27 Best Nintendo Wii Games For Kids Of All Times!

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101.63 million! That’s the number of Nintendo Wii units sold around the world so far.

Nintendo has been in the gaming market for over two decades now. In that time, it has managed to create gaming consoles that surpassed the competitor’s products in quality, gaming experience and record sales. The best nintendo Wii games for kids is one of them. The impressive features of the console made it the choice of gift for teens and young children.

Best Nintendo Wii Games For Girls

Wii has a whole range of games for children and adults. But these are the ones, among others, that we think your little girl will love.

1. Trauma Center: Second Opinion

Trauma Center Second Opinion

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Role-play games are so much fun when you are a girl. And ‘Trauma Center: Second Opinion’ is a game that lets your girls don the role of a doctor. The medical simulation game has some violence and a bit of blood, but it is oh-so-very educational!

More than anything, Trauma Center has graphic images based on realistic medical emergencies. The objective of the game is to treat the patients that come in using the Nintendo Wii controller. The game portrays the human body as realistically as possible, and in a respectful manner, allowing players to learn anatomy in a realistic setting. If your child aims to be a doctor or even a nursing practitioner, she will love the “thrills” presented by the game.

Genre: Simulation, timed puzzle
Rated: 80% on Metacritic
Age: 12+
Price: $26.99

2. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker

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Designed by Nintendo for the Wii U, The Legend of Zelda is an action-adventure game that was released in 2006. The game follows the protagonist Link, who is set out to rescue Princess Zelda by defeating a character named Ganon.

The ‘Wind Waker’ is a cartoonish remake of the original game that released in 2013. The game has a cute Link trying to fight goblins and skeletons to rescue his sister Zelda. The graphics of the game are of top quality and have been adjusted by the Nintendo designers to give the players a modern gaming experience. This is a single-player game that can keep your kid occupied for hours.

Genre: Action-adventure
Rated: 90% on Metacritic
Age: 10+
Price: $31.72

3. Kirby’s Epic Yarn

Kirby's Epic Yarn

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Developed exclusively for Nintendo Wii and the Wii U, ‘Kirby’s Epic Yarn’ is an excellent adventure game where the protagonist is a string of yarn. The originality of the game makes it as interesting as it is: everything in Kirby’s world is made of cloth, yarn, buttons, and things related to clothing. The fun part is Kirby can transform himself into any shape.

The storyline is simple: Kirby is turned into a string of yarn by an evil sorcerer and has to get back to his land with the help of his friend Prince Fluff. The well-designed graphics add to the environment’s aesthetics, which make it as appealing as it can get. I mean, think of it. Wouldn’t it be fun to save the world in spite of being just a string of yarn? I bet your little girl will agree with it is!

Genre: Adventure
Rated: 9/10 by IGN
Age: 8+
Price: $27.79

4. Child of Light

Child of Light

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Want to expose your little girl to strong female role models? The ‘Child of Light’ has just what you need. Developed by Ubisoft, Child of Light is a multi-player, turn based game with light violence. The game has a lot of female characters including intelligent, independent, and caring princesses, their friends along with a few female villains, all portrayed in a non-sexual way.

The gorgeous backdrops make a beautiful setting for the challenges that the characters have to face. This is another best Wii game for kids that progresses from one difficulty level to another smoothly, in a storytelling format that keeps is interesting.

Genre: Role-playing
Rated: 84% by Metacritic
Age: 10+
Price: $14.99
Other Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows

Best Wii Games For Boys

Boys love video games. Here is our list of Wii games that they might like a little more than the others.

5. Skylanders: Imaginators

Skylanders Imaginators

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The ‘Skylanders’ series is a toys-to-life action/adventure video game that has managed to impress kids of all ages. The ‘Imaginators’ is the latest in the series, released in 2016, and has not failed to appeal to the target audience. Characters in the game include Dr. Krankcase, Master Ambush, Master Barbella, Tae Kwon Crow, Wolfgang, and Master Chopscotch. Your kid can choose to be a Sensei hero or a villain in the game.

You can also get the villains bundle, the heroes bundle, or the girl power bundle if you have girls.

