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Wii Sports (Wii, 2006) made a greater impression upon pop culture than any Nintendo game since the first Super Mario, single-handedly turning the Wii into a phenomenon and broadening the audience for games. It's also a stupid amount of fun.
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Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, 2007) perfects the 3D Mario. It's a beautifully designed, endlessly replayable platformer, and reason enough to buy a Wii.
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Kirby's starred in many games in a variety of genres, but few are true classics. Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii, 2010) might come the closest, primarily because of its adorable arts-and-crafts art style, with everything looking like fabric.
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The Wii went out with one of the best pure RPGs to ever grace a Nintendo system. Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, 2012) is a smart epic that knowingly plays with RPG convention.
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It wasn't a Wii Sports-style hit, but Nintendo Land (Wii U, 2012) is an ingenious collection of minigames that shows off the Wii U's GamePad while mining Nintendo's history for bite-sized bursts of fun.
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The best Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS, 2013) arrived 23 years after the first. The always excellent turn-based tactical RPG reached new heights with a greater focus on character and relationships.
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There's not a bad Pikmin game, but Pikmin 3 (Wii U, 2013) is the best. It tweaks the game's traditional real-time strategy structure both substantially and subtly.
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It's a close call between Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS, 2013) and the GameCube original. Last year's 3DS game has brilliant online features that were impossible on the GameCube, and that gives New Leaf the nod.
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The Donkey Kong Country side-scrollers always felt inessential, but the last two have been great. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U, 2014) is one of the most adorable and challenging games of the year.
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You'll see a lot of Mario on this list, but the first Super Mario Bros. (NES, 1985) might be the most universally beloved and iconic game in history. It codified the basics of the side-scrolling platformer and maybe saved the entire industry.