The Wii-exclusive BIG BEACH SPORTS, designed specifically to take advantage of Nintendo's unique motion-sensitive controller, lets us play virtual versions of football, volleyball, soccer, cricket, bocce ball, and disc (Frisbee) golf. All six games feature simplified rules and intuitive player interfaces, making them ideal for children and families. Up to four people can play at once using only Wii remotes, and most of the games take under ten minutes to play (though settings can be modified to, say, increase the length of quarters in a football game or the number of holes played in disc golf). Players can create their own avatars, choosing from a variety of facial features and clothing, and each sport has its own collection of awards to unlock by achieving particular goals, such as getting an eagle on a hole in disc golf.
The Wii has seen no shortage of budget party games that group together several sports, and Big Beach Sports struggles in standing apart from its competition. With only six activities it lacks the diversity of similar titles which often feature 10 or more challenges, and its simplistic graphics are decidedly unexciting, even by the Wii's modest standards. Plus, a couple of the games are downright glitchy -- disc golf, for example, occasionally froze on a view of the horizon if we accidentally threw a Frisbee out of bounds over the ocean.