Genre: Action-adventure
Rated: 81% on Metacritic
Age: 10+
Price: $74
Other Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

6. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens

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Star Wars fans may not approve of the LEGO variations of the movie, but when it comes to video games for little kids, LEGO is fun. Based on the latest movie by the same name ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is humorous and just what your boys needs to enjoy some cartoonish action and adventure with friends.

Your kid can don the role of Hans Solo, Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, or Captain Phasma. The game also features the locations of the movie, the droids C-3PO, and BB-8. The game can be played in single-player mode or multi-player mode.

Genre: Action-adventure
Rated: 78% on Metacritic
Age: 10+
Price: $34
Other Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows

7. Scribblenauts Unlimited

Scribblenauts Unlimited

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Scribblenauts is a puzzle game that encourages your boy to use his imagination to solve problems along the way. The game is about a boy with a magical book who moves from one plane to another to solve people’s problems. The problems may be basic, but the game allows you to use unique, and even outrageous, ideas to solve them.

Scribblenauts Unlimited is a fun Wii games for kids if they have a wild imagination.

Genre: Puzzle
Rated: 75% on Metacritic
Age: 10+
Price: $59.99
Other Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

8. Boom Blox Bash Party

‘Boom Blox’ can be considered to be an alternative to the violent shooting games available for the Wii console. ‘Boom Blox Bash Party’ is the sequel to the original, which urges players to use simple logic, execute a plan, and try experiments to destroy blocks of structures obstructing the path. The objective of the game is to throw balls at structures and demolish them to reach the flagpole.

The physics based puzzle game is designed by Steven Spielberg and has 400 new levels that your child will love playing.

Genre: Puzzle
Rated: 86% on Metacritic
Age: 7+
Price: $27.11

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Best Wii Party and Dance Games

What are games if not fun and frolic. This is our list of games that you can play at kids parties, or whenever your children want to shake a leg or both!

9. Just Dance 2017

Just Dance 2017

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‘The Just Dance’ series is the most popular Wii games for kids ever since they were launched. The list of songs on the game and the dance moves continue to amaze children and adults alike. ‘Just Dance 2017’ was launched in June 2016 and has over 200 latest dance songs including Sorry by Justin Bieber, Into You by Ariana Grande, Single Ladies by Beyonce, Better When I’m Dancing by Meghan Trainor, Titanium by David Guetta, and Bang by Anitta.

Add to that the cool moves in the videos, and you will have your party guest dancing in no time!

Genre: Music and dance
Rated: 8/10 by Steam
Age: 10+
Price: $39.88
Other Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch and Windows

10. Country Dance 2

Country Dance 2

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Country Dance 2 is one of the easiest dance games available for kids on the Wii. The game was launched in 2011 and has some of the most traditional country numbers from that time. The game has hit tracks by Carrie Underwood, Kieth Urban, Eric Church, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Brad Paisley among others.

Get your kids to try the country style, cowboy-like dancing right in your living room. The songs in the game have decent lyrics with little or no reference to sex, drugs, and alcohol. So you can play this game at your pre-teen’s parties or sleepovers.

Genre: Music and dance
Rated: 4/5 by Common Sense Media
Age: 10+
Price: $34.89

11. Just Dance: Disney Party

Just Dance Disney Party

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‘Just Dance: Disney Party’ is just the game you need for your younger kids and toddlers. The game features some of the best foot-tapping numbers from Disney movies including We’re All In This Together from High School Musical, Hoedown Throwdown from Hannah Montana, Be Our Guest from Beauty And The Beast, and Hey Jessie from Jessie.

The game has been specially designed for young Disney fans and dedicated adults too. The moves are easy to copy and fun to do with the entire family.

Genre: Music and Dance
Rated: 4/5 by Common Sense Media
Age: 5+
Price: $17.82
Other Platforms: Xbox 360

Best Wii Sports and Fitness Games

Video games needn’t make your kids couch potatoes. In fact, there are so many simulation games that require children to move around to play. Here is our selection of the best sports and fitness games for kids on the Wii.

