10 Best Wii Games for Kids in 2017

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Nintendo is well regarded in the video gaming industry as the pioneer in this form of fun and addicting entertainment. Although it has clearly been seriously challenged by Sony’s Playstation as well as Microsoft’s Xbox game systems, it still commands a respectable following especially for its motion controlled input units with fully functioning stereoscopic 3D capabilities in the Wii.

If you are looking for the coolest games for the Wii console of your kid, then look no further as we give you the top 10 Wii games for kids in 2016.

10 Best Wii Games for Kids In 2017 | Review

PictureGameRating
New Super Mario Bros. Wii5
Just Dance 2016 - Wii4.9
Go Vacation - Nintendo Wii4.8
Super Smash Bros. Brawl4.7
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - Nintendo Wii4.6
Wii Sports4.5

1Super Mario Bros.

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If you were born in the late 70s to the 80s we are pretty sure you can still remember the iconic jingle that keeps on playing while Mario or Luigi are running and jumping over obstacles to try and save Princess Peach Toadstool from the clutches of the evil Bowser and help bring peace to the Mushroom Kingdom. We are also sure that you can still remember the classic tune every time either Luigi or Mario loses a life so you will reset the game again. Now, you can relive those memories with the Super Mario Bros. game coded specifically for the Wii. Gone are the days when you have to suffer endlessly pressing on those buttons of the Nintendo control pads. In its place, your kid will now get to use his or her entire body to really save the day.

The good thing about this game is that up to 4 kids can play at the same time – two will play either Mario or Luigi and the other two will be playing as the henchmen, or should we say the hench-Kuppas, of Bowser. What’s also included in this game is the propeller suit which should allow your kid to shoot his or her playable character high up into the skies over the Mushroom Kingdom. To do this, your kid will simply shake the Wii remote or even the Nunchuk and he or she will be soaring like a bird. Now if only that were real we are definitely positive that kids will go crazy with this feature. And oh, did we mention that Mario can now transform, not into a Super Mario, but a Penguin Mario? 

What We Like about It – It’s a game that is designed not only for kids but also adults who grew up playing with the D-pad of the 80s Mario Bros. This simply means that the whole family can actually join in the fun. Now, is this not a great way to bond?

2Mario Kart

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There’s something about car racing that really fascinates people. Even if you are not a follower of the F1, the WRC, or even NASCAR, we are pretty sure that you are sometimes tempted to drive the gas pedal to the floor and reach 0-60 mph in 1.6 seconds. The point is that almost everyone loves to drive; even kids. And we cannot think of a much better way of teaching them how to race and have fun at the same time than Wii’s Mario Kart game.

True, this game is nowhere near the likes of a real road racecar but it sure provides the feel for it. While it is generally recommend that kids or players use the Wii Wheel to really provide an authentic feel for kart racing, even the standard Wii remote controller can be used to drive any character in the Super Mario Bros. franchise. Whether your kid will be picking Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Bowser, or even Boom Boom as his or her playable character, there simply is a lot to choose from. And with a multiplayer feature of up to 4 individuals, this is going to be one really fun race.

What We Like about It – Racecar drivers have excellent reflexes and physical strength as they need to withstand high G-forces. While this game doesn’t provide such experience, it nevertheless makes up for it by providing a more interactive and fun way to bond with family or friends.

3Just Dance 2016

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One of the studies we’ve read showed that elderly people in their 80s and 90s love to dance to the groove of Wii’s Just Dance series. This is particularly beneficial in helping improve their mobility and help reduce inflammation while toning whatever is left of their muscles. If Just Dance can provide such benefits to people in their golden age, we knew it would also be very beneficial for kids especially those who are at an increased risk of becoming overweight and obese. At least, it’s going to be a very fun way to exercise.

Just Dance 2016 features some of the latest hit singles and music tracks that have lorded the airwaves since January of this year. It features some of the hit music from the industry’s hottest singing sensations like Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, and Selena Gomez as well as other singers and artists. Your kid can dance to the beat of the music of these artists and can even challenge his or her friends, wherever they are around the world, to a competition with Just Dance’s World Dance Floor mode. Or, if your kid wants to have a singing competition, he or she can simply choose the Karaoke mode and check out who has the best vocals in the household. For serious fitness fans, the Sweat mode is clearly the functionality to use.

What We Like about It – It may be seen as a simple music track but Just Dance is truly one of the most amazing Wii games so far especially in its Dance mode. The Sweat mode is just as amazing as you can actually personalize your workout sessions.

