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 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
- Subjects: Science: motion, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Self-Direction: time management, work to achieve goals
Health & Fitness: fitness, gross motor skills, movement
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: July 31, 2014
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and martial arts
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence
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