Nintendo's Wii is a popular gaming console, preferred by some over Xbox. Playing video games is one of the number one activities in America and throughout the world. It's something that you'll find people of all ages doing. In 2019 alone, so far, Nintendo has sold 16.95 million consoles. Most players purchase multiple games to go with these devices, so you can imagine that the number of games sold per year is astronomical. Here are the top 20 best selling Wii games of all-time.
20. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - 3.52 million
This Wii game is classified in the action-adventure category. It's made for the Wii home console. It's been out since November of 2011. It's the sixteenth game to be released in the Legend of Zelda game series. It was released for Wii U in 2016. It took Nintendo game developers five years to complete the work on this game from start to finish. Players must navigate Skyloft, and its lower lands to complete a series of quests which advance the story, by solving a variety of puzzles, using a sword and shield with Link as the protagonist who keeps Zelda safe and the ultimately rescues the princess. Nintendo Group 3 developed Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
19. Just Dance - 4.3 million
Just Dance has sold 4.3 million copies so far, making it the nineteenth best selling game for the Nintendo Wii. The publisher for this game is Ubisoft with developers from Ubisoft Paris and Ubisoft Milan working on its production. It was first released in November of 2009 for sale to teh public. This is a rhythm-based game which allows the users to choose a song, using the Wii remote and using physical dance pads, the players mimic the dance moves being shown on the screen. Through motion detection, the game judges the accuracy of the dance steps and the player who comes closest to imitating the dance moves on the screen precisely gets the most points and wins the game. Although the reviews came back negative or neutral the Just Dance franchise turned out to be the second largest for Ubisoft.
18. Link's Crossbow Training - 4.80 million
Link's Crossbow Training was released in North American on November 19, 2007. This release was followed by its debut in Europe on December 7, 2007, in Australia on December 13, 2007, and in Japan on May 1, 2008. It's a Shooter based game which was developed by the Nintendo EAD (Group 3). This was the first title to use the Wii Zapper peripheral land it came bundled with the game. Players used a variety of assets to navigate a variety of environments and battle enemies while shooting objects in the background.
17. Donkey Kong Country Returns - 4.98 million
Donkey Kong Country Returns is the 17th best selling video game for Wii, selling 4.98 million units since its initial release. This game was developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo. It was first released in North America on November 21, 2010, in Australia on December 2, 2010, in Europe on December 3, 2010, and in Japan on December 9, 2010. A 3D version of the game titled Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DS was released for the Nintendo Wii 3DS in 2013. Players must retrieve the hoard assisted by Diddy Kong, and battle the Tikis, also known as the Tiki Tak Tribe who invade Donkey Kong Island and insinuate their evil powers over the animals who live on the island and they're enchanted to steal all Donkey Kong's bananas, which he must get back This is the first time that Rare was not involved in the development of a Donkey Kong video game.
16. Just Dance 2 - 5 million
Just Dance 2 is the second release from the Ubisoft Paris developers. This is the sixteenth best selling video game for the Wii console. It was first released in North America on October 12, 2010, and in Europe on October 14, 2010. The popular rhythm game sol five million copies, and has outsold the first edition Just Dance by .7 million copies, making it one of Ubisoft's best successes overall.
15. Super Mario Galaxy 2 - 5 million
Super Mario Galaxy 2 tied with Just Dance 2 in selling 5 million copies. The game was developed by the Nintendo EAD Group 1 developers. It was first released on May 23, 2010, in North America, on May 27, 2010, in Japan, on June 11, 2010, in Europe and in Australia on June 30, 2010.
14. Wheel of Fortune - 6 million
Those who are fond of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune loved playing this game on the Wii console so much that they made it the fourteenth most popular selling Wii game on the market today. The game has sold 6 million copies since its release. The publisher for this game is Game Tek. The company experienced dire financial troubles and was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1998, even though sales of this game were high.
13. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games - 6.53 million
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games sold 6.53 million copies since its release. The game was developed by Sega Sports R&D developers and was published by Nintendo in Japan and Sega in North America. It was first released on November 5, 2009, in Japan, on December 25, 2009, in Australia, on December 15, 2009, in North America, and on November 16, 2009, in Europe.
12. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - 7.53 million
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is an action-adventure game in the Zelda series which sold an amazing 7.53 million copies since its release. It was developed by Nintendo EAD Group 3. The game was first released in North America on November 19, 2006, followed by its Japan release on December 2, 2006, Australia on December 7, 2006, and in Europe on December 8, 2006.
