Wii Play: Motion Wii


Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
Buy On
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    At only ten extra dollars when bundled with a new controller, there's enough content and replayability to consistently keep you breaking this one out, especially when friends and family are looking to play.
  2. Aug 19, 2011
    A few average games, a terribly broken one thankfully do not kill this, with Wii Play: Motion still well worth a look, and is definitely miles better than the original Wii Play.
  3. Dec 12, 2011
    Given the price point for Wii Play Motion, $49.99 it's tough to recommend the title if you're not in the market for another Wii Remote. But if you don't have the Wii Motion+ adapter, just need another remote or are getting the hankering to try out some newer minigames to help flesh out your next Wii party, then this is a solid acquisition, as long as you know what you're getting.
  4. Jun 27, 2011
    Either wait for a further price drop on the peripheral (from the current $30-$40 you can find it for on Amazon) or hope that Nintendo will bundle one with the one game that everyone is still looking forward to on the Wii: Zelda.
  5. Jun 24, 2011
    There are some decent games here, in other words, but not enough to make this something you simply have to try. As for the Wii, it's on towards Zelda - and beyond that lies sunset.
  6. Jul 18, 2011
    Considering that the game is sold in bundle with a Wiimote Plus, Wii Play Motion might catch the attention of all those who haven't yet had a chance to get the "new" controller, but if you're not among them the mini-games on offer will hardly arouse any of your interest.
  7. Aug 25, 2011
    Wii Play Motion is a more diverse game that surprises in a number of games. With the attraction of the game be sold in conjunction with a controller, it will be an option to consider for those who need an extra family games.
  8. Jul 10, 2011
    Wii Play Motion is very much alike its predecessor as it is totally different. Since Wii was brand new the last time and since a much-wanted extra wiimote was included, sales went through the roof. This will not happen this time, as the wiimote plus is not that much of a difference and since Wii has already seen its heydays a few years ago.
  9. Jun 30, 2011
    Yet another Party Game from Nintendo. With Wii Play Motion like with other games of this type, solo play is dispensable: the fun comes from multiplayer. But for this one, even multiplayer won't cut it; we're desperately waiting for the spark, the one mini-game that will capture us. This time around, the spark doesn't come. This follow-up to Wii Play will only convince the youngest of gamers during birthday parties.
  10. Jun 25, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. Jun 15, 2011
    Wii Play: Motion offers a better balance of quality to questionable content than the original release, with more total games and play variations in the package, but in this day and age the experience feels very insignificant. Along with Mario Sports Mix, Nintendo's Wii offerings to date in 2011 seem content to mine past concepts with middling success, which may be fine to the dwindling number of new console owners -- but it's tough to believe existing Wii owners will feel the urge to rush out for another unremarkable mini-game medley.
  12. Jul 7, 2011
    Still haven't got a Wii-mote Plus or a Wii-mote Plus accessory? Then the Wii Play Motion might just be interesting for you. For fifty Euros, you'll get the controller including twelve mini-games of fluctuating quality. That's all one should expect from it.
  13. 60
    Whether you're playing alone or with others, Wii Play Motion is nowhere near as fun as Wii Sports Resort, as the mini-games are too simple, too few and over too quickly. If you're looking for multiplayer entertainment, there are better and cheaper games to spend your money on.
  14. Aug 15, 2011
    A tricky one to judge. The included Wiimote Plus is nice, the mini games are mediocre.
  15. Games Master UK
    Sep 9, 2011
    Destined to make a lesser impact than the original, but it's still and improvement. [Oct 2011, p.97]
  16. games(TM)
    Aug 8, 2011
    If you're in dire need of a new Remote, at least now you get to try and skim a stone over an island for a few quid extra. It's totally worth it. [Issue#112, p.118]
  17. Jun 20, 2011
    Greater variety and depth don't save this second round of motion minigames from the bargain bin.
  18. Jun 28, 2011
    One more thing that just twists the knife a little more is that Nintendo of America decided to bring this wonderful compilation of mediocre games over to our shores, but refuses to release games that would actually propel the Wii's game library to new heights.
  19. Jul 22, 2011
    Turn, twist, swing, crank and jolt your way to success!
