Wii Play: Motion

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Wii Play: Motion
North American box bundle, which features a black Wii Remote Plus
The North American Wii Play: Motion box bundle, which features a black Wii Remote Plus controller.
Mitchell Corporation
Nd Cube
Skip Ltd.
Producer(s)Toyokazu Nonaka[1]
  • NA: June 13, 2011
  • EU: June 24, 2011
  • AU: June 30, 2011
  • JP: July 7, 2011
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Wii Play: Motion, known as Wii Remote Plus Variety (Wiiリモコンプラス バラエティ, Wī Rimokon Purasu Baraeti) in Japan, is a video game for the Wii console and the sequel to the 2006 game Wii Play. It was released in North America on June 13, 2011; Europe on June 24;[2][3] and in Australia on June 30, 2011.[4] All retail copies of Wii Play: Motion are bundled with a Wii Remote Plus controller (Red in Europe and Black in other regions).

Critical reviews were mixed, receiving aggregate scores of 60.59% and 60 on GameRankings and Metacritic, respectively.


Like its predecessor, Wii Play: Motion is a minigame collection that features Miis as playable characters. All the minigames require use of the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which allows Wii Remote movement to be detected with greater accuracy. Twelve minigames are available to play with both single-player and multiplayer modes.[5] Unlike its predecessor, Wii Play: Motion can be played with more than two players at a time.


Title Description Developer
Cone Zone Players use the Wii Remote to balance an ice cream cone as scoops of ice cream are incrementally added. As the stack of ice cream grows higher, the stack grows top-heavy and becomes more difficult to balance. The player is ultimately scored on how many scoops were added to the stack before it finally topples over. In a variation of the minigame, the player's cone is dispensed with soft serve ice cream. The player is tasked with angling the cone so that the soft serve gradually grows into a desired spiral shape, and is scored based on numerous factors, such as the ice cream height and the balance. Arzest Corporation
Veggie Guardin' Moles attempt to steal players' vegetables, and must be prevented by hitting them on the head in a Whac-A-Mole style game. Good-Feel
Skip Skimmer A stone skipping game in which the goal is to achieve the most skips. An additional mode adds ramps, rings and a goal area for which to aim. Good-Feel
Pose Mii Plus A sequel to "Pose Mii" from Wii Play, which uses six degrees of rotation in order to fit Miis through specifically shaped holes in the style of "Human Tetris". Skip Ltd.
Trigger Twist A sequel to "Shooting Range" from Wii Play And of course shooting gallery with targets such as UFOs, ninjas and dinosaurs. Prope
Jump Park A Mii bounces off the walls and floor while players manage their trajectory in order to collect gems and reach the exit. Arzest Corporation
Teeter Targets Targets must be hit using rotating flippers to bounce a ball without letting it fall, before time runs out. Nintendo
Spooky Search The player is a ghost hunter tasked with capturing virtual ghosts within their vicinity. Ghosts hide outside of the area displayed on-screen, and must be found in the player's physical surroundings using the Wii remote's speaker as a guide, then reeled back into the television for capture. Arzest Corporation
Wind Runner A racing game in which a Mii on inline skates is propelled by holding an umbrella in the direction of wind gusts. Vanpool
Treasure Twirl Players wind and unwind an umbilical cord for a surface-supplied treasure diver who must avoid undersea obstacles. Mitchell Corporation
Flutter Fly Players use the Wii Remote to directly control an on-screen leaf. The leaf is waved like a hand fan in order to guide a group of balloons through an obstacle course. The player must take care to avoid hazards that could pop the balloons; the game ends if all the balloons are popped. The player is scored on how quickly the course is finished and how many balloons are remaining. In multiplayer, two players race their balloons through the obstacle course. Skip Ltd.
Star Shuttle A space station is assembled piece by piece using a small rocket carrying individual components to be docked to it, using the rocket's six thrusters for precision movements. Chunsoft
  • Each developer's minigames are listed in the credits.[6]


