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Genre: Arcade & Platform / Video Game for Nintendo Wii / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2009-07-24 / Published by Nintendo

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      25.07.2013 19:22
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      Good family sports game

      Wii sports resort is a Nintendo game for the Wii console released in 2009.
      Up to 4 players can compete and 4 remotes can be used at one time, you can also play alone.
      The nunchuk controller is required to play some of the games. The motion plus controller is a small extension to your original remote which attaches to the end of the remote and makes your motions quicker and more accurate. This will need to be taken off again to place your remote in a charging station.

      There are 12 sports to choose from which I will go into some in more detail shortly.
      The game is recommended for players aged 7 and over.

      In each game you can select the number of players and how many controllers you would like to use.
      The games:
      ARCHERY
      Choose from beginner intermediate or expert.
      Using your controller to aim four bows at a target and the nunchuk to fire them you will get 3 attempts at each target. There is a maximum score of 10 for each attempt for hitting the centre ring, the score gets lower the further away from the centre your arrow hits down to 0 for missing the target.
      On beginner level the target board gets further away for each of the 4 rounds.
      When playing intermediate the target moves as well as getting further away for each round.
      On expert level the target will move behind an obstacle so you have to fire your arrow at the right time to hit the target when it is not behind the obstacle. In the.second round of expert you will have to aim uphill, the third stage the target moves behind 3 obstacles and in the final stage you will be distracted by lava and have to aim uphill at a target over a big rock
      The player with the best score from all 4 rounds is the winner. This is an enjoyable game but needs a bit of practise as you need to aim higher for the long distance shots or you will miss the board.

      TABLE TENNIS
      You can play table tennis against your friends or against a computer player. There is a choice of playing a match which is the first to 6 points or if tied you must win by 2 points or to play a challenge to see who can return the most balls in a row without hitting it out or missing it.
      This is another good game.
      CYCLING
      The cycling is really good fun, but exhausting. You can play a road race or a 3 day race. In the road race you start in 30th place and need to try and win the race, on the 3 day race you start in 50th on the first day, start the second day in the position you finished the first day in and the third day in the position you finished second in.
      You use the nunchuk and original controller moving your hands repeatedly up and down to pedal.
      You have three love hearts on screen showing your energy but if you pedal fast for too long you will run out of energy and stop so you need to use the downhill parts of the course to rest and build energy up.
      I really enjoy the cycling much more than I expected too and it's great to compete against someone else.

      FRISBEE
      Not one of my favourite games, you use your controller to throw a frisbee to a dog. You have to try and throw it so he catches it in the target area. If the frisbee pops balloons on the way you will get extra points.
      Another game involves throwing the frisbee at targets on a golf course.
      SWORDPLAY
      I don't like the match play of this game where you attack your opponent to try and get them out of the ring as it is quickly over and doesn't seem to have a lot of technique involved other than whacking your controller around in all direction.

      The extra game is good fun though, a man will throw random objects at you and it is a race between you and your opponent to see who can use the sword to slice it in half in a direction shown by an arrow on the screen, some need to be sliced lengthways and others horizontally or diagonally. The first player to slice 10 objects the fastest will win the battle. Me and my boyfriend get very competitive over this game it's fast and fun.
      GOLF AND BOWLING are good games which are similar to those found on the original Wii Sports game.

      Other games on this disc are WAKEBOARDING, POWER CRUISING, CANOEING and AIR SPORTS.
      Overall

      I think this is a really enjoyable game which can be played by all the family. Although each of the games is only like a mini game and wont take long to complete there are still 12 options of games to play.
      You can unlock new levels and courses such as new tracks for cycling if you win the previous race which adds a bit more of an aim to the game and makes it more interesting.
      You can also collect stamps for each game for certain achievements, which again makes me want to keep playing and collect them all.
      The longevity on this game is good as you could play a quick 5 minute game or play it all day long if you like. You can not play the game in weeks and get it out when you want to play with friends for example, it's not a game you would finish then want to get rid of.

      I would recommend this game for a decent price, I find a lot of Wii games extremely over priced for a new copy so keep an eye out for sales or used copies.

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      15.05.2013 14:04

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      A great family faveourite

      Wii sports was released with the Wii when it first came out and now there is an updated version available called Wii Sports Resort, this uses the motion plus controller and is a lot more advanced, fun and complex than its predecessor . The motion plus controller is a little box which fits on the end of your Wii remote and makes your movements a lot more accurate and provides a much better, realistic gaming experience, these don't come cheap however and if you want to play two player you will need to buy two.

      Wii sports resort is set on an island where there are 12 different sports available for you to play. The game starts off with the skydiving game where you have to link up to other Mii's and this acts as the way you enter the island. After this the other sports become available to you, some of these are:

      Air Sports - Skydiving- Link up to as many Mii's as you can and pose for a photo at the end Island Flyover - : This is where you fly a plane around the island and collect tokens and unlock extras for the game Dog Fight- This is a two player game where you have to destroy your opponents balloons
      Archery - Hitting targets by aiming and firing using the nun chuck, as you progress this gets harder and there are various obstacles
      Basketball - This is against the clock and you use the Wii remote to shoot balls into the nets
      Frisbee- In this you use the Wii remote at an angle, there are two different versions, Dog Frisbee where you have to throw the Frisbee in a way your dog can catch it and Frisbee Golf which is like the Wii sports classic golf game but instead using a Frisbee
      Golf - Same as the classic Wii Sports game but with extra 'resort' levels and with more accuracy
      Sword Play- You basically use your Wii remote as a sword in this one, there are 3 variations, Duel where you try and hit your opponent into the water, speed slice where you have to chop various objects and fruits before your opponent does or showdown where you advance through levels to defeat others.

      As you progress through the different sports you unlock different difficulties and varieties of the games. You also earn stamps, which act as achievements, for completing different tasks such as getting perfect tens on archery. Some of these are more difficult than others and add replay value to the game as you want to try and collect them all, well I did anyway.

      Wii sports resort is definitely a game enjoyed more when playing with friends or family and therefore makes a great party game to be brought out at Christmas, Birthdays etc.

      Pros -: Varied sports, much better than Wii Sports, Great game for children and families, Makes good use of the motion plus
      Cons -: Some sports can get a bit boring, Not a great single player game, requires Motion Plus which can be expensive.

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      22.01.2013 13:46
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      I want to visit Wuhu!

      Wii Sports Resort. Nintendo Wii


      Wii Sports Resort was released as a follow up game to the original Wii Sports game which originally came bundled with the Nintendo Wii when you purchased the console. Wii Sports Resort has been released as both a separate game and also as part of the Wii console bundles. I bought my copy of this game separately from the Wii as I already had my console. The game came packaged in a cardboard box which contained the Sports Resort game and a motion plus adapter. Contained inside the game case is a game disc along with an instruction manual for the game and also a separate manual containing safety instructions. The game instruction manual is written in English and is clear and simple to follow.


