Wii Play: You've Got Games, and Remote

For 10 bucks more than a Wii remote controller alone, Nintendo will sell you one, plus 10 gamessome of them actually worth playing

Gamers upset over paying $39.99 for a Wii remote should consider purchasing Wii Play. Not only does Nintendo's latest pack of nine mini games, it also includes a remote. At $49.99, it just may be the perfect reason to splurge for a bonus controller, especially since its games will appeal to all ages. Judging by the looks of them, however, people shouldn't expect depth.

All of Wii Play's games use the remote in some fashion. In Shooting Range, players use it as a gun to blast cans, clay discs, UFOs and balloons. The game brings back fond memories of Nintendo's classic Duck Hunt, even without the giggling dog and trademark light gun, the NES Zapper. It may not match its frantic, duck shooting action, but it'll definitely be a favorite.

Find Mii challenges gamers to identify the Mii that doesn't belong, such as the one looking left while the others look right, or the Mii wearing dissimilar clothing from its brethren. Gamers merely point the remote at the Mii and press the A button.

Table Tennis disappoints because it doesn't give people the option of scoring. Instead, players must keep the ball in play, the goal is to produce long volleys. On the positive side, the longer volleys last, more Miis show up, and the game stocks the audience with personally created characters.

Pose Mii appears to be the most difficult. Gamers take control of a Mii and attempts to mimic poses contained within bubbles by twisting the remote. Laser Hockey, on the other hand, stands out as a simple game with depth. Using the remote to move his or her paddle, the player can also angle it to deliver a wicked shot at their opponent's goal.

Possibly drawing inspiration from Atari's 2600 game, Combat, Tanks! pits gamers against one another in a tank free for all. However, the controls seem a bit cumbersome. Nintendo forces people to steer their tanks using the remote's directional pad. Seeing as how gripping the remote and reaching the d-pad takes some effort, Tanks! may not be popular.

Neither will Fishing. Instead of copying the stellar fishing game in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Nintendo created a pool, dropped fish into it and tasks gamers with merely dropping their line near the biggest fish in order to snag it. With little to no challenge, this game smells.

Billiards, on the other hand, has a chance at being an absolute must play game. Although it only lets gamers play 9 Ball, the controls work extremely well. Players line up a shot with the d-pad, pull back the remote and then push it forward to hit the ball. As a nice touch, various Miis adorn the balls.

Charge! completes the list and wins the award for being the strangest Wii Play mini game. Holding the remote horizontally, people steer a rampaging cow down a track, running over scarecrows. Like Billiards, it'll be fun, but only if it contains more than a single mission.

While all of these games make good use of the remote, some Wii Play reviews bash the compilation for being shallow. Currently, the game has a 57% average at Gamerankings.com, a dubious number. However, and regardless of what the enthusiast press thinks, GameDaily will post its review when the game ships in the U.S. on February 12.

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