The 8 Best Wii Games to Buy for Kids in 2018

Children are sure to love all these top titles

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The Nintendo Wii might be an older game console that doesn’t come with the graphics you’d expect from the latest and greatest games, but for families, the Nintendo hardware is tops.

Indeed, the Wii built its brand on high-quality games for children that provide bundles of fun without worrying parents that their kids are experiencing things inside a game that might be too violent or suggestive for such a young age. The Wii, in other words, has proven to be a safe place for parents and children to enjoy some home gaming time.

And although the Wii is several years old, major retailers still sell a variety of Wii games to satisfy the millions across the world who are still playing games on the console and want to experience all the fun it has to offer.

But with such a wide range of family-friendly games on the Wii, narrowing down choices for the best options might be difficult. So, we’ve compiled the following round-up of the best child-friendly Wii games that you and your kids need to play. Read on to see our top picks.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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By combining the very best of the new and old generations of gaming, New Super Mario Bros. Wii establishes itself as the best kid-friendly game on the Wii and perhaps, the best game ever released for the console.

The game is a 3D side-scrolling experience that lets you play as Mario, Luigi and two Toads. You’ll fight your way through the Mushroom Kingdom in much the same way you might have decades ago with Super Mario Bros. And as always, your task is to take down the evil Bowser, who’s once again causing trouble.

You can play New Super Mario Bros. Wii in single-player mode, but if you want the whole family to join, the title supports up to four concurrent players. The game also utilizes the Wii Remote well, so if you shake the controller while you’re wearing the propeller suit, the character will fly high into the sky.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is an inventive game that will make you feel nostalgic for the games of old and give your kids plenty of fun and exciting experiences to enjoy throughout their time playing it.

Best Budget: Angry Birds Star Wars

If you’re looking for a cheap game that won’t break the bank and still keep the kids entertained for hours, the Angry Birds Star Wars game for Wii is an ideal option.

Angry Birds Star Wars combines many of the things kids enjoy. You’ll have the same gameplay you’d experience on the wildly popular Angry Birds game on mobile devices but instead experience it on the big screen with the Wii. Add that to a Star Wars­-branded experience that lets you play as Angry Birds versions of Luke Skywalker, and the opportunities for fun are numerous.

The game features a slew of levels, including 20 that are designed exclusively for the console version of the title. You can play alone or cooperatively with others and according to Activision, the game’s publisher, you can expect more than 25 hours of gameplay before the title is completed.

All of your favorite Angry Birds characters are here, but you’ll be put inside the vast world of Star Wars as you fight to become a true Jedi Master. It’s a fun and engrossing game the kids will love. And best of all, it’s really cheap.

Best for Dancing: Just Dance 3

Just Dance 3 is all about getting the kids up off the couch while they play the game and listen to their favorite music.

Just Dance 3 tasks you holding the Wii Remote and dancing to the songs the game plays. You’ll need to follow the moves on-screen and by analyzing your Wii Remote, the title can determine how well you’re doing at keeping up.

The game features more than 40 tracks from a variety of musical genres and whether you want to play alone or with the entire family, the choice is yours. Best of all, the game comes with an expanding list of downloadable tracks so you can add more songs as time goes on.

Best Non-Nintendo Game: Sonic Sega All-Stars Racing

The truth is, many of the best Wii games are developed by Nintendo. But there are some that are not. And the chief option among them is Sonic Sega All-Stars Racing.

The game allows for up to four family members to play offline or eight people to play online. It allows you to play as 20 different Sega characters, including Sonic and Tails. And if you want to play as other characters that aren’t part of the Sonic universe but are Sega characters, that’s possible, too.

Sonic Sega All Stars features a variety of vehicles, including sports cars, bikes and monster trucks, and you can even shoot missiles or mines to derail your opponents along the way.

The game includes 24 tracks from both the Sonic and Sega universes.

Best Adventure: Super Mario Galaxy 2

Nintendo has long offered some of the best adventure games through its Super Mario franchise, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 might be its best option.

The game lets you play as Mario as you work your way across the world, experiencing adventure, solving puzzles, and generally having fun at every turn. Your goal is to collect Comet Metals to unlock harder levels and collecting stars will help you jump from one galaxy to another.

Like other Mario adventure games, Super Mario Galaxy 2 also lets you control Yoshi to add another method for traversing the world. It also includes some inventive features, like eating a Dash Pepper to run up vertical walls or Blimp Fruit, that when ingested, let Mario inflate like a balloon to reach new heights.

Best Racer: Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii

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Mario Kart Wii is another popular racing game that gives you the opportunity to both race and battle with the many karts built into the game.

Mario Kart Wii puts you behind the wheel in the form of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and countless other characters. You’ll face off with others in challenging courses and perform a variety of car tricks whenever you flip and flick the Wii Remote.

If you really want to get the full racing effect, buy the Wii racing wheel sold separately.

Best Party Game: Mario Party 9

Mario Party has lived on as one of the most fun and exciting franchises in years. And Mario Party 9 is more of the same.

The game lets you play as all of your favorite Nintendo characters, including Mario, Luigi, Wario and others. It features several different games inside the title that let you solve puzzles, play sports and more. In fact, think of Mario Party 9 as a game that’s filled with minigames. And nearly all of them are fun.

Each stage you play in ends in a Boss Battle that you and the rest of the family can participate in. You’ll need to face Bowser, King Boo​ and other popular enemies.

All told, Mario Party 9 has 80 minigames, ranging from making pizzas to racing snowmobiles.

Best for Nostalgia: Donkey Kong Country Returns

If you want to bring your kids back to the world of gaming of old, Donkey Kong Country Returns is the game to play.

The title puts you inside a side-scrolling environment as you play as Donkey Kong. And for the first time ever, you’ll be able to play cooperatively with someone else, with one of you playing as Donkey Kong and the other as Diddy Kong. The game will also let you play in 3D environments in some cases to create unique experiences as you play.

Donkey Kong Country Returns is inspired by the original Donkey Kong SNES series​ but adds some new features you’re going to find engaging and fun.