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Wii Play



Party game for two isn't as good as Wii Sports.

What parents need to know

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

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Available online?Not available online
Release date:February 12, 2007
ESRB rating:E for Mild cartoon violence

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Kid, 12 years old October 1, 2009
Good game to get aquainted with the Wii. Shooting game is fun, with the option of shooting ducks (who comicaly fall to the ground, so no it's not graphic) cans, plates, targets and ufo's. Find a Mii is fun where you play a where's Wally/Waldo type game. I won't spoil the rest, but this is an essential on Wii.
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 31, 2013

Great game doesn't diappoint!

Wii Play is a really great game, especially if you're new to the Wii. There are plenty of good games to chose from and they are all ultra fun! If you loved Wii Sports I know you will love this!
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Easy to play/use
Kid, 10 years old February 15, 2009


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