The Wii may have been the underdog in the seventh generation console market, but if there was one thing it was good at, it was multiplayer.
The Wii’s motion controls were a hit, even with gamers who don’t like games in general. The local multiplayer modes are also cheered up, as everyone goes for the win with confidence.
And even though Nintendo wasn’t in the spotlight, there was solid online multiplayer on the Wii.
Currently, Nintendo no longer supports Wii network servers, but you can still learn to play with Wiimmfi on private servers.
And if you need some games for that, let’s take a look at some of the best games on the Wii’s multiplayer list.
30. Water Wars (2009)
The WiiWare store was full of uninteresting games with great gameplay, but largely ignored at the time, including Water Warfare.
Water Warfare is a fairly simple FPS with water cannons instead of AK47s and L96A1 sniper rifles.
It features 8-player online shootouts in six modes, such as Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag, and supports 2-player split-screen.
29. Battle Island Worms (2010)
Who doesn’t like worms?
This turn-based artillery tactics game is one of the most universally appealing games.
It’s always a good time to try to blow up your friends with mortars and grenades, or at least bury them in an uncomfortably deep hole.
Worms Battle Islands on the Wii brings more fun with the same gameplay, which is both the game’s strength and greatest weakness.
Although it’s installed on the Wii, it doesn’t really use the motion controls in a creative way. It’s a fun multiplayer game, but a mediocre product.
28. Pipeline (2009)
The Wii was not known for its online multiplayer FPS games.
But there were a few gems here and there, including Canal.
The single player game is set in Washington, D.C. during an alien invasion. It leans heavily on corruption in the US government, making the story resemble a Dan Brown novel.
The multiplayer is similar to Halo: Combat Evolved, but with carefully modified controls that make the experience much smoother.
27. Pipeline II (2010)
The rest of the channel took us from Washington DC to various places like Central America, an oil rig in the Bermuda Triangle, and even the mythical city of Atlantis.
These varied scenarios are showcased well in Conduit II’s multiplayer mode and are one of the game’s biggest improvements over the original.
It also has a combo screen and a competitive game mode, which is not given on the Wii.
Another thing that is not obvious is the headphone mount that the Conduit II has in the blades.
26. Elephants (2006)
Elebits is a soothing shooter – something you don’t see every day.
The multiplayer mode is an insane speed game, where each player fights to get more Elebits than the opponent.
Anyone can quickly learn the basics of Elebits Search, making it an ideal game for beginners or young children.
25. Pikmin 2 (2012)
The Pikmin series isn’t exactly known for its multiplayer.
But that’s what I love about Pikmin 2.
The game not only lets you explore an alien planet to collect trinkets for profit, but it also offers competitive and cooperative multiplayer options.
The competitive multiplayer mode takes the form of a frantic marble-collecting contest similar to Capture the Flag.
Challenge mode pits you against difficult bosses and seemingly unreasonable team challenges.
Both are worth a look if you like the series.
24. The Blob (2008)
As for multiplayer, I love the colorful titles that break the monotony of team-based shooters and fighters that usually dominate the scene.
The Blob is one of those names.
This sandbox platformer asks you to bring your color back to an alien city that has been taken over by an evil corporation.
The multiplayer element of the game is just as hectic as you would expect. In the four competition modes, everyone tries to draw as many landmarks and objects as possible.
This game is ambitious, colorful and fresh – and so is the multiplayer.
23. Boom blocks (2008)
I’m sure I’m not the only one to say that Steven Spielberg and EA have worked together – something I could never have predicted.
Boom Blox is an incredibly addictive game about very dangerous tricks.
In each level you must either defend the stability of the tower or try to destroy it.
The game contains a huge number of puzzles for single player and over 100 for cooperative and competitive play. There’s plenty to keep you busy.
22. Reimann’s rabbits (2006)
One of the more unusual multiplayer games on the Wii is Rayman Raving Rabbids, a series that avoids any semblance of seriousness in favor of pure fun.
The multiplayer element of the game consists of matches in mini-games, which make excellent use of the motion controls.
They are all taken care of by the Rabbids, which makes it all very funny.
My favorite thing to do with my friends in RRB is to compete in score mode to shoot the most panicked bunnies.
21. House of the Dead : Overkill (2009)
Everyone has played the classic arcade game House of the Dead.
If you’re interested in these classic rail shooters, the Overkill feature is a must-have for the Wii.
In this game, up to four people can take on monstrous horrors and enjoy an intentionally cheesy plot full of highly creative swearing and absurd situations.
Zombies aren’t scary anymore, so Overkill has gone the comedy route – and you’ll have just as much fun killing zombies in a humorous setting.
20. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom : Ultimate All Stars (2008)
I don’t know many people who are familiar with Tatsunoko’s Super Sentai characters.
But don’t let that stop you from discovering this amazing fighter.
It features fairly technical battles, similar to Marvel vs. Capcom, with very attractive graphics that make the most of the Wii’s hardware. The special air strikes are huge, colorful and one of the most appealing aspects.
If you have at least one friend who likes Tatsunoko series like Science Ninja Team Gatchaman or Yatterman, you will change his life.
19. Metal Slug Anthology (2006)
Along with Contra and Gunstar Heroes, Metal Slug is one of the most exciting side-scrolling shooters of all time – and now you can play every game in the series on your Wii.
The Metal Slug anthology includes MS 1-6 and X, giving you an impressive number of levels to play out alone or with 2P.
Playing this game with someone else can be fun, but it’s best if you have a stable friendship that can handle you yelling at each other because the other person fell.
18. Goldeneye 007 (2010)
Everyone remembers the original GoldenEye 007 on the N64.
And the 2010 homage to this classic brings much of the same charm.
The game features four split-screen modes for 1-4 players on ten different maps and a few additional modes for online play.
And if you want the full GoldenEye experience, you can always play with a classic controller instead of the Wiimote.
17. Bomber Blast (2008)
There’s a reason Bomberman keeps coming back.
The classic bombastic gameplay of this franchise will never get old. And anyone can take it and start using it immediately without any explanation.
The best thing about Bomberman Blast as a multiplayer game is that up to eight people can play on one console.
Of course, getting four GameCube controllers and four Wii controllers can be tricky. But it’s worth it.
You can also compete against up to seven players online.
16. Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz (2006)
The Super Monkey Ball series has a fantastic game for the Wii.
With its elegant, sky-high graphics, excellent Wii motion controls, and numerous monkey boards, Banana Blitz is a must-have for the library.
Unfortunately, you can’t play the game campaign with another friendly monkey.
Instead, you and your troop of four chimps can take part in 50 multiplayer mini-games, including monkey snowboarding races, monkey boat races, and classic monkey ball races.
If you are looking for something fun for all ages and levels of gaming experience, this is the way to go.
15. Just Dance 4 (2012)
The dance. It is perhaps the oldest form of entertainment to which humans have had access.
And it’s not like we’re going to get tired anytime soon.
Where our ancestors had their voices and maybe some sticks and stones to make their music, we have the Just Dance franchise. Turn on the Wii, choose a song and try to imitate the movements and poses on the screen to the rhythm of the music.
It contains over 40 incredible pop tracks, including hits like Las Ketchup’s Asereje and classics like European Final Countdown, and lots of DLC.
14. Guitar Hero 5 (2009)
We all know that Guitar Hero III was an in-game attraction.
But it’s certainly not the best title in the franchise, especially when it comes to multiplayer.
Guitar Hero 5 is a full four-person band where your buddies can play lead guitar, bass, drums and vocals – as long as you have the instruments.
Even if you get tired of the 85 songs, there’s plenty of downloadable content – and you can always jump into Mii Freestyle mode to have fun in this world without worrying about it.
13. Rock Band 3 (2010)
You know, Guitar Hero is cool – but as cool as Rock Band 3?
It’s not that Guitar Hero doesn’t have good music, style and gameplay. Because Guitar Hero is awesome.
But the Pro Rock Band 3 game mode is out of this world.
With 83 new songs and access to many more via the Rock Band Network, RB3 was an ambitious game that delivered on its promises.
12. Fast racing competition (2011)
If you love the fast-paced hovercraft racing gameplay of games like WipeOut, then FAST Racing League is a must-have for the Wii.
This WiiWare game is midway between WipeOut and Sonic Riders, but not as light-hearted.
It’s an underrated gem that can certainly compete with the genre’s heavyweights like F-Zero and the upcoming Pacer.
11. Mario Strikers Loaded (2007)
Every time Mario and his friends get their hands on a new piece of sports equipment, you know they’ll have fun.
And football is probably the best thing for these inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom.
The emphasis on fun rather than realism (or respect for the actual game) makes for a chaotic and exciting game.
Believe me, I’m not a big fan of sports game simulations.
But I love the Mario Stryker, loaded.
With 17 interactive fields to play on and countless incredible Mega Strikes to experience, this title goes 7-0.
10. Donkey Kong Country (2010)
I’ve become a big fan of the classic Donkey Kong Country series in recent years, and its return on the Wii is definitely one of my favorites.
It’s not like it’s better than its predecessors in terms of design or general aesthetics (after all, it’s hard to beat the original pseudo three-dimensional sprites).
Still, this reboot deeply respects the originals and manages to bring much of the same charm to the Wii.
