Wii Play: Motion

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Exciting showcase of wacky mini-games with one shooter game.

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Positive Messages

Most of these mini-games are pure entertainment, without much of a message to send. The shooting games have a naturally violent aspect to them, but it's slightly tempered by having you mostly shoot at UFOs and dinosaurs in order to save your friends -- not just for the sake of shooting them. However, you also shoot at clearly human ninjas.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main positive way in which this game functions is as a facilitator of group/family play. Many of these games can be played in cooperative as well as competitive modes. 

Ease of Play

The mini-games range in difficulty and challenge factor, but the controls work incredibly well for all of them.


Of the 12 mini-games, only one is violent. It's a shooting gallery game, in which players point the Wii remote to aim a crosshair over UFOs, ninjas, or dinosaurs that are attacking their friends. Some bigger or stronger foes need to be shot several times. Defeated targets disappear from the screen. There is no blood or agony.


The game requires the use of more sensitive Wii MotionPlus add-on or a new Wii Remote Plus controller. The game comes packaged with one of those new all-in-one controllers.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 13, 2011
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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