      Moving with the Motion
      The motion plus adapter I have just mentioned is a small plastic block which fits onto the end of your normal Wii remote. I reviewed the motion plus adapter a good while back so I wont go into too much detail, but basically this little block helps the Wii remote to detect your movement more accurately and therefore give a better and more realistic gaming experience. Some games require a motion plus to be able to play while others just have motion plus features. Wii Sports Resort is one of those which require it and therefore each Wii remote you wish to play with must have the adapter or be one of the new Wii remotes which has the motion plus sensor built in.


      Welcome to Wuhu Island
      Wii Sports Resort is set on the island of Wuhu, a holiday hotspot where your Mii character can take part in 12 different sports with each sport having numerous variations of the sport to add some extra fun and variety. In my opinion the sports available on Wuhu island are really varied and not your typical "sports" game events. In all honesty I kind of wish the island was a real place as I would certainly be taking a holiday there! I also like the fact that almost all of the sports on Sports Resort are different to the original sports game and use a combination of both the Wii remote and nunchuk controller so I feel as if I received value for money right from the word go!


      Let's Play!
      The first time you play Sports Resort you will only have the basic version of each sport to play. The more you play each sport and the better you become then the more you will unlock. I like this method because it gives you something to aim for rather than just having a bulk load of sports to play with no particular challenge other than the event itself. Before you start you game you will need to calibrate the motion plus when then Wii asks you to, this is simply a case of laying the remote face down on a flat surface for a couple of seconds. Sometimes you will need to re-calibrate during play but this has been very rare for me and not really a problem.

      On the main menu screen you will see your 12 sports, I will go through each sport with a brief description, but as you can imagine 12 separate sports might make the review a bit lengthy so I will try to keep it as contained as possible!


      Swordplay
      The first game on offer in Wii Sports Resort is Swordplay. This sport will eventually offer 3 kinds of play, Duel, Speed Slice and Showdown. All 3 options require the same use of the Wii remote with it being used as a sword. As you can imagine this does require space and can get children very over excited! Swordplay is a favourite of my little brother, his favourite version is the showdown as it lasts longer and he has to walk through many opponents and knock them down with his sword to win. The game isn't bloody or gruesome in anyway and all of the characters are wearing protective clothing. My favourite is the Speed Slice as you have to slice various items in the direction shown before your opponent. This is particularly good for multiplayer when you don't want to risk breaking things and throwing Wii remotes around the room!

      Wakeboarding
      Next up we have Wakeboarding. When I first bought this game this was definitely high up in my list of favourite sports. In Wakeboarding your Mii character is standing on a board and being pulled along on a tow rope by a speed boat, you need to hold the wii remote in front of you as if you are holding the handles of the tow rope, you then need to angle the remote to move to the left and right of the waves created by the boat, flick the remote in the air to jump on the wave and give it a shake to perform a trick. I really liked this because it was simple, fun and addictive. I often ended the sport with my arms above my head as in my excitement I forgot to lower them after jumping! Unfortunately, regardless of the simplicity and fun this sport got a little too repetitive and boring for me as even with the harder versions it is still basically the same principle and not so exciting.

      Frisbee
      The Frisbee sport is split into 2 sections, Frisbee Dog and Frisbee Golf. I have played both and my favourite depends on my mood. In both versions you need to stand sideways to the screen and press B to hold your Frisbee, you must then move as if you are throwing a frisbee and release B at the moment you want to release the frisbee. If you are playing Frisbee Dog then your cute little dog will run and try to catch the frisbee to gain points. If you are playing Frisbee Golf then you will work your way around the golf course trying to reach the green. This sport is fun but it can be frustrating while you are learning the best way to throw the frisbee so that it actually flies!

      Archery
      Ok, so this is my favourite sport on the game. In archery you need to use both the wii remote and nunchuk controller as if they are your bow and arrow. Depending on which difficulty you are playing you will have static, part hidden or moving target boards which you need to aim for. The boards are set at varying distances and there is a wind speed to watch out for too. I really like this sport as I feel it is more challenging than the rest and like I have to concentrate that little bit more. When I first got the game I had a friend visiting me and she really liked Archery too, so much that after staying up until around 3am playing I heard her get up at 8am on a Sunday morning so she could practice ready for the next challenge!

      Basketball
      Basketball isn't a full game of basketball but rather a couple of smaller challenges. The first is a points challenge where you have many basketballs lined up and you need to use the wii remote to aim for the hoop. The second is a 3 on 3 game where you need to try and beat the opposite team with a combination of moving the wii remote and pressing the buttons. I personally favour the points challenge however my brother prefers the 3 on 3 game, I'm not really sure why he does but personally I cannot get used to the controls of the 3 on 3 game. The controls of the points challenge are easy enough as you simply have to flick the wii remote towards the hoop, the hard and frustrating part is throwing the ball straight so that it goes in!

      Table Tennis
      In the original Wii Sports we had a really good game of Tennis, in Wii Sports resort we have Table Tennis. Just like in the original tennis you need to use the wii remote as if it were a tennis racket and return the ball over the net. This sport isn't that exciting really, it is maybe a little faster paced than the original tennis but given the choice I would probably prefer to have a game of the original.

      Golf
      Golf featured on the original Wii Sports and for me it was too slow paced and just wasn't my cup of tea so I was expecting this golf to be pretty much the same. I was actually wrong though as this version of Golf is a big improvement on the first. It is still slow paced but because of the motion plus accuracy there is a bit more of a challenge in hitting the ball properly and for this reason I do actually enjoy the occasional round of golf! The basics idea of golf is that you stand in front of the TV and use your remote as if it were a golf club to make your swings and get your ball in the cup on the green, taking into account the varying wind speeds and the terrain around you as well as the angle you are swinging the wii remote at. You can choose to play 3, 9 or 18 holes and they are made up of a combination of both the classic 9 holes from the original golf and a new 9 holes especially for this game. It takes me around 30 minutes to complete the full 18 holes.

      Bowling
      Bowling is another of the sports which originally featured on Wii Sports and it is still the same simple case of pretending your wii remote is a bowling ball and rolling it down the bowling alley. The difference between this bowling and the original is the same as with the golf, improved accuracy. The motion plus senor picks up any slight twist of your arm and this is shown in the direction and spin on the ball as it rolls towards the pins. The other improvement on bowling is the scenery as in this version you have other players in the alleys next to you which you didn't have in the first.

      Power Cruising
      Power Cruising is basically playing on Jet Ski's! This was the sport which I had seen advertised on the game and I was really looking forward to playing, however in reality I think I have played this sport only a handful of times as I don't like the controls. You need to use the wii remote and nunchuk and hold them as you would hold a bikes handles, you then need to angle them to power your jet ski through the archways before the time runs out. In theory this could be a good sport but in reality it is hard to control the jet ski as the movements I make don't seem to match what the jet ski does, maybe it is just me but I just don't get it!

