Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Armchair Sports? Not Quite
Wii Sports (Wii)
Member Name: Kitchenbunny
Wii Sports (Wii)
Advantages: Involving graphics and active fun
Disadvantages: Need a bit of room to play
This was the very first Wii game we bought, as it came with the actual console. Usually, bundled software isn't the most shining example of what can be offered so I wasn't holding my breath.
The game itself offers 5 different sports:
Of these, I think only the boxing is 2-player. The rest are all for up to 4-players. For Baseball, the objective is two swing the Wii-mote as you would do a baseball bat to hit the ball coming towards you on the screen. I've never had much luck in hitting the ball and find this game rather difficult.
Bowling. This one is the perennial favourite in this house. You hold the A + B buttons on the Wii-mote while "bowling" and let go when you want to release the ball. You can angle the trajectory before and even after you have let go of the ball. Knock the pins down! When friends come over, this is always the game that gets put on first.
Boxing. The game that gets picked when the lads feel strong. Holding the Wii-mote and nunchuk you box.
Golf. Using the Wii-mote as a golf club, swinging and adjusting for windspeed and distance, you can play a round or two.
Tennis. Hit the ball back and forth between the two or four of you or to your computerised partner. Backhands, lobs, volleys - everything is in here.
There is also a training mode so you can practice in a few mini games like punch bags in the boxing and attempting to knock down various spares in the bowling. All of these little additions to the game play give Wii Sports enduring charm.
The soundtrack is simple, but functional. While it isn't orchestral and jaw-dropping, the tunes are catchy and provide a nice backdrop to your game. To be honest, if there are friends or family around, it provides a neutral background to get involvement increased and not intrude on the atmosphere. Well done Nintendo.
The graphics are simplistic, utilising the Wii Mii - a little avatar of yourself - to take part in all of these sports. I think, however, that these graphics add to the charm of the game, as anything more elaborate would have people ogling the graphics rather than taking part.
Whenever friends come around, this game is really good. It gets everyone taking part and interacting with each other, and is also a real laugh. This is still, in my opinion, one of the best games on the Wii.
Summary: A brilliant game, involving and lots of fun!