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Best RPG Games for the Wii

Updated on May 1, 2015

Review of the Top Wii Role Playing Games

Role Playing Games have been a popular genre on consoles for many years, but they're dying out with the new age of shooter freaks and casual gaming. Role playing games for the Nintendo Wii tend to be more of the action-adventure variety than the type of game found on the early consoles.

It would be easy to dismiss the Wii as having nothing in the RPG department, but there are a few pretty good games available for this console. So, if you're in the need for some role playing action, and aren't sure where to begin, look no further. Here are the best Wii RPG games available to buy now, with reviews and ratings.

What Are Role Playing Games?

Role playing games usually have a highly developed story and setting, which is divided into a number of quests. Generally, the player controls one or more game characters, and achieves victory by completing a series of quests. Players explore a game world, while solving puzzles and engaging in tactical combat. A key feature of the genre is that characters grow in power and abilities, and characters are often designed by the player.

RPGs are typically set in fictional worlds, in which the hero explores and ultimately saves throughout the course of the game. Plots tend to resemble anime or manga adventures, often colorful and bright with light-hearted, self-identifiable characters. The storyline in these games usually involves an epic battle between the forces of good and evil, with the player's characters fighting on the good side to avert an apocalypse.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

"The latest and arguably greatest Zelda is one of the best reasons to have a Nintendo Wii"

One of the most popular RPG games for the Wii is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the latest game in the long running series of Zelda games. This game thrusts players into a troubled world ravaged by a dangerous magic. Sporting a new, more realistic visual style than the previous Zelda title, Link looks much more like an adult than in previous installments and fits well into an environment that provides Zelda fans with a much more gritty and grim environment to explore.

In general, Twilight Princess is more challenging than the average Zelda game, with a number of boss battles having protracted hit sequences with little support potions about, and even less warning. Still, there's never been an adventure experience such as this, wherein players can literally charge at a dungeon boss with their fists and punch the air to defeat an enormous foe. As the finest Zelda experience in almost ten years and the game fans have been waiting for, Twilight Princess will delight young and old gamers alike.

Score: 95

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
"Imaginative and masterfully designed, Twilight Princess is every bit as good as the best Zelda adventures. It is hugely rewarding and absolutely essential for new Wii owners."

Little King's Story

"Expand Your Kingdom"

Little King's Story is an original single player simulation Role-Playing Game (RPG) that combines life-simulation, real-time strategy, and adventure elements along with an enchanting storyline to offer a new and unique gaming experience on the Wii platform.

The action in Little King's Story is all about improving your skill level and those of your followers as a means of gaining wealth and territory, which will in turn benefit the overall health of your subjects and your status as king. As players enter their humble town after finding their crown, they are assisted by their advisors in taking on missions in the immediate area of town. With the success of each, as well as activities like farming and natural resources development, they will gain wealth.

Score: 95

Little King's Story - Nintendo Wii
Little King's Story - Nintendo Wii
"Little King's Story is a cutesy Real Time Strategy (RTS), Role-Playing (RPG), simulation, and action title that definitely stands out from the pack. Aside from some strange design decisions and a few graphical flaws, this is a shining example of an original idea that I hope to see grow into its own franchise. Fans of the Harvest Moon/Rune Factory series as well as fans of Overlord and Pikmin will probably immediately recognize the influences in Little King's Story."

Super Paper Mario

"Good for younger players"

Slightly different from the usual fantasy style RPG, Super Paper Mario combines 2D platform gaming with 3D role-playing.

The game is set in the Mushroom Kingdom as Mario tries to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser. The player controls Mario and a number of partners to solve puzzles in the game's overworld and defeat enemies. The battles are unique in that the player can influence the effectiveness of attacks by performing required controller inputs known as action commands.

Score: 85

Super Paper Mario
Super Paper Mario
"Super Paper Mario is a well-rendered game for the Wii, and should entice new Mario fans, as well as those waiting Super Mario Galaxy. I really like this game because it is fun and exciting, for all ages and Nintendo junkies. This is one of the best games for the Wii, and any owner will love this game a lot."

Rune Factory: Frontier

"Ever wondered what would happen if you combined Harvest Moon series with Final Fantasy?"

Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii, Rune Factory: Frontier is a singleplayer adventure that features all the popular life Sim gameplay and hack and slash role-playing fans know and cherish, but now with the stunning graphics and flexibility of the Wii's unique control system to fully immerse players in the Rune Factory universe.

The gameplay of the Rune Factory series is similar to that of Harvest Moon. For every 10 seconds, ten in-game minutes pass. The player can grow crops, using upgradeable farm equipment. However, the Harvest Moon game mechanic of purchasing animals has been replaced by defeating and befriending monsters in dungeons. If a monster is tamed, they help the player in battle or provide sellable goods. The game's combat is in the action role-playing game style.

Score: 80

Rune Factory: Frontier - Nintendo Wii
Rune Factory: Frontier - Nintendo Wii
"Rune Factory: Frontier is probably the best in the Harvest Moon/Rune Factory series of games. In fact this game is held back from true greatness only by some seriously questionable and very annoying "features." In the end, the good outweighs the bad by a good margin."

Muramasa: The Demon Blade

"If you love sword slashing fast action mayhem...

Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a relatively new action role playing game for the Wii. The game follows the story of Kisuke, a fugitive who has lost his memory, including that of a crime that he committed and Momohime, a lithe female ronin possessed by a dark spirit.

Graphically the game is similar to Odin Sphere, retaining the same hand-drawn 2D art style, with the inspiration drawn from Japanese mythology. The game has three different control methods, one that involves the Wii Remote, one that involves the Nintendo GameCube controller and another that uses the Classic Controller.

Score: 80

Muramasa: The Demon Blade - Nintendo Wii
Muramasa: The Demon Blade - Nintendo Wii
Steeped in the ancient mythology of Japan, Muramasa: The Demon Blade tells a tale of possessed souls, forgotten pasts and unimaginable destinies. A Wii exclusive, filled with expertly hand animated graphics and gameplay that transitions seamlessly between player-controlled elements and story sequences it is an adventure only to be experienced on the Wii.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

"Everything you loved about 'Path of Radiance' is back!"

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn: Three years have passed since the great war that ended in the death of Mad King Ashnard. His country of Daein suffers under the rule of the war's victors. Now, a small band of freedom fighters struggle to end the long, dark night of Daein's oppression. Micaiah, Sothe and a host of others, the infamous "Dawn Brigade", rally under the banner of Daein's long-lost prince to bring a new day to this ravaged land.

Command the Dawn Brigade and learn the story of their struggle. Then, gain a new perspective by joining Ike and the Greil Mercenaries as they watch Daein's battles spread throughout all of Tellius. Players can shape their armies to suit their strategy by choosing from dozens of unique characters. Should they use close-range attacks, like the brash Edward's sword, or attack from afar using Leonardo's bow or Ilyana's lightning magic? Players can build support relationships between their characters; as their relationships grow, so do their strengths as they fight together on the battlefield. Players should guide their armies wisely, because if a character falls on the battlefield, he or she is lost forever.

Score: 78

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
"From the makers of Advanced Wars, comes Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. A game which speculates the user into amassing the army which will begin and hopefully end the rebellion, depending on how well you strategically play. This game can become addicting, and overly exciting." "In comparison to its predecessor, "Path of Radiance", Radiant Dawn boasts improved graphics, including notably improved maps with stunning detail. Battles also look better, with units no longer looking exactly the same every time they attack, but with minor changes in movement that give a better flow to the fight."

Phantom Brave: We Meet Again

"If you like tactical strategy games this is a must have for your collection."

Phantom Brave: We Meet Again: A world of vast seas and small island continents, Ivoire existed in peace and harmony. Ancient mystic forces with forgotten powers now threaten the existence of mankind. Islands, once flourishing with life, now lie as empty waste lands. Remaining decadent cities are corrupted by unnatural events and violence. The shadow of darkness is slowly, but surely, engulfing the world of Ivoir. In the year of 921, in a world called Ivoire, lives Marona, a 13 year old orphaned girl with a special ability to communicate with phantoms. Her ability brings resentment from others, but cheerful and optimistic Marona is not bothered. Marona believes in her parents' teachings that people will one day come to like her as long as she stays compassionate and kind. Now Marona travels throughout Ivoire with her guardian, Ash the Phantom, to resolve disputes around the world.

