The Wii library is starting to get to the sweet spot of high supply in resale shops and eBay before the console gets fully “retro”. This guide was starting to get out of date, so here’s the complete revision. Since Wii games are becoming more affordable, but not dirt cheap yet, I figured the $12 price point word be a good place to cover this, so I’ll list the top picks under that mark. Prices are a balance of average eBay sale price, lowest Amazon.com prices for US games, including shipping and what we are seeing in local game shops.
Prices Updated in November 2017
Best Retail Wii Games Under $12
|Super Mario Galaxy: $10
The Mario franchise always is a cornerstone to any Nintendo console, but Super Mario Galaxy may have been the best proper 3D Mario title since Super Mario 64. Galaxy was an excellent example of Nintendo and Miyamoto showing their imagination while giving a big hug to your inner child. It’s also not too often that you can find one of the high-profile Super Mario titles as one of the more affordable titles (although, I don’t expect this one to stay this way forever), I think it is currently a combination of high supply and the sweet spot of the Wii’s early spot in its retired lifespan. It’s not too terribly hard to score a clean, complete copy for under $10 if you shop around. It’s also worth mentioning that you could probably score Super Mario Galaxy for about $15 as well.
|New Super Mario Bros: $12
There is always the debate if Super Mario Bros is better in 3D or 2D, but this two-dimensional revival of Super Mario Bros. actually outsold Super Mario Galaxy (only outsold by the Wii Sports games and Super Mario Kart Wii) and was worthy to its premise. Even though there are more copies out in the wild, this 2D classic still is going to command a few dollars more than Galaxy (most likely that fans want to hold onto their copies). You can get the game for $12 or less if you look carefully, but a pristine, complete copy might edge more towards $15 or more if you aren’t careful (I hesitated on including it here)
|Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: $10
Samus is getting newer revivals now, but the Metroid Prime series have been extremely gratifying experiences (even if it isn’t the 2D that a lot of us crave) and have often been very budget-friendly considering its a popular Nintendo franchise. Needless to say, if you want a blockbuster action title that actually has a good use of the motion controlls and is also a Wii exclusive, you can’t go wrong with Metroid Prime 3.
|Sin and Punishment: Star Successor: $10
If you’re a fan of old-school shooters, you are probably familiar with Treasure. This development house was started by former Konami employees were responsible for classics such as Gunstar Heroes, Radiant Silvergun, and Ikaruga. Star Successor is a follow-up to an N64 classic that was a Japanese exclusive. While Star Successor didn’t get mainstream recognition, it got rave reviews from critics and retro fans. It’s a steal for $10 right now and there are some sealed copies floating around for $15 still if you shop around. With the history of Treasure’s classics, don’t expect this one to stay so cheap.
|Rayman Origins: $9
Rayman is a classic platforming franchise that has had success in both 2D and 3D, but as the title suggests, this installment jumps back to the two-dimensional roots. Rayman Origins is also available on other platforms from the generation, but it is bound to bring you back to all the experiences that made you fall in love with video games. If the Wii is one of your favorite consoles from the generation, Rayman Origins would make a wonderful addition.
|Donkey Kong Country Returns: $10
In case you’re seeing a trend here, the Wii has some stellar 2D revivals in its library. Donkey Kong Country Returns is another wonderful addition to the legacy that was started on the SNES. The game is not only filled with nostolgia, but also interesting gameplay elements, fluid animation, imaginative boss battles, and a hefty challenge. If you are a fan of the SNES DKC classics or a platforming geek, you should look into picking this gem up.
|Kirby’s Epic Yarn: $12
While this creative Kirby installment is still a 2D platformer, it not only has knitted design theme but also some gameplay mechanic changes to add interest to the series. The game works its graphics style into the gameplay through creating interaction between the game and its graphical style, such as allowing Kirby to pull on buttons, stray threads and zips and spin balls of yarn to reveal hidden areas or alter the shape of the terrain. Now is a great time to jump on the affordable price on this Nintendo mainstay before it shifts to cult classic status.
|Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure: $10
Everyone that I talk to seems to have high praise for Zack & Wiki. It’s a cool and original puzzle-filled adventure that will work your brain while you’re having fun. The game’s relatively low-profile release has kept the prices down, but eventually it may turn into one of those cult classics that rise in value. (I’m surprised it hasn’t risen more already)
|Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition: $9
As one of the most highly regarded installments of Capcom’s legendary survival horror series, Resident Evil was a blockbuster title in 2005, but the Wii version that was released two years later is not only one of the cheapest ports on the aftermarket, but you also get the benefits of the Wii-mote controller shooting and movement. (Heavily recommended by everyone I’ve spoke to) Regardless of which version you chose, you should be more than happy with this action-packed thrill-fest.
|Boom Blox: $8
Boom Box Bash Party: $11
This imaginative puzzle game not only makes excellent use of the Wii’s motion controlls, but is also wonderful for parties. Due to the loyal fans of this game and all the buzz around it, Boom Blox was rather pricey on the aftermarket for the longest time. Since the sequel, Bash Party hit the retail scene and the Wii market has cooled off, both titles are quite affordable compared to their fun levels.
