The 20 most innovative games ever made

20 titles that changed video gaming forever

The 20 most innovative games ever made prev next


#8: Wii Sports

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Year: 2006

Original review score: 4 out of 5 Stars

If Super Mario Bros. helped Nintendo patent the "killer app," then Wii Sports redefined the idea, steamrolling over the 2006 holiday season to become the best-selling game of all time despite being a simple pack-in game for the Nintendo Wii.

Why It Was Innovative:

With Wii Sports, video games had broken the confines of the television set, as the world exploded over the video game accompanying Nintendo's newest console. The Wii's motion controls alone were a huge selling point for the system, but the ease and accessibility of Wii Sports made it a title that literally anyone could pick up and play instantly, even parents and grandparents who had never played a video game in their lives. Surprisingly enough, Wii Sports still outclasses many newer Wii games in raw gameplay value, with responsive motion gestures and appealing gamplay that has propelled the Wii as a sought-after gadget for families, roommates, and couples.

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