      Canoeing
      Nice and simple sport here. Canoeing is one of those sports you will end up playing during a party or games night, it involves sitting on the floor and using the wii remote as a paddle to sail along the marked course. The wii remote can detect the angle you are holding the remote which makes it hard to cut corners when it comes to whether you need to give it your all... no question about it, you do!

      Cycling
      Ok, in the first sports game there was boxing, boxing was the sport which made you work up a bit of a sweat. In sports resort we have cycling... it does the same as boxing with the end result being hot and sweaty, or maybe that is just my enthusiasm? In cycling you need to use the wii remote and nunchuk as if they are your bikes pedals and your arms are your legs, you then need to pedal your way around the various courses with the aim of finishing in 1st place, this is quite a challenge when you always begin the race in 30th position! While pedalling you need to make sure you keep an eye on your energy level as you don't want to wear yourself out as this will cause your Mii to stop and take an energy drink which looses valuable time and race positions. I have found the best way to restore energy is to stop pedalling on the downhill areas and try to stay directly behind the person in front (if there is one) to benefit from the rush of air coming off them. At the same time as pedalling you need to remember to steer your bike which is achieved simply by angling the wii remote and nunchuk which in my experience are usually quite responsive even when pedalling.

      Air Sports
      For me air sports is the area I head to when I'm feeling lazy as you really don't have to do much. There are 3 different air sports to choose from, Skydiving, Island Flyover and Dogfight. Skydiving is actually the sport which opens the game the very first time you play. In the sport you will jump out of a plane and then hold your wii remote fairly level with only a few movements to adjust your direction and position as you fall. While falling you can link up with other skydivers and pose for photos in mid-air to gain points. Once you reach a certain height you will need to "form up", this will require you to dive through a series of circles the other Mii's have made and then after posing for a final photo your parachute will automatically open. Despite the simplicity of this sport I do really enjoy it and find it rather relaxing!

      The Island Flyover is also quite relaxing but at the same time it can get quite boring as you are basically flying a plane over Wuhu Island trying to find as many information points as possible, burst balloons and complete other not-that-exciting challenges. This option is nice if you want to see the Island in full but there isn't much more to do really. The plane is easy to fly and really only requires you to move the wii remote in the direction you wish to fly.

      The dogfight is almost the same as the Island Flyover except this time there are 2 players on a split screen and they are each carrying a trail of balloons behind them which the other player must try and shoot to burst. I have played this option only a few times with the children I used to baby-sit, I think they were about 12 or 13 at the time and overall we all found it really frustrating as the playing area is the whole island and therefore it is quite easy to loose the other player and end up flying around as if you are on the Island Flyover.

      Pro Points & Stamps
      All of the sports in Wii Sports Resort offer Pro Points and Stamps. Each time you play you will be awarded points at the end of each game. The amount of points you receive will depend on your performance and a running total will be kept. When you reach 1000 points in any sport you will be regarded as a Pro in that particular sport. Stamps are a little different, there are 5 to collect in each sport and they are won by completing different challenges in the sports.


      Multiplayer
      Multiplayer in Sports Resort is fantastic. All of the sports can be played in multiplayer mode with up to four players but you do need to have the motion plus adapter or remotes for each player. For Bowling, Archery, Cycling and Golf you can play multiplayer with one remote shared between the players as these are all games where you take turns. I really enjoy playing bowling with friends and family as it is reasonably calm but yet still very competitive. Archery is also good as a multiplayer and golf is too if you don't mind the amount of time it takes to complete a game.


      Graphics and Sound
      The graphics in the game are great, they are very bright colourful and the Mii's are well animated and even wear the appropriate clothes for the sports. The sound is generally ok, the sound effects during the game are realistic and in general I don't find myself reaching for the mute button.


      Price and Availability
      Wii Sports Resort can be found on eBay and seems to be selling anywhere from £10 upwards. It also comes bundled with the Wii console in many of the console deals so in this case you would technically get it for free. CEX shop are selling it for £10 if you buy it in a cardboard sleeve, £15 in a normal Wii game box or £20 including the motion plus adapter.


      Overall
      Firstly I apologise for the length of this review! I have tried to keep it as short as possible but this really is a very detailed game and therefore so is my review! Hopefully you can tell from the review that I really enjoy playing Wii Sports Resort and I would recommend it, it is fun to play and is a big step forward from the original Wii Sports game. The only downside for me is that you need to have the costly motion plus for each remote you want to use and for this 1 star will be knocked off. The game has an age rating of 7+ which I would say is possibly due to the violence in the sword fighting but it isn't really that bad and certainly nothing to give children nightmares so I would say to just use your personal judgement as a lot of children will enjoy this game.

      Thanks for reading (especially if you made it to the end!) :)

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        07.03.2012 16:24

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        A great sequel to Wii Sports

        Wii Sports Resort is the sequel to Wii Sports and was released in 2009. It is set on the fictional island of Wuho and offers not only 12 sports - some new, some revised versions of the Wii Sports activities - but also the Wii Motion Plus.

        The Wii motion plus is an attachment that locks onto the bottom of your existing Wii remotes to give greater control and accuracy. You can also buy the new Wii remotes with this feature built in. The Wii Sports Resorts is a game to introduce you to this new feature as well as cashing in on the success of the original Wii Sports.

        The game can come on its own or part of a pack. We got ours in a pack and it came with the motion plus attachment. The game itself if presented in a standard white Wii Game plastic case with a blue insert on the front showing some Mii's taking part in the new water based sports.

        When you load the game you must ensure you use a Wii Motion plus handset otherwise it will not work. The game installs and you have to parachute the Mii's down to the island to begin the game.

        The Sports Resort has 12 activities which are:-

        Swordplay
        Basketball
        Power Cruising
        Wakeboarding
        Table Tennis
        Canoeing
        Frisbee
        Golf
        Cycling
        Archery
        Bowling
        Air Sport

        On each of these games you can play on your own or take on other players with up to 4 players at any one time depending on the sport. They all have levels to pick from.

        The game shows you how to play each activity before you begin and you can access the help at anytime. I find the Wii Motion plus too difficult to use on some games such as the archery, it reacts very quickly which is good but a slight shaky hand can ruin a shot. I wish you could pick whether or not to use the motion plus with this game as it only comes with one attachment so you have to go out any buy anymore you want.


        The game is easy to use and navigate though, its graphics are good for a Wii game and are much better than those on the Wii Sports game. It responds quickly and the amount of games is impressive. With 12 sports you'll not get bored quickly and each sport has a couple of games within it as well.


