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The Wii created a new genre of motion-controlled video games. But its initial Wii Remote controller was a little limited. Nintendo shortly brought out an addition that added more one-to-one detection of movement: Motion Plus.You could purchase the Motion Plus block and plug it into existing Wii Remote controllers, or purchase updated Wii Remote controllers that included Motion Plus. These newer controllers are indicated by the Motion Plus nomenclature on the bottom. This nuanced motion-controlled continued on to the Wii U in games that used the Wii Remote controls and needed extra fidelity for the player.Wii U Party minigames, Nintendo Land, Table Tennis and Archery in Wii Sports Resort as well as the exploration and combat in Zelda Skyward Sword each stand out as really good use of this extended Motion Plus controls. This list includes 21 games from the last 28 years, with 568 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play the best motion controlled games.
Release Date: 01/10/2011, updated in 2018
Out Now: Switch and Wii
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Go Vacation is a resort exploration adventure where 50 mini-games can be discovered and played. The mini-golf, skating, surfing, volleyball, car racing, tennis and other games use the Wii and Switch motion-sensitive controllers and are simple fun for...
Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014
Out Now: Wii and Wii U
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...
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...
Release Date: 21/07/2017, updated in 2022
Out Now: Switch
Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon
Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...
Release Date: 12/11/2007, updated in 2020
Out Now: Switch, Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Super Mario Galaxy is a running, jumping and exploration game that takes Mario to hundreds of different planet-shaped levels as you race to save Princess Peach from Bowser's claws. It stands out for the way the mind-bending physics and ever-changing...
Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013
Components: 3D Third-Person and Dice
Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...
Release Date: 23/11/2011, updated in 2021
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an adventure game in the Zelda series. You navigate the floating island of Skyloft before diving down to explore, escape dungeons and bring balance back to the world. It stands out not only for the cleverly designed...
Release Date: 23/05/2010
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a running, jumping and exploring sequel to the critically acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy. It takes Mario to hundreds of different planet-shaped levels with their own gravitational fields and wacky...
Release Date: 26/10/2013, updated in 2020
Out Now: Switch and Wii U
Components: 3D First-Person and Day and Night
Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the latest in a series of puzzle games where you direct hordes of titular plant-like creatures to navigate garden locations. Different colour Pikmins have different abilities so the challenge is to get enough of the right ones to...
Release Date: 25/10/2013
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.
Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.
Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube, Switch, Wii and Wii U
Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.
Release Date: 16/09/2008, updated in 2022
Out Now: DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Switch, Wii and Xbox 360
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and its sequel, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II are fighting-adventure games set in the Star Wars universe. You use force powers and lightsaber attacks to defeat enemies in fast-paced combat, and in the latest Switch...
Release Date: 23/03/2006, updated in 2022
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Wii, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead
Cooking Mama is a long-running series of stylised cooking puzzle games where you complete recipe minigames to cook various dishes. From mixing ingredients in a bowl to deep frying the food, you mirror on-screen instructions to create sweet and savoury...
Release Date: 07/11/2010
Out Now: Wii
Components: 2D Side-On
Fling Smash is an action-throwing game where you direct a ball-shaped hero by flicking the controller.
Release Date: 01/01/1996, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person
The House of the Dead is a horror-themed shooting game where you control the targeting but not the movement. Unlike general on-rails shooting games, this was controlled using a light-gun pointing at the screen (or similar controller). This gives the...
Release Date: 13/11/2008
Out Now: PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and iOS
Shaun White's Snowboarding is a series of snowboard racing games that focuses on recreating, move for move, the downhill and halfpipe snowbound experience. You race down a mountain landscape steering with intuitive controls and performing point-earning...
Release Date: 20/01/2008
Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Wii Music is a rhythm-music game where you use Wii Remote motion controller to play different instruments. Unlike other music games, here you collaborate on playing arrangements of existing songs. The result is a super-approachable music game that's...
Release Date: 06/05/2008, updated in 2009
Components: 3D First-Person and Blocks
Boom Blox is a puzzle game on the Wii, designed by Steven Spielberg, where motion controls are used to direct projectiles at towers in surprisingly accurate and engaging ways. This extends beyond Jenga-style play to offer physics-based puzzles where you...
Release Date: 08/06/2009, updated in 2009
Grand Slam Tennis is a physically active sports game where you choose one of the 23 real tennis players or create your own. You can play either singles or doubles. Unlike other tennis games, this focuses on hitting the ball with a gesture via the Wii...
Release Date: 16/11/2008, updated in 2008
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Animal Crossing: City Folk (called Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City in Europe) is a life simulation game where you settle into a small village filled with anthropomorphic animals. Like other Animal Crossing games, you design and decorate your home,...