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Vacation Isle Beach Party

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Active-play game makes great use of Wii balance board.

Game Nintendo Wii 2010
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Among the sports mini-game collections that are compatible with the Wii balance board, Vacation Isle Beach Party stands out for its excellent use of that peripheral device. Using the balance board feels so realistic and intuitive here, you wonder why using it never feels this smooth in other games. Some events will ask you to stand on the board sideways or even sit down on it. The games are all playable without the balance board, of course, and they're still fun that way -- just not as much so. It's also wonderful that you don't need to re-calibrate the board before every new event (other games on the market force you to do this, and it is annoying). As for the events themselves, they're all pretty enjoyable. Surfing and water-skiing are particularly fun. And the dancing is a blast. There isn't a huge number of events to play, but as each one offers three separate courses, that feels like less of a problem.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
  • Release date: June 15, 2010
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E for No descriptors
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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