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Wii Play review

Decent

After spending no more than an hour with Nintendo's latest assortment of minigames, we'd unlocked everything there was to see. Considering the simplicity of all nine included games, it's plain to see that this is actually a $10 budget game bundled with a "free" Wii Remote, which runs about $40 anyway. But even if the value is suspect, there's still a decent amount of fun to have - just don’t expect another multiplayer explosion like Wii Sports.



Play is, more or less, a game designed to familiarize new users with the remote. Each game introduces a new function of the device, hopefully acclimating Mommy Dearest to the Wii by the time she's done pointing and waving. You've got a bland table tennis game, fishing, billiards, cow racing, an Atari 2600-style Combat knock-off and a Guess Who copycat that has you searching for Miis in a crowd. But you can plan on pretty much ignoring those - the final three games, which we'll get to on the next page, are where you'll spend most of your time, single player or with a friend.

Pose Mii has you swapping a Mii's pose to match those that are inside falling bubbles. Miss too many and it's game over, obviously. As you do this, soothing images of nature rotate through the background, tossing birds, flowers and other calming pics your way. Shooting Range is, for all purposes, Duck Hunt 2007 without a laughing dog, and the best of the bunch, Laser Hockey, is Pong run by Daft Punk on acid. If you're buying this for solo gaming, save the cash or just head to a friend's house - multiplayer's the only way to go with Wii Play, and even then you'll be satisfied within a week.

More Info

Release date: Feb 13 2007 - Wii (US)
Feb 13 2007 - Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Nintendo
ESRB Rating:
Everyone

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1 comment

  • m4ggot - December 3, 2008 6:19 p.m.

    this should at least get a seven the hockey, pot the difference and table tennis r great and the cow racing is quitw funny

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