The game uses a motion-sensing peripheral called the "Motion Pack", which is inserted into the Game Boy Advance game slot as the method of control. As well as skateboarding, the game also offers snowboarding.
This game only works for the first two versions of the Nintendo DS System, the Original DS and the Nintendo DS Lite. It will not work on Nintendo DSi or any later versions, because the game requires the use of the Game Slot 2 (Game Boy Advance slot), which is not included on the newer consoles.
Reviews were generally negative towards the game, with many critics complaining about the unresponsive controls from the Motion Pack and the fact that the game is basically "bare bones", offering little content. As of August 29. 2009, Tony Hawk's Motion holds an average score of 39 on Metacritic, based on 11 reviews, with the highest score being 67/100, and the lowest being 20/100.