Wii Play is a series of nine games, each designed to show off the great ways to play with the Wii Remote. As of now, a Wii Remote comes packaged with the game. But that begs the question, is it a free remote I’m getting, or a 10 dollar game? While cute, the game really lacks the same luster that Wii Sports brings to the console.
Each minigame in Wii Play teaches players another aspect of the Wii Remote. The first time playing, a player must complete a game before the next game opens. Shooting Range is first, and the games unlock in the order listed above. Players also can earn medals (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) as they improve their scores. High scores and accomplishments are posted to the Wii Message Board (see below). In most two-player games, players compete for the highest score. However, in Laser Hockey and Tanks!, players compete directly against one another.
Players can use Miis they’ve created in the Mii Channel in each minigame. Their personal high scores will be recorded for each Mii, and those scores will be posted to the Wii Message Board as well. Wii Play comes packaged with a Wii Remote.
Starting with game one
When you first play, you are required to start with game one. After your initial session, you can then move on game two, then game three, etc. While this ensures everybody tries every game, it feels cheap in the sense that I HAVE to try every game.
The first on the list is the best: Target Practice. Imagine a souped-up version of the classic Duck Hunt. While the dog is missing, everything else brings you back to the NES title, from tall grass setting, clay pigeons, and even the very ducks you’ve been shooting since infancy. There are 4 stages of targets consisting of balloons, bulls-eyes, cans, and clay pigeons. You then get a final stage of alien abductors trying to capture little versions of your Mii.
Second up is Find Mii, which is “Where’s Waldo” for Wii. All you do is search for the Mii it asks for like, “find 2 alike!” or “Find the Mii you’re using!” There’s not much else to say about this one, except that it didn’t take up much of my time. Now, we’ll skip to stage four, another Mii stage. This one is a pose Mii stage that relies heavily on your skill to twist your Wii Remote to match the Mii poses in the bubbles falling down the screen. Again, this is a very simple game that didn’t grab my attention.