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Wii Sports Resort

Developer: Nintendo | Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1 to 4 Player Game | Release Date: 07/26/09 | Genre: Sports

From the minds of geniuses, Nintendo started a revolution. It began with a simple thought--What if we made games fun again? That decision was reached with a controller that resembled a remote control. Though Nintendo would later add an analog stick attached to this "Wiimote," their path--through this generation--was set. The only thing left was a game to bundle this idea with. Instead of linking this controller to Mario, Nintendo decided to package in a bundle of mini-games. The end result started a revolution that we know today as Wii Sports.

There have been a handful of Wii titles, since that first title, that have been worth playing. Some, like Super Mario Galaxy, have even brought our favorite characters to never-before seen places. But no title, on the Wii, has the charm or lasting appeal as Wii Sports. So how does Nintendo hope to top this title? By reinventing the wheel with Wii Sports Resort.

Wii Sports Resort is the first title, from Nintendo, to take full advantage of the new Wii Motion Plus controller attachment. This simple plastic box may seem like nothing more than a paperweight. However, once attached to your Wiimote, players will be given the most precise motion controls ever seen on a console. And for once, Nintendo isn't the first to incorporate these controls. EA Sports was first to market with Tennis and Tiger Woods Golf titles bundled with the attachment. But through the magic of Nintendo, Wii Sports Resort is the first title to take full advantage of the device and requires that all Wiimotes have it in order to play. As any Wii Sports player knows, this means you will have to acquire at least one more Wii Motion Plus from the $19.99 packs sold at retail or via one of EA Sports releases that have it bundled in the box.

Although I could go on and on about the technology behind the game, you are probably more concerned with the actual game. Let me tell you--Nintendo has pulled off something amazing here. Wii Sports Resort may still be a collection of mini-games but the world feels much more connected. You are on an island where all of these mini-games are taking place. This makes the island feel much more like a real world.

Players begin their journey into Wii Sports Resort with a mandatory video about how to attach the Motion Plus to your Wiimote. This video seemed to last forever. Upon finishing it, players jump out of an airplane and skydive, with other Miis, to the Resort. During your descent, you will get a feeling of entering a different world- rather than just preparing to play a predetermined set of games. Also, this is the only way I will ever actively participate in skydiving.

Wii Sports Resort features a variety of games for you and others to participate in. Once you unlock all of the modes available, players will find over 20 games to play. Bowling and Golf make return appearances but with the Motion Plus enhanced controls. The first time I picked up my virtual Wii Sports Resort ball and rolled a game, I had a respectful 196. This is right around my normal average.

Other games were also equally fun. My personal favorites include Table Tennis, Archery, and Basketball. The increased sensitivity in controls makes hitting a bullseye skillfully challenging, putting top spin or smashing a ball in Table Tennis rewarding, and shooting baskets in Basketball makes my knees ache like the real thing. This is just scratching the surface of what Wii Sports Resort offers. Players will find swordplay, frisbee throwing, kayaking, cycling, jet skiing, and much more.

Most of the games in Wii Sports Resort are a bit boring when played alone. However, with another person joining you or just watching in the room, the fun of Wii Sports Resort is clearly seen. This is a title that belongs in every Wii console.

With the simplistic visuals of the original Wii Sports with controls that rival any motion-based experience you have had--Wii Sports Resort is an amazing game that is safe and fun for the entire family. Get ready to throw out your Wii Sports disk and replace it with Wii Sports Resort. We highly recommend this title and we have a new reason to play our Nintendo Wii.

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Real Life Ratings
Wii Sports Resort is safe and fun for the entire family and is Rated Everyone. This is a collection of sports games in which players can compete in basketball, table tennis, golf, bowling, archery, canoeing, and other mini-games. Players' goal is reach the "pro level" for each sport by performing well and attaining skill points. In a "Sword Play" game, players use a dull, wood-like sword to hit other characters on a platform. Players can also strike ("whacking" sound effects, flashes of light) multiple characters on a beach to complete a stage. As the rating suggests, Wii Sports Resort is safe and fun for the entire family.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 07/27/09
ESRB Details: This is a collection of sports games in which players can compete in basketball, table tennis, golf, bowling, archery, canoeing, and other mini-games. Players' goal is to reach the 'pro level' for each sport by performing well and attaining skill points. In a 'Sword Play' game, players use a dull, wood-like sword to hit other characters on a platform. Players can also strike ('whacking' sound effects, flashes of light) multiple characters on a beach to complete a stage. All characters wear safety equipment and often blink or disappear when defeated.
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