|De Blob: $8
This quirky and colorful action platformer is full of fun personality and flew under the radar of most Wii owners. The sequel is also available for a bit more. But if you’re looking for a colorful, quirky and interesting game that makes use of the motion controls, give De Blob a try.
|Monster Hunter Tri: $10
This third installment of Capcom’s action RPG series brings in some fierce beasts to battle against in a highly polished gameplay experience that will require dedication and skill. This one won’t be for everyone, but if you’re into hunting monsters in a fantasy setting, this one should draw you in.
|Geometry Wars: Galaxies: $8
This is another old-school game that showed up on XBLA first, but has had a full retail release on the Wii. Of course, the developers added some extra goodness to the addictive shooter so it is worth the few extra dollars (plus you can also re-sell it, if needed). And luckily, Galaxies gives you the option of using a Classic Controller instead of the Wii-mote in case you don’t enjoy wrist cramps.
|Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection: $12
It is hard not to love a good pinball game. Unfortunately, with the decline of arcades and more pinball machines falling into disrepair, it is getting harder to find a conveninent pinball machine in your neighborhood. Fortunately, there are some wonderful pinball simulators for consoles now, and one of the best compilations is afforable and on the Wii.
Originally released at the end of the PS2’s lengthy career, Capcom’s Okami is considered to be not only one of the best games of the era, but also one of the best examples of artistic expression in a video game. The gameplay function of “drawing” or “painting” strokes seemed like an interesting way to take advantage of the Wii’s motion controls. It’s up for debate if the Wii controls are ideal, but it is still a fantastic game, but should be weighed against newer HD remasters on the newer platforms.
This extra-bloody beateump sandbox title (along with House of the Dead Overkill) marked Sega’s recent attempt to get back into taking risks with games that appeal to the hardcore gaming crowd. It has a simplied but engaging art style and many have compared the gameplay style to that of producer Atsushi Inaba’s previous game, God Hand. Critical reviews of MadWorld praised the game, so if you don’t mind some heavy violence in your Wii library, you might want to look into MadWorld.
|Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga: $6
There’s plenty of Lego games on the video game landscape and the Star Wars collaboration was one of the earliest and best of the bunch. Of course, its available on a handful of other platforms, but for just a handful of dollars, it’s hard to beat the combination of movie nostalgia, family friendly action and loads of laughs along the way.
|Wario Land: Shake It!: $12
While Mario always gets the spotlight, I always have thought most of the Wario Land games don’t get quite enough attention. I find their added quirks and personality so appealing and I was very happy to see Nintendo stuck with a 2D perspective with their Wii Wario Land installment.
|House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return: $11
The Wii is actually a wonderful platform for light-gun style games — especially when paired with an inexpensive gun accessory like the Nyko Perfect Shot (I own two of them). And once you have a nice gun setup, the perfect budget-priced companion is HotD 2 & 3. They are great shooters and can be found just about anywhere for next to nothing.
Cheap Gamecube Must-Haves For Your Wii
If you’re a Wii owner, you really shouldn’t overlook the quality titles that are in the Gamecube’s library. There are so many solid games that still outshine many Wii titles. However, many of them have been out for a while, so you can scoop them up for next to nothing. I’ve limited this section quite a bit, but if you want a more detailed guide, check out the Cheapest Gamecube Games Worth Your Time.
Other Cheap Wii Favorites
- Trauma Center: Second Opinion: $6 – eBay / Amazon
- Red Steel 2: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Metroid: Other M: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Rabbids Go Home: $6 – eBay / Amazon
- Guity Gear XX Accent Core: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Sonic Colors: $X – eBay / Amazon
- Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Mercury Meltdown Revolution: $4 – eBay / Amazon
- Excitebots: Trick Racing: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Battalion Wars 2: $7 – eBay / Amazon
- Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Ghostbusters: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Rayman Raving Rabbids: $4 eBay / Amazon
- Nights Journey of Dreams: $9 eBay / Amazon.
- Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Sky Crawlers Innocent Aces: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Epic Mickey: $5 – eBay / Amazon
- Elebits: $7 eBay / Amazon
- Animal Crossing: City Folk: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Endless Ocean: $7 – eBay / Amazon
- Sega Superstars Tennis: $6 – eBay / Amazon
- Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy: $5 – eBay / Amazon
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: $7 – eBay / Amazon
- Samba De Amigo: $4 – eBay / Amazon
- Ghost Squad: $14 – eBay / Amazon
- Blazing Angels: Squadron of WWII: $5 – eBay / Amazon
- Ocean Commander: $7 – eBay / Amazon
Other Cheap Gamecube Favorites
- Viewtiful Joe: $12 – eBay / Amazon
- Viewtiful Joe 2: $12 – eBay / Amazon
- Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Super Monkey Ball: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Super Monkey Ball 2: $11 – eBay / Amazon
- Soul Calibur II: $10 – eBay / Amazon
- Wave Race: Blue Storm: $7 – eBay / Amazon
- Pac-Man Vs. / Pac-Man World 2: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Tales of Symphonia: $13 – eBay / Amazon
- Resident Evil: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Resident Evil Zero: $6 – eBay / Amazon
- Prince of Persia: Sands of Time: $7 – eBay / Amazon
- Sonic Mega Collection: $7 – eBay / Amazon