After the Wii arrived in 2006, motion sensor games became a trend. The console’s phenomenal popularity led Sony and Microsoft to mimic Nintendo’s design. The PS3 received Move controllers, which are still compatible with the PS4 and PSVR. Before they quickly abandoned it, Kinect on the Xbox 360 was a significant launch platform for the Xbox One.
Best Motion Sensor Games
1. 1-2 Switch (Switch)
Similar to how Wii Sports served as an experimental launch title to show off the Wii’s versatility, the 1-2 Switch provided indisputable evidence that the Nintendo Switch was a serious gaming platform. 1-2 Switch is a mini-game set for local multiplayer mischief, similar to Wii Sports.
2. Mario Kart (Wii/Switch)
Any decent game of Mario Kart requires confusion, and motion sensor games steering is the best way to create mayhem. The concept is the same whether you’re playing Mario Kart Wii or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch: hold the controller sideways and act like it’s a complete steering wheel.
3. Punch-Out (Wii)
Three methods to control the player’s favorite tiny boxer were chosen for the 2009 Wii version of Punch-Out. The basic SNES control system is the first, where each action is expressly linked to button input. The player manually throws the punches by shoving either half of the Wii controller in the mixed input/motion controls mode. The Wii Motion Board is the third and least preferred method, requiring natural crouching for every dodge.
4. Superhot VR (PS4, Microsoft Windows)
Super Hot VR is the game that stands at the nexus between Mirror’s Edge and The Matrix. Because time only changes when you do, no one can hurt you as long as you remain completely still in this thought. Although it feels strangely empowering to see your virtual adversaries frozen in place, mobility is necessary for development, so you will ultimately need to unfreeze them.
5. Red Steel 2 (Wii)
Even though it was a launch game, the first Red Steel had a mixed response despite its innovation and audacity. However, after some time passed, Ubisoft returned to the drawing board and changed the sequel’s visual aesthetic and several gameplay components. The end product is a cross between an Eastern-style sword fighter and an Old West shooter.
6. Surgeon Simulator CPR (Switch)
To be clear. There is some clearly NSFW content in this game. If any of the aforementioned makes you queasy, strongly think twice before buying Surgeon Simulator CPR since, if you do, you’ll be obediently sifting through people’s guts regularly. This game is a must-add to our list only based on its basic idea and the series it is a part of.
7. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch)
The irony in this is obvious. The original Skyward Sword was a Wii game that launched at the end of the console’s life when interest had subsided, and the buzz had subsided. It was designed from the ground up with the idea that motion sensor games had never previously been so successfully implemented. The Wii MotionPlus controls were required for everything, including swordplay and fishing.
8. Mario Tennis Aces (Switch)
There have been 20 years and counting of the Mario Tennis brand. Tennis will always be an intriguing location for Nintendo to investigate using motion control technology since it is a physically demanding sport where balls bang against rackets, and each competitor feels that harsh smack in their palms and forearms. However, their Wii version of Mario Power Tennis for the GameCube received criticism for its mediocre execution.
9. Just Dance 2022 (Various)
You would believe it’s challenging to include Only Dance on a list of the top motion control games, but unexpectedly, we’ve included it in the most recent version. Despite its enormous popularity, it has somehow escaped our notice; possibly because it is so closely associated with our topic, it has always felt implied.
10. The World Ends With You (Switch)
Given that the original DS version of The World Ends With You could only be played with the Stylus, it blurs the lines between what may be considered a motion game. Then, it counts because participants have to flip and scratch motions into the screen. The most current Switch port did include motion controls when docked to level the playing field.
Even while motion sensor games are becoming less popular, the games that followed, all of which used motion controls in some capacity, were rather fantastic.