        It is a great game to follow on for the Wii Sports. Children and adults will love it and its well worth buying. When we purchased it last year it was around £25 but you can get it a little cheaper in Amazon

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        26.01.2012 00:29
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        Great addition to the Wii game series as the minigames are fun with good controls

        Wii Sports Resort is one of my favourite games within the Wii series of games, and it has been a hit among my entire family regardless of their ages. I bought it for around £20 from GAME as I had played the regular Wii Sports before and loved it and seeing that it made good use of the Wii Motion Plus accessory was certainly a bonus!

        The game is rated for seven plus which is a good rating, and I would say that younger children around five would also be able to play. The games are not that difficult to play and instructions are always clear and demonstrated before the game begins. It states that there is some violence within this game, but I have no idea where the violence shows up in the game at all.

        You can play with up to four players, as long as you have the Wii remote with the Wii Motion Plus accessories attached and nunchucks. Although for some games, my sister and I have simply picked games that one can play at a time and then just took turns sharing the Wii remote with the Motion Plus Accessory when we didn't have two Wii remotes with the Wii Motion Plus attached or included within it.
        I would say that the Motion Plus does make gameplay better, as you can really see how it picks up movements better and lets your movements be more precise. It connects really easily to the bottom of the Wii remote, and you hardly even notice it is there as it is shaped exactly like the end of a Wii remote. Setting it up is easy, as all you have to do is place it on a flat surface and then let it sync to the game.

        The graphics are similar to any of the games within the Wii series, and make use of using your own Mii throughout the games. They are well designed and detailed, and I have never spotted any glitches throughout the game. Having this well developed game makes playing it so much better and fun.

        Wii Sports Resort has many new minigames that you can play that weren't included within the Wii Sports.
        There are 12 new games from Swordplay to Bowling to Air Sports. My favourite one is definitely Swordplay, as this is a minigame I have never really seen made into any kind of Wii sports game. They are each so varied in the minigames, so you are never playing the same thing twice with the same movements.

        The controls have really exceeded themselves for a Wii series game, as they are all different in the minigames and never have you doing repetitive or dull motions. For example in swordplay, you have to actually act like you are swiping and defending and in wakeboarding, you hold the Wii remote like you are holding the tow rope and guiding your way in the water. Most of these controls are pretty simple, and everyone in my family regardless of their age were able to play all the minigames and not find them too challenging or too easy.

        Playing multiplayer is one of the best aspects of the Wii Sports Resort, as it provides a really challenging atmosphere. Whenever I play with my family or friends, we are always trying to beat each other and finish the race fastest or get the higher score.

        Overall, this is a great game in the Wii series and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun game to play alone or with friends. It has great graphics and a variety of mini games which makes it replayable and it never gets boring. With easy controls, its great for any age, and I haven't found any problems with it yet, so I have nothing bad to say about it!

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        07.01.2012 11:07
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        I received this game free with the Wii console for a bundle price of £134.97 from an online retailer.

        Wii sports resort comes with one free wii motion plus sensor, which attaches to the bottom of your wii remote. The sensor helps to pick up your motions better. Does it work? It does and it doesn't!

        The wii sports resort is a lot of fun. The menu and interface are simple, not complicated, and you get to play the games with your mii character. Some of the games can be played in a single player mode whilst others can be played with up to four people. Please note that you will need more wii motion plus sensors for some games, i.e if you want to play table tennis in two player mode. The game picks up around 90% of your movements. I find that in certain games (especially golf) I need to move around the room for the wii to pick me up correctly. This can be a little frustrating at times. Also, the game is pretty basic and not for the more "serious" gamers. It's great for kids though!

        The game includes a number of different activities, i.e golf, flying a plane and water skiing. The games include instructions and you can practice each game before you play it for real. The games are pretty simple but some take time to get used to. I couldn't stop crashing the plane at first! However, they don't take too long to master!

        A lot of fun!

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          A decent game

          When my friend was selling her wii she came to me to offer me first choice on any of the games which they had to get rid of. A game which my son always enjoyed playing on at my friend's house was the Wii sports resort game and so I decided I would buy that one off her.

          Wii sports resort was introduced along with the wii motion plus accessories which could be added to the end of the wii remote apparently making the remote more sensitive to movement and so I bought the two motion plus accessories from my friend too along with the game so we could play this. You do need to have the accessories to play this game but it does come with one of the motion plus accessories when you buy the game and so you would only need to buy one more should you wish to play the games in multiplayer form.

          My son and I really enjoyed playing on the wii sports game which came with our wii when we bought it and wii sports resort is basically an extension of that game offering more variety of games to play along with a more sensitive gaming experience as you use the motion plus accessory. Loading the game is much the same as any other wii game in that you insert it and then click on the icon when it appears on the main menu. Again, like so many of these games you can play as your own mii character which is something that adds an element of fun to the game I think. Whenever you start a game in wii sports resort for the first time it will tell you to ensure the motion plus accessory is locked on to the bottom of the wii remote and then it will ask you to place the remote on a flat surface so that it can collaborate and be ready to use.

          The games are set on a tropical island for the most part and so you have things in the water as well as the beach. I think the graphics are pretty decent for a game such as this and they are bright in colour and don't lag or break up at all. Now of course this is to be expected from an expensive game but it is not always the case! Within the game there are twelve different sporty games in which you can play and as always there are some that are going to be better than others and those which rarely get played on but I feel a lot of that is each to their own and so I will cover all of the games now.

          ==Sword play==

          In sword play there are three different mini games and I have to say this is the most frequently visited game on the disk for my son and I.

          Within this game you can play:

          Duel: In which you go head to head with either your opponent in multi player or a random character from the game on a podium much like the duel in gladiators many years ago. The aim is basically to hit your opponent off the podium and in to the water and the first one to do this three times is the winner.

          Speed slice: In this game there is a character who will throw items in the air and you have to use the wii remote to slice the items in the direction shown and so this relies on quick and accurate reactions!

          Showdown: This is my son's favourite game on the disk and he is quite literally amazing at it! With this there are various levels and you have to progress through it by knocking other characters down with your sword. When you reach 100% you can pass on to the next level but as you go through the levels obviously the opponents become harder to knock down and come at you in quick succession. This game quite literally gets you really working hard as you swing your arms about trying to defeat people, especially in the later rounds and we all end up hot and bothered as we play this one!

          ==Wakeboarding==

          With this game you need to hold the remote side ways as if you are holding on to a handle on the rope and you have to flick the wii remote up to jump waves. This game is only available to play with one player at a time, but you can take turns to see who scores the highest. This is not one my son and I really go on to be honest because it just hasn't grabbed our attention as being one of the more fun mini games.