Released in 2004, Phantom Brave revolutionized the strategy RPG genre with its unique free roaming battle fields and a unit summoning system. Now Phantom Brave returns to a new console with added features and extra chapter stories. Everything from the original game will be carried over, so gamers who haven't played Phantom Brave can fully enjoy this title.

Score: 78

Phantom Brave: We Meet Again
Phantom Brave: We Meet Again
"Phantom Brave: We Meet Again is a strategic role-playing game whose gently melancholic storyline hides a staggering depth of play. The story itself isn't groundbreaking. The gameplay, of course, involves Ash, Marona and her phantom friends fighting said minions on the way to a showdown with Sulfur. But the real fun comes in more than just leveling up. Each character not only levels, but has a level for each move they learn. Then, their weapons level up as well, as well as each of *their* skills and moves. Those who enjoy strategic RPGs should find Phantom Brave: We Meet Again an addictive game, and a great addition to a Wii collection."

Marvel Ultimate Alliance

"Over 140 Marvel characters are waiting!"

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is an action/RPG where players create their Marvel dream team from the largest roster of Super Heroes ever in an epic quest that will determine the fate of Earth and the Marvel universe.

For decades, Earth's Super Heroes have opposed evil in their own cities, and on their own terms. But now, Dr. Doom and a newly reformed Masters of Evil - the greatest collection of Super Villains ever assembled - have plans for world domination, and the heroes must band together to defeat them. Playing as some of the most revered Marvel characters, gamers will embark on a dangerous journey across exotic terrain and well-known comic book locations like Atlantis, the Shield Heli-Carrier and the Skrull home world in an attempt to defy the world's most notorious Super Villains.

Score: 73

Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Nintendo Wii
Marvel Ultimate Alliance - Nintendo Wii
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance features a unique storyline where players not only determine the fate of Earth, but also control the fate of the Marvel universe. The missions players accept, the objectives completed, and how players interact with other characters throughout the game will have a direct impact on how the story plays out.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 - Nintendo Wii
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 - Nintendo Wii
The largest army of super heroes in gaming is back! Inspired by the acclaimed Marvel civil war storyline, this action-RPG delivers once again on a colossal cast of characters, thrilling gameplay and impassioned alliances. Lines are drawn, sides are chosen and the ultimate question remains: Whose side are you on?

Spectrobes: Origins

"One of the Best Games I've Ever Played"

An action/adventure game mixing real-time battles, science fiction and monster collection, Spectrobes: Origins brings the successful series known from its previous DS releases to the Wii for the first time. Packed with an exciting new story that reveals secrets from the franchises past, three-dimensional graphics, unique Wii controls and all new gameplay features--including co-op gameplay--Spectrobes: Origins challenges players to prevent a galactic threat by utilizing speed, strategy and of course, Spectrobes.

As with earlier games in the Spectrobes series, Origins follows the adventures of Rallen and Jeena. Officers in the futuristic Nanairo Planetary Patrol, Rallen and Jeena are the vanguard of the solar system's defenses against enemies, including the alien scourge known as the Krawl. To combat these menaces they have, and must continue to harness the power of the mysterious creatures known as Spectrobes.

Score: 71

Spectrobes: Origins - Nintendo Wii
Spectrobes: Origins - Nintendo Wii
"Spectrobes: Origins is, by far, the best game I have played that uses the Wii as a platform. The graphics are much better than what I am used to, and though it gets a bit monotonous at times, overall, it is very entertaining. The plot is intriguing, in spite of a few inconsistencies."

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

"A great adventure game with a fighting twist!"

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is a spin-off of the Final Fantasy RPG series, and has become it's own metaseries. Originally released on the Nintendo GameCube, there are now two sequels for the Nintendo Wii.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles takes place in an unnamed world that is covered in a noxious gas known as "miasma", to which direct exposure can prove fatal. Towns, villages and other settlements throughout are protected from the ill effects of miasma by crystals, which generate a barrier which miasma cannot penetrate. But this effect is not permanent: it only lasts for around one year. Therefore, each year, brave people from each settlement venture out into the world to collect "myrrh", a liquid substance that powers the crystals' protective effect.

