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5. Wii Play
2007 | Wii
Copies sold in US: Close to 900,000
Average score: 58%

Marketed as the followup to the wildly popular Wii Sports, Wii Play was a collection of nine shallow minigames. Essentially just a bundle of Wii-remote tutorials disguised as disappointing games, Wii Play can keep up to two players captivated for about as many minutes, and is notable mainly because it comes packaged with a Wii remote.

The company line: "Wii Play collects nine quick and addictive games that are easy to pick up and play and hard to put away."

What the critics said: When even Nintendo Power magazine gives a Nintendo-produced game a 7 out of 10 score, you know it can't be terrific, but nearly all the critics agreed on one thing: if you're buying Wii Play for the Wii remote it comes packaged with, then it's worth it.

Of course, they didn't leave it at that. The Onion A.V. Club wrote that "the 'low-budget, high-fun' strategy that paid off for Nintendo with Brain Age and Wii Sports finally draws a blank." Even the most positive reviews for the collection gave muted praise, most of it directed at the Shooting Gallery, Laser Hockey and "Tanks!" minigames. The truth was, Wii Play presented a dilemma for critics, which was laid out succinctly by Electronic Gaming Monthly: "Play is for people who don't really play games, and as someone who really does, that's a problem."



Why you bought it anyway: Wii Play isn't so much a game packaged with a Wii remote as it is a Wii remote packaged with a game. Much like the Wii itself, Nintendo's control wands were impossible to find in the early months of 2007, so if buying a cheap set of uninteresting minigames made getting one easier, then so be it. Hell, we bought this too.

What went wrong? Probably the biggest problem with Wii Play, at least from a critical standpoint, is that it's intended for an audience that is the exact polar opposite of people who write about games for a living. To figure out if you're a member of said audience, ask yourself the following: is Wii Sports the only other videogame you've played in the last 80 years? If so, you might find Wii Play interesting for longer than 15 minutes.

Most infuriatingly positive quote: Gaming Target's Zoe Cohen provides this one, saying, "The replay value is limited to when… your Wii hungry friends come over to play." We admit there's nothing infuriating or even particularly positive about this sentence, but because even the highest-scoring reviews of Wii Play were all droningly lukewarm, we decided to giggle at "Wii-hungry friends" instead. Also, we are five.

54 comments

  • Terrorrizor - September 4, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    To be honest, Bulletproof is a pretty good game to kill time. I liked being able to shoot a .38 in the left hand while letting a tech rip through enemies on the right. The design complimented the music they put in, and aside from the story which they didn't put much thought into, it was a pretty fun game.
  • darkpigraph - June 16, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    Shiny made that Matrix game? And to think they used to be known for Earthworm Jim and MDK :(
  • PS3pwns - June 15, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    Marvel Nemesis was awesome!!! And spidey 3 was alright.
  • luke1608 - December 13, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I bought Enter the Matrix, it didn't work and then the games shop refused to refund even though it wasn't scratched or anything, this made it double as shit
  • noporcru623 - October 17, 2010 6:47 a.m.

    driver 3 is funny to play and the movie making is cool, i loved enter the matrix tho i havent played in about 6 years
  • MyGameName - July 16, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    LOL I got Enter the Matrix as a gag gift for my cousin, and it's been floating between a select few of us who actually get it like a twisted game of Hot Potato. I installed it and cheated my way to the end. 5 minutes of my life I'm never getting back. reCAPTCHA: escrow battle
  • mrmorozov987 - July 15, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    Ouch, GamesWave got served! Ah snap!
  • ventanger - February 26, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Christ... I was one of the poor deluded fools who was suckered into preordering Enter The Matrix due to the Matrix hype and Shiny at the helm. Collectively that game had about 1.85 seconds worth of enjoyment, everything else made me want to hammer a nail halfway into a wall, and then run into it.
  • wiitard07 - December 29, 2009 1:27 a.m.

    I would buy a bargain bin copy of the 50 cent game just to see him get shot repeatedly.
  • pot - October 29, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    God, State of Emergency sucked so bad. My friend had it and acted like it was the best game ever. I was stoned off my ass and still found the game boring as hell. And we all know, pot can make some things better then what they really are. But no dice, didn't work that time.
  • BiscuitGangsta - October 25, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    I bought @ least half of these games, and now I feel ashamed. Thanks a lot GR, lol.
  • micdog2009 - October 24, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    Wii Play Tanks was awesome. totally worth the money.
  • dtzulu - October 23, 2009 10:15 p.m.

    marvel imperfects sucked... driv3r 3 sucked long and hard... marvel ultimate alliance 2 is a let down, predator bites... i can go on and on...
  • kibbles0515 - October 23, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    "Enter the Matrix" was only good if you overlooked the many flaws and embraced the universe/storyline. In retrospect, yes, my dearly beloved "Enter..." was crap, but I can go back now and play only the most fun levels, and that makes me happy. Also, the "hidden" Sparks levels and the hacking are fun, every once in a while. I'm not going to sit and play "Enter..." for 3 hours, but for an hour to 90 minutes, its some good fun while I wait for a newer game to hit store shelves.
  • TestDDs - October 23, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    I have most of these games except for 50 cent and wii play they both can burn in hell 50 cent sould shoo the wii and then his music
  • Illinoissucks - October 23, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    Hey I stole Enter the Matrix from a friend and Kind of liked it but I can't wait for 50 Cent to get gunned down.
  • kodesy - October 22, 2009 7:09 p.m.

    I thought that Path of Neo was a pretty good game..didn't look any better than ETM and it was still kind of clunky but at least you were still playing the actually story. Also, one thing that WAS really sick about Rogue Agent...Bond actually died! Hahaa, eat that Pierce Brosnan, you were the crappiest Bond they ever had!
  • kor2disturbed - October 22, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    Huh well I loved marvel nemesis I thought it was a great game and bought the nintendo ds version and the ps2 version I didnt know you guys at cheatplanet thought it sucked oh well
  • montyburns - October 22, 2009 5:10 a.m.

    "...and also you're an idiot and you smell bad and your website no longer exists"!!! Hahahaha!
  • Cwf2008 - December 6, 2008 5:58 a.m.

    Hey i thought Wii Play was good...well i should say i thought the remote it came with was good. The game sucked, but hey cheap controller!

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