12. FIFA 15

FIFA 15

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The FIFA series of video games have been a major hit with soccer fans of all ages everywhere. The latest version of the game for Wii is FIFA 15, is a must have for football fans. Just as the tagline says, you can feel the game when you play the FIFA 15 simulation soccer. Choose single player or multi-player mode with friends. The graphics are crystal clear and detailed, giving you a realistic gaming experience. The best part about this version: The goalkeeper AI bots with moves seen in actual games!

Genre: Sports
Rated: 4/5 by Common Sense Media
Age: 8+
Price: $38.50
Other Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows

13. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board

Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board

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Is your kid too lazy to get out of the house to play or exercise? The Wii Fit Plus game is all you need to get them moving. The game was released in 2009 and features several fun activities for kids and adults. Wii Fit Plus makes working out fun for the entire family. The game also uses BMI to label the players as normal, underweight, overweight, or obese. If your children are sensitive about their body image, they may not like this added feature.

You have to purchase the balance board separately if you already have the game.

Genre: Exercise and Fitness
Rated: 80% on Metacritic
Age: 10+
Price: $109.99

14. Link’s Crossbow Training

Link's Crossbow Training

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If you have been looking for a Wii shooting game for kids with little violence, then ‘Link’s Crossbow Training’ is an excellent choice. The game features Link from The Legend of Zelda and teaches children to use a crossbow to attack zombies and skeletons. There are three levels in this game: Target Shooting, Defender, and Ranger. The game needs a crossbow accessory that can be purchased separately for less than $10.

The game has some amount of violence, but it is not gory or repulsive. At the same time, it is not comical either.

Genre: Shooting game
Rated: 7/10 by IGN
Age: 13+
Price: $29.88

Top Wii U Games

The Wii U offers more than the Wii does, and has the cool Gamepad as well! If you have upgraded to the new Nintendo Wii U and want to experience video gaming at its best, then here are a few new Wii U games you must try.

15. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

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The ‘Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze’ is the latest version of the Donkey Kong series, developed exclusively for Nintendo Wii U consoles. Launched in 2014, the game is the fifth in the series and features some side-scrolling levels that the players have to clear to win. Players get full control of the protagonist, Donkey Kong, and must help him and his friends defeat the villains along the way to reach the goal.

The rotating camera gives cool views of the environment, rich in detail and color. You can play it in the co-op mode or single-player mode.

Genre: Action-adventure
Rated: 9/10 by IGN
Age: 10+
Price: $26

16. Splatoon

Splatoon

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Here is a kid-safe shooter game where the characters of the video game play by splattering ink on their opponents. Splatoon was released in the year 2015 and has received positive praise for its colorful design. The player controls characters called “inklings”, which can convert shape into a squid. The objective of the game is to color as much of a given area of the map as possible with their respective in-game color while avoiding the spray from the opponent’s color.

The game is exclusively developed for Wii U and is an online multiplayer game. There is also a single player option and an option to play with a local opponent like a parent or a sibling with another game controller.

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Shooter
Rated: 81% on Metacritic
Age: 9+
Price: $49.50

17. Cars 3: Driven to Win

Cars 3: Driven to Win

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The game is based on the popular Disney-Pixar film and features several characters from the film. The game was released in 2017 around the time when the Cars 3 film was released.

The game has a lot of racing and looks similar to how the cars race in the film. The game regularly prompts the player about controls, which reduces the learning curve of the game – a good thing when the game is meant for kids.

Genre: Racing, Arcade, Automobile
Rated: 59% on Metacritic
Age: 7+
Price: $19.93

18. Disney Infinity 3.0

Disney 3

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‘Disney Infinity 3.0’ is the last installment of the Disney Infinity series. The game was released with a focus on the latest Star Wars movie. The gameplay is the same as the earlier Disney Infinity series but features characters from the Star Wars franchise. Disney Infinity is a toys-to-life game, which means you may end up investing a little more on figurines if you purchase this game. This Wii Disney games has eight individual movie plots including Inside Out, The Force Awakens, Finding Dory, and Twilight of The Republic.

