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Wii Sports

Video game for the Nintendo Wii

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  • Jul 8, 2009
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Wii Sports features five games (Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Golf, and Boxing) as well as a Training Mode and a Wii Fitness Mode. You can play each game by yourself or with up to four other players (depending on the game). Each game considers you a Pro after you receive 1,000 points (although you can easily lose that Pro status).


Tennis: this is a fun game. It is doubles tennis and this is one of the games where up to four people can play, although I find it fun to play by myself. It follows the rules of regular tennis and you can play either a single game, two out of three, or three out of five. While it is a fun game, it is limited – you control only one player (the back player) and you only control the swing, not the Mii’s movement. Still, you do move physically around quite a bit and it is an enjoyable game.


Baseball: this is a one or two player game and is a watered down version of baseball. There are only three innings and you control just the pitching and hitting not the base running or fielding. You can control the pitch you use (you have a choice of screwball, curve ball, a splitter, or fast ball) but I’ve found that just moving the WiiMote slightly can result in a pitch, which can be frustrating. The batting option is the more fun option but even that is limited as you can’t bunt and the ball call doesn’t happen very often.


Bowling: My favorite game in the collection. It is just like regular ten pin bowling, with ten frames, strikes and spares. You can play by yourself or with up to four players. This is one of the more controllable games as you can position your Mii on the alley before throwing the ball and twist your wrist to control the curve of the ball.


Golf: Not a particularly easy game but it is like a regular golf game including how you hold the WiiMote. You get to pick what kind of clubs you use (although it is best to go with the ones Wii Sports selects). Wind is a factor as well as the terrain of the course. Up to four people can play and you have several game options: Beginner (3 holes); Intermediate (3 holes); and Expert (3 holes). You can also play a 9 hole game. You get as many practice swings as you want before hitting the ball.


Boxing: Easily my least favorite game. You need the nunchuk to play and you box three one minute rounds (this is a one or two player game). There is a life gauge that decreases when you get hit and when the gauge is gone you are knocked out. I found this game incredibly difficult to play and control.


Training Mode: This is a great feature that helps you practice certain elements in each game. In tennis you practice returning balls (if one is hit outside the court the game ends); timing your swings (try to hit the orange wall on each return); and target practice. In baseball you try to hit home runs (you have ten chances); practice swing control (try to hit the ball so it lands in the target zones - left field, center field, right field); batting practice (you simply try and hit the ball). For the bowling games you try to pick up spares; power throws (my favorite – you start with trying to knock down ten pins, then 15, 21, etc. If you get a strike you get double points); spin control – each game has certain barriers you try to avoid while throwing the ball. In golf the choices are putting (you have up to ten holes and try to put the ball in each hole with a single shot – you have five lives to get through all ten holes); hitting the green (you try to land the ball as close to the hole as possible); target practice – each target has points and you try to get as many points as possible. In boxing you work the bag (you try knocking punching bags from their chain); dodging (swaying side to side you try to dodge tennis balls thrown at you); and throwing punches (you try to hit training mitts). Up to four players can do the training mode (each going one at a time) and you “win” medals for each game – platinum, gold, silver, bronze.


Wii Fitness: this is supposed to gauge your “fitness age”. You get three events from the training mode (if they are unlocked) and your fitness age is determined by how well you do at these challenges which are meant to judge your balance, speed, and stamina. This is fun to do, but not a true gauge of how fit you are.


In the end, Wii Sports has enough games and features to satisfy just about anyone and provides hours of fun.






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July 08, 2009
Sounds like a lot of fun, great review! I don't have a Wii, but would love to try both Wii Sports and Guitar Hero World Tour. I've got to find someone who has it... I guess I sort of live under a rock because I have a little baby and no time for games!
July 09, 2009
Congrats on your baby! I use the Wii far more than I ever thought I would - I use it to exercise as well as to play games.
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Quick Tip by . March 02, 2010
Decent games. Tennis and bowling are my favorite games. More fun when you have a few players and competition can get heavy.
review by . January 22, 2010
Wii Sports comes included with the Wii at no additional charge. The game includes Bowling, Boxing, Tennis, Golf and Baseball. I think bowling is my favorite because it feels so much like real bowling. The motion-sensing feature of the Wii remote works flawlessly in this game. Tennis is quite fun as well and I am impressed that it's smart enough to recognize if you are swinging in the right direction. Baseball is fun as well but the games are rather short with only three innings. Boxing isn't my …
review by . December 20, 2009
If you own a wii, but for some reason, you don't own this game, you really need to buy this game. It's a blast to play by yourself or with friends.    Graphics-The graphics are OK, but I really feel that they could have better.    Sound-The sounds matched what was going on in the game, so I thought they were really good.    Gameplay-The most popular way to play is probably by playing the basic games themselves. The games are:  1.Tennis-You …
review by . March 10, 2009
Wii Sports, if you live in America, is the pack in game that comes with the Wii. However, there is still a chance you might find yourself having to purchase it because either your game disc is so damaged (or broke) that you need to get another one, or you bought the system used and whoever sold it didn't package the game with it. There's also the possibility that in the future Wii Sports will not ship with the system and will have to be bought separately.      Anyway, as an introduction …
review by . April 07, 2009
Wii Sports can be ADDICTIVELY fun. I would not recommend doing the following, as I did last Friday AND Saturday nights:    1. Cook dinner for your friends.  2. Make COFFEE for your friends after dinner.  3. Suggest you play a few innocent rounds of your new Wii to wind things down.  4. Stay up all night playing Wii Tennis.  5. Wake up at noon unable to move your right arm without yelping in pain.  6. Have a cocktail before dinner, …
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Wii Sports is a sports game developed and produced by Nintendo as a launch title for the Wii video game console. It was first released in North America along with the Wii on November 19, 2006, and was released in Japan, Australia, and Europe the following month. The game is included as a pack-in game with the Wii console in all territories except Japan, making it the first game included with the launch of a Nintendo system since Mario's Tennis for the Virtual Boy in 1995. Wii Sports is part of an ongoing series of games referred to as the Wii Series, and a Touch! Generations game.

The game is a collection of five sports simulations, designed to demonstrate the motion-sensing capabilities of the Wii Remote to new players. The five sports included are tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, and boxing. Players use the Wii Remote to mimic actions performed in real life sports, such as swinging a tennis racket.[3] The rules for each game are simplified to make them more accessible to new players. The game also features training and fitness modes that monitor player progress in the sports.

Overall, Wii Sports has been well received by critics and received awards from the gaming press and entertainment community. It is the best-selling video game of all time, with 40.5 million copies sold worldwide, as of December 2008. Wii Sports has been featured on television in Wii commercials, news reports, and other programming. The game has become a popular means for social gatherings and ...

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Number of Players: 1-4
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Console: Wii
Genre: Sports Action
Release Date: November 19, 2006
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