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Xbox 360 & PS3 Owners who Skipped the Wii, Should pick up These Wii Games on Their Wii U’s

By Furious Francis, editor-in-chief 

The Wii U is out in the US, Australia, Europe, the UK, and is hitting Japan this week. Many Wii U owners might have skipped the Wii generation in lieu of the Xbox 360 and PS3 due to the lack of HD visuals, friends codes, and bad online infrastructure. Thankfully, Nintendo has fixed all the defiencency’s the Wii had while including fully functional Wii into the Wii U. If you didn’t play some of the Wii’s best games, booting those games up on your Wii U is easy, and up-scales the games to 1080p via HDMI. Check out the list of must play Wii games, for your brand new Wii U.

– Wii games need to be played with either Wiimotes or a Wii classic controller. You cannot use your Wii U gamepad or Wii U Pro Controller to play Wii games on your Wii U. 

The Last Story:


From the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, The Last Story is an epic adventure, that has a  unique battle system, fantastic visuals, and online multiplayer. The music is conducted by legendary video game music composer, Nobuo Uematsu. Mistwalker’s Wii debut should not be missed. Check this out on your Wii U for better visuals and sound quality.



Xenoblade is one of the best, if not the best RPG made last generation. The combination of traditional RPG, MMO, and real time battle is one of a kind for console games. The story is a bit crazy, especially at the end, but is very enjoyable. The world is massive, varied, and provides hundreds of side quests to do. If you enjoyed games like: Final Fantasy 12, Guild Wars, Skies of Arcadia, KOTOR, and Lost Odyssey, Xenoblade should be a game you boot up on your Wii U.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade


Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a fast paced action side-scroller, that tasks players to collect a wide variety of blades and switch them gracefully in combat before they break. Each blade has its own unique attributes and special attacks, and the frame rate is rock solid, providing a smooth gameplay experience that is really fun. The hand drawn art already looks phenomenal on Wii, playing it on Wii U is a double bonus.

Mario Galaxy 1 & 2


You can’t own a Nintendo system without playing a proper Mario game. Nintendo thankfully provided us with two core 3D Mario titles on the Wii. Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 are the pinnacle of 3D platformers. Mario Galaxy 1 introduces you to the physics of the world and the type of creative levels Nintendo can only come up with. Then Mario Galaxy 2 takes everything that was awesome about Mario Galaxy 1, times it by ten, then adds more awesome content: like a boss rush mode, final challenge levels, special remixed difficulty worlds, oh and 240 stars, double that of Mario Galaxy 1!

Donkey Kong Country Returns


Retro just knows how to make amazing games. I did not think Donkey Kong Country Returns was going to be as good as it was….. and boy was I wrong. The game is near perfect. Blistering difficulty, multiple boss battles, nostalgic levels and music, secrets, co-op, and so much more. The only blemish is the lack of classic controller use without the homebrew fix.



Punch-Out takes all that was good about the original game and makes it modern, with more boss fights, extra modes, split screen multiplayer, challenges, and Mr. Sandman….. and yes, he’s still harder than hell to beat. Good luck you’ll need it, especially on the remixed title mode.

Super Smash Bros Brawl


Chances are you already played this game in some form, but it’s a game worth having at all times. Super Smash Bros Brawl is good for parties and offers more content that most PS3 and 360 games. Over 30 characters, Hundreds of hours of playtime, custom stages, mini games, special single player modes, multiple difficulties, and more. Super Smash Bros Brawl is the essential Wii game for all Wii U owners.

Red Steel 2


Red Steel 2 is an underrated game. It has a slick cel-shaded presentation, with a blistering fast frame rate that tops 60 FPS at times. As a lone survivor of your clan, you have to seek revenge on your clans murderers. Red Steel 2 was one of the first 3rd party games to really push the Wii’s graphics hard, while using their brand new Wii motion plus device. Players can expect to use the Wiimote to slash and shoot their enemies with accurate precision. The first Red Steel was a piece of crap, Red Steel 2 is nothing of the sorts.

There are more Wii games the Wii U owners can pick up if they missed like: Metroid Other M, The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, Kirby’s Epic Yarn and more. What other Wii games should Wii U owners go back and play? list them below.


