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Wii Sports has been a colossal game for Nintendo. In many ways, its success is comparable to the Game Boy version of Tetris. Packed with every Wii in the United States, Wii Sports gives instant value to everyone who brings the console home. It thrives on motion controls and multiplayer, the two “Ms” every Wii owner looks for in a game. More than three years have passed since its release and people are still playing it. You can’t mention Wii to a casual gamer without hearing, “I love Wii Bowling!”

All that love begged for a sequel. Eleven months ago, we got our first taste of what that sequel – Wii Sports Resort – would be like. Using the MotionPlus adaptor (which gives you 1:1 motion control), Resort introduces a host of new mini-games, such as sword fighting (with sticks, nothing violent) and Jet Ski racing (like Wave Race but much simpler). With just a little over a month until the game is scheduled to hit stores, GameZone visits the Resort once more to play some of the mini-game additions.


Archery has received a ton of buzz since the moment it was unveiled. By now you know the gist: hold the Wii remote in your left hand, hold the Nunchuk in your right hand, and pull your right hand back while holding the Z button to simulate the real-world sport of archery. The question now, of course, is does it work?

It actually does. I’m no marksman but I do have some natural skills, and on my third round (there were four or five in the demo), I landed three consecutive bull’s eyes. The guy manning the kiosk was stunned. He turned to me and said, “I have not seen anyone do that yet.” You know how I was able to pull it off? By using my own skills. Call them game skills – maybe that’s where they initiated. But I wasn’t thinking of this as a video game. I was thinking of it as a real form of archery and it paid off.

Wii Sports Resort Wii screenshots


Remember the Wii tech demo from 2006? This is a slight expansion of that. With MotionPlus support, the plane moves in whatever direction you tilt your hand. You can spin it, twist, do whatever you like and the game will respond accordingly.


This mini-game seems to be one of the crowd favorite at this year’s E3. The game plays just as Nintendo demonstrated during their media briefing earlier this week: push your right hand (or whichever one is holding the remote) down at your side as if there were a rack of balls standing next to you. Press the B button to grab the virtual ball. Now follow up with a motion as if you were trying to throw a basket.

Unlike some motion-controlled games, Wii Sports Basketball isn’t stupid. It knows what a person should do and doesn’t respond well when you don’t do it. Thus, when I tried to wave my hands upward to make a basket (assuming that’s all it would take given Wii’s past), I failed. Flicking your wrist won’t cut it either. But when I lightly lifted my feet off the ground and actually pretended to throw a ball, I scored a point almost every time.

Wii Sports Resort screenshots


Another sport that’s good at sensing what you’re doing. You can swing frantically like a maniac, or flick your wrist like some kind of…wrist-flicker. But it won’t do you any good. The speed, position and flow of your paddle affect how the game responds.

Aside from being a very minor workout, the challenge of the canoeing game is to cross five checkpoints before your opponent. You can ram into your opponent to stop him from scoring, and the game is very light and forgiving in this regard. It isn’t too difficult to recover from a collision, and there aren’t any penalties for going out of bounds.


Similar to the jet ski racer unveiled at last year’s E3, the Wakeboarding mini-game is a great way to get acquainted with the Wii MotionPlus. This sport wouldn’t have been possible without the new adaptor, since it requires precise motions for steering your wakeboard. The goal is to ride waves and perform tricks while doing so (which are executed by jumping off a wave). Simple but fun.

Wii Sports fans have a lot to look forward to in Wii Sports Resort, and not just an excuse to upgrade your Wii remotes with MotionPlus adaptors. Every copy of the game comes packed with one MotionPlus to ensure that everyone can immediately start playing. And once you dive into each of these mini-games, you definitely won’t want to stop.


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