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Wii Sports

Inclusive sports played a new way -- fun for all!
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about healthy body movement as well as the basic rules of some common sports in this accessible collection of sports-themed mini-games for up to four players. Activities encourage players to move their arms in gestures mimicking real sports, which should result in a light workout. Kids will learn fundamental elements of each game while they play, such as scoring rules and various shot types. They'll also practice their social and friendship skills when playing in a group. Wii Sports' goal is to have fun in a group, but young kids will likely come away better aware of what it means to play the five sports featured.

Positive messages

Fosters cross-generational gameplay. However the gameplay in Wii Boxing involves punching opponents for sport.

Positive role models

The avatars in the game mimic your motions. The other Miis on the screen are supportive of your efforts to play sports and get exercise.

Ease of play

The game comes with excellent tutorials and is easy for all ages to play.

Violence & scariness

In Wii Boxing players simulate a punching motion by swinging their arms. These punches hit an opponent's face and body; there's wincing and a thudding sound, but no blood. You win a round by knocking an opponent out.

Not applicable

The baseball scoreboard says "Nintendo Wii," and there's a banner advertising Wii Sports in the tennis stadium. All other banners display innocuous, made-up slogans like "Big Bat," "Superstars," "Power Up!" and "Hit a home run!"

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Subjects:Hobbies: sports
Skills:Communication: friendship building
Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 19, 2006
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Mild Violence
Award:Common Sense Media Award

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCritic2014 February 23, 2014

Perfect when outside weather is not so good

I was playing this since i don't know...about 8. This video game has 5 different sports: boxing, bowling, golf, tennis, and baseball. This is a great family game, and when the weather is not cooperating with you and you can't go outside and exercise, this can replace it, although when it's nice out, u should be playing outside, not indoors. This game seems to be helping my sports too...and there is no scratch on me!! (Well, unless if you count my sister falling butt-first on the floor because of swinging a little bit too uncontrollably.)
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use
Kid, 9 years old February 1, 2011
Its OK Fun You Learn About Sprots Violence: Boxing Language: None
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byiNSPiRED April 18, 2011

Boxing, bowling, tennis, etc.!

This game is great! I don't know why anyone would dislike it, especially because it is easy to play, fun, and can be played as a small group activity. Wii Sports is very easy to like!
What other families should know
Educational value