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Wii sports if a game for the nintendo wii, that sort of acts like an advert rather than a game, and shows what is/was possible on the nintendo wii system (sadly the things shown on this game were not properly utilized in most wii games, or at least I feel that way.
Basically this game is a series of 5 minigames, including boxing, tennis, bowling, golf and baseball. All the controls are based on moving the wii remote (and in boxing case, the nunchuck as well. I will briefly discuss each game now:
Tennis: This game works by "hitting" the ball using the wii remote as a racket. This is one of my favourite wii games, and it works really well once you get the hang of it. You have to "aim" your shot, by waiting for the ball to be in the right place. Do a forehand early, and the ball will go more to the left. Wait for the ball to get closer, and it will gradually be hit more to the right. You play to sets best of 1,3 or 5, and you can play with up to 4 players (this game is based on a doubles match). The only thing that annoys me about this game is if you swing with the front "tennis player", and miss the ball, the back tennis player misses as well, so you often don't have time to have another shot, both players automatically swing regardless of where the ball is. its a little thing but it does get annoying at times.
Bowling: I am personally not a big fan of this, but basically you use the arrow keys on the remote to aim the ball, press B, swing, and let go of B to let go of the ball. I personally found this one a bit boring (too much time waiting for other people to take their shot), and a bit glitchy (so many foul balls), but my brother seems to get all the pins down every shot, so I think I am just doing something wrong with this one (I suck at normal bowling too).
Baseball. This is a fun one. You take turns between pitching and batting for your "team". When batting, you basically hold the wii remote like a bat, and swing (you have to control the speed of swing, the timing, and the height), to try and get as many "home runs" or bases as possible. As bowler, you can not only control how fast the ball is, but where it goes (curveball, splitter or gutter ball). 3 strikes and your out, play each "innings" until 3 people get out. Its quite good, but quite tricky as well.
Boxing: Prepare for some serious cardio workout. Using the nunchuck as your left glove (can be used the other way round if you change it in options) and the controller as your right glove, weave left and right, stick up a good guard and throw haymakers, jabs and undercuts to knock your opponent out. Winner is the one who lands the most punches, as its a "life" based system. Each hit knocks a bar off your health, when you get to 0, you are knocked down, and you have to try and get back up before you are counted out. Win by points or knockout. This is a really insane workout, especially when playing with someone.
Golf: I found this a bit boring to be honest, but basically aim your shot with the arrow keys, select your club (there are a variety), and have a swing, try and score in the hole in as little as possible.
Overall, I would say if you have a wii, this is a MUST HAVE game, it really is worth it just for the boxing, tennis and baseball when friends come round. I want to get wii sports resort as well, but its still a bit expensive for me at the moment. I give this game 5/5, but this isn't a storyline game or anything like that, its just a bit of cheap harmless fun, and is no worse off for it. it isn't as fun as a single player game, but its not bad at being a single player game.
Wii sports is a very entertaining game that can keep you entertained what ever the age, old or young. In some shops when you buy a Nintendo Wii it comes with a package and most packages comes with a Wii sport game. On wii sports there is a option of five games tennis, baseball, bowling, boxing and golf. In all of these games you can change your character to who you want to be and you have the option to play training mode or game mode. Training mode is where you can play differant styles of the sport you want for practise, Game mode is where you can play against another character by 2 player or a random select. This game is good for playing for fun and also for getting fitter. If you are serious about this game it is good because at the end of each game you play it tells you the progress you made within your time with the game. My favourite game is tennis because you can select your number of matches and what place you want to play (front or back position). In some shops you can buy extra accessories that connect to your wii control so it makes the control look more like a tennis racket.
Wii Sports is a game for the Nintendo Wii console which has a few sports games on the one disc. The game often comes with the Wii console or can be bought seperately.
You can play alone or with friends either sharing a controller or using one each with up to 4 players. You can also get special controllers to use for this game, a tennis racquet and golf club shaped holder for your controller are a couple that are available and I have seen this in Poundland, although I don't have them I'm sure for kids these controllers would make the games seem a lot more fun and realistic to them so it would probably be worth picking them up for £1.
You can use your own personal Wii character (a Mii) which saves your high scores etc. onto your console, or if you are playing with people who don't regularly use the console you can start a game without them having their own characters and it is quick and easy to set up.
You have 5 sports to choose from:
In each game you use your controller as your porting equipment, the baseball takes a bit of getting used to as you have to get the timing right. You need to move your controller at just the right time or you will miss the ball.
Bowling is an interesting one as you have to move your controller at the sensor and keep it straight to avoid the ball going into the gutter. Some of my friends always go off to one side but you can use the arrows on your controller to make your 'mii' stand to one side of the alley when bowling which usually sorts it out.
When boxing you will need to plug in a nunchuck controller into your normal controller, giving you a controller in both hands. You can then use these controllers as you wish, alternating between hands to create punching combos or using the controllers to block incoming hits.
I don't find the golf that easy to play, the controller doesn't seem to give a very accurate shot.
