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The Nintendo Motion Games Franchise

With the advent of Nintendo's Wii game a slew of games from Nintendo to show what you could do with their Wii Remote (and later Wii U) controllers. These include a range of mini-games, many of which offer more substantial experiences that initially appears.

This continued with the Switch with games that offered new ways to play with the innovative controller hardware.

There have been 10 games in the Nintendo Motion Games franchise.
The first game was released in 2006 on Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U and the most recent release was Everybody 1-2-Switch in 2023 on Nintendo Switch.

The most popular game in the franchise is Wii Sports with 66 likes. The franchise as a whole has 203 likes on the database. Unfortunately, Everybody 1-2-Switch is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X|S or iOS. However, there are other games similar to Everybody 1-2-Switch on these platforms that offer an equivalent experience.

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DetailsFranchise Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 7
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Battle, Brain Game, Collecting, Communication, Creative, Fighting, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports and Traversal
Release dates: 2006 - 2023
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Developer: @Nintendo


Games in the Nintendo Motion Games Franchise

Nintendo Land

Release Date: 30/11/2012

Out Now: Wii U

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person

Nintendo Land is a collection of Nintendo games that was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen...

Wii Sports

Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014

Out Now: Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offers is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require...

Nintendo Labo

Release Date: 27/04/2018

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person

Nintendo Labo is a game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. You get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering wheels, fishing rods,...

Wii Party U

Release Date: 25/10/2013

Out Now: Wii U

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Wii Party U is a collection of games to play with families in the same room. Different modes suit different groups and ages but are all light-hearted fun and make use of the Wii U Gamepad in creative ways.

Switch Sports

Release Date: 29/04/2022

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Switch Sports is the latest version of Wii Sports. It brings the classic motion sports game up to date with new sports and ways to play. You can compete in six sports, including Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Football and Bowling. The novelty, as ever, is...


Release Date: 02/03/2017

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

1-2-Switch is a series of party games that use the Switch Joy-Con controllers in imaginative and unusual ways. Although it looks like a novelty, the focus on physical motion and activity rather than just what's on the screen makes this surprisingly...

Wii Party

Release Date: 08/07/2010

Out Now: Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Wii Party is a party game that offers a variety of challenges that each use the Wii Remote motion controls. These 80 mini-game challenges are organised through three sections of the game: Party Games, House Party Games, and Pair Games.

Wii Fit (Series)

Release Date: 25/04/2008

Out Now: Wii and Wii U

Components: 2D Side-On

Wii Fit is a collection of games designed to help you exercise. They use the Wii Balance Board peripheral that works with both Wii Fit on the Wii and Wii Fit Plus on the Wii U. The Balance Board measures the pressure you place on it and enables a range...

Wii Play (Series)

Release Date: 02/12/2006, updated in 2011

Out Now: Wii

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Wii Play is a collection of multi-player party games originally designed for the Nintendo Wii and its motion controller.

Everybody 1-2-Switch

Release Date: 30/06/2023

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Filmed

Everybody 1-2-Switch is a party game played with the Joy-Con motion controllers to compete in a series of fun and silly challenges. From making friends with aliens to filling giant balloons with just the right amount of air, or working in a manic ice...

Games Like the Nintendo Motion Games Franchise

The following games address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to the Nintendo Motion Games franchise for younger age ratings.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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