11. Mario Party 8 - 8.85 million
Mario Party 8 beat The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess by more than a million units sold, making the game the eleventh best selling video game for the Wii console. The game was developed by Hudson Soft, and published by Nintendo. It was first released in North America on May 29, 2007, followed by a release in Europe on June 22, 2007. in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2007, in Australia on July 19, 2007, and in Japan on July 26, 2007.
10. Wii Party - 9.33 million
According to Nintendolife.com, Wii Party sold an amazing 9.33 million copies for the Wii home console. It was developed by ND Cube and Nintendo SPD Group 4 developers. The game was released in Japan first on July 8, 2010, followed by its release into the North American market on October 3, 2010, and in Europe on October 8, 2010.
9. Super Mario Galaxy -12.79 million
Super Mario Galaxy is a platform game which was developed by the Nintendo EAD Group 1 developers. It was first released in Japan on November 1, 2007, followed by its North American release on November 12, 2007, in Europe on November 16, 2007, and in Australia on November 29th in 2007. The game sold a whopping 12.79 million copies , making it the eighth best selling Nintendo Wii video game for the home console unit.
8. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 13.30 million
Super Smash Bros. Brawl is a video game for the Nintendo Wii home console featuring a fighting and action platform. it was created by the Ad hoc development team and published by Nintendo. The game achieved a huge success, selling 13.30 million copies since its release. It was released first in Japan on January 31, 2008 , followed by its North American release on March 9 ,2008, in Australia on June 26, 2008, and on June 27, 2008, in Europe.
7. Wii Fit Plus - 21.13 million
The seventh best selling Wii game is Wii Fit Plus, topping more than 21 million units sold. This game is in the fitness genre and it was developed by the Nintendo EAD Group 5 developers, and published by Nintendo. It was released for sale to the public in Japan on October 1, 2009, then in North America on October 4, 2009, in Australia on October 15, 2009, and in Europe on October 30, 2009.
6. Wii Fit - 22.67 million
Wii Fit was the first in Nintendo's Exer-gaming video line. It was released just two years before Wii Fit Plus and sales were higher than its second version by 1.54 million units. It was also developed by Nintendo EAD Group 5 developers. The first release happened on December 1, 2007, in Japan, followed by the European release on April 25, 2008, in Australia on May 8, 2008, and North Americans were the last to have access to the game with a release date of May 21, 2008.
5. Wii Play - 28.02 million
Wii Play is the fifth best selling video game for Wii with sales of just over 28 million units. It was developed by the Nintendo EAD Group 2 developers. Wii Play was first released in Japan on December 2, 2006, followed by its release in Europe on December 8, 2006. The release for North America was delayed until February 12 of 2007.
4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii - 30.26 million
New Super Mario Bros for the Wii console was the fourth best-seller in our ranking of the top 20 games of all-time. The game was developed by the Nintendo EAD Group 4 developers and its first release was in Australia on November 11, 2009. It was released within a week in North American on November 15, 2009, followed by its release in the European market on November 20, 2009, and lastly, in Japan on December 3rd of 2009.
3. Wii Sports Resort - 33.10 million
As we near the top-selling video game for Wii, we have Wii Sports Resort in the third position, with 33.10 million units sold. This game is in the sports genre and it was developed by the Nintendo EAD Group 2. The first release happened in Japan on June 25, 2009, It was next introduced to Australia on July 23, 2009, in Europe the next day on July 24, 2009, in North America on July 26, 2009, and in Korea on June 24, 2010.
2. Mario Kart Wii - 37.20 million
Mari Kart for Wii is the second best selling video game of all time. This is a racing game which was developed by the Nintendo EAD Group 1. It sold an astounding 37.20 million copies. The game first made its appearance in Japan on April 10, 2008, then in Europe on April 11, 2008, in Australia on April 24, 2008, then being released in North America on April 27, 2008, and finally appearing in Korea on April 30, 2009. Mario Kart for Wii is one of those games that requires skill and agility in driving simulations over multiple environments and it really puts players to the test.
1. Wii Sports - 82.87 million
The number one top-selling video game for Wii is Wii Sports, selling an astronomical 82.87 million copies since its release. The game is in the sports genre. It was developed by the Nintendo EAD Group 2 developers. Its first release was on November 19, 2006, in North America. This was followed by its debut in Japan on December 2, 2006, then in Australia on December 7, 2006, and finally in Europe on December 8, 2006. Our list of the top-20 best selling games for the Wii console concludes with the Wii Sports video game which became the biggest sensation to hit the gaming market for this particular console.
Written by Garrett Parker
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