Best Wii RPGs
The Nintendo Wii is one of the most successful consoles ever made. The way it incorporated motion controls made players feel more immersed in their games than ever before, but at the same time posed a challenge for more conservative games that didn’t want to include waggling in their control scheme. That said, the Wii is a treasure trove of often overlooked RPGs that are sure to delight any fan of the genre. That is why we have put together a list of the best Wii RPGs that we know you’ll enjoy.
We often review the best Wii U games, here are the best RPGs. If you’re looking to find one of these lesser-known titles, we’ve compiled this list of the best 10 RPGs the Wii has to offer. With such variety, there’s sure to be a game that fits your tastes in RPGs and rest assured, these games try to keep motion controls to a minimum.
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|Wii U RPGs||Our Rating||Buy On Amazon|
|Xenoblade Chronicles||10.0||CHECK IT OUT|
|The Last Story||9.8||CHECK IT OUT|
|Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn||9.7||CHECK IT OUT|
|Rune Factory Frontier||9.6||CHECK IT OUT|
|Super Paper Mario||9.4||CHECK IT OUT|
|Muramasa: The Demon Blade||9.3||CHECK IT OUT|
|Pandora’s Tower||9.2||CHECK IT OUT|
|Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors||9.0||CHECK IT OUT|
|Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon||8.9||CHECK IT OUT|
|Little King’s Story||8.7||CHECK IT OUT|
Top 10 Best Wii RPGs
Starting off our list we have a title that is an excellent blend of RPG and life simulation game. Little King’s Story has the player controlling Corobo, a boy with the power to make people become their allies. The goal of the game is to make your number of allies grow, as well as your land and your power.
Filled to the brim with charm, Little King’s Story was created by Yasuhiro Wada, the mind behind the cult classic Harvest Moon. This is an ideal game if you’ve already played any of the Harvest Moon series of games or if you want an RPG that also includes a little of life simulation elements into the mix. You won’t find heavy grinding or long, epic quests in this title, though.
A spin-off of the legendary Final Fantasy series, Chocobo’s Dungeon is an action-adventure RPG focusing on the franchise’s cute mascots, the Chocobo. This lighthearted RPG takes some foundations from the main Final Fantasy series, like the turn-based combat and the job system.
Aside from the main formula that the main series is known for, Chocobo’s Dungeon also adds some dungeon crawling gameplay, and this might prove a little tedious for some players. If repetition doesn’t annoy you, then you might definitely find a truly unique experience in this game.
The game also works as a roguelike experience, so players looking for small, concise gameplay that can be enjoyed in small bursts may be more appreciative of this title. While some of the graphics might look somewhat muddy, even for the Wii’s SD output, the art direction and character designs help this game’s presentation a great deal.
Another well-known RPG franchise comes with an exclusive title for the Wii. Dragon Quest Swords is a more streamlined experience than the mainline titles, but it has all the characteristics that make these games so popular. Characters designed by Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) populate the world of this game, creating a unique experience that appeals to RPG and anime fans alike.
Simplicity has always been of the main selling points of the Dragon Quest series, and Swords is no different in this regard. A basic control scheme assures you won’t have to deal with complicated formulas and systems to enjoy the game. Creating swords is one of the main mechanics of the game, with dozens of possible combinations to help you defeat famous Dragon Quest monsters.
If we must point out a negative about this game, that’d be the way it uses motion controls. You’ll need precise inputs and resting your Wii Remote completely flat for some commands to actually register. This might prove frustrating for some players, but it might be fun if you want to pretend that the Remote is actually a sword and like the Wii’s motion controls.
If you’re looking to add a little action to your RPGs, then Pandora’s Tower is the game to get. A hectic mixture of hack-and-slash and roleplaying elements keeps you on your toes every second, as the dark and somewhat brutal plot keeps you immersed in the game. The game tasks you with saving your beloved from turning into a hideous beast; to do so, you must journey through thirteen towers and defeat giant bosses, and the sooner the better, as taking too long will result in getting a worse ending.
Featuring a fully voiced cast, this game reminds us of the Castlevania series with its dark and melancholy art and baroque-inspired character art. The main character’s weapon of choice, the magical Oraclos Chain, also bears a strong resemblance to the legendary vampire-slaying whip used by the Belmont’s in Castlevania.
The game’s control scheme is just complicated enough to invite the player to master it, but not overly confusing and open to players of most skill levels. We also have to point that this game was released very late in the Wii’s lifespan. Originally released in Japan back in 2011, it was finally released in America in 2013. The matured Wii is capable of delivering pretty decent graphics, and they really shine in this very detailed title.
Side-scrolling action platforming and RPG are two genres that we don’t see mixed quite as often as they should. Muramasa: The Demon Blade fixes that with its stellar combination of gameplay and gorgeous visuals, creating a truly unique experience that’s easily one of the must-have games on the console. A tale of swords and souls based in rural japan, Muramasa uses 2D hand-drawn sprites to convey the action, setting itself apart visually from all the other RPGs on this list.