  20. Jun 22, 2011
    There is absolutely no reason to buy this game. The only potential reason would be if you somehow don't have a single Wii Motion Plus controller. Then again, I already gave you four better options to solve that problem. Move along.
  21. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Aug 29, 2011
    Nintendo designers are still capable of making creative and funny minigames. Not all minis in Wii Play: Motion is of this kind unfortunately. [Issue#207]
  22. Jun 24, 2011
    Wii Play Motion is another compilation of minigames than can demonstrate how the new Wiimote Plus works and it shows its ability putting it in the hands of four players. 12 mini-games, levels of difficulty and a perfect gift for a casual party.
  23. Jun 24, 2011
    As a full price game it'd be a ridiculous con, but if you really must have a Wii Remote Plus then £5 for some half decent mini-games isn't the worst deal on the Wii.
  24. Jul 6, 2011
    The twelve minigames are, on average, really good; if you need a Wiimote Plus and you can play this game in multiplayer, buy it. Otherwise, just leave it on the shelves.
  25. Jun 24, 2011
    It will likely spend more time on your shelf than in your Wii, but this is one of the better mini-game titles. However, only consider it if you need a new remote.
  26. Aug 2, 2011
    The 12 titles on offer in Wii Play Motion surpass their predecessor in creativity but are just as mediocre in their simplicity and limitedness.
  27. Nintendo Power
    Jun 7, 2011
    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. [June 2011, p.87]
  28. 60
    Though the game lacks depth, it is, however, a good introduction to the controller and a decent party game for kids. For those who already have their fair share of Wii Remotes, Wii Play: Motion isn't worth paying for.
  29. Many more hits than misses. Only a must if you need another controller, though. [July 2011, p.94]
  30. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 19, 2011
    Motion is surprisingly good party game. Besides shaking, Nintendo has invented other uses for wiimote. This is harmless casual fun, which can be used to replace board games or extremely dull holiday photograph marathon. [Aug 2011]
  31. Jun 25, 2011
    Wii Play: Motion isn't Game of the Year lists material, and it doesn't have what it takes to keep someone glued to their TV for hours and hours alone. During friend reunions, though, it shines, and not for innovations or high-definition graphics, but for its simplicity and consistency.
  32. Jun 28, 2011
    This game is hardly attractive, except for minigame compilations fans. It includes a Wii Remote Plus control as its main incentive, but the game doesn't make the most of its potential, and this is its main failure.
  33. Jul 10, 2011
    Buy the game for the controller, but be prepared to trade it in that same day since that's all it will take for you to grow tired of it.
  34. Jul 10, 2011
    Wii Play: Motion includes a few boring and bad minigames and doesn't have a Party mode. Most of the games, however, can be pretty fun and work great with the included controller. It's a great extra for anyone that is looking for a Wii Motion Plus controller.

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2011
#27 Most Shared Wii Game of 2011
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Sep 4, 2011
    The idea behind this game is to features the Wii MotionPlus controller's new capabilities. Unfortunately, Wii Play: Motion does not evenThe idea behind this game is to features the Wii MotionPlus controller's new capabilities. Unfortunately, Wii Play: Motion does not even entirely deliver in that department. Noticed a few annoying glitches while playing 3 or 4 games out of the 12 included. Having played all Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and it's younger brother, Wii Play, I can say without a doubt that this sequel is the weakest of all four. I got a "been there, done that" feeling when playing the first time and none of the games made me want to come back for more. Despite the fact that you'll probably get bored of solo play within the first hour of gaming, if you can find a group of friends to play along, there's still a good amount of fun you can get with this bundle. In a nutshell, buy this bundle for the remote, not the game and enjoy whatever fun it gives you but don't expect to be amazed this time around. Full Review »
  2. Mar 18, 2017
    Much better then the first game I think it's been years seen I played itMuch better then the first game I think it's been years seen I played it . Full Review »
  3. Jul 25, 2016
    Wii Play the original WAS flawed but it was fine but this one acts like the wii doesn't HAVE motion controls when it does. The game lacks aWii Play the original WAS flawed but it was fine but this one acts like the wii doesn't HAVE motion controls when it does. The game lacks a lot and the games are bland and repetitive. Wii Play is better than this. Full Review »