As some of you know, my wife recently got me a Wii for my birthday, so being the cheapskate I am, I did my research of the best games for the system that won’t set me back a bunch of money. Now, I haven’t played all of these, but I’m going mostly on critic’s reviews and word-of-mouth from gamers with similar tastes. I figured the $20 price point word be a place to start, so I’ll list the top picks under that mark (Prices listed are an average eBay price and lowest Amazon.com prices for US games, including shipping.)
Since retail Wii games aren’t the only thing you can play on your Wii, I’m also including some of the most critically acclaimed WiiWare titles so far and my picks for the best cheap Gamecube games that would complement a solid Wii library. I’m not including any Virtual Console games just yet. I’ll probably have another feature targeted towards retro games later on.
Check out the other Cheapest Games Worth Your Time articles
Best Retail Games Under $20
|Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure: $16
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 it may end up being those hidden gems that increase in value after it leaves store shelves.
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|Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition: $18
You could save a few extra dollars by picking up the Gamecube version of this 2005 blockbuster title, but you can still get this affordable Wii edition to have 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.
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|Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords: $17
I love games that mix genres effortless to create a fresh gaming experience. Puzzle Quest brought the unlikely duo of the puzzle and RPG genre together, resulting in a bit of a cult classic. Sure, it may be cheaper on XBLA, but its still a great value on the Wii. It’s easy to find for $20 new, but you could also save a few bucks buying a used copy online.
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|Geometry Wars: Galaxies: $19
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.
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|Rayman Raving Rabbids: $17
RRR was one of the hottest Wii launch titles from a third party and many Wii owners are still have good fun with 70 or so mini-games and its wacky sense of humor. It is now available on other platforms, but the Wii’s controls seems to be the most natural. Now that the sequel as been out for a few months, you’ll see this quickly coming down in price. (and much cheaper than Wario Ware: Smooth Moves)
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Elebits is one of those quirky games and unique games that has a small but strong following — kinda like Chibi Robo had at the end of the Gamecube’s lifespan. I haven’t had the chance to play with it myself, but I’ve heard good things, so if you need to round out your Wii library on the cheap, you might want to look into it.
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|Sega Superstars Tennis: $15
Taking a page from Nintendo’s fan service, Sega took their Virtua Tennis formula and filled it with so much Sega goodness that any fan can’t turn down the game at a bargain price.
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NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams: $15
After about a decade of begging Sega for a sequel to the Saturn classic, they finally delivered one for the Wii. It didn’t blow anybody’s mind, but is a solid follow-up that stays rather true to the original.
|Excite Truck: $18
This Wii launch title is still as fast an fun as it was on day one, but now that most Wii early-adopters have moved on, you can find this little racer dirt cheap.
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|Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy: $19
Even though there were a couple bigger-name games that were under $20, I wanted to feature Blast Works as it retails new for $20 and it a unique shooting game (better known as TUMIKI Fighters on the PC) from an indie developer. However, unlike the original PC game, the Wii version has a good editor and online sharing capabilities that really add extra depth to the game. Other great games from the developer, Kenta Cho, are available as unlockables as well.
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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.
|Metroid Prime: $7
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes: $12
The first two games in the series may not have the Wii-mote capabilities of the third installment, but if you haven’t played these yet, scoop them up while you wait for part three to come down in price
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|F-Zero GX: $9
I’m really looking forward to seeing a new F-Zero game on the Wii, but until then, I’m still quite content with the fabulous racer that was a team project between the arcade geniuses at Sega and the fine folks at Nintendo. I do believe it holds the place of my favorite racer of all-time due to it’s insanely high speeds and the addicting nature of trying to hit all the boosts and turns in a given track.
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|The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker: $12
Once people got over their initial disappointment that Link was featured as a cute cel-shaded character, they realized that Wind Waker deserved high praise as yet another legendary installment in the Zelda franchise. Now that Twighlight Princess is has taken the spotlights, it’s a bit easier to find Wind Waker for just over $10
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The Best WiiWare So Far
Wiiware is still in its infancy, but there are a number of quality games for it that are at the $10 price point. Most of them cater to specialized tastes, so make sure to read up a bit on them before plunking down your Nintendo Points.
Near The $20 Mark
Here’s a few more Wii games that you may be able to snag for less than $20 if you’re lucky, but average out to be a bit more most of the time.
- House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return: $22 – eBay / Amazon
- No More Heroes: $23 – eBay / Amazon
- Trauma Center: Second Opinion: $22 – eBay / Amazon
Other Cheap Wii Favorites
- Mercury Meltdown Revolution: $12 – eBay / Amazon
- SSX Blur: $12 – eBay / Amazon
- Ghost Squad: $17 – eBay / Amazon
- MLB Power Pros: $16 – eBay / Amazon
- Madden NFL 07: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Madden NFL 08: $16 – eBay / Amazon
- Sonic & The Secret Rings: $15 – eBay / Amazon
- Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam: $11 – eBay / Amazon
Other Cheap Gamecube Favorites
- Super Monkey Ball: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Super Monkey Ball 2: $10 – eBay / Amazon
- Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Viewtiful Joe: $6 – eBay / Amazon
- Viewtiful Joe 2: $7 – eBay / Amazon
- Super Mario Sunshine: $11 – eBay / Amazon
- Resident Evil: $12 – eBay / Amazon
- Resident Evil Zero: $11 – eBay / Amazon
- Eternal Darkness – $20 – eBay / Amazon
- Pikmin: $19 – eBay / Amazon
- Star Fox Adventures: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Pac-Man Vs. / Pac-Man World 2: $10 – eBay / Amazon
- Wave Race: Blue Storm: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Sonic Mega Collection: $8 – eBay / Amazon
- Soul Calibur II: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- TimeSplitters 2: $9 – eBay / Amazon
- Puyo Pop Fever: $9 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door: $13 eBay / Amazon