Wii Sports Club
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wii Sports Club is a cartoon-like collection of five sports games. Although it's all quite family-friendly, the boxing game does allow players to punch opponents from a first-person perspective. But the game encourages sportsmanship and healthy gameplay, which is a positive experience the whole family can share.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- time management
- work to achieve goals
Health & Fitness
- gross motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will remain engaged with these five fun sports games. Whether it's facing off against rival Miis in a boxing ring, returning serves on the tennis court, or bowling strikes on the lanes, each game is easy to pick up but difficult to put down.
By working to accomplish goals, keeping with sportsman-like conduct, collaborating with others online, and staying physical in front of the television, Wii Sports Club can teach gamers valuable lessons.
Each of the five games -- baseball, golf, boxing, bowling, and tennis -- has a shallow learning curve for younger or inexperienced gamers. Players can pause the game and get help at any time. Data is shown based on performance.
What's it about?
In Nintendo's WII U SPORTS CLUB, Wii U owners can take on "reimagined" versions of Wii Sports games, including tennis, bowling, golf, baseball, and boxing. This game also includes improved graphics, refined control (which takes advantage of Wii MotionPlus technology), online features, and new GamePad features. With the latter, you can use new control options such as choosing from among fastball, curveball, screwball, or splitter pitches (while outfielders can use the GamePad as if it were a baseball glove). Wii Sports Club can be purchased on disc or downloaded digitally from the Nintendo eShop.
Is it any good?
Although this sports collection might feel like déjà vu for some -- it's the same five games as in the original collection from 2006, after all -- the five reimagined sports games for Wii U offer plenty of fun for the whole family. Along with the previously mentioned control changes, GamePad support, and better graphics, a new online multiplayer mode lets gamers play with others from the same area of the world in a region-centric club.
The biggest changes are the GamePad screen and control tweaks, which nicely compliment the core gameplay. At $44.99, the price is a little steep for what you get, especially if you still own the original Wii Sports disc, but overall it proves to be a very fun, social, and active experience for kids and kids at heart.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether playing a sports game -- even a virtual one such as Wii Sports Club -- can promote exercise in front of a TV set. Should kids turn off the TV and go outside? Check out our blog posts on screen limits -- and how to turn screens off when it's time.
Talk about the sports included in the game. Do you think these were the best ones to include, or should others have been included instead?