Thanks for all the suggestions. I can't wait to go out and flex my consumer whore muscles and put a dent in this list.
Virtual Console and Wiiware games are also great options since they're cheaper than retail releases (5-15 dollars each) and you can get a lot different experiences that are easy, short and great. Lostwinds is $10 and is very easy to control since you move with the analog stick and use the pointer to move around the wind.
Let me know what type of games your dad enjoys and I'll gladly give you a list of great games you can get him for a total of $100 and that will provide him with over 120 hours of fun combined.
No More Heroes might be a tad complex but I can cosign on House of the Dead Overkill. Very simple and very fun light shooter.
ExciteTruck is a bit boring but I hear ExciteBots is better ( haven't opened it yet)
I know you said you wanted to avoid cute but Wario Shake It it pretty fun.
The WiiWare and VC are definitely gonna be your bread and butter. Depending on how much control you want there's a game called Chick Chick Boom that's actually a very very very awesome game. The issues being that it's rather cute looking and there's not a lot of death, oh and it requires rather fine control of the Wiimote. You're drawing very specific shapes with the points but it's a deep game, very well designed and balanced.
I'd look for stuff that can be played with the WiiMote sideways that should be rather easy to control and some of them fit the aesthetic you desire. Lit is a pretty good WiiWare game but it's a puzzle game. You have your NES classics like Mega Man (9) which might be too hard. There's Fast Draw Showdown on WiiWare from Digial Leisure. Which is easy enough for anyone to play, engaging.
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