Genre: Sandbox, adventure
Rated: 80% on Metacritic
Age: 10+
Price: $17.83
Other Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Best Wii Racing Games

There is no list of best games without a racing game or two in it. For our list of top Wii games for kids, we have chosen these.

19. Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8

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Of all the Wii Mario games, ‘Mario Kart 8’ is the only one that made its way to our list. The racing game features Mario and Luigi among other characters from the classic game. Kids get to race in cartoonish tracks, throw shells at competitors to shrink them or slow them down a little. Mario Kart 8 is a multi-player game and lets you race and interact with players from around the world. The game is fun for kids of all ages and can be played by the entire family.

Genre: Racing
Rated: 88% by Metacritic
Age: 6+
Price: $59.99

20. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

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All the Sega stars come to the tracks in this fun racing game. The game has a series of different races where you can start with a car that gets transformed into a plane or a boat and back into a car based on the terrain you’re on. Players can also shoot, block, and evade attacks by other players to win the race. The word ‘damn’ appears during the game, so you may want to be watchful when your child is playing this game.

Genre: Racing
Rated: 79% on Metacritic
Age: 9+
Price: $15.97
Other Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Windows.

21. Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze

Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze

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Monster High series of video games was developed based on the favorite horror and sci-fi themed doll franchise by Mattel. Sklutimate Roller Maze is a racing game launched in 2012. The game features familiar characters from the Monster High books, games, and web series. Players can choose from a wide range of characters for the gameplay, which is easy.

You can choose different types of racers based on their agility, stamina, and strength, to suit the race you are participating in. While the game is easy, the graphics aren’t as great as we’d like it to be. But if your children are Monster High fans, they will like the game regardless of the mediocre visuals.

Genre: Racing
Rated: 4/5 by Common Sense Media
Age: 7+
Price: $34.99
Other Platforms: Nintendo DS

22. Turbo: Super Stunt Squad

Turbo Super Stunt Squad

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Racer snails are the coolest! You will agree if you have seen the movie, Turbo. ‘The Super Stunt Squad’, your favorite snails from the movie, performing cool stunts during the races. The game is not jaw dropping, but it is certainly entertaining, even though it could be a tad predictable. Players can upgrade the characters by changing the outfits, adding power-ups, and the like. So if your kid doesn’t like a snail’s shell, he can change it.

The graphics of the game are as good as they are in the movie. ‘Turbo: Super Stunt Squad’ can be played by a single player or multiple players. So your child can pair up with up to four people to race in the multi-player mode. The game is available for play on the Wii and the Wii U.

Genre: Racing
Rated: 4/5 by Common Sense Media
Age: 8+
Price: $29.99
Other Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, Xbox 360

Best Wii Family Games

If you are bored of family movie nights, why not have a family game night instead. We have put together a list of some cool family games you can enjoy with the entire family, and your Wii.

23. Paper Mario: Color Splash

Paper Mario Color Splash

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This is yet another one of the Wii Mario games you can get for your children. ‘Mario Color World’ is a fun game that features our favorite hero Mario and his brother Luigi, along with other characters from the video game series. The objective of the game is simple: solve puzzles as you move along to bring color back to the world.

Players have to control Mario and use his hammer to splash color into objects on the island. The best Wii game for young kids, but a little help from the parents can make it better. The game encourages kids to think out of the box to solve puzzles. The characters in the game are two-dimensional, a fact that they are well aware of, and the visuals are neat and appealing.

Genre: Action-adventure
Rated: 76% by Metacritic
Age: 8+
Price: $59.93

24. Pokken Tournament

Pokken Tournament

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Pokemon themed games can be addictive. Kids and even adults love the colorful little monsters which led to the development of video games based on the TV series. Pokken Tournament is a game that involves the monsters combating each other in a sporting arena. The graphics are cute and make the activity more comic and less violent. The player acts as Pokemon’s trainer to defeat the other players.

Every Pokemon has special moves, and you can choose to have any Pokemon you want. The game can be a cool choice for a fun family night. Your kids can play alone against the bots or play together with family and friends through the multi-player mode.

