Wii Play

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
Wii Play Game Poster Image
Party game for two isn't as good as Wii Sports.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 39 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

One shooting practice game hits only balloons, clay pigeons, soda cans, and UFOs.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these minigames for the Wii aren't as much fun as those found in Wii Sports, the game that was introduced with the system. And disappointingly, these games can only be played by two people instead of four. The only minigame that may raise an eyebrow for parents is the Shooting Range game. But it's simply point-and-shoot target practice involving balloons, clay pigeons, soda cans, and even UFOs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byT J September 25, 2018
Parent of a 5-year-old Written bylovekind May 25, 2010

fine for 5+

It's a ok game but yeah Wii needs better effort for me.
Kid, 9 years old January 3, 2012

Wii Play

Good game, but can get boring.
Try out Wii Sports Resort.
Kid, 11 years old March 18, 2021

I play this game a lot!

I think this is a good game because you can play it with 2 players. My personal favorite game is Laser Hockey. Some games can get challenging, such as Billards... Continue reading

What's it about?

Like Wii Sports, WII PLAY offers easy entrée into playing video games and encourages those new to video gaming to give it a try. Wii Play offers nine games in either single- or two-player mode. By playing the games in order, you unlock them. The first is \"Shooting Range,\" a game of point-and-shoot target practice involving balloons, clay pigeons, soda cans, and UFOs. Four of the games are adaptations of common activities: table tennis, fishing, billiards, and air hockey. Two others involve matching Miis, the name for the on-screen characters generated by the game or created by you as your avatar. \"Charge!\" a cow-racing game, and a strategy game called \"Tanks!\" round out the selection.

Is it any good?

Families who've been cutting their gaming teeth on Wii Sports, the game that came bundled with their Wii console, will be a little disappointed with Wii Play.

While the Wii Play games will turn the Wii controller into a fishing rod or a pool cue, the nine games just aren't as much fun to play as those found in Wii Sports, and, lacking depth, the games get old quickly. Wii Play also misses the boat for group play by limiting the multi-player option to two people instead of four.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Wii gaming experience. Which games do you like on the Wii and which ones are better to play with real paddles, rackets, etc.? For the games you picked up quickly, did they turn out as fun as the ones that were a challenge to learn? Do you like to push yourself to try new games or stick with the familiar? Why?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $50
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: February 12, 2007
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild cartoon violence
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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