Go Vacation

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Cute, varied, and enjoyable collection of active mini-games.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

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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 & Representations

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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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 w... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNetherlandsfan16 April 19, 2021

this is one of the best games to come out on the wii

I know you will enjoy this game because i did. there is little diversity in the characters tho but its still a great open world game for the wii.
Teen, 13 years old Written byArcInfinite April 27, 2020

Great open-worlder for the whole family

Should have been rated E. It's not perfect but it's ok.

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
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: October 11, 2011
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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