Available in Europe and Canada for about a year now, Nintendo’s Wii Mini is finally heading to US retailers. The Wii Mini comes bundled with a copy of Mario Kart Wii, a red Wii Remote Plus, and a Nunchuk, and is expected to launch November 17th for the paltry sum of $99.99. That’s a whole lot of awesome for very little money, which makes it the perfect gift for someone who has yet to experience the wonders of Wii or is looking to get a system on a budget. While the system does not support any form of internet or WiFi, it is still capable of playing the hundreds of titles available to play on a regular Wii. With a ton of great and not so great games to play that are still readily available in stores, it might be a bit daunting to get in on the fun, so here are five titles to keep on your radar if you plan on picking up a Wii Mini! Mario Kart Wii is the pack-in, so consider it entry number six!
5) Wii Sports/Wii Sports Resort
I know, I’m cheating by combining these into a single entry, but the two games are must-haves and go very well together. Both Wii Sports titles are showcases of how fun motion controlled games can be. The original Wii Sports introduced the world to the joys of digital bowling, while Wii Sports Resort made realistic sword swinging a staple of parties and family gatherings. If you want to know why everyone fell in love with Wii, these two games are where to start.
4) New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Classic Super Mario play control was multiplied by a factor of four when Nintendo introduced multiplayer to the venerable series. Four players can get in on the action, controlling Mario, Luigi, and a yellow or blue Toad. Expect lots of chaotic fun as players battle to take the lead or work in harmony to get through the game.
3) Metroid Prime 3
This final entry (so far) in the Metroid Prime series is an incredible first-person adventure. Guide Samus across multiple planets in her quest to end the threat of Dark Samus once and for all. Gameplay is intense, the graphics are stunning, and there are some very fun uses of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to experience. I’d recommend getting Metroid Prime Trilogy if you can find it at a reasonable price; you’ll get all three Prime games with the first two now featuring motion controls!
2) Super Smash Bros. Brawl
There aren’t a ton of fighting games available on Wii, but Super Smash Bros. Brawl is one of the best. With a huge roster of 35 characters to choose from (including Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog!), a fun single-player story mode featuring beautiful cinema scenes, and hundreds of unlockable items, this game is a Nintendo fan’s dream come true. For everyone else, it’s just an immensely entertaining game that will keep them engrossed for hours at a time.
1) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Link’s first foray on the Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, was an amazing game in its own right, but Skyward Sword is the pinnacle of what can be achieved on Wii. Gorgeous graphics, precise motion controls, an engaging story, and some of the best environment and dungeon design that the series has ever seen make this a landmark game. You owe it to yourself to buy a Wii Mini just to play this game.
Well, hopefully this list gives you a nice starting point for what to play on your Wii Mini. There are dozens of other great titles to play beyond what I’ve listed (Xenoblade Chronicles, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn), so if you’ve been holding out on buying a Wii, now’s the time to get on board!