The player is put in control of one such caravan, from the small village of Tipa, setting out for the first time. As the caravanners' journey continues and they travel further in the search for myrrh, they meet many interesting characters and learn much about the history of their world.

Score: 64

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time - Nintendo Wii
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time - Nintendo Wii
A triumphant return from a monster-infested forest marks the completion of the 16-year-old hero's coming-of-age ceremony. However, the hero's joy is short-lived as a young village girl is found to be afflicted by a mysterious illness known as "crystal sickness". Determined to obtain the cure, the hero steps out of the secluded village for the first time, only to discover a world in which crystals are merely artifacts of the past and no longer exist...
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers provides a fresh take on the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series as it combines the storytelling depth, expansive world and graphical quality of Final Fantasy with motion-driven, real-time action gameplay. In this world, realistic gameplay and fantastical art direction are brought together for a truly unique experience for Wii users around the globe.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender is a role-playing game based on the animated television series of the same name. The game allows the player to control one of four characters in a single-player adventure. Each character uses his or her own trademark weapon and fighting style, and is able to earn new special abilities through experience gained from defeating enemies. A variety of items can help the player with quests, or during battle (armor, chi, enchanted accessories, and healing potions). The game also enables the player to collect certain resources and bring them to artisans to make special items.

Score: 56

Avatar: The Last Airbender - Nintendo Wii
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Nintendo Wii
Set in a fantastic, Asian-influenced world of martial arts and elemental magic, Avatar: The Last Airbender follows the adventures of Aang, the successor to a long line of Avatars. Their quest is to save the world from the merciless Fire Nation, while avoiding capture from pursuers including Prince Zuko. Play as Aang, Katara, Sokka and Haru as they grow into an unstoppable team utilizing the kung fu inspired bending arts through the Avatar universe. Players will explore the four Avatar nations in beautifully detailed environments and battle new enemies.
Avatar: The Burning Earth - Nintendo Wii
Avatar: The Burning Earth - Nintendo Wii
Avatar: The Burning Earth continues the epic adventure of Aang and his courageous battle to restore balance to his war-torn world. Join him and his friends Katara, Toph, and Sokka as they master their skills and fight their way to defend the greatest Earth Kingdom city against a Fire Nation invasion!
Avatar: The Last Airbender-Into the Inferno - Nintendo Wii
Avatar: The Last Airbender-Into the Inferno - Nintendo Wii
Play as Aang and friends in Into the Inferno, based on the final season of the acclaimed TV series. New gameplay features will let you interact with characters from the TV show while performing thrilling martial arts moves with enhanced controls in order to defeat the Fire Nation.

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Other Great Wii RPG Games - Runners Up

RPGs are classic, but they're dying out with the new age of shooter freaks and casual Wii gaming. It would be easy to dismiss Wii as having nothing in the RPG department, but there are a few pretty good Wii RPGs out there, and a lot of them are inexpensive too.

Here are a few more role-playing Wii games to add to your list:

Tales Of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Tales Of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
"A spinoff of one of the better RPG games on Gamecube. Although more of a sequel than a full new title, it seems to be the most solid jrpg the Wii has seen yet. Fans of the original and of JRPG's in general should be able to get their fix off of this."
Opoona - Nintendo Wii
Opoona - Nintendo Wii
"A rather strange game, featuring a lead character whose appearance is reminiscent of the Fisher Price "Little People" toys. This is a solid enough traditional rpg, with a somewhat interesting combat system. It's main fault is in being overly generic and mediocre."
Baroque - Nintendo Wii
Baroque - Nintendo Wii
"A thoroughly convoluted and frustrating game. The randomly generated dungeons of roguelike games like this haven't often achieved much success. But if you can struggle your way through the questionable gameplay and brutal difficulty level, you may find some reward in the slowly revealed plot. The game definitely isn't for everyone though."
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
"A turn based strategy game with a high difficulty level. Radiant Dawn is essentially a Gamecube game that was ported to the Wii halfway through development, so it takes no advantage of the Wii's added functionality, and is very similar to its Gamecube predecessor. While not everyone may love the story, the game works well, and the infrequent prerendered cutscenes are quite stunning visually."

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