Wii Play: Motion
Wake Up Your Miis Because There are New Games to be Played
What It Is
Wii Play: Motion is the latest collection of mini-games from Nintendo for the Wii that uses your Miis as the game characters. The games are fun and wacky and run the gamut from recreating real-world pastimes such as skipping stones across a pond to activities that can only be found in the minds of Nintendo’s game developers like using an umbrella and inline skates to fly through a windy obstacle course.
All of the games are played using the Wii MotionPlus version of the Wii Remote, which gives you increased and more precise control over the game play.
Why It’s Fun
I know what you are thinking: “Do I really need another collection of mini-games”? I was thinking the same thing when I first heard about Wii Play: Motion and was skeptical about how much fun it would be as I unwrapped the game and popped it into the Wii. At first, this is just another collection of mini-games and the first game, which involves balancing ice cream scoops on a cone, has been done before. But as I was balancing that ever growing pile of scoops, I realized the MotionPlus system made this the most realistic game of balancing ice cream scoops that I have ever played, and I’ve tried balancing ice cream scoops in the real world before.
Some of the games, such as Spooky Search, transform your TV room into the game’s setting. While playing Spooky Search, you have to zap ghosts with the Wii-Remote and then drag them into a trap. The ghosts start on your TV screen but immediately fly beyond the screen and you have to search your room by pointing the Wii-Remote around the room to detect the ghosts. The pesky ghosts could be behind you, on the ceiling or in a corner and you find them using the speaker on the Wii-Remote, which beeps to tell you how near or far a ghost is. The beeping gets faster as you get closer to a ghost until it finally becomes a solid sound at which point you press the button to grab the ghost then wrestle it back to the TV screen.
Who’s Going To Love It
All of the games can be played by one or more people with some allowing up to four people to play together. The games are suitable in difficulty for entire families to play together — adults and kids will find a handful of favorites and have a blast playing with each other.
What To Be Aware Of
There is a shooting game that starts off innocently enough with you shooting at balloons, bull’s-eyes and cans. As you progress through each stage, the settings and targets change and by the third stage you are shooting dinosaurs, which seemed a little cruel to me. I have a feeling that some younger gamers who are really into dinosaurs might not like this particular stage.
Wii Play: Motion is sold with a MotionPlus controller.
While there are only 12 games, each is much longer than typical mini-games like the ones found in the first Wii play. In Wii Play: Motion, most games have multiple stages that advance in difficulty. One of the reasons that mini-games have high replayability is that when you find one that you love, you can frequently return to it and attempt to beat your score.
3 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Wii Play: Motion
Rated: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
System: Nintendo Wii
Players: 1 - 4
Launch Date: June 13, 2011
Date of Review: June 29, 2011