The setting is colorful and vibrant, the music is fantastic – and the motion controls aren’t bad at all.
You’ll have a lot of fun playing DK’s Banana Hoard with a friend in the co-op mode.
9. The pre-capital kingdom (2008)
I never tire of praising the Kingdom of Dokapon.
So when I was looking for all those great multiplayer games for the Wii, this was the first one that came to mind.
It takes the best parts of Mario Party and merges them with the stylistic features of High Fantasy RPG.
Up to four players move around the board as one of three classes (thief, warrior and mage) and try to collect as much wealth as possible in a fixed number of moves.
Dokapon’s empire is unique in that he aggressively impedes your opponent’s progress by setting traps, stealing his money, or even just shaving the hair off his head to take away his morale.
Honestly, it’s a lot of fun.
8. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (2011)
I’m a true Kirby fan, and the classic 2D side-scrolling games are my favorite.
That’s probably why I enjoyed Kirby’s Return to Dreamland so much.
This is the first traditional Kirby platformer since Kirby 64 : Crystal Shards, but focuses on the multiplayer.
The game can be played by up to four people with Kirbys of four colors or characters like Waddle Dee, King Dedede and Meta Knight.
Players share the same pool of lives, so anyone can join them at any time during the campaign.
7. Mario Party 8 (2007)
Mario Party 8 was Hudson Soft’s last development to be released as part of Nintendo’s Party series.
And therefore the last to follow the classic formula.
It’s Mario Party on the Wii again.
Not that I’m complaining, mind you.
This game can provide countless hours of fun for up to four players as you make your way through the game boards, play minigames and collect stars – it’s easy, well… I’ve been playing the same game since I was about 7 years old.
Mario Party 8 has amazingly creative game boards. Combine that with the 14 characters in the game and you have a really solid entry in the series.
6. Mario Party 9 (2012)
Mario Kart Wii stands out with responsive motion controls, and Nintendo has added capable online multiplayer to the racing game formula.
There were also bikes that no one expected, but everyone loved.
The game has pretty solid graphics, 24 playable characters and an impressive number of race tracks.
And with a few clever mods, you can add even more race tracks or custom characters.
The thing that stuck with me the most about playing Mario Kart Wii is that you’re never sure. Races can change completely in a matter of seconds!
It’s almost a bad idea to stay in first place until the final seconds, otherwise the Blue Shell will inevitably become your target.
4. Wii Sports (2006)
When it comes to great multiplayer games, you can’t ignore the bestseller of the entire platform, the humble Wii Sports.
I was a little hesitant when I first saw the Wii Sports Disc that came with each system. What do you mean by sport?
Part of my character as a teenager was that I didn’t like sports!
That said, I enjoyed this game.
Every exercise in Wii Sports is designed to be easy to learn and practice, and is instantly addictive, especially if you have someone to play against in multiplayer mode.
3. Wii Sports Resort (2008)
After the positive reviews from Wii Sports users around the world, this is no surprise.
Nintendo had to work on a sequel, this time to promote the Wii MotionPlus accessory.
The game includes 12 different sports, some of which are 4-player (multiplayer). They’re more varied and a bit more challenging than the original Wii Sports, but they’re just as easy to pick up without experience.
My favorite thing about Wii Sports Resort is the somewhat unusual selection of sports. These include canoeing, wakeboarding, archery and even sword fighting.
Yes, multi-player archery on the Wii. What a time to be alive.
2. Variant: Soft movements (2007)
This may come as a surprise to many of you, but in all the years I’ve owned a Wii, I’ve never found a game as fun, engaging and addictive as Warioware : Fluid motions.
Mario’s dubious lookalike has found a magical artifact called Shape Baton, which bears a striking resemblance to Wijmoth.
Now, oddly enough, you have to use Baton during numerous microgames to unlock its power (or something like that).
The random five-second stream of microgames in the game keeps everyone glued to the screen, waiting for the next unreasonable request that will make the player look like an idiot while trying to get a point.
One of the best parts of this game is that you only need a twelve-player Wiimote to participate in this supernatural microgame series.
1. Super Smash Bros Brawl (2008)
I love WarioWare with a passion.
But the undisputed champion of multiplayer games on the Wii is surely Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
This third installment of Nintendo’s classic crossover was another critically acclaimed success for the N-belt. Mainly because of the beautiful graphics, inspiring music and fantastic gameplay.
It features 39 characters, with great additions like Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake that made the SSBB fighters more diverse.
Everyone can find at least one favorite character in this game.
My friends played it extensively and we made many friends through SSBB, a story I’ve heard from many people.
If multiplayer brings people together, that’s a win for me.
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