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  • Wario Ware Smooth Moves. It's a micro game and it really showcases motion control of the Wii in unique ways. If you don't mind looking like a fool at times with your friends it's perfect.

  • Intel

    The problem I find is that sometimes some just want to complain. No seriously just that they want to complain. Look at Wind Waker. People complained about the art style because it wasn’t the photo realistic Zelda they wanted but I remember that I believe it was Iwata that said just try the game and give it a chance. I did and holy crap it was good no I mean really good. When I saw the facial animations of Link in the canon about to be shot, I knew the word epic would be in store for this adventure. People complained about the art but look how jaw dropping it is to sail from one island to the other. It felt huge. That’s when I put that in my head before you think about it, before you have any reservations about the Nintendo game. Give it a chance. More likely than not you’ll chuckle or have that smile on your face while playing the game and have a great time playing.

  • koopzilla

    It's a pretty big misconception that Wii didn't have any good games. I have over 50 games for mine, and like almost all of them (there's a couple in there I just didn't like).

    You mentioned it at the end, but Skyward Sword was one of my favorites. It's the game besides maybe Wii Sports that really showed off what you can do with motion controls. The art style was probably my favorite in the series as well. I wish they would have used some IR for pointing certain weapons, like the bow instead of motion controls. But even that still works great, just probably would have been a little better using IR. The sword controls were perfect though. And of course Twilight Princess, I'd get that as well.

    I would recommend Kirby's Return to Dreamland over Kirby's Epic Yarn though. One of my favorites in the Kirby series.

    I really enjoyed the Resident Evil Chronicles games a lot. They are just light gun type games, but they go over the history of the series, and they are a lot of fun. They are great with 2 players too. House of The Dead Overkill was also a fun light gun type game.

    A few other good awesome I would recommend are: Super Paper Mario, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, Excite Truck, and Fragile Dreams. Mario Kart Wii is one of my favorites in the series, but the Wii U will probably have it's own shortly. Sonic Colors is a really good game, and my favorite Sonic game since Sonic Adventure 2. Sin & Punishment is a good one.

    And you also mentioned Metroid: Other M. But I'll say don't listen to the extremely vocal minority who constantly cry about this game and talk like it's the worst game ever made, and implore you to never even try it. Try it for yourself, it's cheap, and IMO it's a great game. It's actually one of my favorites, besides Super Metroid, and Metroid Zero Mission. IMO the story is not anywhere near as bad as people say, I liked it except for one part that was pretty stupid. It's really the 3D version of Metroid that I always wanted. Not saying Metroid Prime wasn't great too (for me to say that about a FPS type of game is really saying something too), but I preferred Other M.

    • Titan64

      I never really seemed to figure out the hate Other M got. I mean yeah samus was whiny, but everything else made no sense. The game had awesome gameplay, save for a few spots that made me go WTF. The story was okay to me but not "OMG ITS HORRIBLE". And an awesome secret boss. Another game that seemingly gets hate is Super Paper Mario. I found Super Paper Mario much more enjoyable than TTYD. But anyway, all those games you recommended are fantastic. Especially Kirby's Return to Dreamland. All I have to say to that game is "FLYING DRAGON IN SPACE".

      • koopzilla

        Yeah, I agree. I would like to see a sequel, theres a few things that could be fixed, but it was an overall great game. I thought the way you fire missiles was a bit awkward, and I would like it to be more like the originals where you were completely alone on a planet (I always liked that aspect). I could have done without the 2 or 3 parts where you had to search for an object in first person view, which made up about maybe 15 minutes of the entire game or less depending on how quickly you found it. From complaints I always hear you would think that was 75% of the game, most of the rest being the atrocious story, making for the worst game ever made. I think people were just mad it wasn't another Prime.

        Yeah, I loved Super Paper Mario. I don't know if I liked it better than TTYD or not, but it's an excellent game. I didn't even know a lot of people hated it until a year or so ago, which was pretty surprising to me. I guess it's because they went in a different direction from the previous games, I guess I'd say it's more Action RPG than straight RPG.

