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By Stuart Andrews



  • Recommended by TR
Wii Sports Resort


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Not that Nintendo has shied away from more complex controls. Archery, for instance, expects you to hold the remote in your left hand like a bow, then simulate the pulling back of the string with the nunchuck and the Z button, before steadying the remote to aim and releasing the Z button to fire. It sounds tricky, but you'll pick it up fairly quickly, and once you do you'll notice how much more satisfying a game of Archery this is than the equivalent in Zelda: Twilight Princess. There's no lag, no weird aiming and no judder. You pull, you aim, you fire.

Still, as in Wii Sports, Nintendo has mostly focused on 'everyone can play' accessibility over accurate simulation. Swordplay isn't fencing or kendo, but a Gladiators style knockabout competition where you essentially hack at your opponent, occasionally blocking, until one of you tumbles from a platform into the sea.

Golf now has eighteen holes and an improved putting system, but it's still all about fantasy scenery and the simple pleasures of a well-hit drive or jammy putt, not repeating Stewart Cink's win at the Open. Unlock the 3-on-3 basketball mode, and you get a nice, streamlined take on basketball, complete with passes, blocks and tackles, but nothing with the depth of NBA Street.

Wakeboarding, with you tilting the remote to shift left and right and jerking it up when you hit the wake to pull off stunts, might not have the sophistication of an SSX or Tony Hawks, but there's enough skill and timing to keep it interesting, and enough luck to make it unpredictable.

The key things are that these are all games you can enjoy playing with mates, girlfriends, mums, dads, grandparents and eight-year-old cousins, and that the hit rate is higher than in Wii Sports, where Boxing and Baseball were slightly duff. This is Nintendo's best and most consistent compilation yet.

As in Wii Fit, the inclusion of unlockable activities and extras is a major hook in the early stages. Triumph through the early stages of Duel in Swordplay, for example, and you open up Speed Slice, where you compete against an opponent to be the first to slice through a watermelon, log or display with a single slash in a specified direction. Perform here and you open up a personal highlight, Showdown. In a sort of Nintendo take on Kill Bill or Shogun Assassin, it's up to you to slice and dice your way through a horde of Miis in a selection of scenic island locations. Slashing wildly left, sweeping viciously right, it's one of the few games out there where you get the chance to batter complete strangers senseless in a light-hearted, good-natured fashion. Quite cathartic after a tough week in the city, I can tell you.

Technology changes, and so sho

July 24, 2009, 12:20 am

If ever a video review was required...


July 24, 2009, 1:24 am

You shoot with a bow in archery. A gun is fired!


July 24, 2009, 1:37 am

Just been playing it with the family and must say I enjoyed it :-)


July 24, 2009, 1:54 am

"...those who were getting board of the Wii..."

Isn't it Wii Fit that comes with the board? :-)


July 24, 2009, 5:14 am

@aporiac, I think that pun was fully intended.

Nick Hustak

August 14, 2009, 5:32 pm

There is a serious issue with the conrols _constantly_ getting out of sync. It's been posted all over the Amazon forums - and it's evident they knew about it due to the many 'if the controller doesn't feel right' screens that you are subjected to constantly while playing the game. You can't go through one serious sword fight in the horde mode without it de-syncing. I have two controllers and both exhibit the problem - it's not a defect. It's very disappointing in an otherwise cool item. I'm not saying don't get it, but be aware any serious waving around will require you to re-sync it (which either requires pausing the game and placing the controller on a flat surface or, depending on the game, you can quickly use the up/down buttons to sync it) It borders on making it unusable.


August 31, 2009, 2:16 pm

For people who dont know this comes with Wii motion plus which is a add on that makes more presicion and 1-1 gaming.

This is a great party game. It has great graphics all well animated and one of the best for the wii. It improves on wii sports dramticalty with 12 differnt sports . 2 which were from wii sports orignal but have been enchanced. these are golf and bowling.

the other 10 are :Swordplay,wakeboarding,frisbee,archery,basketball,table tennis ,power crusing, canoeing, cycling, air sports.

Cycling has had bad reviews but to me i enjoy it and its actually quite good. The ones underlined are probley the better of the 10.

This game really shows what the wii motion plus can do. It is its first ever game from nintendo to use it and i cant wait for future games. Whether you get 1 or 2 motion plus its a great purchase. The game isnt just a great party but it shows what it can do.

You might aswell get this for futher games - grinder, red steel 2 etc.

Bad- After talking about all the goods , we have to have some bad. The single player experince is shallow because there is no online support at ALL!! Sad so by yourself is no way as satsifying as with friends and family.

basketball isnt that great, and wakeboarding is too simple for my taste.

But overall this game is very fun to play. I give it a 8.8 out of 10!!

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