Best Action Games for the Nintendo Wii

For those times when you just want to kill something

It’s a dangerous world out there, so grab your gun and your sword before entering that foreboding house or that dank cavern or that alien compound; you’re going to have to fight if you want to stay alive. And if fighting for your life is your idea of fun, here are the best Wii games for you.

Metroid: Other M

Metroid: Other M
At times "Metroid: Other M" feels like a series of continual boss battles.

What We Like

  • Fast pace.

  • Good graphics.

What We Don't Like

  • Strange plot and dull narrative.

  • No way to skip cutscenes.

This side-scroller is less puzzle-oriented than the Metroid Prime series, offering more of pure action experience. The story is awful, but the combat is exciting. 

Red Steel 2

Red Steel 2
In Red Steel 2, players can wield their sword with a wave of the Wii remote.

What We Like

  • Challenging gameplay.

  • Provides a fun workout.

What We Don't Like

  • Unremarkable plot.

  • Motion lags.

One of the few games to use the accuracy-enhancing Wii remote plus, this clever mix of gunplay and swordplay makes for an exciting experience far superior to that of the original game. It's plotless and forgettable, but terrific fun while you're playing it.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade

Muramasa
Muramasa is a game of swordplay and pretty scenery.

What We Like

  • Excellent graphics.

  • Intuitive controls.

What We Don't Like

  • Can be repetitive.

  • Story lacks depth.

This is one pretty game. So pretty that, even though the story is weak and the combat repetitive, it is very hard not to enjoy yourself. Truthfully the action, while quite entertaining, is probably somewhat irrelevant to one's enjoyment; as a platformer, adventure game or RPG, a game this attractive would have received just as many rave reviews.

Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces

Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces
Shoot it down!.

What We Like

  • Progressively challenging fun.

  • Lots of cool acrobatic flying maneuvers.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult if you're unfamiliar with flying games.

  • Controls are sometimes unresponsive.

This exciting flight game takes the action high aboveground. With varied missions and a clever, unique control system, this is one of the best flight combat games of all time.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

What We Like

  • Good replay value.

  • Well-done graphics.

What We Don't Like

  • Controls can be glitchy.

  • Too many load screens.

The Force Unleashed was released on a lot of different platforms, but the Wii version is easily the best. Controlling the force and a lightsaber with a game controller is okay, but waving the remote like a sword and using gestures to throw soldiers and objects like rag dolls is so much better. The story is a mess, but the action is awesome.

House of the Dead: Overkill

House of the Dead Overkill

What We Like

  • Simple and easy to learn.

  • Characters have lots of personality.

What We Don't Like

  • Frame rate is sometimes choppy.

  • Violence and salty language.

A high-concept take on exploitation movies, this rail shooter turns soulful songs, stylish graphics, purposely terrible dialogue and slack-jawed zombies into a stylish and irresistible piece of entertainment.

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

No More Heroes

What We Like

  • Straightforward, intuitive interface.

  • Great graphics and soundtrack.

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks depth.

  • Some fights are too difficult.

No More Heroes 2 has some of the best action of any game on the Wii, with cartoonishly bloody sword fighting that is wild fun. Stripping out the non-action, sandbox-style parts of the original game resulted in a pure action title that is one of the most exciting and games ever to arrive on the Wii.

Dead Space: Extraction

Dead Space: Extraction
Blow off a few limbs and this guy will go down.

What We Like

  • Detailed, well-rendered graphics.

  • Interesting storyline.

What We Don't Like

  • Obtrusive cinematic sequences.

  • Boring if you prefer constant action.

Extraction takes the basic arcade shooting mechanics of the rail shooter and creates something far more powerful, an electrifying blend of action, story and striking visuals that makes this possibly the best rail shooter ever made for any platform. The game will keep you on the edge of your seat for its brief five to six hours of gameplay.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Video Game Review of the Wii FPS

Call of Duty: World at War

What We Like

  • Don't need to play previous versions to follow plot.

  • Exciting and engaging.

What We Don't Like

  • Finicky controls.

  • Dark graphics.

Saying these three COD games are the best first-person shooters for the Wii would be damning them with faint praise; they are, in fact, most of Wii's FPS library. But these would be a first-rate FPSs on any platform, with excellent controls and level design. They're too similar in quality to choose one over another; just play them all.

Deadly Creatures

Deadly Creatures

What We Like

  • Voiceovers by Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Hopper.

  • Interesting plot.

What We Don't Like

  • Next moves are sometimes unclear.

  • Language inappropriate for kids.

This excellent Wii action game is wonderfully original and innovative, putting players in the exoskeletons of a spider and a scorpion and letting them loose in the desert. With superior graphics, an intriguing story and exhilarating action, this is a game every action fan needs.