The 7 Best Wii Party Games to Play with Friends

Having friends over? Here are 7 of the best Wii party games

With its user-friendly motion-sensing controls, the Wii is well-suited for party games. Almost any game can be a party hit with the right combination of friends, but the best games offer more than an excuse to sit around and talk. Here are the seven best Wii party games for an evening with friends.

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The Beatles: Rock Band

Beatles Rock Band

Electronic Arts

Combine one of the most popular bands of all time with one of the most popular party games and you get a fun time. No Wii game offers a more fun experience for a group of friends. The Beatles: Rock Band has great songs, impressive visuals, and the chance to embarrass yourself singing three-part harmony.

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Just Dance 2

Just Dance 2

Ubisoft

The single best-selling Wii game not published by Nintendo, Just Dance 2 is more an activity than a game, since winning or losing is beside the point. The game is an excuse to act silly and dance badly. Of all the Just Dance games, JD2 has the best songs and the best dance choreography. Professional dancers are not a good audience for this game. Nit-picky music nerds may also complain about the accuracy of the musical scores.

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Mario Party 9

Mario Party 9
Nintendo

Mario Party 9 is all about luck and keeping pace. Players can lose their place at a moment's notice—not necessarily because of skill, but because of chance. This focus on luck keeps the game light and funny, and affords even the weakest player a chance at winning. Still, many of the games require some skill, creating at least an illusion that playing well will be enough. The result is a great example of a virtual board game.

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Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2
Konami

Before Just Dance and Guitar Hero there was Dance Dance Revolution. Part of a series of games, DDR offered a visceral party experience in which players could prove their worth by quickly stomping on a dance mat in the proper order. While Just Dance may have been perfect for people who don’t play many games, DDR is for those who prefer a challenge. There are three games in the Hottest Party series but they’re all equally fun.

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Let's Tap

Let's Tap
SEGA

Let's Tap is a collection of mini games centered around a basic premise: Players have to tap a flat surface monitored by a Wii remote. There's a bunch of different games but the finger-tapping strategy makes for a fast-paced, amusing, and rather different gaming experience. There are five mini games to choose from, including musical challenges, side-scrollers, and mazes, among others.

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Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics 2012

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
SEGA

Another collection of mini games, Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics 2012 offers a variety of play styles and options. It can be played alone or as a party game, with most events and mini games based on the Olympic Games. Soccer, badminton, table tennis, and several other games feature in this collection, making it a unique hit among fans of both sports and party games.

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Fortune Street

Fortune Street
Nintendo

Some party games that are styled after board games add a bunch of modern twists to a familiar concept. Fortune Street is more of a throwback. Another Mario game, it's an old school board game in the tradition of Monopoly. Players roll die and advance across a digital board, purchasing property, making deals, and earning money as they go.