          ==Frisbee==

          With this game you can either play at throwing the Frisbee for the dog on the beach or at throwing it on the golf course where you aim for target areas. Again this game can only be played with one wii remote at a time but you can take it in turns to see who scores the most points. I am completely rubbish at this one and just cannot get the hang of throwing the Frisbee properly and so we don't bother going on this game!

          ==Archery==

          With this game you also need to use the nunchuck and again just need to use one remote control. Initially my son and I found this quite tricky to get the hang of because you need to hold buttons on the nunchuck as well as aiming with the wii remote and it all seemed a little complicated but now we both know how to do it and it is one of the games that we will play on against each other.

          ==Basketball==

          In basketball there are two mini games to be played but to be honest my son and I have only ever pleated the three point contest one which is one of our favourite games on the disk. In this you need to pick up the ball with your wii remote and then throw it in to the hoop from various positions on the pitch. The player with the highest score is the winner as again this is a one remote game in which turns must be taken.

          ==Table tennis==

          Much like ordinary table tennis the aim of the game here is to simply beat your opponent and so you can either play against each other or against one of the random characters in the game. My son likes this one but I am not so keen and so he tends to play against the computer or will play the return challenge where he needs to see how many balls he can return without missing a single ball.

          ==Golf==

          With golf it is very similar to the one on the original wii sports game in that the aim of the game is to put the ball in as few shots as possible. I don't really like this game much and neither does my son so it is not one that gets played on very often to be honest.

          ==Bowling==

          Like on wii sports there is a bowling game. When I first played this game I was rubbish which was annoying because I was good at the game on wii sports! The wii motion plus accessory really does track your movements more though so if I was flicking my wrist to the side a bit the ball would really veer off! This is an enjoyable game to play when you have a few people around as four people can play and all share one remote if needs be. There are a few mini games within this one including the standard bowling game, one where you need to knock down as many pins as you can out of 100 and a spin control game where you need to avoid barriers to hit the pins.

          ==Power cruising==

          Like you are on a power boat you need to use the wii remote and nunchuck to steer yourself through a course of rings and you can also go head to head against each other as well. This again is not a game that my son and I really bother with.

          ==Canoeing==

          As the name suggests you are in a canoe and must race through a speed challenge either on your own or against another player in a race. This game isn't one that my son and I like so we don't play on it.

          ==Cycling==

          With this game you use the wii remote and the nunchuck in alternative movements to either cycle around the island or race against your opponent. My son quite likes this one but I don't because I am used to the one on wii fit in which you need to actually move your legs to cycle around the island and so this one feels like I am cheating a bit!

          ==Air sports==

          With this one you can use the wii remote to fly a plane around the island, do a sky dive and go head to head with an opponent to pop balloons in the air but my son and I both find this game a bit boring and so don't bother playing on it. My son's friend does enjoy this one though and always goes on it when we have the game on!

          I think this game is a decent one to play, especially if you have a few people round and are having a few drinks maybe because it is hilarious seeing how competitive people get during the mini games, especially sword fighting! It is good for families too though because you can all take part and there will be something that everyone is good at in there. You can pick the game up from play.com for £28.00 which includes the motion plus accessory which on its own sells for £13.99 if you purchase the official wii one and so it is a good buy really if you are looking for a fun family game to play over Christmas!

          Thank you for reading my review!

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            A great addition to the Wii collection of games

            Wii Sports Resort is another fun, simple game for the Wii. Like Wii Sports, it is made up of quite a few different sports, but the great thing about Sports Resort is that there are loads more sports on it. I got mine with my Wii console, and have played it more than I have played pretty much any of the games that I got at the time or since. It comes with a motion plus accessory, which plugs into the bottom of the Wii remote and is meant to make the movements of the remote even easier to pick up. This should make what is replicated in the game more accurate to the movements you are making.

            Just like the original Wii Sports, you play with your Mii in a variety of different games, set on a tropical island. I really like the majority of the games on here, although I find Frisbee, air sports and Cycling to be pretty boring. I also don't often play the bowling or golf, as I am much better at the versions on the original game. I particularly find the golf on this game to be much harder than on the original.

            I love the basketball, which you can play as a 3-point contest, where you try to make as many baskets as possible from different angles, or 3-on-3 against either the game or other players. The table tennis is also very fun, which again you can play against the game or against other people, or play the return challenge, which is really addictive. You simply have to return as many serves as possible in a row, knocking over cans on the table for additional points. It's simple but very fun.

            The archery is great as well, with different skill levels to choose from. The advanced level is really difficult, with various angles, moving objects, and distances to keep it challenging. The swordplay is another game I love to play, although I don't like the duel or speed slice modes. The showdown is very fun though, with waves of fighters coming at you that you have to knock down. You can only get hit three times before you die, so while I first liked to just swing wildly around, I soon figured out that blocking is also a necessary part of it! I find playing this a great way to get out a bit of aggression.

            Wakeboarding is also very fun, although I can't figure out how to actually perform the various tricks. I mostly just lift my arms up at roughly the same time and see what happens. I like this one because I seem to be able to rack up quite high scores a lot of the time. The other sports, which I have played a lot less, are power cruising and canoeing. I find the power cruising quite challenging as I have a hard time controlling the cruiser through the various checkpoints, but nevertheless it's a fun game to play. You can choose the slalom course or a race on this game. The canoeing is another which you can play as a race, or simply see how fast you can go in a speed challenge.

            Various milestones, such as particular scores or three bulls-eyes in a row in archery, can earn you stamps as well as your score affecting your skill level shown after each time you play. Trying to earn the stamps is another fun thing about this game. I think this is a great game for anyone, as it is very easy to pick up the necessary movements, the games are quite short, and there is a variety of activities for everyone.

            The only downside of this game for me is, of course, it only comes with one motion plus accessory, so you have to buy at least one more if you want to play against anyone else. Also, the accessory often needs to be recalibrated (by placing it on a flat surface), which would be fine if it didn't occasionally happen right in the middle of play. It's seriously frustrating when that happens, as it often messes up what you're doing.
            Aside from this minor glitch, I think this is a fun game that is great to play alone or with others.

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            Good for a couple of nights, but don't expect to be playing this for months on end.

            Wii Sports Resort is a sports video game made by Nintendo. It is the sequel to the best selling game ever, Wii Sports.

            Wii Sports Resort comes with twelve new and returning sports. These sports are:
            * Swordplay
            * Wakeboarding
            * Frisbee
            * Archery
            * Basketball
            * Table Tennis
            * Golf
            * Bowling
            * Power Cruising
            * Canoeing
            * Cycling
            * Air Sports

            The sports that stand out in particular are Table Tennis and Archery.
            In Table Tennis every flick of your wrist matters and thus every time you miss the shot it is not because of the game acting up, it is because of your poor reaction times and accuracy.
            Archery is also very good because of the interesting position that it puts you in. It actually makes your feel like you are pulling a bow back, aiming and releasing it. I hope to see this in games such as Legend of Zelda in the future.
            These sports really do show how capable MotionPlus is.

