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Wii Sports (Wii)
Member Name: loulou22
Wii Sports (Wii)
Advantages: Fun, easy to play and it's free!
Wii Sports. Nintendo Wii
Wii Sports is the game which comes bundled with the Nintendo Wii when you purchase the console. In the first Wii bundles Wii Sports came in a normal white Wii box, the size of a DVD case, nowadays Wii Sports comes packed in a cardboard sleeve like the ones you get when you get a free DVD in the newspaper. Contained inside the box or sleeve 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.
The Wii Sports game consists of 5 basic sports games, a training mode and a fitness mode. This doesn't really sound a lot, but for a game that comes included as standard I would say this is a fantastic starter. The game allows you to get a feel for the Wii remote and the different ways it can be used and one of the sports even includes the use of the Nunchuk controller.
The first game on offer to you in Wii Sports is Tennis. To play a game of tennis you simply need to choose 'single game', 'best of 3' or 'best of 5' and the position which you want your mii to play in on the court. The game will then start and you simply need to swing your Wii remote as if it were a tennis racket to hit the tennis ball back and forth. The direction the ball will be returned to opposition will depend on the timing and angle you hit the ball back at.
Baseball is my personal favourite on Wii Sports, however, it is also one of the most frustrating for me as your timing has to be almost perfect to hit the ball far. To play baseball you simply need to select your mii and the wii will pick a team for you. The first time you play baseball you will be given a rather long and slow moving demo of how to hold and swing the remote as your bat, once this is over the game will begin and you will need to swing your wii remote to hit the baseball and make your players run around the field. I have to admit it took me a while to get used to the timing of swinging my remote in baseball, however after spending a while on the training mode I soon got the hang of it and was hitting many 'doubles' and occasionally 'home runs' as well. The frustrating part of baseball for me is the commentary of 'foul ball' every time you hit a ball and it doesn't count, it annoys me because when I am playing this happens a lot and it distracts me.
Bowling is my brothers favourite game on Wii Sports and is a simple case of pretending your wii remote is a bowling ball and rolling it down the bowling alley. When you are preparing to throw the ball you are able to move your character to the left and right as well as angle the direction you want to throw the ball. To throw your ball you need to press the 'B' button, swing your arm as if you are throwing a bowling ball and release 'B' at the moment you want to throw the ball. From personal experience I would highly recommend using the wrist strap while playing bowling and also make sure any pets are kept well out of the way, I say this as we have had many 'remote flying' incidents in the direction of the TV and also a few near misses when the dogs have walked into the room into the path of the moving remote. Despite all this though bowling remains a firm favourite with my family and we do find that we get quite competitive over it.
Golf is one of the games on Wii Sports that you will either really enjoy and play a lot, or you will play it once, get bored and not bother with it again. For me, it was the 2nd one as I found the game to be very slow paced and just didn't have the excitement of say a game of tennis or baseball. For my grandad however, it was the first one. He has always had an interest in golf games so when I showed him how to play golf on Wii Sports he did become slightly addicted and as a result my grandparents now own a Wii and various golf titles as well as Wii Sports. The basics of golf on wii sports are really all about standing in front of the TV and using your remote as if it were a golf club to make your swings and eventually get your ball in the cup on the green. When making your shots you must take into account the varying wind speeds and the terrain around you. Like I said, I personally don't see the excitement in this but each to their own.
Ok, nice and short for boxing as to put it simply, I hate it! To play boxing you will need to use the wii remote and nunchuk and move your arms as if you are boxing to knock out your opponent. I personally don't enjoy this as firstly I find that the wire connecting the wii remote and nunchuk really gets in the way when you are putting effort into your punches and secondly I don't really enjoy getting hot and sweaty for a fake boxing match. If I want to get hot and sweaty on the wii then I would rather play Just Dance and have fun putting effort into it.
Wii Sports contains a training mode with 3 different activities to help you improve your skills in each of the different sports. When I first played wii sports I did find this beneficial as the different activities do help you to improve your skills and it is nice when your efforts in training are rewarded with bronze, silver or gold medals depending on your performance. I find this encouraged me to keep practicing as I wanted to get gold in all of the activities. I enjoy playing in the training mode as to me it is like a little section on mini games for each sport and I sometimes enjoy it more than playing a proper game. My favourite training mode is the baseball 'Home Runs' where you practice hitting the ball to get the perfect swing and hit a home run. I also enjoy the tennis 'Target Practice' where you need to hit the ball against a wall repeatedly to smash the targets on it. There are 3 training activities for each sport, so with 5 different sports this creates an extra 15 mini games to keep you busy.
As if all of the above wasn't enough for a game that comes bundled with the Wii console as standard Wii Sports also offers a Fitness Mode to tell you your fitness age. This mode is fun and incorporates the mini games from the training mode to determine your speed, balance and stamina and then present you with your overall fitness age. Another reason to practice the training activities! The fitness mode can only be completed once a day by each mii character and it will keep a record of your age which is then displayed on a graph so you can monitor your progress. It is kind of like an early version of the Wii Fit in the making.
When you are playing all of the sport in Wii Sports 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 and have a little star by your name.
The multiplayer mode in the game is good! Each of the sports can be played in multiplayer mode with up to four players or two players in Baseball and Boxing. For Bowling and Golf you can play multiplayer with one remote shared between the players as these are both games where you take turns, however for Baseball, Tennis and Boxing you will need multiple remotes for however many players are taking part. I find that tennis and bowling are the best games to play in multiplayer mode as the get quite competitive and some of my friends also enjoy boxing in multiplayer but as I said earlier I don't enjoy the boxing mode at all.
The controls of the game in general are easy. In all of the sports you need to use the remote as if you are actually playing the sport for real and simply move or swing your remote around you. The hard part of the controls for me is getting the timing right, especially in games like baseball and tennis, but after a bit of practice it is actually quite easy.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics in the game are great, very simple, but very effective for this game. The sports are bright and your mii's are very well animated, often with comical facial expressions. Overall the whole game runs really smoothly. The sound is also great, the sound effects during the game are realistic and the only slightly annoying part of the sound is the commentary you get in some of the sports, but overall this is bearable.
Price and Availability
Wii Sports comes bundled with the Wii console as standard so technically you could say it is free. If for some reason you don't receive wii Sports when you purchase your wii you will be able to find a copy of Wii Sports on eBay quite cheap.
My Experience and Opinion
I enjoy playing Wii Sports and would recommend it to anyone of any age. For a game which you get included with the console I find there is a lot to do and it will take ages for you to get bored of playing. Overall I would recommend this game for both adults and children of all gaming abilities as it is fun and easy to play.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: A fun family sports game
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