        But, it's funny how people always complain that they never change anything, but when they do they complain about how it's not the same. It seems like the people who hate something always yell the loudest, so judge for yourself.

        • Titan64

          The biggest problem with TTYD was the backtracking. Yeah Super Paper Mario had backtracking, but it made sense. TTYD had horrible backtracking and it made the game, for me at least, unplayable. if it wasn't for the humor and the story, I would've hated the game. Super Paper Mario I always find myself going back to because I felt the gameplay, while not turn based, was good. Not to mention the story….hands down, the best in the series.

          I felt like if they were to make another Metroid game, I would love to see it in the Other M style. If that is the sole reason why Other M wasn't liked, then thats just stupid. Prime wasn't perfect either, especially the 3rd game.

  • Intel

    I concur. The gameplay experiences alone were worth the price of admission. When I played Prime 3: Corruption, I lie to you not I couldn’t go back to twin stick shooters. I’m not bashing them but retro showed how it could be done in the future. Trauma Center made me sweat to beat the clock because I wanted to save that patient’s life. Zack and Wiki made me think outside of the box to how to solve problems. And well Wario Ware Smooth Moves is just plain fun having only five seconds to do whatever was asked of me to complete the objective. Oh big props to the narrator on Smooth Moves he is hilarious. There have been some bad games but it comes with the territory when your system was selling like hot cakes. Mad World I love the art style of just using black and white and red for the game while giving a comic book cutscenes. Oh and the voice acting and my goodness the music! When it makes people who don’t like hip hop like these songs it’s saying something. The Wii as far as I was concerned was money well spent.

    • Furious Francis

      Metroid Prime Corruption 3 was one of the best games of last generation. It really showed how to get a shooter done. It has so much depth, strategy, and unique gameplay features to it. I'm surprised it doesn't have a higher rating on metacritic.

  • Intel

    Oh heck yeah. The Wii had a good gems in there.

  • Intel

    Oh I’ll gladly list some. I’m not well verse with articulating my writing so please forgive me on this.

    Metroid Prime 3:Corruption has some of the tightest first person shooter controls and yet it’s not a first person shooter. It’s very atmospheric and heck better than that get the rare Metroid Prime Trilogy. Being able to take under the helm of Samus Aran.

    Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition. I love playing this game. The control scheme feels just right and it seems to be for me the most definitive version in my opinion.

    Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn. I’m a huge Fire Emblem fan and if you want a strategy RPG it might be worth the look.

    Wario Ware Smooth Moves. It’s a micro game and it really showcases motion control of the Wii in unique ways. If you don’t mind looking like a fool at times with your friends it’s perfect.

    Zack and Wiki- don’t let the cute pirate Zack and monkey Wiki fool you. This is one devilish puzzler that will have you scratching your head at times.

    Trauma Center: Second Opinion and New Blood. I never thought I say this but the Wii made being a doctor actually fun. Yes the second one might be long winded in story at times but once you’re in you’ll be patching lacerations like a pro. It’s different and bold it’s at least worth checking it out.

    Mad World: carnage at its best. The goal is how creative can you get by destroying your enemies with the environment.

    No More Heroes 1 and 2. It’s crazy, has you welding beam katanas and fighting over the top enemies. Love what Suda 51 did here.

    I’m sure there are others but these games I’ve enjoyed immensely.

    • Furious Francis

      Great list yourself Intel. It just goes to show how many good Wii games there were.

    • RicardJulianti

      I'm going to add the DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi games (criminy that's a long title). Actually pulling the Wiimote and nunchuck back for "Kame-hame-ha" is absolutely amazing. If you weren't a fan of the series it loses something, but still pretty fun.

      Everything else I own has already been mentioned. I actually haven't played Xenoblade…..I'll need to get on that. Good thing I already own it, I hear it is next to impossible to find and really pricey.

      • Furious Francis

        Yeah, people speak on the Wii like it had nothing but shovelware, but Wii has some of the most addictive games ever.

        • RicardJulianti

          I think I own more Wii games than PS3/360 combined. I've owned more PS3/360 games over the course of time, but I trade those games in to pay for others. Most of my Wii games I wouldn't ever consider trading.