A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this excellent compilation of sports games plays well across generations from kindergartners to grandparents. However, families with young children may want to skip the sword fighting game because it is all about whacking other avatars with a sword that you wield. This game comes bundled with the new Wii remote add-on called the Wii MotionPlus and it must be played with that add-on. This game is best played with others, but all the games can be played alone. Parents might want to turn off the importing of Miis from the Check Mii Out Channel because that content may present Miis that seem inappropriate.
What's it about?
WII SPORTS RESORT is the long-waited sequel to the award-winning Wii Sports game. This time around, there are 12 categories of sports to explore, and fun variations within most of these sports. You can play archery, Frisbee, basketball, golf, table tennis, bowling; and explore the air sports of skydiving and flying a plane. You can also try wakeboarding (a form of water skiing), sword play, power cruising (driving a jet ski), cycling, and canoeing. All of these sports are played by doing intuitive arm motions that are associated with the sport. So to throw a Frisbee, you will flick your wrist, and to play table tennis you will swing an imaginary paddle. And with the new Wii MotionPlus, the controller is so sensitive, that you can now add spin and other sophisticated moves.
Is it any good?
Wii Sports Resort is a vacation destination that you won't want to miss. Each of the sports is fun to explore either alone and with others – although the game is most fun when played with a group. It is the best sports compilation that we have reviewed on the Wii, and would be a great addition to any family games library. We tested it with octogenarians all the way down to kids and it was a hit with all ages.
Nintendo has done an excellent job of simplifying each sport into something that would be fun on the Wii, while still maintaining some depth to the gameplay. The new Wii MotionPlus controller add-on provides a new level of sophistication for those that want it, but the play of each game can still be very simple and intuitive. You can turn on "Automatic Control" in several of the games so that the gameplay is simply about making the motions and not about timing the release of buttons. One of the better games is Frisbee golf where you use three different-sized discs to mimic the golf driver, iron, and putter. The game is played on a golf course where wind is a big factor.
Online interaction: If parents allow the importing of Mii Characters from the Check Mii Out Channel, a service where others create and then vote on the most popular Miis, kids might see some Miis that seem inappropriate.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why playing active games is important to your health.
Did you notice a change in how easily the Wii was able to detect your motions? Will it be hard to go back to playing games that don't use the extra sensitivity of the Wii MotionPlus?
Which games were best for groups of people to play and why? Is it fun to play as teams or as individuals all competing against each other?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
- Skills: Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
Communication: friendship building
- Price: $49.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: July 26, 2009
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and martial arts
- ESRB rating: E for Cartoon Violence
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