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Wii Sports Resort

Best all-ages sports compilation yet -- great for groups.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about and engage in several popular physical activities in this broad-ranging compilation of sporty, motion-controlled mini-games for multiple players. Kids will be introduced to several sports they may never have had opportunity to try in the real world, such as archery, canoeing, and wakeboarding. They're also likely to get a good little workout as they imitate the movements required in each sport. Wii Sports Resort wasn't created to act as a learning tool, but kids playing it will be introduced to a wide range of real-world athletic activities and practice teamwork.

Positive messages

All of the characters shown in the game are supportive of you and exhibit good sportsmanship. For example, while on the golf course, you opponents are shown quietly waiting for you to take a turn.

Positive role models

Your avatar and those of the people you are playing with will always demonstrate good sportsmanship. If you decide to allow the importing of Mii Characters from the Check Mii Out Channel, you may see Mii characters that represent stereotypes.

Ease of play

What makes this game so good is the ease by which players of different abilities can play. For newbies, there are easy difficulty levels and in some games, the ability to turn on "Automatic Control" which means that you simply use arm movements to play. For gaming veterans, the controls can be set to require more precision, like having to time the release of the bowling ball by letting go of the "B" button.

Violence & scariness

In one of the 12 games there is mild cartoon violence where you use your Wii remote as a sword and you slash at other avatars until you knock them down. Both your avatar and the characters you are fighting are wearing protective gear.  There is no blood shown and the other characters simply fall over. If you knock them off a bridge or other high surface, they have their own personal inflation system and they float to a safe place. You can also crash your airplane but again, your avatar will parachute to safety.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Subjects:Hobbies: sports
Skills:Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
Communication: friendship building
Collaboration: teamwork
Available online?Available online
Release date:July 26, 2009
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymiapie456 February 20, 2011

great, fun game!

This game is so fun! There are many different activities to play on it and it never seems to get boring! My sister is 6 yrs., and she also loves it, especially the easier games like wakeboarding. On new years this year, we had another family over and we played this a TON! It is fun and interactive-great for the whole family!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old January 3, 2012

Wii Sports Resort

The video game is full of great sports. The games are very easy to play. They have all types of games like basketball, swordplay, table tennis, golf, bowling and more. The only violence may be that swordplay has to do with fighting. The games are also really fun. This is the game for the whole family to play. You will love them all.
Teen, 13 years old Written byParamoreFan09 January 22, 2010

Nothing bad. at all.

THE SWORDS IN THAT GAME ARE COLORFUL AND WOODEN!!!! geez! Well, this game rocks. BUT you have to buy another wii motion plus to do 2 player mode! They are not inexpensive... Still worth it. This game rocks!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models