The graphics and sounds in most Nintendo Wii games are childish and this one is no different. The picture is very like a cartoon but in this particular game it doesn't stop adults enjoying it as well.
The scoring is done as it would be in the actual sports, so you play matches and sets in tennis, try to get home runs in baseball and try to get below par on golf. This is good as it's also a good way for kids to learn how the scoring works.
There is also a points system which awards you points based on your performance, it will show you how many points you have gained in each sport and will show your points increasing on a graph. As your score goes up, so does your ranking. You start as a rookie and have to play lots and get good scores to improve on your rank.
The game currently retails at around £20 new and £15 used online. I have seen used copies in game shops for under £10 which I think is good value.
I enjoy playing this game, at first it really made my arm ache the day after playing but I started to get used to this and don't find it aches as much now. The boxing will really test your fitness and after a few rounds it gets quite challenging which makes it even more fun as I don't like games that are too easy.
I like the fact that you can play the game alone or with others. It is also one that would be suitable for a wide age range. I know 4 year olds and 60 year olds who play on this so it's a good buy for the whole family.
Wii sports introduced a whole new way of playing sports games with its inclusion of motion controls. For those that have no experience of playing games with motion controls, this is an excellent place to start due to its ease of accessibility and family friendly style interfaces. Players are able to use their own Miis for an added bit of fun and personalisation. There are 5 games to play here so I will review each individually.
A simple concept here really, grab a nunchuck in one hand and a wiimote in the other and then punch the air with them! Each player has a split screen view of the action in an almost-first-person style, so moving your fists forwards will inflict strikes on your opponent. Overall this feels fairly accurate at first and provides a great deal of fun, but after a while you soon find that you character may produce punches that you didn't feel you executed. Still good fun though.
I find myself playing this the most. It is very simple, just move the wiimote in a motion similar to how you would bowl, using the trigger to signify when to release the ball, and that is it! It is possible to add spin and get really accurate shots. This game feels like it uses the wiimote the best and that you have a really fine control over the game
This is another good effort, with the majority of shots feeling like they are true to your motions. Predictably you simple swing the wiimote to take your shots. There isn't a great deal of depth to this game, do not go expecting the sort of experience you will get with a game like Tiger Woods, but it is a nice addition to the collection.
The weakest of the bunch for me. I found it incredibly hard to hit the ball, to the point where I could barely even play it. I could easily play through an entire game without hitting the ball.
Whilst this is initially quite fun, it soon becomes frustrating. The players move themselves around and all you have to do is perform some kind of motion when the ball gets close to your player. The timing of your swing dictates the direction of the ball, since the wiimotes cannot be read with enough accuracy to place shots otherwise. It is still good fun but often shots can be wild and frustrating.
Overall, this is a good package and a great introduction to the world of motion gaming.
I would recommend anyone purchasing a Wii to buy this title to go with it (if it doesn't come with) - this is so much fun and despite having it for several years, we still occassionally turn to it in a moment of desperation.
As a one player game, there is not much too it. Most of the fun is designing you little Mii character which you will use in the games. I can be fun to design it either to look like you (mine flatters on the weight side) or a mockup of a famous celebrity (I have a couple, one looks like Noel Edmonds and the other Ossie Osbourne - now that's a real life boxing match I'd pay to see...). The rest is all about becomming better and better at one of the five sports on offer. When you play a game, you will receive a number points dependant on your performance/base ability. Once you reach a certain number of points you become a 'professional' which gives you jazzier equipment to use is a given sport. Beware though, a poor performance can result in minus points - so you need to be consistent.
It says on the box that you will need plenty of room to play this, and if you stand up and take it seriously then yes, this is true, but I (being quite a lazy person) find it much easier to just sit down and use minimal effort. My wife (who refuses to play tennis or baseball with me anymore) would agree that this method is just as effective, so don't be put off if you are a couch potato (like me).
There are two modes - free play and training - the training is really good, offering a different challenge to the normal game.
Golf - I found this the trickiest of all the sports. As you would expect your wii remote becomes your club, and it's all about the power/straightness of your swing. We found that after a while it was easier just to hold your remote in a vertical postion and 'flick' it, which gave better control and accuracy than standing up. Plus you don't look like an idiot and the lampshades are safe.
Training mode is target practice - scoring more points the closer you get to the pin
Boxing - wow this is like being in the ring yourself - after 10 minutes of this I was ready to collapse - my arms hurt and I was sweating profusely after swinging around like a nutter. You basically control a pair of gloves that are on screen and punch as you would in real life, holding the nunchuck in your left hand and the full remote in the other. As a two player game this is hilarious - it's all about who can come out swinging the fastest and who can keep it going the longest before the coroner is called!
Training mode is against a punchbag - this can get a bit irritating, plus it is really, really tiring. there is also a mode where you have to avoid tennis balls thrown at you by your trainer by leaning your remotes left and right. It is quite fun to get hit though as it makes a dull thud noise, which is funny.
