What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wii Play: Motion is a collection of mini-games created to highlight the abilities of the new Wii Remote Plus (although the games are all quite enjoyable on their own). One Wii Remote Plus comes packaged with the game, but you'll need to purchase more for multiplayer action or pull out the older, Wii MotionPlus add-on to the traditional Wii Remote controller. Of the dozen mini-games, there is one violent activity: A shooting gallery game that has you aiming crosshairs at UFOs, ninjas, and dinosaurs in order to blast them.
What's it about?
WII PLAY: MOTION is a collection of mini-games created to showcase the new abilities and higher sensitivity of the new Wii Remote Plus all-in-one controller. There are a dozen games, each with multiple modes, making it feel more like 30 games or so. Among the mini-games are an ice cream balancing trick, an exciting 360-degree shooting gallery, a wind-powered race course, a pinball-type puzzle game, a ghost-catching task that takes place both inside and outside of your TV, and several more.
Is it any good?
If Wii Play: Motion was meant to show us just how much better the new Wii Remote Plus works, it succeeds. These games will not only have you using a Wii remote in ways you never have before, they'll also make you realize how shaky and imprecise the original Wii remotes feel in comparison. Many of the games here are genuinely great in their own rights. The suspenseful shooting gallery is a blast (pun intended), especially when you need to pivot your body and point past your TV screen to hit unseen targets. The pinball flipper puzzle game (which has loads of levels) could probably have been a game by itself. And the ghost-catching game, in which ghosts fly out of your TV set -- characters on screen give you hints as you scan the entire room with your remote to locate the invisible enemies -- is a novel good time. Not every game is a complete home run -- the ice cream game gets repetitive and the Wii-posing game is a repeat from the original Wii Play -- but there are enough great games here to recommend the package.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the marketing aspect of this game. Do you think this game functions as a good game in its own right? Or does it feel more like a marketing tool to promote the new Wii Remote Plus?
This collection has 12 games, but one is clearly violent. What is the impact of this violent game?