The Six Best Sports Games for the Wii

Wii Sports Resort
Wii Sports Resort. @Nintendo.com

Sports games occupy a special niche within the video game industry. Games that simulate professional sports, in particular, constitute a multi-billion-dollar annual investment by gamers worldwide. Within Nintendo's Wii platform, the catalog of sports games is both extensive and filled with high-quality titles. Let us help you pick the best of the best.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
In PES 2009, you can control several players at once. Konami

This game is everything a sports game should be. The controls are simple and intuitive, the action is immersive and exhilarating and the experience is fresh. The game sets the player up as a sort of "coach god," able to control players singly but also to move players around and have them work together. It’s an original approach to soccer games that takes what is best about the others and adds some things you haven’t seen before.  More »

Wii Sports Resort
You can put so much spin on a ping pong ball that it arcs like a Frisbee. Nintendo

Nintendo’s proof-of-concept game for the MotionPlus add-on does a great job of exploring the capabilities of a more sensitive Wii remote. Resort is not just a collection of simple mini-games; sports like golf and table tennis are impressive even by the standards set by games only offering a single sport. It is rare for mini-game collections to offer serious competition with serious sports games, but Resort does just that. Since it comes with a MotionPlus, it almost seems crazy not to buy it. More »

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Punch-Out!!
That's gotta hurt!. Nintendo

Boxing is an ideal game for gesture gaming because it requires both hands and a good deal of body movement. Punch Out takes full advantage, letting players punch with the remote and nunchuk and dodge by shifting on the balance board (if you’ve got one). Some players claim the game is more fun in the old-school button mashing mode. Played the way it was intended, Punch Out is amazing—and it offers a great cardio workout besides. More »

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
Swing it like Tiger. EA Sports

While most players struggle to hit a real-life golf ball even 50 feet, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 will make you feel like a professional as you smoothly swing your Wii remote at a virtual golf ball and watch it soar. The Tiger Woods games have always been first rate, but the MotionPlus supported in Tour 10 allows a greater degree of sensitivity that makes this the closest thing you can get to really playing golf while avoiding embarrassing yourself on an actual golf green. More »

ExciteBots: Trick Racing
A frog racing robot, of all things. Nintendo

The obvious choice for best racing game is Mario Kart Wii. And yes, Mario Kart Wii is an awesome racing game. But the quirky ExciteBots: Trick Racing is more varied and unique, and gets less attention than it deserves. More »

As a general rule, sports games come out yearly but don’t change much from year to year except the player roster. So it’s hard to say which Madden game is actually the best, but certainly any of them can be considered the best football game on the Wii.

Instead of memorizing a confusing set of button pushes, just toss the ball with a swing of your arms and strong arm your opponents with a shove. More »