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A party game sold with Wii Remotes, developed primarily to help new players learn the various means said controller could be used. Whether or not Wii Play became the Gateway Series Nintendo wanted it to be, it did manage to become the second best non-bundle selling game ever. There are nine different games:

  1. Shooting Range is similar to Duck Hunt. This helps you learn to aim as you shoot various objects, such as targets, clay pigeons, balloons and cans.
  2. Find Mii (Not to be confused with a much different game in StreetPass Mii Plaza) is a memory and matching game. Now that you can keep your cursor on screen, the game teaches you how to be more accurate and how to select sets of Miis based on the instructions given.
  3. Table Tennis pits you against a computer player, where you must return a certain number of volleys to it, or against your friends, who you just have to beat traditionally. This game introduces a new camera angle and helps improve player reaction time.
  4. Pose Mii has you make your Mii perform various poses so that they can fit in different silhouettes. This game requires you to twist the Wiimote and helps the player learn to do this while hitting buttons and aiming.
  5. Laser Hockey is a simulation of air hockey with neon light graphics. It takes the twisting mechanic introduced in Pose Mii and makes you twist your wrist in different directions while the cursor is moving at high speeds.
  6. Fishing introduces the rumble mechanic as well as the concept of depth, as you move the Wiimote further from and closer to the screen in addition to left, right, up and down. Every fish species is worth a different amount of points with a certain species becoming more valuable at certain periods of time.
  7. Billiards is a nine-ball version of pool. This game deals with moving the Wiimote further and closer to the screen again, but the real focus is on teaching players how to hit things hard and how to tap lightly.
  8. Charge! is a cow racing game and the first game that requires you to hold the Wiimote sideways. You tilt the Wiimote left and right to steer, tilt forwards and backwards to speed up or slow down and quickly raise it to jump.
  9. Tanks! puts you in control of a One-Hit-Point Wonder tank. You can shoot shells at other tanks and lay land mines. Nunchuk play is introduced in this game. The game focuses on aiming and moving at the same time.

Like its brethren Wii Sports being followed by Wii Sports Resort, Wii Play got a Wii MotionPlus–based sequel called Wii Play: Motion.

This game contains examples of:

  • Light Gun Game: Shooting Range.
  • Minigame Game: This game consists of 9 minigames.
  • Mini Mook: Small Fry in Fishing, which reduce your score if you catch them. Ignore them and they'll disappear, but they can still mess up the chance to get the fish you really wanted.
  • 1-Up: A reward given after every five levels completed in Tanks!
  • Painfully Slow Projectile: Most shots in Tanks, including your own. Most of the time, the number shot, placement of lines and the fact that they ricochet off walls have to be put together to hit anything, which is just as well since one hit will do anything in.
  • Pinball Projectile: All shots that tanks fire in Tanks! can ricochet once (or twice in the case of Green Tanks), except for the ones fired by the Teal and Black Tanks.
  • Platinum Makes Everything Shinier: The Platinum medals are the best medals that can be awarded.
  • Racing Game: Two-player Charge! has each player racing the other towards
  • Rule of Three: In Tanks!, green stationary tanks fire fast shells can travel in three directions, by ricocheting off of the walls twice.
  • Scoring Points: High enough scores will get you medals.
  • Shout-Out: While the normal targets in Shooting Range are balloons, targets, clay pigeons, pop cans, and UFOs, the ducks from Duck Hunt occasionally fly by as well, which can be shot. Also, a dog's bark is audible in the background.
  • Spontaneous Crowd Formation: In Table Tennis, Miis gather to watch your game. The longer it goes, the larger the crowd becomes.
  • Tank Goodness: An entire collection of them in Tanks, all of which are killed in one hit by anything.
    • Player Character: A bright Red or Blue tank. Versatile and powerful, able to fire 5 shots at once and lay mines.
    • Mooks: Brown Tanks, stationary tanks with a slow-firing gun and an even slower reaction time.
    • Cannon Fodder: Grey Tanks, which are actually able to move, aim and fire effectively. Still very slow and not that smart.
    • Long-Range Fighter: Teal Tanks, which fire high-velocity rockets from across the map, as well as being a lot smarter than the previous two tanks.
    • Trap Master: Yellow Tanks, which rely mostly on laying landmines to limit your movements before picking you off with their guns.
    • The Berserker: Red Tanks, which charge straight towards players before unloading rapid bursts of shots that are very hard to avoid.
    • Cold Sniper: Green Tanks, which cannot move, but launch high-velocity, ricocheting rockets from across the map. The worst thing about them is that they have near-perfect aim and can easily calculate bounce trajectories to strike you from seemingly impossible angles.
    • Lightning Bruiser: Purple Tanks. Essentially a CPU-controlled variant of your own Tank, they move extremely fast, can unload a frightening amount of shots very quickly, can lay mines, and have improved AI from Red Tanks to boot.
    • Stealthy Mook: White Tanks, which become invisible at the beginning of the level and have all the abilities of the Purple Tank. Keeping track of their tread marks (which are visible) is key to not getting ambushed and quickly killed by them.
    • Elite Mooks: Black Tanks, which only appear from Level 50 onward. They move extremely fast, can lay mines, and fire high-velocity rockets like a machine gun. In addition, they are significantly smarter than any other Tank in the game (except maybe Green Tanks) and can dodge your attacks with ease. You will need either a lot of luck or a lot of skill to be able to take these things down.
  • The Catfish: The mystery fish in Fishing, which is difficult to catch due to disappearing very quickly after appearing.
  • Tech-Demo Game: Comes with the Console to show off its potential, much like Wii Sports.
  • Timed Mission: Single-player Charge!, where the player must reach the end before the timer runs out.
  • Variable Mix: All of the games have some degree of musical variation to suit the situation, but Tanks! notably has a variety of instruments that play depending on the number of active tanks and the strongest tank. More instruments are added as the tanks get stronger, but some of the percussion also goes away if you leave the strongest tanks for last.


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Wii Play Fishing

One of the minigames in Wii Play. Catch the right fish to get double points.

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