A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Wii Sports is a virtual sports game that everyone from 5-year-olds to grandparents can enjoy. It comes bundled with every new Wii console. While the multiplayer mode is the most fun feature, parents should make sure that all players have enough room to move and swing their arms. The only violence occurs in the boxing game, which parents of younger kids can skip. It requires players to jab with the Wii controls, hitting an opponent's virtual head and body to try to knock the opponent out.
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What's it about?
Bundled free with every Wii console, WII SPORTS is a collection of five mini-games that does a great job of introducing players to the Wii's fun motion-sensitive controller. You'll use the Wii remote (at times paired with the Nunchuk) to mimic the actions of swinging a golf club, baseball bat, and tennis racket. Up to four players can play Wii Sports, and there's also a single-player mode against computer opponents. Players are represented by their Miis (cartoon-like customized avatars), and any other Miis stored on the Wii will randomly appear as teammates and spectators.
Is it any good?
Are the games simplistic at times? Sure -- Wii Baseball, for example, is little more than a batting cage where you try to hit balls out of the park. But in Wii Tennis, your player moves around the court automatically, but you control the ball's direction, spin, and speed as you hit forehands, backhands, overheads, and lobs. The only game that might concern parents is Wii Boxing, where two boxers square off with the goal of knocking each other out.
Because of its simplicity and easy-to-learn controls, Wii Sports is the kind of game that everyone -- even non-gamers -- can participate in together, and that's what makes it so compelling. It fosters cross-generational interaction, making it great to bring out at family gatherings and parties. And the fun multiplayer mode means endless re-playability. This game ushers in a new way of playing video games, one that motivates players to move, stretch, bend, swing their arms, and be active.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes this game so much fun. Is it the ability to simulate real sports or is it that you can play with friends and family?
Do you think Wii Sports can help you get better at real sports? When you play on a team -- like the doubles matches in Wii Tennis -- what constitutes good sportsmanship?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
- Skills: Communication: friendship building
Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
- Price: Free
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: November 19, 2006
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Violence
- Award: Common Sense Media Award
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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