10 Best Nintendo Wii Sports Games
The Nintendo Wii was home to some of the best Sports titles to date, taking advantage of the wonderful motion controls, delivering a whole new experience.
Sports titles are essential on any home console, the Nintendo Wii was not an exception, presenting a huge sports library with some console sellers (Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit), and delivering a whole new experience with the revolutionary motion controls.
The Nintendo Wii made sports games accessible to everyone, gamers or not, offering a huge library of sports games, varying from mainstream first-party titles to obscure third-party titles, there is a lot to discover on this tiny device.
Today we are here to offer the Best Nintendo Wii sports titles, mixing famous titles with some games that might have gone under your radar, so without further ado let’s dive in!
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Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort are arcade simulation sports games offering a collection of games to choose from, the main gimmick of the game is motion controls Nintendo perfected the control here offering precise controls and a simplistic execution.
The first game Wii Sports offers a collection of five games to choose from tennis, baseball, bowling, boxing, and golf, using the motion controls Nintendo presented this title as a tech demo of what the Wii motion controls can do, the game was a huge success popping a sequel with new games (archery, swordplay, cycling, air sports and many more) also better controls were implanted using the new Wii MotionPlus add on.
Punch-Out!! is an arcade boxing game, the game marks the fifth installment of the famous Punch-Out series. You play as Little Mac a young newcomer boxer who is looking for fame stepping into the ring to be the best of the bests.
The game plays just like its predecessor putting your reflex into the challenge, in each stage the player must predict his opponent’s moves to time his dodges and land successful hits on the head and torso. The career put you in the shoes of Little Mac climbing ranks beating various opponents and claiming titles, in addition to the career mode a multiplayer mode is also here to keep your friend busy when they visit you, this is a very delightful arcady game keeping things simple and fun.
Skate It is a realistic skateboarding-sim game, the game is part of the successful Skate series. The events of Skate It takes place between Skate 1 and Skate 2 in the fictional city of San Vanelona, after an earthquake hit the city most of the city’s inhabitants evacuated leaving the place in ruins, and offering opportunities for skaters to enjoy themselves on the empty streets.
The gameplay is designed completely around motion controls, to do tricks you move your Wii Mote around trying to mimic the way the board flips, at first it might sound hard but giving it time and patience you will get a hold of the motion-feel. Different from the other games on the series regarding the hardware limitation the game is not open-world by any means, instead you have levels to choose from. In conclusion, if you’re into realistic sims and you have the patience to learn the gimmicky controls this might be your next pick!
Mario Sports Mix is an arcade sports game released in collaboration between Nintendo and Square Enix. Our favorite plumber is back with his friends to play a collection of sports games (volleyball, ice hockey, basketball, and dodgeball), new characters are also here from the Square Enix Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest universes.
Mario Sports mix features four playable sports, the game takes advantage of the motion controls offering a new way to experience the Mario Sports series, you can play the game solo against the CPU or co-op with a max of three players, you begin the game with thirteen playable characters, in addition, you can unlock up to six characters along the course of the game, casual gamers like myself will feel right at home playing this lovely gem.
Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis is a simulation sports game presented by the famous Rockstar Games known for their iconic GTA series. Developers tried to translate the exciting table tennis feel into a fast-paced action-packed game.
Up to eleven playable characters are available, each with its own build and capabilities, the game features two modes tournament and exhibition, just like any sports title on the Wii the Nintendo Wii version takes advantage of the motion controls offering a whole different experience from the other consoles counterpart.
Mario Strikers Charged is an arcade soccer video game, it acts as a direct sequel to the Gamecube Mario Strikers. Similar to the previous game you play an exaggerated arcade version of soccer, your team consists of five members a captain, three side kicks, and a goal keeper, the goal of the game consists of putting the ball into the opponent’s goal, different to real-life soccer this can be done by tackling, using items to slow down the opponents, gain power-ups and many more.
Up to nine captains are playable at the beginning of the game with 3 additional captains that can be unlocked through the course of the game, just like the previous Mario Sports titles the player has the ability to use power-ups varying from standard item power-ups to unique captain abilities, strikers feature multiple playable modes ranging from cup tournament to multiplayer and challenge mode.
Shaun White Snowboarding is an arcade snowboarding video game, the game put you in the shoes of a group of snowboarding fans trying to follow the steps of the legendary man himself Shaun White. To my surprise the Wii version is totally different from the other consoles’ counterpart, for example, the game follows a levels pattern instead of the open-world treatment on the HD consoles.
The game consists of touring around the world with a bunch of snowboarding enthusiasts following the shadow of Shaun White, up to six characters are playable at the beginning of the game, each stage presents a challenge to complete, these challenges range from racing, trick scores, and collecting specific items. In conclusion, Ubisoft made the right choice with the cartoony style regarding the Wii hardware limitation, also they did an amazing job with the controls offering a lot of options to choose from (Wiimote, Balance Board).
Mario Super Sluggers is a baseball video game, the game is a direct sequel to the GameCube Mario Superstar Baseball. The game offers simplistic and casual gameplay compared to real-life baseball rules, also adding to the package just like very Mario Sports title power-ups and items that can affect the course of the game.
Gameplay-wise the game borrows a lot from its predecessor, but it also includes new features such as motion controls, in-depth characters, and more of a story-driven game, up to four players can join at the same time co-op or versus. Visually the game is fine offering a colorful palette and a simple yet beautiful character design.
Virtua Tennis 4 is an arcade tennis game, the game is a part of the Sega’s Virtua Tennis series and marks the sixth game in the same series. Although the Wii port is downgraded compared to other versions of the Wii, the Wii port takes full advantage of the Wii MotionPlus setting, presenting a realistic control mimicking the racket’s movements with your Wii Mote.
The game offers multiple modes both multiplayer and solo, the main mode is the career mode where you create your own tennis player starting from scratch, training and competing in tournaments up to the Wimbledon contesting against veterans like Nadal, Federer, and Murray. Despite the fact that the Wii version might be inferior to its HD counterpart, the amazing motion controls make up for it offering precise controls presenting a new way to play tennis on your screen solo or with a friend.
Tiger Woods PGA tour 09 is a sports simulation golf game, the game mark the eighteen entry on the EA Sports PGA Tour golf series. Golf fans will find themselves right at home with this game, PGA tour 09 offers a full simulation of golf games with the addition of amazing motion controls support, a very fun multiplayer experience for parties and friends, and many more.
Despite the learning curve of the motion controls, giving it the time and patience it needs, the player will be amazed by the number of details put in this game. Many consider this the definitive golf experience on the Nintendo Wii, and believe me i can’t agree more!