Wii Sports Club Review
Wii Sports Club Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Namco Bandai
Pub: Nintendo
Release: November 7, 2013
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

Nintendo has spouted praise about the HD graphics overhaul with Wii Sports Club, but it's certainly not the title they would put on display for their argument that the Wii U is a next-gen console. Yes, the lines are clean and smooth, the draw distance (for golf at least) gives a nice grandeur to the vistas, and the lighting effects are nicely updated, but the franchise has always prided itself on being simple and inviting to a mass audience, and it is no different this time around. The sound follows suit, being pleasant and unintrusive throughout, with a mild digital audience cheering you on. You'll never annoy family member in the house with Wii Sports Club playing in the background.

Wii Sports Club Screenshot

The most substantial gripe I have with Wii Sports Club is the price point. After the twenty-four hour trial period, you have two options: a day pass or a club pass. The day pass is ideal for the casual crowd who may have a gathering planned (either locally, online, or both) and want a little light gaming. For a day you can play all the sports for $1.99. The club pass gives you unlimited play for $9.99. But wait, that's only for a single sport. So after baseball and boxing are released, Wii Sports Club will set you back fifty dollars to access everything. There are plenty of things wrong with this. First, none of the new features, not even the online matches, merit that kind of monetary donation. Second, chances are you already have Wii Sports in your library, and since the Wii U is backwards compatible, you can simply load up your Wii copy and get your fix if you don't care about the online features. Since casual gamers (to whom this game caters) could care less about online leaderboards, it seems like a feature that is contradictory to the game's emphasis. The club pass should be three dollars per sport, making a total of fifteen smackers for the whole kit and caboodle. I think that is a satisfactory price point for a rudimentary upgrade to a seven-year-old title.

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Although only an opinion, I believe Wii Sports Club is an attempt by Nintendo to rake in a few extra holiday dollars at a minimal production cost. The Wii Sports franchise still has appeal to the casual gamer, but I don't feel the online features will entice many of them to purchase Wii Sports Club, nor do I think the price point is low enough to have the rest of us digging into our already cash-strapped wallets and purses just to post our victories in the Miiverse. Drop the price-per-sport, and add some of the more enjoyable events from Wii Sports Resort, and I may be persuaded to give Wii Sports Club another glance.

By
Sean Engemann
Contributing Writer
Date: January 3, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
Yes they are in high-definitions with nice colors and smooth effects, but they certainly aren't anything groundbreaking.
3.7
Control
The motion controls are as tight as ever, to the point that both core and casual gamers will need some solid practice time before hitting the pro level.
3.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Light and jovial, the music and effects are almost exactly as you remember them from the original, which means few improvements have been made.
2.8
Play Value
Online matches and social integration are welcome additions, but the package price is far too steep to recommend.
3.2
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Play online with friends and other competitors.
  • Join a club and compete against rivals for better rankings.
  • Improve your skills with all-new training modes and help your club move up in rank.
  • Build community with fellow club members and friends online by sending tips, pep talks, and other messages via Miiverse™.
  • You now have more flexibility to play the way you want to with varied purchasing options.

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