Genre: Action-adventure
Rated: 76% by Metacritic
Age: 11+
Price: $59.99

25. LEGO Jurassic World

LEGO Jurassic World

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Almost every successful movie gets its LEGO video game version. So did Jurassic World, a 2015 movie featuring Chris Pratt. The game features LEGO versions of the characters who perform cool stunts to solve puzzles and collect souvenirs as they proceed to escape the LEGO dinosaurs. There are mini-games that the players have to resolve between levels.

Players get to drive a variety of vehicles including bikes and jeeps to rescue the park workers from the escaped dinosaurs. This is a multi-player game which means your child can play and interact with other Nintendo Wii users around the world. The game can also be played by two or three people on the same TV, which is why it is on our list of Wii family games.

Genre: Action-adventure
Rated: 71% on Metacritic
Age: 10+
Price: $18.99
Other Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PS4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One

26. Big Brain Academy Wii Degree

Big Brain Academy Wii Degree

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Want to get your kids away from mindless racing or fighting games? Try the ‘Big Brain Academy’ series of games designed for the Nintendo Wii. This game forces the kids to think and is fun too. The video game is filled with several mini brainteasers that are fun to solve for children and also adults. The game encourages the players to solve the puzzles and brainteasers so that they can build a heavier brain, which is a silly goal, but a fun one nevertheless.

The game can be played alone or with a group of friends and family. You can even show off your scores and brag about how ‘heavy’ your brain is to other people through the Wii Connect 24 service. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it? The game is also a great way to engage your teenage or preteen guests at a party.

Genre: Puzzle, educational
Rated: 7.6/10
Age: 8+
Price: $36.96

27. Go Diego Go: Safari Rescue

Go Diego Go Safari Rescue

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This is a fun family video game featuring cute little boy from the TV series Go Diego Go! In this version, Diego is set out on a mission to fix the mixed-up animals in the African Serengeti. ‘Go Diego Go’ is a game you can play with your younger kids. The game allows you to use the Wii remote to perform actions like digging, swimming, running, jumping, and stomping to complete tasks.

Players get to collect stamps and pictures of animals for the African Safari book. You can play this in the racer mode to participate in the races using hand gliders, elephants, safari jeeps, and rafts. The graphics of the game imitate those on the TV show and are as colorful and appealing. If your kids have played the other ‘Go Diego Go!’ games and loved them, this is must too.

Genre: Adventure
Rated: 5/5 by Common Sense Media
Age: 4+
Price: $37.00

Nintendo Wii Overview

The Nintendo Wii was launched in November 2006, competing with the Xbox 360 and Sony PS3. The seventh generation gaming console has impressive features, including the ultra thin Wii remote, which functions as a pointing device and enables 3D movement detection for motion-sensing games. The Wii became the fastest selling gaming console ever in Australia, beating the record set by Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

In the US, the Wii set another record in December 2009 for most sales in one month, when three million units were sold. To date, the Wii is the most preferred gaming console for adults and kids. If you already own one, you know why!

What Is Wii U?

Nintendo launched the Wii U, the eighth generating console in 2012. The Wii U has more on board storage capacity compared to the Wii. The console comes with a minimum storage of 8GB and relies on the Wii controller as well as the Gamepad for function. The Gamepad is lightweight and has a battery life of three hours. What’s more, you can also use it for video chats.

The Wii U did not enjoy as much popularity in the market as the Wii did, but it still is one of the best family gaming consoles from Nintendo. The popularity of the Wii and the Wii U has encouraged game developers to come with a diverse range of games in the action, adventure, racing, education, puzzle, party, role-play, and more. Pick these games as a gift for Christmas, birthday, or for no reason at all: your kids will love them.

This list of games includes just a few of the hundreds you can choose to play on Nintendo Wii and Wii U. You can take your pick based on your child’s unique tastes or pick one you think is good for them, with little or no violence. Keep in mind that the age recommendations in this article are generic and may not necessarily be suitable for all kids of the same age. As a parent, use your discretion to pick the top rated Wii games for kids that suit your child’s comprehension levels as well as their interests.

So what is your child’s favorite Wii game? Share it with us here.

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