Nintendo Wii has been one of the best and most entertaining gaming consoles for ages. One of the main is the sheer number of games available. As you would expect, a wide array of genres are available, but for now, we will focus on driving simulators, as they are usually the preferred games of car enthusiasts. These are the top 10 games of the genre ever developed for Nintendo Wii.
DiRT 2 is one of the best games ever made regardless of the console system and definitely one the best driving simulation game you can play on Nintendo Wii. The full name of the game is Colin McRae: DiRT 2 which tells a lot about what to expect from it. It is an official rally simulator, meaning that you can drive actual car models from rally championships. Moreover, you get to race on real World Rally Championship tracks. The main objective of the game is to collect XP and money to buy new cars and advance to more difficult championships.
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart has been an all-time favorite since it first came out on Super NES in 1992. It’s the 9th best-selling game of all time, all genres and consoles put together. The Wii version was released in 2008 and in a couple of years over 37 million copies were sold. It’s also one of the most downloaded Nintendo Wii ISOs on the web. In the game, you get to choose a character from the Mario franchise, pick a track and race against the computer or friends. 32 different race tracks are available, meaning that you can play for a lot of time without the game becoming too redundant.
Need for Speed: Undercover
Need for Speed: Undercover is one of the best virtual street racing simulator available on Nintendo Wii. First and foremost it has detailed graphics, great rides to choose from and also comes with an open map. You can either choose to play as Chase Linh, a cop who infiltrated the racing syndicate to collect enough evidence to capture the bad guys or simply race around the map.
If you’ve ever played a game from the Need for Speed franchise before, you already know what to expect: unrealistic fast-paced racing! If you are more of a Forza fan, this game may not be for you but if you just like to race and have fun getting chased by the cops and ramming everyone in sight, this is a definite one for you.
The game is a superb choice for all who are looking to play a game that is based on a movie. It’s inspired by the blockbuster movie Cars from Pixar so if you like the movie, you’ll definitely like the game. It was released in 2007 and soon became a common game to play if you just want to have fun without focusing too much on mods and the realistic side of racing. It’s a great gift idea as a first racing game for kids.
Gotta start them young!
Formula 1 2009
The game is based on the actual 2009 Formula 1 championship. Consequently, you’ll be able to play as any of the 2009 F1 season drivers (including Lewis Hamilton) and choose your favorite racing team. The level of detail is astonishing and the game can be considered as more advanced than any other racing game developed for the Wii console at the time. One of the best features is by far the Grand Prix mode which allows you to pick a team and a driver and race your way to the end of the season and try to become the new F1 champion of the world.
Driver: San Francisco
If you love a game with great cinematics and awesome storytelling, Driver: San Francisco is the one for you. The story is probably one of the best you will ever experience on a Wii console. In the game, you play as John Tanner, a police officer who is chasing a mob boss. He has a car accident and later wakes up from a coma. But, he soon realizes that he can transfer his mind into any other driver in the city and drive in his place. The game offers 60fps which is quite stunning for the console, has great controls and very interactive gameplay. The intuitive handling of the cars and the multiplayer mode are a definite must.
Ferrari Challenge is a simple game developed for one specific type of gamers: Ferrari fans. As the name implies, the game is based on Ferrari models from the entire history of the manufacturer and features some of the most expensive and rarest models ever made. An interesting feature is the Assist feature which helps drivers drive better and with much fewer accidents. It is advertised as a game for beginners who want to become professional, virtual racing drivers.
Need For Speed Carbon
Need For Speed Carbon made the BMW M3 one of the most desirable cars in the world if it wasn’t already the case. During the game, you will have to defeat all major bosses in the city and to defeat the person who took your beloved M3. You start the game with a cheap car, and race to win cash to buy new cars and tuned them to perfection.
All major rival races are performed at a canyon. If you enter a curve too fast, you will go down the mountain which is a neat improvement when compared to other Need for Speed games where you can just floor the gas pedal and wait for the finish line. The level of car customization available is, of course, worthy of the Need for Speed franchise.
TrackMania: Build to Race
If completely unrealistic racing is your thing, TrackMania: Build to Race should be the next game on your wishlist. It features over 200 tracks located all over the world, it allows you to play versus other players from all over the globe and it comes with additional 18 bonus levels that are designed for the most advanced gamers. Be aware, though. This isn’t a standard racing game. You will have to jump off various ramps, perform stunts, and such to complete the missions. The graphics aren’t that good but the gameplay is sure worth the money!
Speed Racer is a game published by Warner Bros and we all know what this means: The graphics, cars, idea and features are all exceptional. In the game, you will have to win various races performed on impossible tracks with massive loops and ramps. You need to win but you also have to collect points by crashing into other players, performing stunts and driving fast. If your kinda bored of all the hyper-realistic games being released these days, Speed Racer is the one you need!
These 10 games made Nintendo Wii one of the best consoles of all time when it comes to fun racing games. They are loaded with details, come with great cars, and most of them have detailed stories. Since most of the game need to be played using the Wii steering wheel, they are definitely more user-friendly and perfect for kids to enjoy. And for all the adults out there, most of the games on the list were previously released on previous consoles, so it is finally a moment to recall your favorite tracks, cars, characters and enjoy the nostalgia of the games we used to play.