Is it time to say goodbye to the Wii? Not according to Nintendo Of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime who has said that the company will continue to sell the console side-by-side with Wii U for some time. Even so, it's probably fair to say that we've played the best Wii games already. While LEGO Lord Of The Rings and Epic Mickey 2 are still to come this year, they're probably not going to hit the heights of the games released during the Wii's peak era.
These lot, combined with the best DS games we listed yesterday, mean that the last six years really have been a golden generation for Nintendo with classic games being released on two of the top three best-selling Nintendo consoles of all time. So let's complete our look back over the best games of the generation with ONM's highest rated Wii games.
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24. Donkey Kong Country ReturnsWhat is it? Following the success of New Super Mario Bros Wii, Nintendo rejuvinated another 3D platformer with Donkey Kong Country Returns. Ninendo's great ape has starred in many games since the SNES era but he had never hit the heights of Rare's classic Donkey Kong Country series. In the hands of Retro, DK and Diddy returned to past glories in a good looking and challenging adventure.
What we said: This genuinely feels like the game Rare would've made if you'd sent a Wii back to 1995 - a better game than Donkey Kong Country, and that's not something we'd say lightly. Feels vintage and fresh at the same time, like a Penny Farthing made of scented wet wipes.
Read our Donkey Kong Country Returns review for more.
23. Metroid: Other MWhat is it? What next for Samus Aran after the Metroid Prime trilogy came to an end with Corruption? Team Ninja, under the watchful eye of Yoshio Sakamoto, created an all-new adventure that mixed he action of classic 2D Metroid games such as Super Metroid with the 3D exploration of the Prime series. It also filled in the gaps of the Samus Aran story.
What we said: Other M is its own game, but the action and exploration feels a lot like a 3D version of Super Metroid would, whereas using the first-person perspective has an obvious Metroid Prime feel to it. But is it better than Metroid Prime? No. Is it better than Super Metroid? No. Metroid: Other M's main problem is that its predecessors set the bar so high that it was always going to be difficult for Team Ninja to surpass that. Metroid: Other M is a fantastic game in its own right though, and one that will take you many hours to completely finish.
Read our Metroid: Other M review for more.
22. Monster Hunter TriWhat is it? Huge in Japan, Monster Hunter Tri gave many Nintendo fans their first opportunity to see what the fuss is all about. The first two games were released on PlayStation 2 but the third was a Wii exclusive. So rather than Capcom giving their fans the chance to get stuck into epic battles against enormous beats on land and under the sea in HD, they went for the widest audience possible on Nintendo's console. A fine choice.
What we said: It's got the best monsters on the Wii, the biggest weapons on the Wii and the best online system on the Wii. It's an outstanding achievement that proves the Wii can do epic and that it can do great multiplayer gaming that doesn't involve doing your back in.
Read our Monster Hunter Tri review for more.