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Wii Sports Resort

Wii Sports Resort

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Wii Sports was a huge seller for Nintendo – and rightly so as it was a great showpiece for the motion controls in a simple package created to attract a specific kind of gamer. Today we will show you what Wii Sports Resort brings to the table.

The new title features the Wii Motion Plus, a device that plugs into the button of a Wii Remote and gives much better recognition of motion detection than the standard controller. This means that developers have now the opportunity to create games that feature incredibly sensitive motion control and don’t have to rely on the usual ‘waggling’ we are all familiar with. Motionplus has already been featured in Grand Slam Tennis which we reviewed a while ago but this is the first time a Nintendo game has featured the peripheral.

Lets make no mistake Wii Sports Resort is a great game – it shows exactly the capabilities of the new Motionplus system and sticks to the familiar package of the original Wii Sports which proved so successful. This time around however instead of just five sports there are now a dozen available which is sure to aid the longevity of the game to the hardcore audience.

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Golf and Bowling are repeats from before but with the addition of Motionplus control to enhance the experience. Bowling is almost the same as before but it now feels more natural and responsive thanks to Motion plus, there is also a handicap option for those who couldn’t work around the ‘B releases the ball system’, but you can turn it off if you have it fully mastered. Golf adds nine more holes and tighter control that allows for backswing and enables much better control over slices and hooks – apart from this it is almost identical, which is not a bad thing.

Table Tennis is a great addition to the list of games on offer because it is a simplified version of the sport in which you control the swing of the player but not the movement. All of this is handled by the AI which means you can concentrate on striking the ball and judging adjustments such as spin and power. To correctly hit the ball the gamers have to swing with the Wii Remote on the correct side of their on screen body. Unfortunately there is only a single player or two player option.

Archery is fun and by holding the Wii Remote upright players fire arrows at a target using the Nunchuk’s Z trigger as the string. You then aim by raising and lowering the Wii Remote (like the bow in real life) and release the arrow by letting go of the Z button. More difficult areas of this challenge task the player to work out distance, height and windspeed while dealing with a target moving from left to right on a track.

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‘Frisbee’ is another new addition which is split into two packs of challenges. Frisbee Dog for instance is played for accuracy where players throw the disc as close as possible to the target then a puppy runs to get it. This throwing motion is tough to master initially and it is a good indication of how powerful the Motionplus system really is as it can work out pitch and angles. Frisbee Golf is an unusual concept as it replaces the golf club and ball with a throwing disc – this is then played on the same 18 holes that are available in the standard golf game.

Powercruising is inspired by Nintendo’s Wave Race game and uses the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as handlebars to the vehicle and by tilting left and right your watercraft moves accordingly. Single player challenges are timed slalom courses and Vs races are rather short lived. I found this game a little boring after a while because Wave Race is clearly a much superior title and I had already played it a great deal in the past.

Canoeing is an interesting water event which is slow paced and by holding the Wii Remote upright and moving left and right of your body the character propels themselves through the water. This comes into its own in multiplayer mode as the players are on the same screen working their way through the course with the camera pulling back just enough to get everyone on the same screen. Four players is ideal and an absolute blast.

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Wakeboarding is another water focused sport and players use the Wii Remote in the standard orientation and move back and forward to get air off the waves produced by the boat tugging you along. It is a very simple mechanic but it works surprisingly well in a group of people and was a fun experience with my friends (and a few beers). The big trick is mastering the correct angle to land flat on the water which will earn you the full points for the tricks.

Cycling it would be fair to say is not one of my favourites as the mechanics of the controller system don’t add much to the experience. You waggle the Wii Remote and Nunchuk and steer by leaning left and right. One of the games I didn’t enjoy playing at all.

Basketball is a decent little game however it is certainly not a fully blown basketball game in the same vein as the NBA2k series. You simply time the thrusts of the remote to the on screen characters jump shot. This unlocks a three v three basketball mode using similar mechanics as before and while it is reasonably fun to play, in company it was one of the few (as well as cycling) that we skipped in favour of something else.

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My favourite of the new additions is easily Swordplay which will satisfy the need many Star Wars fans have had for a Light Saber game to be created since the Wii was announced. You start out with a one on one fight against a human or computer opponent and the task is to simply knock the other person off the platform into the water. I am not confident that there is a lot of skill involved in this aspect of the game however as sometimes random waggling can work as well as a carefully thought out means of approach. Defending however is very important because without doing so you will assuredly end up out of the game floating downstream. If an attacking player hits a defensive stance then he is immediately opened up for a counterattack and this is further enhanced by the system of defensive stances. For instance, if you get hit by a vertical attack but you are defending in a vertical stance then this will be bypassed so it is important to analyse how your opponent is holding his sword to work out your means of defense. There are two other modes attached to swordplay such as a two player option called ‘speed slice’ where players attack an object with a single swing in a certain direction and a single player mode called ‘showdown’ which makes players fight through hundreds of Mii characters without taking more than three hits in a round – a hefty challenge indeed.

Air Sports is a nice extra which is clearly drawing some influences from the classic Pilotwings Nintendo games. It features skydiving, a great little mini game in which you are required to tilt, twist and turn the Wii Remote to link up with other skydivers then alter the formation to take a picture. Dogfighting is for two players in split screen mode, in this you have to deflate the other players balloon. Island flyover is the last mode and you fly around WuHu Island finding points of interest and collecting items. The more items you find then the more features you unlock.

Wii Sports Resort is a brilliant indication of the capabilities of the controller – especially the Swordplay game which is great fun with a bunch of friends in the same room. There are sometimes problems involving the sensor bar calibration which require you to push down on the D pad, but all in all its an almost painfree experience. Certainly you have to put the controller on a flat surface occasionally to recheck calibration but it doesn’t really ruin the overall immersive party experience.

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New to the game is also a ‘Stamp’ system which is clearly an implementation of the Xbox Achievements system and they add a little challenge to the experience however it is a shame they are only visible to people viewing on the same console.

Graphically the game is what we would expect from a Wii Sports game with simplistic characters and background details. Look a little deeper however and you can see more attention to detail with rag doll physics and great depth of field. This all adds to the overall appearance and presentation and it works well.

Wii Sports Resort is a great title which I had a lot of fun playing with friends and family, exactly the way a Nintendo game is meant to be – firmly rooted in the social environment. The enhanced controller system adds a lot of immersiveness to the sports games and the additional titles mean there is a lot more going on than ever before.

If you have a Wii and are clamoring for a killer title this year to play with two or three more people then this should already be on your shortlist.

Swordplay is brilliant and Frisbee, Table Tennis and Archery are well worth playing.
Very simply art style but extremely well polished with capable Rag Doll Physics.
Happy soundtrack with the announcer from before.
The game is only hampered by online support, otherwise its top class.
(Not an Average)


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Stuart Davidson

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