While the game has received quite a drubbing from critics, including a 2/5 score in , the game's casual style has made it easily accessible to less experienced gamers. Alicia Ashby from explains the phenomenon succinctly in her blog post on the subject (), saying "The simple games appear to be great fun if you have kids and grandmas playing frequently and the controller and game package gets two controllers into a lot of houses that might have otherwise have stopped at one (and made their Wii experience a lot less fun)."
Nintendo's press release is below.
Nintendo's Wii Play Surpasses 10 Million Units Sold in the United States
Wii Play(tm), a collection of nine mini-games, has now sold more than 10 million units in the United States alone since its debut in February 2007, according to figures released today by the independent NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. Wii Play, now the top-selling software on all consoles and portable systems in the United States, comes packaged with a Wii Remote(tm) controller.
"Wii Play mini-games are fun and they get people playing together," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Even if you believe people are buying Wii Play solely for the controller, that indicates that there are now more than 10 million people who have an extra Wii Remote controller in their homes. When added to the 12.7 million Wii Remote controllers that have sold separately, this reinforces the growing 'social gaming' trend we have been seeing where friends and family use their Wii games as a social hub - both in person and online."