Quarterly Report: The 25 Best Wii Games

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  • Publish Date: December 31, 2012

Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in April.

Best-reviewed Wii games of 2012

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Publisher Metascore
1 Box Xenoblade Chronicles NEW Nintendo 92
If you want to get technical, this JRPG is actually one of 2011's best Wii games, but thanks to a belated American release in April of this year, it's now 2012's best, too.
2La-Mulana EnjoyUp Games87
3Rhythm Heaven Fever Nintendo83
4The Last Story Xseed Games80
5Skylanders Giants NEWActivision78
6Project Zero 2: Wii Edition Nintendo77
7Pandora's Tower Nintendo74
8Just Dance 4 NEWUbisoft74
9Mario Party 9 Nintendo73
10PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond Nintendo60
11Inazuma Eleven Strikers Nintendo59

Includes games released between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from December 30, 2012.

Best-reviewed Wii games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Publisher Metascore
1Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo97
2Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo97
3The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Nintendo95
4World of Goo 2D Boy94
5Super Smash Bros. Brawl Nintendo93
6The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Nintendo93
7Rock Band 2 MTV Games92
8Xenoblade Chronicles Nintendo92
9Rayman Origins Ubisoft92
10Rock Band 3 MTV Games91
11Metroid Prime Trilogy Nintendo91
12Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition Capcom91
13Okami Capcom90
14Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Nintendo90
15The Beatles: Rock Band MTV Games89
16Cave Story Nicalis89
17Guitar Hero 5 Activision89
18DJ Hero 2 Activision88
19Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 Electronic Arts88
20Art of Balance Shin'en88
21La-Mulana EnjoyUp Games87
22New Super Mario Bros. Wii Nintendo87
23DJ Hero Activision87
24Donkey Kong Country Returns Nintendo87
25Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure Capcom87

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all Wii high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's Wii section.

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Comments (10)

  • your mother  

    well, the wii may be falling liike a rock on a hill, but the Nintendo Stream (it just SOUNDS cool) will rise on top.
    The games MUST be, as Nintendo has declared, hardcore.
    Now, I'm not much of a fan for hardcore games, but those kids--on a Nintendo console!?
    But, the only thing is is that many of the developers won't comply with Nintendo's factual statement, thus making them think that they'll just throw in shovelware and such.
    So, in order for the new Nintendo home console to rise on top once more, they need to be:
    "Stern and Firm!
    That way,
    NINTENDO
    WILL
    WIN.

  • Noel  

    Ahh people people. Love how they talk bad about the games without playing them. I have an xbox 360 as well but I still own much more wii games the xbox titles. Metroid prime wasn't comftable for me on gamecube control but on wii its brilliant! Brawl is ten times better than melee, kirby epic yarn is innovative. Gee now lets see killzone, crysis, call of duty again dumb war shooting games, that may be fun but after a few days gets old too quickly.

  • giddi  

    @OXIDE, what kind of sense is that? I can say this about the other lists .. uncharted 2 kill zones LBP just sequels.. same call of duty modern warfare garbage every year (also on the Wii by the way), the rockband music (also on the Wii), nothing original...
    but you forgot:

    11 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Nintendo 20 Donkey Kong Country Returns Nintendo 87 8.3
    21 Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure Capcom 87 8.8
    22 Kirby’s Epic Yarn Nintendo 87 8.2
    23 Little King’s Story Xseed Games 24 Sin and Punishment: Star Successor 25 LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias Kirby’s Epic Yarn

    World of Goo is also on the PC? Every game on the Ps3/360 is multiplatform and also on the PC, almost. LOL. Also on the gamecube is the most silly comment. RE4 is a masterpiece because of the Wii controls and so is Okami and others.

  • Kevin  

    @ManaReaper
    Really? So the functional online gameplay, diverse online functions (movies, games, tv shows, music), HD graphics, better processing, and more good games doesnt matter, all because Nintendo lets you pay absurd amounts for games that came about 15-20 years ago? If you say so....

  • Mark  

    Truly shocking. Time for Wii owners to upgrade to a PS3.

  • ManaReaper  

    The Wii is worth sitting on top of a PS3 or 360 just for Nintendo's games and VC. I do question how much longer the console will last though.

  • Peter Robinson  

    The Wii happens to fit my purchasing habits perfectly. I tend to buy (at most) one of the Nintendo-made titles each year, and I was able to catch up on a lot of games from older consoles thanks to the Virtual Console and the Wii's backward compatibility with GameCube games. However, it has become painfully obvious that the Wii is not a viable console for serious gamers. I'm unsure as to whether that's a good or bad thing, really. To me, it almost makes sense for each console to have its own specialty rather than having three or more companies compete for dollars from the same exact demographic. Certainly, though, the complete lack of third-party support for Nintendo's console is disappointing.

  • OXIDE  

    World of Goo is also on the PC, Okami belongs to the PS2, RE4 belongs to the PS2 & GC, Prime 1 & 2 belong to the GC, Twilight GC, Cave Story PC, NSMBWII is the sequel to the game on DS, Melee was outstanding there was little need for Brawl i mean...what kinda console is this?The WII is a travesty, the only thing that belongs to the WII is the Motion Controller & SMG1 & 2...which of course, are sequels to SM64 & Sunshine, there is nothing original-WORST CONSOLE EVER!

  • David Craig  

    the amount of wii games released so far this year is pitiful

  • kevin  

    damn, they sold alot of them but the wii looks dead.

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