Sports games: the Wii has them, people play them

Jokes about one’s Wii collecting dust under one’s television might be true for many who don’t seem to have discovered the good games on it yet, but it doesn’t mean it’s true for everyone. In fact there are people out there who spend hours playing bad games on the Wii as is demonstrated by the list of the most played sports games on the Wii that was put together by Kotaku. Using their scientific method of taking the stats from the Nintendo Channel they pulled together a list of sports games that get a lot of play

Kotaku uses a pretty generalized term of what a sports game is, but surprisingly it seems that mini-games (other than Wii Sports, which landed first) aren’t the most played. Madden 08 and 09 come in third and fourth with 28 and 22 hours respectively and Fifa 09 charges into second with 29 hours. Since the channel only lists games played by a certain number of people it means that certain games aren’t up there yet or may never show up. I would also wager that as more people play games like Tiger Woods 10, will climb the list faster.

I don’t play sports games, but the last one I read about on the Wii didn’t sound that bad at all. Full list after the jump.

Wii Sports (November 2006) – 36 hours, 19 minutes
FIFA Soccer 09 All-Play (October 2008) – 29 hours, 44 minutes
Madden NFL 08 (August 2007) – 28 hours, 12 minutes
Madden NFL 09 All-Play (August 2008) – 22 hours, 58 minutes
MLB Power Pros 2008 (July 2008) – 22 hours, 41 minutes
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (August 2007) 20 hours, 55 minutes
Wii Fit (May 2008) – 18 hours, 47 minutes
Mario Super Sluggers (August 2008) – 18 hours, 22 minutes
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play (August 2008) – 17 hours, 46 minutes
NBA LIVE 09 All-Play (October 2008) – 16 hours, 52 minutes
NCAA Football 09 All-Play (July 2008) – 16 hours, 45 minutes
Mario Strikers Charged (July 2007) – 16 hours, 23 minutes
Skate It (November 2008) – 14 hours, 50 minutes
Fishing Master (September 2007) – 12 hours, 42 minutes
NHL 2K9 (September 2008) – 12 hours, 27 minutes
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (June 2009) – 12 hours, 17 minutes
Super Swing Golf: Season 2 (December 2007) – 12 hours, 7 minutes
Major League Baseball 2K9 (March 2009) – 11 hours, 59 minutes
Little League World Series 2008 (August 2008) – 11 hours, 51 minutes
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (November 2007) – 11 hours, 35 minutes
We Ski & Snowboard (March 2009) – 8 hours, 28 minutes
Carnival Games Minigolf (October 2008) – 7 hours, 51 minutes
Hooked! (October 2007) – 6 hours, 20 minutes
We Ski (May 2008) – 6 hours, 4 minutes
NASCAR Kart Racing (February 2009) – 6 hours, 3 minutes
DECA Sports (May 2008) – 5 hours, 58 minutes
EA SPORTS Active (May 2009) – 5 hours, 54 minutes
My Fitness Coach (December 2008) – 5 hours, 34 minutes
Summer Sports: Paradise Island (April 2008) – 5 hours, 26 minutes
Active Life: Outdoor Challenge (September 2008) – 5 hours, 25 minutes
Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip (November 2008) – 5 hours, 5 minutes
Top Spin 3 (June 2008) – 4 hours, 19 minutes
AMF Bowling Pinbusters! (November 2007) – 2 hours, 40 minutes

Matthew Razak