|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Nintendo||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jul. 26, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
It's been nearly three years, but Nintendo has finally put together a new Wii Sports title. They had been working on this one for a while, but they wanted to make sure the functionality was perfect, especially considering the inclusion of their new device, Wii MotionPlus, which should bring more precision and stability to the Wii's motion-sensing controls.
Wii Sports Resort is a fully fledged game, rather than a test of the new controls. In fact, it's so complete it includes 12 sports, some of which you might not have even imagined they'd include. The sports selection is quite varied, and in case you were wondering, these are the 12 challenges included in the package: Swordplay, Wakeboarding, Frisbee, Archery, Basketball, Table Tennis, Golf, Bowling, Power Cruising, Canoeing, Cycling, and Air Sports.
As you can see, Golf and Bowling are back again, but this time with somewhat more precise controls. Wii MotionPlus seems to work well, although I'd say it's not incredibly noticeable in some of these games. For example, the new Bowling is almost the same as it was before. It does feel like it detects your wrist movements a little better, but being used to the old ways, it'll be tough for people to change their strategy and the way they throw the ball. The results are a little different though, so I guess it's just a matter of practicing and getting used to it.
Perhaps where you can most readily notice the actual accuracy of the new Wii MotionPlus is in Swordplay, a game where two players can compete in a duel to see who's more agile with the sword, pushing the other player off the stage. Wrist movements seem to respond 1:1, and the game actually knows how you're swinging the sword and if you're doing it towards one side or the other, or even up and down. Speed Slice is another challenge within Swordplay, and it has users slice things up in the direction marked by the onscreen prompt. Two players can do it at the same time, as long as they both have a Wii Remote with the Wii MotionPlus attachment.
All the games require the new add-on, and while some of them (such as Bowling) let up to four players take turns with the same Wii Remote, many of them require the use of two or more Wii Remotes with MotionPlus if players want to play simultaneously. If you don't have them, then only one person can play. This is not a big deal as long as the other players are willing to share and take turns, but it's a shame that games like Table Tennis, Power Cruising, Cycling, or Canoeing can't be played at the same time unless the Wii owner has more than one Wii MotionPlus. It seems like the device should be cheaper or Nintendo should have included two of them with each copy of Wii Sports Resort, as it's obviously a family game for more than one player. In such times of crisis, people aren't about to spend $75 or even $100-$125 for a complete Wii Sports Resort experience!
Controller add-ons aside, the games offered in Wii Sports Resort are fun to play. I especially enjoyed Power Cruising, which you control by holding both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk horizontally, as if they were the handles of the motorboat. You can accelerate by holding either A or B, and steering is done by moving the controllers slightly left or right. You can even get a quick boost by twisting the Wii Remote backwards. Everything feels right on, and the slalom course is very fun, especially when playing against someone else. Wakeboarding seemed to be the most difficult sport for me, as I never seemed to jump off the wake at the right time, and Frisbee wasn't all that easy either, but this one most likely because I've just never been good at it. Other than that, Basketball was very fun, especially the 3-Point Contest, where you get one minute to get as many balls through the hoop as possible. Who doesn't like to play hoop challenges once in a while? The Pickup Game is not as engaging, but it lets players dribble, pass, and shoot while playing simultaneously.