Inspired by the sumi-e style of Japanese painting, you’ll hardly come across an experience as unique as Muramasa. The RPG elements come in second place after the action, so be aware of that before buying, especially if you’re more of a Final Fantasy fan. Muramasa is quite an interesting game and it rightfully deserves a spot on our top 10 list of the best Wii U RPGs.
5. Super Paper Mario – Best Mario Generation Wii RPG
It’s almost impossible to write about Nintendo without mentioning, at least once, his dearly beloved Italian plumber or one of his many escapades. On the Wii, Mario has a stellar foray into the RPG genre with Super Paper Mario. Fans of the franchise must be familiar with the ‘Paper’ series of games and their peculiar art-style, reminiscent of crafting paper.
In Super Paper Mario, the player must cross between both 2D and 3D perspectives to fully uncover the secrets of every stage. This unique gimmick works hand-in-hand with the well-known Paper Mario RPG formula of fighting enemies and obtaining power-ups. Additionally, the use of the Wii Remote is one of the best on the console, demanding both horizontal and vertical use of the peripheral. If you ask me, Super Paper Mario is one of the best Wii U RPGs that you can play over and over.
Another mixture of RPG and life simulation, Rune Factory Frontier takes the best of both worlds and crafts a well-balanced and enjoyable experience. From the same creative team behind Harvest Moon, Rune Factory takes the same basic formula of farm keeping and adds an extra layer of dungeon crawling and RPG to the mix. Gone are the traditional rural backgrounds of Harvest Moon and in comes a magical world full of knights and spells.
Frontier is the first official sequel in the Rune Factory series, and it’s also the first in the series to be developed for a home console. Its unique mixture of RPG and simulation allows the player to play any way they want. Some may be more akin to live life leisurely growing crops, while the more adventurous will find a lot of exploration and combat in Rune Factory Frontier.
Another cool aspect of the game lies in the way it handles NPCs in town. Your actions and interactions with the townspeople determine their happiness; unhappy townsfolk might be inclined to leave town and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. This extra challenge means that not only must you take care of your fields and crops, but your friendships as well.
These days, the name Fire Emblem needs no further introduction. Back when it was released on the Wii, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn was a decent success, thanks to the series well-known gameplay where every choice you make matters and a single lost unit might mean your downfall further into the story. Radiant Dawn is the direct sequel of the GameCube title Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, which means that fan-favorite Ike is back as one of the protagonists.
Part RPG, part strategy game, Fire Emblem pits the player’s army against ruthless foes and forces them to think every move well before they make them. If a unit is defeated, they’re gone for the remainder of the campaign, so you better device a solid strategy for every encounter, or you’ll find yourself losing units left and right.
These units are not nameless grunts, as every soldier in your army has a personality of their own. Take advantage of their personalities by forming bonds between them and making them stronger, and choose a team that covers each other weak-spots. ‘Teamwork’ is the name of the game when it comes to Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
Talk about an overlooked masterpiece. The Last Story has all the markings of a timeless classic, from its stellar presentation to its downright legendary soundtrack, this is a game that really makes the Wii shine. This is a masterclass in JRPG design and tropes that is sure to become one of your favorites if you give it a chance.
Composer Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) really seals the deal, creating a haunting ambiance that accompanies you throughout your journey and immerses yourself in the plot. If you like giant bosses in your games, then this title won’t let you down in that department either. It was tough choosing the best Wii U RPGs, but it was even tougher picking a number one. The Last Story came quite close!
1. Xenoblade Chronicles – Best Wii RPG
If you say the words ‘RPG’ and ‘Wii’ in the same sentence, then Xenoblade Chronicles is the first thing that’ll pop in your head 99.9% of the time. A solid game full of content, charm and solid performances by the voiced-over cast, Xenoblade pushes the envelope of what the Wii is capable of achieving in terms of storytelling.
A giant world awaits you in this game, chock-full of quests and mysteries ready to discover. An active battle system helps keep the combat varied and filled with action. This is the ideal RPG if you’re looking for a balance between tactics and skill when it comes to random encounters.
Beautiful music and a unique sense of size help the world of Xenoblade feel alive and lived-in, complete with its own mythos and history that unfolds before you with just the right amount of exposition. Definitely a must-have on the console, for fans and non-fans of RPGs alike.
Whether you are new to gaming, or the Nintendo Wii U in general, you’ll absolutely love these selections. When looking for the Best Wii U games, look no further than the ones mentioned on our list. Personally, I would go with Xenoblade if I was you but all of these selections are great options if you are looking to fully immerse yourself into a great game. Also, if you don’t own a Wii U and are just looking to see what games are available, there are tons!