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Best Nintendo Wii Games for Adults

Shane's been gaming for nearly 40 years and loves a broad array of games in addition to being one-quarter of the Assorted Meeples group.

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Best Wii Games for Parents & Grandparents

The Nintendo Wii has done something that no other gaming system to date has been successful in doing: getting older parents and grandparents interested in video games.

There are many great Wii video games for adults, and we're not talking about late twenty-somethings who grew up with video games, but with parents, Baby boomers, and even the elderly love the Nintendo Wii.

There are many great Wii games for adults, and if you're looking for some actual video games that your parents or grandparents will love, then look no further! This hub is dedicated to the best Nintendo Wii games available for adults who usually don't like video games.

You know times have changed when fifty year old parents are buying a Nintendo Wii…for themselves and not for the kids off at college. So without further ado, here are six of the best Wii games for adults who usually don't like video games.

These games are popular, so you should be able to find great options that fill out a nice little Wii library with entertaining choices without having to bust the budget.

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Great Wii Games for Adults: Why Nintendo is Killing the Competition

The numbers are out again, and while Sony has somehow managed to give away even more of the video game market they once dominated, the Nintendo Wii is crushing all comers. The Wii is once again the most popular video game system, and the numbers aren't even close.

The 46 million Wii consoles sold is well over double of the PS3. The reason for this? Because the Wii has great games for adults.

While PS3 and the Xbox 360 are competing for the hearts and wallets of hard core gamers, the Nintendo Wii has gone the other direction and makes games for traditionally non-gamers, including very young kids or older parents from the Baby Boomer generation.

By making games like Wii Fit and Wii Sports, Nintendo has tapped into the millions and millions of buyers who traditionally don't like video games but have the money and time for recreational spending.

Wii games for Baby Boomers and Wii games for adults has really boosted the sales numbers, and made video gaming something that people of every age can enjoy.

In fact, many nursing homes are finding that Wii Sports is a wildly popular game among residents who love the bowling, while Wii Brain is showing to have radically positive effects on the mental sharpness of the elderly.

The best Wii games for adults and the elderly are often the same games that are best for children, and quality Wii games are allowing Nintendo to spread the recreation of gaming to groups who, a few years ago, no one would ever have imagined would ever get into video games.

Grandma Playing Wii

So Which Wii Games Are Best for Adults

So Which Wii Games Are Best for Adults? While people might argue and debate over the order of this list – and some people definitely aren't big on the Mario Galaxy, while other Baby Boomers I've talked to absolutely love it, the following are consistently mentioned as some of the best Wii games for grandparents, parents, or other adults.

Mario Kart: Mario Kart is a classic that gamers of all ages and experience love. The unique Wii controls make driving in the Wii version of Mario Kart a unique and amazingly entertaining game. Even better, Mario Kart is a great Wii game for adults because it's a game that is the most fun with groups of people, allowing up to four family members or friends to play at the same time.

Wii Fitness: While hard core fitness nuts might not be going ga-ga over this particular title, Wii Fitness is a great game for adults and children alike. This game allows a fun way to stay in shape, and allows you to track progress over time.

Wii Sports: This is the most popular of all the Wii games, and actually broke the world wide sales record for a video game. The variety of games from golf to tennis to bowling allows for a wide range of motion and variety. This Wii game is great for adults, and is likely to remain popular.

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Mario Galaxy: Mario might be the most recognizable fictional icon in history, and Mario Galaxy is another great addition to the Mario franchise that many players, regardless of age, find fun and enjoyable. Some complain that for older gamers that just too much is going on and it can be stimulus overload, but many other older gamers love this game nonetheless.

Wii Play: Wii Play is one of the best games for an elderly adult gamer. Involving a choice of nine different games, this might be somewhat dull to the serious gamer, but the variety and simplicity of this game makes it a very popular choice among Wii games for adults.

Brain Age: Brain Age might be one of the most popular Wii games for elderly gamers. This puzzle based game has actually been shown in studies to help stimulate and improve the mental sharpness and conditioning of the elderly, making this a great natural choice for Grandma and Grandpa.

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So Which Wii Game is Tops for Older Gamers?

© 2009 Shane Dayton

Comments on the Best Wii Games for Adults?

CFS on March 21, 2010:

I am a die-hard fans of Wii Sports, Tennis in particular. This game has not been replaced by any other games in wii. We tried to look for something cooler or better, but wii sports tennis is still our no 1 game. We are a bunch of mostly 30s with different jobs, that sometimes get together for the sake of wii tennis. A couple of us got really really good (including me) , sometimes they bet on the game. And according to people who see us play, sometimes they got carried away with our play, it's quite entertaining, surely we're not a bunch of grandparents who hits the ball luckily.

We got techniques, accuracy, we need concentration when playing someone as good as we are, or maybe better.

CFS on March 21, 2010:

I am a die-hard fans of Wii Sports, Tennis in particular. This game has not been replaced by any other games in wii. We tried to look for something cooler or better, but wii sports tennis is still our no 1 game. We are a bunch of mostly 30s with different jobs, that sometimes get together for the sake of wii tennis. A couple of us got really really good (including me) , sometimes they bet on the game. And according to people who see us play, sometimes they got carried away with our play, it's quite entertaining, surely we're not a bunch of grandparents who hits the ball luckily.

We got techniques, accuracy, we need concentration when playing someone as good as we are, or maybe better.

visualxl on February 25, 2010:

I am starting to have interest in Wii.. You can play games and yet sweating.. That is good enough for people who are lazy to exercise.

Olaf from The Netherlands on October 27, 2009:

The Wii is the best console ever. I got one from the first series right before christmas and even the oldest ones enjoyed Wii Sports

raindragon16 from Campbell, Ca on September 12, 2009:

I have to say the Wii has little to show for the gamer who is between the ages of 18-25 mainly because of how dumbed down to be only entertaining to children. These games you suggest are for the casual gamer, rather than the die hard fans born with controllers in their hands and this is where I think Nintendo has failed to produce. The only games I can think of that I thoroughly enjoyed were "Twilight Princess" and "Mario Galaxy". I seriously loved "Double Dash" compared to "Mario Cart Wii" and games, like "The Force Unleashed" were just disappointing and horrible to look at in comparison to the X-box or Playstation. The Wii has it's niche for producing casual games well because Nintendo follows a tired formula, which is safe, but leaves old fans numb waiting for a well thought out concept of a game.

gurgel1 from profile on July 22, 2009:

Great hub.

I love ... on June 21, 2009:

Wii sports is great and comes with the console, what a bargain.

Last christmas I bought ours around to my parents house (they are 70) and we all had a blast, they loved the bowling.

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on January 13, 2009:

nice job & very informative - thank you!

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