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Wii Sports

Video game for the Nintendo Wii

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A New Way to Play

  • Mar 10, 2009
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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 to the Wii, Wii Sports is a simple game to pick up and fairly fun to play. The Wii remote makes playing these games more fun. Before you boot up this game, however, you'll have to make yourself a Mii. The game is played using your Mii and as you play the games other Miis that have been created on your system will show up too. Wii Sports includes five games: Bowling, Baseball, Golf, Boxing and Tennis. All of them controlled with the Wii Remote exclusively.

Using the Wii Remote is what really makes playing these games a treat. In bowling, for example, your Wii Remote is your bowling ball. You'll have to make the motions of bowling to actually toss your ball in the game. In Baseball this not only serves as your bat but also the baseball when you pitch. In golf it is your golf club which you'll swing to hit the ball like a golfer would. In tennis it's your tennis racket you'll use to hit the ball. Boxing is the only game which requires the nunchuck. The Wii Remote is one hand, the Nunchuck is the other. None of these games are hard to pick up and play at all.

I'd love to tell you all five games are winners but that's really not the case. As stated, this game serves more as an intro to the system and getting you adapted at using the Wii remote. It's fun, but there are a couple of controls issues that come up every now and then. When playing golf, for example, you'll find the motion sensor controls aren't always pot on. You might swing forward on the back swing when it's clear that wasn't what you wanted to do. In boxing the controls can be somewhat touchy. You might jab using the remote or nunchuck but it won't respond. It's a great idea, but sometimes its annoying. Other times it works flawlessly. The Bowling game is easily the most enjoyable in the compilation while the Baseball may actually be the worst.

Another thing to keep in mind is that none of these games are pushed to their full extent. In Golf, for example, you won't play for eighteen holes and in Baseball you don't have 9-Innings. It's probably a good thing, however, because if you really get into it you'll find yourself tired out after a while.

Multiplayer works great in this game as well. Get more than one remote and nunchuck and you can take on your friend in boxing. You can play a two on two match in tennis or against a friend in baseball. Don't have more than one remote? You can still enjoy Bowling and Golf by switching off using just one remote and several Miis.

There's more to Wii Sports than playing the main games, however. You can also do training, which will help you improve your game. There are plenty of mini-games in training as well. You can practice power throws in bowling, where they slowly increase the amount of pins you'll have to knock down. There's a punching bag mini-game for boxing. A mini-game for golf where you can hit the ball and see just how far you can drive it. These are just a few examples. Each game has three mini-games outside the main game you can play. So there's more here than you actually think you're getting.

Lastly, there's the Wii Fitness test. This will pick three mini-games from the training at random and force you to play them. After the test is over they'll tell you your fitness age. The lower your fitness age, the more "in shape" you are. Each Mii can only take one fitness test a day.

All this is really fun stuff and the Wii Remote works really well with it. It is sometimes a little over sensitive at times, though. For those who are worried about having to work too hard you can relax. To do most actions requires a simple flick of the wrist and nothing more.

It's no surprise that Wii Sports doesn't look all that great. The Miis are very cute looking and the game itself is very cute looking. There are a lot of colorful environments but no real actual detail is given to them. It's just your basic looking game. It actually looks worse than some Gamecube games. Luckily the graphics won't bother you at all because the games are so involving. You won't have much time to notice the graphics anyway when your swinging at a tennis ball or trying to bowl a strike. The music is surprisingly good. Nothing you'll want the soundtrack to but it fits the style of the game very well.

In the end Wii Sports is a great introduction to the Wii. Chances are it'll still remain fun years later. There's more you're getting than you think, even though in some areas you still feel the game could be bigger. As an introduction to the Wii, this is the perfect game.

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review by . July 08, 2009
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 …
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 . 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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