from the first Wii Fit, there’s a ton of new stuff- balance games, excercises, the ability to structure a proper workout routine, and a more detailed calorie counter and weighing system. Of the new balance games, Skating and Snowball Fight are my picks, and there is one game that requires you to complete an obstacle course suspended in mid air, complete with giant wrecking balls and rolling logs. For me, Wii Fit was all about the balance games, but for the next person it might be about the yoga or strength excercises. If you have a balance board then for $19 Wii Fit Plus should definately be your next purchase. If you’re contemplating getting into the whole Wii Fit craze, there’s never been a better time because Wii Fit Plus is here, and with a balance board should set you back about $99.

The Conduit

Wii’s take on the blockbuster FPS.

The Conduit is a first person shooter, but don’t let the unfortunate box art put you off, it’s quite a good one. Set in the near future amidst an alien invasion and corruption at the highest levels of government, The Conduit delivers one of the best first person shooter on Wii.

Pointing the Wii remote at the screen to aim and look around, and using the nunchuck’s contol stick to move has never been smoother, and there’s also the ability to completely configure every aspect of the control scheme to suit your playing style. Some criticised The Conduit for being too linear and un-original in it’s gameplay, but I say there is nothing at all wrong with a game being linear, and un-original as the plot may be, it’s still good fun, and interesting enough.

What’s more, the game features voice acting by Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo, which is cool… kind of. The main campaign is quite short- but thankfully The Conduit has a robust online component that allows for regional or international matches, with loads of options including game type and weapons, which are voted on before a match begins.The time we spent online was quite good for the most part- although there was some lag, especially when it came to registering your kill.

With all the amazing blockbuster first person shooters out there at the moment, I would still thoroughly recommend The Conduit- pretty graphics combined with the best Wii FPS controls (and Kevin Sorbo!) make the $40 price tag completely worth it. Look out for Conduit 2 coming in April 2011.

Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars

Move over, Street Fighter IV.

Despite the long, and at first difficult-to-pronounce title, Tatsunoko VS Capcom: Ultimate All Stars is Wii’s premier fighting game. Fast, flashy, and at times brutally difficult, TVC combines old school 2D fighting style with spiffy new 3D graphics.

Now, this game is worth buying for the incredibly over the top special moves, amazing lighting effects, and sheer variety of out-there characters- but  more importantly it’s entertainment plus, and it’s rare to see a game that is as much fun to watch someone play as it is to be playing. This makes waiting for your turn quite a lot easier. But be warned- this type of technical fighting game takes months -perhaps years- to master.

Thankfully though, a detailed instruction manual is included, and so is the ability to have a characters moveset displayed on screen while you play, just to give you that little extra guidance. You’re going to need it. Even after playing for a few weeks, we still felt like we had so much to learn and so far to go, but sticking with it and pulling of those super complex moves is extremely rewarding.

Fans of the Streetfighter and Marvel Vs. series’ will recognize the fighting style, and to an extent the control system- as well as Streetfighter favourites like Ryu and Chun-Li, among others. Saying hello to all the Tatsunoko players you probably have never heard of is half the fun- they’re outrageous and very Japanese. Don’t be afraid of the challenge- Tatsunoko VS Capcom is fast, furious, blood-free fighting at its very best.

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What do you think of my list so far? What am I missing? What games desperately need to be here? Let me know by leaving a comment!