4Go Vacation

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Thinking of having a family vacation on a beautiful tropical island but you don’t want to leave the comfort of your home? Now you can with Wii’s Go Vacation. This video game puts players in an imaginary island named Kawawii where different adventures are just waiting to be discovered. The whole idea is for your kid or your entire family to go on a vacation in this island, build your own villas, drive in your own car, or even do anything you wish on Kawawii. Go skydiving, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, surf fishing, or even surfing and diving. Ride jet skis and explore the island’s coast. Take the horse and discover the wonders of the jungle. Whatever your child can think of about having a great time, he or she can effectively simulate that in the Go Vacation. He or she can even have his or her pet dog tag along in the fun.

Like all vacations, it is important to take snapshots as mementoes. Go Vacation does just that. Up to 4 individuals can play simultaneously and each one can do his or her own thing on Kawawii. While the ordinary Wii remote will do just fine in controlling the different actions in the game, it is highly recommended to use the Wii MotionPlus, a Wii Balance Board, or even the Wii Zapper for more immersive play.

What We Like about It – We haven’t seen a game that is fit for an entire family. Until Go Vacation, that is. We can only wish that all of the activities played on the Wii game can be replicated in real life without costing us a fortune.

5Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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First released in 1999, Super Smash Bros. proved to be an instant hit among Nintendo fans as it provided the platform upon which they could pit different characters from the different game franchises of Nintendo against each other. It was one of the best crossover game series that saw Mario from Super Mario Bros, Pikachu from Pokemon, Link from The Legend of Zelda, Fox McCloud from Star Fox, Kirby from the Kirby series, and Samus Aran from Metroid being played all at the same time in a single game franchise. Its third installment, the Brawl, Super Smash Bros. has even added third-party game characters like Sonic the Hedgehog from SEGA, Diddy Kong, Kid Icarus’ Pit, Wario, and Solid Snake from Metal Gear of Konami. The Super Smash Bros. Brawl is largely regarded as the very first video game to allow players to customize or even construct their very own innovative and original stages. The game features 39 playable characters in 41 different stages.

What We Like about It – It’s very rare to see some of our favorite video game characters in just a single game. It’s like pitting DC and Marvel in one fantastic game. And, since it has multiplayer functionality, this is great for enhancing the bonds of friendship for your kids.

6Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

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If you were able to watch the original Episode III of Star Wars, perhaps you also asked yourself where’s Episode I and II? Maybe your kid has just watched The Force Awakens and be utterly confused about the storyline especially about the reason why everyone is searching for Luke Skywalker and who owns the black mask whom Kylo Ren called “grandfather”? To help enlighten your kid about the whole Star Wars saga, you’d have to show him or her the first 6 episodes. Unfortunately, doing so will be quite boring and tiresome. A better way is to give him or her the Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga game for Wii. It may not really be the official adaptation of the George Lucas masterpiece but it will help provide the background information that your kid will need to gain an understanding of where The Force Awakens fits into the puzzle.

The Complete Saga features more than 160 new characters, each of which can be fully customized according to your kid’s preferences. There’s a new improved version of the Force, too, including super power-ups, fully revamped levels for more exciting game play, and a really cool Challenge mode. Being a Wii game, controls will be initiated by the motion-sensitive input technology that has become synonymous with Wii.

What We Like about It – It’s an immersive way to learn the story of one of the most enduring film franchises in the history of man. And since the characters are modeled after Lego mini figures, it provides an element of fun that is sure to resonate to kids everywhere.

7Wii Party

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If you are thinking of creating more unique ways of spicing up your kid’s party, why not get the Wii Party instead? This Wii game is more than just a video game as it can be the life of the party. It features 13 fun, entertaining, interactive, and truly amazing party game modes as well as more than 70 mini-game modes. With close to a hundred different games, your child can be partying all day and through the night and everyone will be happy they’d be begging you to host another party. The good thing about the whole system is that it’s not just an ordinary video game where people will be furiously pressing on their controllers. Depending on the objective of the game, participants can actually interact with both the game and each other. For example, the can play Spoons or even the classic Hide and Seek. For more cooperative plays, kids can play the Balance Boat. If they are feeling competitive, the Board Game Island is a great choice. It features more than 70 mini-games for a full day of absolute fun. Unfortunately, you will have to provide your kid’s guests each with a Wii controller, unless you ask them to bring their own.

What We Like about It – The Wii Party is a very unique way to host children’s, even grownups’, parties. There will never be a dull moment playing this game at any party.

