In a Nutshell: Wii Sports + 1:1 control + 10 new game types = hours of fun when friends or family come over.
“Twelve exhilarating sports and activities are taking place all over Wuhu Island, and the residents of Wii Sports Resort can’t wait for you to come join the fun.
- Fun Rating: Fun
- ESRB: E
- Players/Mode: single-player / family fun
- Game Duration: As long as it keeps your interest
- System: Wii
- Developer: Nintendo
- Website: http://www.wiisportsresort.com/
- Cost: $45.99 at Amazon.com
|Would I play this again?||Yes|
|Would I recommend this game?||yes|
|Was the story good?||N/A|
|Was the music good?||yes|
|Were the graphics good?||yes|
|Was this game difficult?||no|
|Was this game frustrating?||no|
|Was this game offensive?||no|
|Was this game worth your time/money?||yes|
Playing the game
1) Grab your Wii-mote. 2) Click in the new MotionPlus accessory that comes with Wii Sports Resort. 3) Wave your hands around like a fool, and have a great time doing it.
Seriously though, playing the game is a straightforward matter of pointing at the mini-game you want to play, pushing the ‘A’ button to start the game, and following the on-screen instructions that explain what types of motions you’ll need to make for the mini-game you have selected.
Playing a frisbee game? Press the trigger, hold the Wii-mote sort-of like a frisbee, flick your wrist, and let go of the trigger. Playing the sword game? Whip the Wii-mote around like a sword. Simple and fun.
What the game gets right
The variety of mini-games in Wii Sports Resort is a blast. Not only did they provide some really strong new offerings such as archery and swordplay, but they also provided a welcome update to golf and bowling—two of the most enjoyable games in the original Wii Sports. Even the “Island Flyover” “game” is pretty fun, as sortof a simplified aerial version of Endless Ocean.
Each of the mini-games types has two or three different ways you can play, so there is even more variety than there initially appears to be. There is also a series of “stamps” that keep track of certain in-game goals (essentially the same thing as Xbox 360 achievements and PS3 trophies), which are a fun way to challenge yourself. Some of the stamps are fairly easy to attain, while others are quite challenging (e.g. – get 16 bulls eyes in a row in the archery game). Having some (optional) difficult challenges in a game is a plus, in my opinion.
The long-awaited 1:1 connection between the controller and the on-screen movements seems to perform quite well, and definitely adds a new dimension of immersion to the Wii sports mini-game experience.
What the game gets wrong
Some of the mini-games were definitely added in primarily as padding. Canoeing? Seriously? Most boring Wii mini-game, ever. Cycling is not getting any points from me, either.
Another annoyance was the requirement that I go into the “Home” menu just to add a second controller. What is wrong with just powering up the second controller and letting the Wii detect it like in Wii Sports? Also, in some of the games (archery especially) I had to continually set the controller face-down on a flat surface to re-calibrate it during gameplay.
Sum it up
Overall Wii Sports Resort is a strong outing, and at least equally as fun as plain old Wii Sports. Due to the added variety of 12 total games (8 decent ones) and the 1:1 responsiveness, I may even say that Wii Sports Resort was even more fun than the original. Maybe.