            The sports that are the most let downs is Cycling and Air Sports.
            In Cycling all you do is twirl your wrists around. That's it. It feels nothing like riding a bike. The only saving factor is that it is pretty funny though looking at other people attempting it.
            Air Sports would be a lot funner if there were more use of it. The only way to participate in dog fights is to have a second player. This may sound easy, but you need two Motionpluses which is, in my opinion, a bit of a waste of money due to the lack of games utilising the Motionplus. The only thing to do in Air Sports is to fly around an island, catching the views and reading up on the landmarks. The island is beautifully created, but once you've seen it, that's it. I just wish they could have did more with it. The most fun I've had in Air Sports is setting challenges for myself, for example flying into the volcano and flying out the narrow exit. But even that gets pretty old after a while.

            The sound and graphics in Wii Sports Resort remain generally the same, which is a bad thing. I do not like the graphics at all. The Mii type avatars look jaggy and washed out and environments are very much recycled. The Wii can do better than this. The soundtrack also gets very annoying. The same cartoony party like tune just repeats throughout the whole game. I wouldn't be complaining if the tune was good, but the tune is just random notes strewn together. It's disappointing as Nintendo games are usually known for their superb orchestral acoustic scores.

            In conclusion, I would say Wii Sports Resort is a definite improvement from the original, but more could have been done with certain sports. But if you want to play a game with your family or friends or want to try out the new Motionplus peripheral, then this game is definitely for you.

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            12.01.2011 21:31

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            Great family fun for everyone of all ages.

            Great family fun, although I initially thought £40 to be quite expensive (it does come with the motion sensor though) I soon forgot my inital concerns as we were all soon laughing so much. There are loads of great games on this, skydiving, flying a plane, frisbee throwing and basketball shooting amongst many many more...

            This is very easy to use, even very young children would not find this hard to do and would be able to join in the fun. There are no difficult controls to master, it is all very straightforward. We have spent hours playing this game and it never gets old.
            To be honest I think my young daughter has more fun watching me jumping around trying to do a good job than she has playing the game sometimes, I think as with most games the kids will master this better than the adults. It is a fantastic way to get all the family together and have some good old fashioned fun, exercise is important and it does get you moving although not to the same level as Wii fit perhaps.

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            A brilliant follow up to the original Sports, which will have the family competing in no time!

            Wii Sports Resort came along with the black Wii that I bought just last year, but I feel that the game needs to be reviewed itself, away from the collection.

            Sports Available

            - Airsports
            - Archery
            - Basketball
            - Bowling
            - Canoeing
            - Cycling
            - Frisbee
            - Golf
            - Power Cruising
            - Swordplay
            - Table Tennis
            - Wakeboarding

            Gameplay

            As the name implies, it is a sports game, and is a sequel to the original Wii Sports. The controls are similar in most respects to the original game except, of course, for the addition of the MotionPlus cube that plugs into the ends of your Wiimote. This adds a whole new element of sensitivity which will make even the best Wii Sports bowlers a little shaky on their feet the first few times. Almost every sport on this game has another two or three choices/options of either style of play (e.g. Points or a Vs match), or place of play (around the island, through the volcano etc), or time of play (day, afternoon, night), or the usual difficulty of play (beginner, intermediate, expert). This gives a nice diverse feeling to the otherwise simple constrained format of the sports genres. This version of Sports is based around an island (Wuhu Island, which has been known as WiiFitty Island if you've played the original version of the WiiFit), which gives a sense of place and makes the experience more enjoyable as if you play on the Airsports or Cycling, you can travel past familiar places. This game also integrates (similarly to the WiiFit) other Mii's from your Wii, so as you're playing on the game you might see Mii's you recognise waving at your or cheering you on, which makes the whole thing feel a little friendlier and personalised, and I imagine is quite fun for children.

            Graphics

            While simplistic, Nintendo's now trademark rounded 'Mii-style' graphical interface is smooth and excellent quality, and holds up well on widescreen as well as standard 4:3 (having tried it on both). The extra bonus of times of day bring a new dimension to the level of detail required in shading and rendering, but I can happily say that this style and the effort Nintendo must have put into it works really well. The design and overall layout of the game as a whole is very user friendly.

            Other Positives

            This is another great game by Nintendo that showcases what the Wii was meant to do (aside from make them money)! It gets you up off the couch and moving around (particularly for swordplay and cycling) and its very interactive as a family/amongst friends as this game has excellent multiplayer version of most of the sports on it. This game also includes stamps for you to collect if you like something to aim for, some of which are ridiculously difficult to get, but fun to try to, while others are very simple. It adds a nice competitive element to the game, without making it the focus.

            Other Negatives

            Well, there are only a limited amount of sports on the game (12 in fact), and these can get a little tiresome if you play regularly. You'll also have to have the MotionPlus accessory, otherwise you can't play the game, and that means you're going to be putting up extra money towards it if you buy the bits separately. Thankfully you can buy them in a bundle together. The MotionPlus also means that you will have to sit through calibration every time you start up the game again, and occasionally (though very infrequently) it will ask to recalibrate mid-game and will stop you mid flow.

            Overall I would definitely rate this as an excellent sequel, that I think betters the original. It has great playability, especially as a multiplayer, with good graphics and little in the way of load times.

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            a fine upgrade to first Wii sports

            Wii sports resort is an absolutely brilliant sequel to the classis Wii sports, however, this time you get access to 12 sports instead of just the five and it also comes along with motion plus addition to your numchuck, this truly is an excellent game and great value for money.

            The sports available this time are

            Swordplay
            Wakeboarding
            Frisbee
            Archery
            Basketball
            Table Tennis
            Golf
            Bowling
            Power Cruising
            Canoeing
            Cycling
            Air Sports

            Swordplay is the 1st of new games and is great on the 1st couple of plays but can get boring when playing on your own but its great fun playing against friends.

            Wakeboarding is another of the new games and I found this quite hard and also found that due the motion plus that sometimes I was moving the num chuck too much and it ruined my game but all in all it is a good addition to the package.

            Frisbee I found quite boring and was quick to move onto a different game.

            Table tennis is another good addition, very similar to the tennis on the old game but much more skill can be applied especially with the use of the motion plus - this game is probably my favourite.

            Golf has returned but again is a little more difficult and the courses are far superior.

            The archery I found to be one the better games, you have to pit your wits against different distances and different conditions like wind, very simple but very effective.

            The basketball as with some of the other games I found to be difficult to begin with but with practice I particularly enjoyed the 3 point game, although my friends and I become very competitive with this.

            Bowling is one of the originals that came with the wii sports so not much new to say but have a go at knocking down the 100 pins, it can become very addictive trying to knock more and more over, could you get the 100?