8Wii Sports

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We all know how important physical exercises are when it comes to the promotion of health and wellness. Sadly, not many kids like the idea of exercise. However, with the Wii Sports, it has just become a lot easier to introduce kids to 5 very popular sports that can help them get up and get physical. The Wii Sports features boxing, baseball, tennis, bowling, and golf all of which require motion-sensitive inputs that simulate the movements of a boxer, a baseball player, a tennis player, a bowler, and a golfer. This can help children learn more about these sports but in a very safe and fun way. The implications for child development is simply remarkable. When your kid bats a baseball, he or she will have to literally swing the controller with all his or her might as the force of the swing is directly proportional to how far the baseball will go. The same is true with boxing. If your kid will be slow to duck, he or she will definitely be knocked down. Similarly, throwing a feeble punch won’t bring the opponent down. So, your kid will really have to give his or her all.

What We Like about It – Wii Sports is a great game to introduce kids to 5 different sports. It should also teach them about precision and timing as well as help enhance their reflexes.

9Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

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For fans of the Dynamic Duo, the Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is the Wii game to have. In this game players can take on the role of the different characters of the DC Universe including Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, just to name a few. Your child will have a blast slugging it out with Joker and Lex Luthor by using a variety of gadgets at his or her disposal. Your child can ride the Batmobile or even fly the Batwing or even wear a Power Suit for Batman or Hazard Cannon for Robin. Why not try Superman’s heat vision and super breath abilities?  The Joker, Lex, and their minions won’t stand a chance with your kid calling the shots. If you love batman, be sure to check out our best batman toys for kids article.

What We Like about It – The game features a new storyline which pits the heroes and villains of two great cities – Gotham and Metropolis. This should be an interesting game to play especially for kids who are fans of DC characters.

10Sonic SEGA All-Stars Racing 

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While Sonic the Hedgehog is not a signature character of Nintendo, being one of the icons of SEGA, it is nonetheless one of the best-loved game characters of all time. In fact, among video gamers, when it comes to speed, nothing beats Sonic. Kids can now play Sonic in a classic race to the finish together with 20 other characters from SEGA’s other franchises. It features 3 game modes – Grand Prix, Time Attack, and Arcade and can be played by up to 4 players at a time or even up to 8 players online. Each character has a unique vehicle to drive and each one can pick up weapons scattered all over the race track. The SEGA All-Stars Racing actually reminds us of another game, Crash Bandicoot that features the same game play. If your kids want to experience the real thrill of driving, then why don’t you read our line up of the best selling ride-one electric cars this year?

What We Like about It – It’s racing and mayhem both in one game. It should be instrumental in helping kids master their targeting precision and accuracy. Driving reflexes can also be enhanced.

How We Chose the Top Wii Games in Our List

How do you choose the perfect game for the perfect gaming console? It’s quite difficult actually. We had to really focus on the features of the Wii particularly its revolutionary motion-controlled inputs and try to determine which Wii games will be best suited for this. Studies have shown that the Wii system is beneficial even to elderly individuals as the motion-controlled units allowed the elderly to use their whole bodies to really interact with the games they are playing. Our thinking is that, if these games can really benefit older people who are already in their twilight years, how much more would these gaming systems benefit the younger generations? As such, we focused on identifying Wii games that are developmentally useful and highly appropriate for kids. We then had to consider the thoughts of countless other people who have already played these games especially those with kids so that we can generate a more valid and more realistic evaluation of the Wii games we have to include in our top 10 list.

Wii Games and Children’s Development

There have been some controversy as to whether computer or video games are good or bad for kids. There are those who say that sitting in front of a TV and game console all day long can lead to significant loss of motor development. Some would even say that it can contribute to the development of obesity.

But if you are going to look at the design of the Nintendo Wii system, it addresses specifically this concern. It actually encourages children to become more actively involved in the gameplay. This is made possible by the systems unique motion-sensitive inputs such that players will have to really move parts of their bodies to interact with these games. This helps provide kids the necessary stimulation for their psychomotor development. This is especially true in games that involve whole-body movements such as dance and sports.

Additionally, there are also games that can help children enhance their problem solving skills as well as imagination and creativity. They learn to harness their planning and strategic thinking skills not to mention their ability to predict consequences of certain actions.

But what is really amazing about the Wii system is that it allows for a multiplayer experience. This can enrich their social interaction abilities and pave the way for healthier social relationships. If the child plays these Wii games together with his or her family, then family relationships are not only enhanced but are also strengthened.s

The Bottom Line

Not all video games are created equal, that much is certain. With the Wii’s innovative game console technology and the equally beneficial games, this is one of the most useful family entertainment systems you can ever get your hands on. So, this season of giving, get your kid any one or two of our selection of the top 10 Wii games especially designed for kids. Don’t worry because these games are good for you, too.

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Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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