Following the Wii Sports gaming-style, Wii Play is a collection of mini-games that comes with a bonus Wiimote! It's one of the Wii's best-selling games on the market. It's got to be good if it sells so well, right? ...Um, right!?
Includes "bonus" Wiimote and nine mini-games
Wii Play is one of Nintendo’s best-selling games. When it was first released, it came attached to an extra Wiimote, making it a tempting offer. Obviously, few could resist the “good deal.” The fact that game retailers advised new Wii owners to get Wii Play also added to the number of sold units. A game that made so much money has to be good right?
…Or is it just eye candy?
Wii Play is all about playing mini-games. There’s no story involved.
There really aren’t any positive elements in Wii Play, but there really aren’t any negative ones either. That’s really the only positive element.
Some games encourage teamwork.
Gameplay Violence. One game is a Duck Hunt re-make… sorta. Targets are the main aim of your gunfire, but the occasional passing duck can be shot for extra points. When shot, a colorful circle of stars appears over the duck’s head, and it flips upside down and falls. One game is a mini-tank battle in which players use bullets and mines to blast enemy tanks. Tanks are unmanned and blow up in a colorful explosion when hit.
Other Negative Content
Nothing else to speak of.
Wii Play has a relatively simple control mechanism for all of its mini-games. Unfortunately, not all of the mini-games are “winners.”
Some, like the Duck Hunt-styled shooting game, are fun and have easy point and shoot controls. The mini-tank battle, arguably the best-received of the bunch, is a lot of fun single or co-op. Its challenging gameplay, increasing difficulty, and multiple levels make it the perfect challenge for a late-night mini-game fest. Cow racing is also a lot of fun because of the simple insanity of the idea. You racing on a cow down a dirt path hitting scarecrows? Yeah, it’s that epic.
Unfortunately, most of the games are not so enjoyable. They’re okay, but can’t stand next to the above-mentioned. One game involves the player switching poses in order to pop bubbles. It’s difficult and very repetitious. Another involves finding certain Miis hidden in a crowd of people. Others include a long, and sometimes frustrating, virtual pool game, a futuristic air hockey tournament, a fishing game, and a ping-pong battle (which can‘t stand up to Wii Sports’ tennis). While not all of these games are miserably un-fun, they lack the same “cool” quality as the tank battle, the duck hunt, and the cow racing.
Gamers are encouraged to get the high scores in each mini-game and collect a few unlockables. These unlockables are few and lacking, but they are there none-the-less.
Wii Play follows the trend of its predecessor, Wii Sports, in its graphic scheme. The main focus is the player-customized Miis which are used to participate in various events. All backgrounds and color schemes follow a colorful, cartoony style, and unique levels make for vibrant colors and graphics.
Nintendo has again succeeded in a perfectly suitable soundtrack for Wii Play. All themes are cartoony, but not cheesy, and suit the atmosphere of the game perfectly. The posing game has a very light, bubblish sound to it, and the air hockey has an outer space-like soundtrack.
Sounds are equally as impressive. They “feel good” to hear and remain appropriate for the particular mini-game. When not cartoony, they are very realistic.
I’ve heard it said that Wii Play was the very first bad Nintendo game to become a best-seller. I’m forced to agree, not because the mini-games are horrible, but because they could have been so much better. Games such as the mini-tank battle will be instant hits… whereas the bubble-popping game may get one play-through.
The fact that you get a free Wiimote along with the game is a tempting offer, and even a wise one if you do the math, but the mini-games aren’t anything to get too excited about. It’s obvious that Wii Play was designed with one purpose only: to act as an accompaniment to a “free” Wiimote and entice new Wii owners to buy its “good deal.”
That being said, Wii Play isn’t worth paying too much for, but if you find it cheap with the Wiimote attached to it, you may want to consider buying it. Buy more for the Wiimote, not so much for the few “fun” games included on Wii Play’s CD-sized disk.
+ Some fun mini-games
+ Serves as "practice" for Wiimote use
+ Easy gameplay for any age
+ Charming, colorful graphics and sounds
+ Encourages teamwork
- Some games worth playing once
- Mini-games are repetitious and over-simplified
- Easily out-shined by Wii Sports
- Basically just incentive to buy an extra Wiimote