            Power Cruising is yet another of the new sports You have to go through gates on the water. You can also do a "vs" course where you race another. Another hard one to master to begin with but with practice and good banter with your friends another good one from the guys at Nintendo.

            Canoeing is another fine addition to the new sports package. It has two games which are both about speed, one where you race against another player and the other one where you race against the clock .

            Cycling is another of the new sports, again it has two games within this sport, the first is where you race against an opponent and the other is again against the clock. You also have to steer your bike and keep an eye on your player's energy level, another fine addition to the sports package

            Air sports is the last and again another classic, something completely new and fresh compared to the old wii sports whether you are sky diving or just flying around the island.


            All in all I would definitely recommend this as must to add to your Wii collection, hours of fun to had by yourself or in groups and as there are so many games it is great value for money;

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              family entertainment

              I have had a Nintendo Wii console for a number of years now I can safely say that I enjoy playing it more and more each day. For Christmas this year I was bought Wii sports resort, the game came with the game and one wii motionplus sensor.

              As the Wii is a family console we all enjoy sitting around at Christmas and on special occasions playing a wide range of games and we were not disappointed with this one as it has 12 different sports games for all of the family to enjoy.

              Wii sports resort is a game that is an updated version of the original wii sports game that came with the wii console. It has been updated with a range of new games and the original games that we loved on the first installment have been changed for a better gaming experience.

              There are swordplay, wake boarding, archery, basketball, frisbee, table tennis, golf, bowling, canoeing, cycling, airsports and power cruising. All of which are fun and entertaining games that are brought to life with the motion plus sensors that are attached to your wii remote controls.

              The only disadvantage of this game is that you have to have the wii motion plus sensors attached to the remote control to make the game work, this can be costly if you have four remote controls, so that all family members can join in with the game. Some of the games do not only require your Wii remote but they also require a nun chuck.

              One of the games that I really enjoy is Swordplay this game is where you hold the Wii Remote in both hands as though it were a sword. There are then items thrown into the air that you have to slice in a certain direction and you need to try and do it before your competitor does to win the point in that round.

              One of the hardest games that I struggle to play well is frisbee and this is a game where you throw the Frisbee for a dog and he has to catch it. The better the throw the more points you score.

              The bowling game is just like the original on the wii sports, but the games is more sensitive with the will motion sensors, you also have the option to go ten pin bowling or 100 pin bowling.

              Wii sports resort is a game that has games that are suitable for all ages and even if you are an adult you will still have hours of fun playing on this game.

              This game retails at around £30 and I can say that I think that it is worth every penny as I have been playing the game regularly since Christmas and I have not yet got bored of any of the games.

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              A fun sports game for all the family

              Wii Sports Resort is the follow up to the original Wii game, Wii Sports. As the title suggests, it is a sports-based game set on a holiday island resort, where different parts of the island play host to a variety of sports ranging from table tennis to air sports. It is also the first game which has been developed to use the Wii Motion Plus Accessory on the Wii Remote. The game comes bundled with one Wii Motion Plus Accessory, however you will need to purchase a second one separately if you want to utilise the multi-player elements of this game.

              All the sports are played using your personalised Mii character - if you haven't already set one up from other games such as Wii Sports and Wii Fit, there is an opportunity to design your own Mii at the start of the game. However, if you've already designed a Mii, the game will import it and you can just get on with playing.

              * The Sports *

              There are twelve sports featured on Wii Sports Result. The full list of sports is as follows; Swordplay, Wakeboarding, Frisbee, Archery, Basketball, Table Tennis, Golf, Bowling, Power Cruising, Cycling, Canoeing and Air Sports. Each of the sports has either different modes or different levels to add more variety. Rather than reviewing every single sport, I have chosen to focus on my favourites.

              Table Tennis - This is my personal favourite and, in my opinion, can become very addictive. There are two modes of play - the game mode where you play a 'first to six points' game of table tennis against either a computer-generated opponent or against a friend in two player mode. When playing against the virtual opponents you gain or lose points depending on the result of each match and, as your ranking increases, you play increasingly more skilful opponents. You do not earn ranking points in two player mode - a fact I find very frustrating as I am far better at beating my higher ranked husband than I am at beating the virtual opponents. The increased sensitivity of the Wii Motion Plus Accessory allows you to put different weights / spin on your returns and the gameplay feels very like playing real-life table tennis. I think the additional weight of the Wii Motion Plus Accessory adds to that feeling as it is heavier than the standard Wii remote and therefore feels a bit more like wielding a real table tennis paddle. My favourite part of the game is when the ball comes to me at a height where I can smash it into the swimming pool behind the table - very satisfying! The second mode is the 'Returns Challenge' where you compete to beat your personal best by returning the ball as many times as you can, gaining bonus points for hitting tin cans strategically placed to challenge you to improve the placement of your returns.

              Frisbee - There are two Frisbee based games - Frisbee Dog and Frisbee Golf. In Frisbee Dog, you throw the Frisbee towards a target and a little dog attempts to catch it. You score points depending on the proximity of the Frisbee to the target when the dog catches it. This sounds very simple, but it is actually surprisingly difficult to angle the Wii remote and achieve an accurate throw with the Frisbee - or maybe that's just me, I'm not brilliant at throwing a real-life Frisbee either. Frisbee Golf represents a real challenge in our house - we have played it multiple times and neither my husband or myself have achieved a score better than par (and, to be honest, it's usually significantly worse than that!) The basic premise of the game is to throw your Frisbee around the golf course, culminating in throwing it through a target on the green (instead of putting into a hole as you would in Golf). There are three different Frisbees - one which flies long distances (like a driver in Golf), one which flies medium distances and a 'putter' which flies a short distance. The big challenge is getting the accuracy and direction right as, in our experience, it is just as easy to throw your Frisbee into the virtual sea surrounding the golf course as it is to throw it on to the fairway.

              Wakeboarding - In Wakeboarding, you score points by performing jumps on a wakeboard pulled behind a speedboat on the water surrounding the Wii Sports Resort island. It is a fairly simple game in which you tilt the Wii remote left and right to steer out and back in again, and then lift the Wii remote to jump when you come back to the boat's wake. The jumps become more acrobatic and score more points the more times you manage to jump without falling in the water. There are three levels on this game - the basic gameplay is the same on all three levels, but there are more obstacles to swerve round / jump over the more advanced you get.

              Bowling - Bowling on Wii Sports Resort is very similar to the bowling in Wii Sports, although I feel that the Wii Motion Plus Accessory actually makes it a bit easier to get a strike. Maybe that is just down to a lot of practice though - we spent a lot of time playing the Wii Sports version and this one is very similar, therefore it took much less practice to score highly. You can play either the traditional 10 pin bowling or a 100 pin version - the 100 pin version is much more difficult in my opinion, and I get increasingly frustrated every time I knock down 99 pins and leave just one standing on its own in the middle of the very wide lane.

