Go Vacation

Common Sense Media says

Cute, varied, and enjoyable collection of active mini-games.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The dialogue in this game is all text-driven, but each of the non-playable characters encountered is always complimentary when an event is completed. The whole mood of the game is light, respectful, and polite.

Positive role models

Lily is the main character that acts as a guide through the game, but she is not voiced and only shows up when the player visits the information booth. The stars of the game are the numerous mini-games, and while Lily is polite, and conveys a positive attitude, she does not really impact the game's content.

Ease of play

The Wii remote and nunchuk are used throughout the various games and even the Wii Balance Board, the Wii steering wheel, or the Zapper (a peripheral used for shooter games that holds both the Wii Remote and the nunchuk) can be utilized. While the games themselves are easy to jump into and play (without a lot of instructions given), each is scored and achieving the best scores are the goal. This can take some practice. Overall, the learning curve is easy on the vast majority of games.


In a sword-fighting mini-game, players deplete the health of their opponents and there are impact sounds, but no one is really hurt and the violence is minimal. Even when motoring (or skating) around the island, if other tourists are hit, there are no repercussions. Player's characters can fall off cliffs without damage of any sort.

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Privacy & safety

This game does not have an online component.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Go Vacation is an interactive game that involves competing with up to four players in a variety of active mini-games. Many of the games involve competing against either non-playable characters or others on the same machine. It does not require peripheral devices (like the Balance Board) to play, but if you have them, they can be utilized. One game in particular, the sword-fighting mini-game, has a little violence and requires Wii Motion Plus to play.

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What's it about?

GO VACATION is a series of mini-games, each attached to one of four themed areas on an island. Up to four players compete in a variety of events to get stamps, which help unlock new areas. Each time an event is visited, once it has been initially completed, it may change up a bit. In addition to the mini-games, there are treasure chests to find (seven in each area) that contain new costumes to customize the look of the player's characters, and players can even obtain and re-model a vacation villa (though this is limited mostly to moving furniture about). Sword fighting requires the Wii Motion Plus system integrated into the Wii console, while the other games can be played with a Wii-mote and nunchuck or by using some peripheral devices like the Balance Board.

Is it any good?


Go Vacation sports a fun vibe, from the design of the island resort, to the ease of moving around (open the map, select where you wish to go and poof! you are there), to the variety and style of the games. Playing against the non-playable characters is rather easy, whereas playing against other, real players can provide challenging. There are several versions of the same style game, like racing, but the different venues create enough variety to keep it lively. The light mood, the vibrant look, and the variety of games make this enjoyable and may be suited for family night gaming.

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Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:October 11, 2011
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 10 years old February 22, 2012

a game that people of all ages can play

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byice2605 December 29, 2013

I love this game! :D

Ok, This game should be rated 4 stars or 5 which i'm giving it 4. But anyway This is my 1st favorite wii game and it has so many activities to do plus you can find treasure and play dress up which i know kids really like. Everyone on the island is really nice too especially Lily the guide in the game. I also really like the open world where you can explore different parts of the resorts which is really cool and about the sword fighting i don't know why they said stuff about it since it really isn't a main game in the stamp dash & you don't even get a silver key for it so you don't have to do it if you don't want too. Speaking of silver keys, you get them by completing an activity and you can use them to buy more furniture for your villa. That's right... You can get your own house in this game & decorate it any way you want! Cool right? You can also go inside it & interact with the furniture for example if you put a tv in there you can go and turn it on and if you have a couch you can sit down on it & it makes it look like your watching tv! Go Vacation also dosn't have anything too "sexy" in it it's just some people on the island are wearing speedos & if you don't know what that is just think of swim trunks on a guy but wayyyyy shorter. Yeah i can't really explain it that well but you can just ignore them if you don't want your kids seeing that. Overall... this is truly a great game & i would highly recommend it for any kid who loves games that feature miis & that they love games that are alot of fun as well.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Parent of a 8 and 9 year old Written byminer49r September 8, 2013

Our 8 y/o son's favorite game!

This is one of the few sandbox games truly appropriate for younger kids. Our eight y/o loves to wander around and choose what he wants to do, or doesn't want to do. Although the graphics are low-tech (at least on the Wii), but it definitely gets high marks for longevity in the attention department!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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