Wii Play: Motion was announced by Nintendo's official press on April 12, 2011.[7] It was also shown at the E3 convention that same year.[8][9] The game's development resulted from the combined efforts of several game developers, including Good-Feel and Chunsoft, who were asked by Nintendo to create prototypes of games that utilized the Wii MotionPlus accessory.[10] According to an interview on Iwata Asks, Ryusuke Niitani said he wanted to make a game himself if he ever had a chance to, so he created Teeter Targets himself.[1] According to Cubed3, a total of around 200 staff members (including debug staff) were involved in the creation of Wii Play: Motion.[11]


Aggregate scores
Review scores
GamePro2/5 stars[16]
Nintendo Power7.5/10[19]
Nintendo World Report6/10[20]
Game Crunch7.3/10[21]

Wii Play: Motion received mixed reviews from critics, receiving an aggregate score of 61.89% on GameRankings as of March 2014. In Joey Davidson's review for Crave Online, Joey said that the controller of the game was "nice", The mini-games were "decent", and the bundle was decent.[22] Nintendo Power rated the game 7.5 out of 10, stating that "although a few activities aren't exactly winners, the majority are fun and guaranteed to familiarize new users with the bundled Wii Remote Plus controller."[19]

In contrast, GamePro's Andrew Hayward gave the game two stars. Hayward said that the game "does spotlight a better set of diversions than the original release, but little here will wow or surprise players who have been through the existing gauntlet of Wii mini-game packages."[16] GameSpot reviewer Nathan Meunier awarded the game a 5.5/10, stating that "Greater variety and depth don't save this second round of motion minigames from the bargain bin."[17] IGN's Jack DeVries gave the game a "bad" rating of 4/10, stating that "Even if you need a controller, I still can't recommend this."[18]

By July 2012, Wii Play: Motion had sold 1.12 million copies.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Iwata Asks: Wii Play: Motion, Page 1
  2. ^ Hernandez, Pedro (2011-04-28). "Wii Play: Motion European Release Announced". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  3. ^ Wii Play: Motion launches today Gamezine, Retrieved 2011-06-13
  4. ^ "Nintendo Games - Wii Play: Motion - Nintendo.com.au". Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  5. ^ Nintendo (2011) Wii Play: Motion Manual
  6. ^ Various (June 13, 2011). Wii Play: Motion. Wii. Nintendo. Scene: Staff Credits.
  7. ^ Thomas, Lucas (2011-04-12). "Wii Play Gets an Unexpected Sequel". IGN. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  8. ^ Tanner, Nicole. "Closing screen at Nintendo conference hints at more new games on the way". IGN. Retrieved 2011-07-27.
  9. ^ Iverson, Dan. "E3 2011: Nintendo Coverage Round-Up". Page 2. IGN. Retrieved 2011-07-27.
  10. ^ "Many companies pitched in for Wii Play: Motion, says Nintendo". QuickJump. 2011-04-26.
  11. ^ Mason, Mike. "Iwata Asks: The Making of Wii Play Motion". Cubed3. Retrieved 2011-07-28.
  12. ^ a b "Wii Play: Motion". GameRankings. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  13. ^ "Wii Play: Motion". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  14. ^ Sykes, Tom (2011-06-24). "Review: Wii Play Motion". Computer and Video Games.
  15. ^ Donlan, Christian (June 24, 2011). "Wii Play Motion - Review". Eurogamer.
  16. ^ a b Haywood, Andrew (2011-06-15). "Review: Wii Play: Motion". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  17. ^ a b Meunier, Nathan (2011-06-20). "Wii Play: Motion Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  18. ^ a b DeVries, Jack (2011-06-22). "Wii Play Motion Review". IGN.
  19. ^ a b Nintendo Power Magazine, page 87. Retrieved June 2011
  20. ^ Blundon, Matthew. "Wii Play: Motion review". Nintendo World Report.
  21. ^ azizmb (2011-06-18). "Wii Play: Motion Review". GameCrunch.
  22. ^ Davidson, Joey Wii Play: Motion, Crave Online, Retrieved 2011-06-14
  23. ^ "Super Mario 3D Land sells 5 million, Skyward Sword 3.4 million". Gamespot staff. Gamespot. January 27, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2017.

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