              Other Sports - I do find that I end up playing the same sports over and over again. In addition to the ones described above, I also enjoy Basketball and Swordplay. On basketball, the three point contest is a very simple game where you get 25 balls and one minute to shoot them all into the baskets - good for a quick fix when you don't want to spend much time playing. Swordplay is fun in a two player mode as you fight your opponent on top of a Gladiators-style platform suspended over the sea - however, in our house the fighting can get a bit too enthusiastic and we've bashed each other with the Wii remotes a few times. Maybe it's good for settling those minor domestic disagreements! The Archery is supposed to be really good as well, but I can't manage to coordinate the Wii Remote and the Nunchuck to fire my arrows properly, so I've given up on that one for now. My other half also enjoys the Golf but I'm not a big fan of Golf simulation games (although I do like the Frisbee version) so I haven't played that at all.

              * Gameplay *
              When you first play Wii Sports Resort, not all the sports / modes are unlocked - you may have to play one version of a sport (i.e. Frisbee Dog / 10 pin bowling) to unlock another mode (i.e. Frisbee Golf / 100 Pin Bowling). This doesn't take long and you don't have to master a sport to unlock the other versions, so it does not restrict the playability of the game too much. Your progress in individual sports is measured by the awarding of points based on performance - initially, you get a lot of points through setting personal best scores, but once you reach a certain level, if you don't improve on your scores they take points away. There are also various 'stamps' which are awarded for various achievements within individual games such as scoring five baskets in a row, having a rally lasting over 10 shots, landing five successive wakeboard jumps. These aren't really significant in terms of the gameplay but they are a nice way of measuring progress. The graphics are very good and I feel that setting it on an island enhances the game as you see different parts of the island from different perspectives, whether it is being pulled along behind a speedboat, cycling round the roads or falling from the sky.

              * Price *
              The RRP for this game, boxed with one Wii Motion Plus Accessory, is £49.99. However, it is currently available on Amazon for significantly less than this. At the full retail price, I think that this game is expensive especially as you need to buy a second Wii Motion Plus Accessory if you want to play in multiplayer mode, which costs about £12

              * Overall *
              I think that Wii Sports Resort is a great successor to the original Wii Sports game. The sports featured have enough playability and variation to hold your interest for a sustained period of time - we have been playing it frequently for the last couple of months and are definitely not bored with it yet. The ranking system in games where you compete against an opponent such as Table Tennis and Swordplay means that you are continually being challenged as the quality of your opponents rises in tandem with your ranking, and these games are great fun in two player mode as well. The other challenge, of course, is to beat your own personal best scores in each event and, in our house, we're perhaps a little bit too competitive so there is also the desire to have the highest ranking in the sports that we play most.

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                That archery really is very good.

                The original WiiSports was bundled with wii consoles right from the launch of the system, a showcase of titles that used all of the Wii's features and introduced you to a new kind of gaming. It remains one of the brightest stars in the Wii's library and a great one to play with friends. As Nintendo began launching their Motion Plus accessory, they've taken the very wise decision of bundling it with a follow up to Wii Sports. Another showcase for the new hardware.

                Wii Sports Resort is a collection of games modelled around holiday activities, all taking place on that rather empty looking island from WiiFit. It's a bit more lively this time around and the Wii owners can crack out their Miis once again and try a range of new games. As the game is largely here to familiarise players with the motion plus, we're greeted with a lot of different uses for the motion controllers here. It something makes for a nice change, sometimes serious frustration.

                Probably the most anticipated game in Wii Sports Resort is the swordplay. This allows you to use the wii-mote as a Kendo Sword, finally with 1:1 motion tracking. Anyway you swing the the wii-mote, your sword will follow. A few modes are available including a standard duel and a vegetable slicing game. It's great fun for anyone who spends most of their time in their bedroom, swinging the wii-mote like a pretend sword anyway. For everyone else, it's probably fun too.

                Other games are totally unexpected and absolute pleasures to play. The archery is easily my favourite here and is totally intuitive. Holding the wii-mote upright like a bow and pulling back the nunchuck, it really feels right. I was also amazed to find that it is phenomenally accurate, despite not using the pointing function of the IR sensor on top. A nice surprise.

                It's also nice to see a few favourites return from the original wii-sports, the bowling was an absolute stunner in the original. Great for parties and just like the real thing, it returns here and while I'm sure the motion plus is taking some effect, it feels just like last time. Nice to have it without changing the disk though. Golf is back, this time however it is making full use of the motion plus accessory to control spin, overpower shots and chip shots. A great improvement. However, my favourite game on the original Wii Sports was easily the tennis. Here it appears, modified as table tennis. It's a good choice, the wii-mote is about the weight of a ping pong paddle and it suits the flick of the wrist action you're likely to develop, however it's far more flexible than the original tennis and genuinely requires a lot of skill at direction.

                Unfortunately, there are a few duds. Wakeboarding has you holding the wiimote like a pair of handlebars and surfing behind a boat, trying to land jumps. It's tricky and not all that interesting anyway. The motion plus is wasted, there's nothing here the wii-mote couldn't do already. The same can be said for the jet ski game, holding the wii-mote and nunchuck, again like handlebars, you've to race through giant rings. Twisting your hands like an accelerator gives you a boost but again there's nothing too interesting here.

                Lastly, there are a few games that just don't have enough substance. A basketball game consisting of giving the wiimote a few pushes upwards feels completely pointless. A dog frisbee game is far too fiddly to be any fun and a cycling racing game isn't as fun as the cycling on wii fit plus.

                There's also a small feeling of a missed opportunity with Wii Sports Resort. Perhaps I'm expecting too much but Nintendo have churned out a lot in the "Wii Sports," "Wii Music," "Wii Fit" series. Isn't it about time they practiced a little cross compatibility. Some of the sports in Wii Sports Resort could have worked up a sweat if geared a little higher, it would have been nice to see it offer some fitness options with data that could then be saved to your WiiFit profile.

                Wii Sport Resort offers a nice range of games, not all of them are classics but some are really very good fun. Visually this looks like it game right out of WiiFit and is nice and polished. However, it never really offers more than the same Wii Sports format, the original was great for a game bundled with the console but it feels as though Resort could be doing more. However, it comes bundled with the motion plus which will probably turn up in some worthwhile games down the line and it does offer some good multiplayer again. It's a recommend but not a high one.

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              • Product Details

                This sequel to the popular Wii Sports makes use of the Wii Motion Plus accessory, which gives players the most responsive and realistic experience possible. The Wii Motion Plus accessory, which is included with Wii Sports Resort, plugs into the base of the Wii Remote controller and, combined with the accelerometer and sensor bar, provides an experience that gives players an even greater sense of immersion.