Tennis - not a lot too this - there is no worrying about moving your player to the ball, as this is done for you, it is all about striking the ball with expert timing to direct it either left or right. The A/B buttons control what kind of shot you hit (lobs/topspin etc).
Training mode is continuous returning within the court and target training.
Bowling - this is the best of the lot - two modes - standard ten pin bowling, and 100 pin bowling - which is exactly what it says it is. The action you have to use for the wii remote can be a little confusing (my mum kept dropping her ball behind her), but once you get the hang of it you'll be able to heave it down at 100MPH and spin it at right angles (by twisting the remote as you release). This is the game we turn to if there is nothing else we fancy doing.
Training mode is fun here - from single pins/tricky shots to barriers to swerve the ball around, it all improves your game.
Baseball - you wii remote becomes your bat/throwing arm. The split screen is a bit confusing to start with in two player mode and you really need to concentrate. The running between the bases is also a bit confusing as you need to be able to move your thumb to the control stick on the remote in order to get your dudes to run. this can be tricky having just takien a huge swing with it to hit the ball in the first place.
Training mode - hitting home runs is the most fun here - if you crack one perfectly it 'goes out of the ballpark' (as the commentator goes wild).
Best of all, the techniques you ise in this game, can be transferred to others, plus it'll strengthen your wrists!
When the Nintendo Wii first came out this game came with it and after the years have gone by it is still a top game to get the laughs going with family and friends.
The game is split into 5 sports.
Tennis is for one to four players, in one player mode you are up against to computer, you swing for both your players the one at the net and the one at the back, timing is quite easy and a power shot can be acheived at service if you get it correct, once you beat the computer your ranking goes up and the next game will be harder, in two payer the screne is split diagnally and again you control both your men, your do not get ranked on these games, for the four player the screen is still just split in two this time you are the back player or front player this changes through the game giving turns to serve. The options are single game, best of three or best of five. This is a very good game with good control on the ball as your skills develope curving the ball and timing it to hit in differant directions makes it into a game of skills.
Baseball is for one or two players only although you could make up teams and pass the pad, this is quite a difficult one to get to grips with often missing and hitting the ball behind yourself, once mastered it is very good, the computer starts of easy to beat but quickely as your ranking goes up becomes very hard to beat, to hit the ball just swing the wiimote like a bat, and to bowl just swing your arm, two player mode is a bit spoilt as the controler can be used to give swingballs and curveballs using the D-pad or high and low by using the plus and minus buttons, this makes it impossible to hit, this is best played in one player mode.
Bowling is by far the best game on this, just like real bowling you can curve the ball with a twist of your wrist, swing the Wiimote whilst holding the B button and let go at the end of your swing simple, you can move your man left or right to were suits your swing best, by pressing the A button you can set the direction your man stands facing slightly left or right. this is the easiest game for the young and old non gamers to pick up. Nock down the pins get them all down in one shot get a strike its as simple as that, in one player you are just up against you previous score.
Golf as a golfer I was looking forward to this but this is by far the worst game on the disc, play one to four players, choices are beginner, intermediate, expert or 9 holes, very inaccurate, the fun stops very quickely as you have to wait for other players to finish the hole, 12 shots is the maximum per hole but this can take an age with the extra graphics between shots. Simply hold the A button and swing.
Boxing a nunchuk is required for this or two if playing a friend, this again has not got the greatest of accuracy but far better than in the golf, simply hold the Wiimote and nunchuk in each hand and punch, holding them near your chest will help soften the blows or dodge from left to right, this is very fun, this will get the grown men to show there competitive side, a few rounds on this gets the blood pumping, you get three round in which to nock out your opponent or if you both survive the three rounds the winner is the one with the most points.
There is also fifteen training games three in each category, these are very good even the golf ones are reasonable these need unlocked this is done by playing the ones available.
The other option is the Wii fitness test this is not accurate in the least, your are given three of the training games to play and they work out your fitness age, with a small diagram showing your balance, speed and stamina Im great in all three and Im 21, yep 20 years younger. I wish.
Wii Sports is a game available for the Nintendo Wii and is very much an entry-level game. I believe this, or an incarnation of it, was one of the first releases for the console and as such is very, very simple to play and this is both it's positive but also it's negative. Young children will love it but more advanced players will get bored quite quickly and easily due to it's simplicity compared to other games on the market. It's very family friendly as the simplicity also works in that it doesn't take long for everyone to be on an even keel control wise. There is no real mastering of it as playing is based on co-ordination and so largely a level playing field.
So what is the game? It's effectively 5 sports games roled into one using the Wii's motion sensor controllers as your sporting 'arm'. The sports on offer are: tennis, boxing, golf, bowling and baseball. To play each involves very simple controls mostly based around using the controller like a racquet, club, bat or your arm/hand.
There isn't much more to it. Tennis is probably the most fun but you can only play a maximum of 3 games so no option to play an extended game at all. You use your controller like a tennis racquet to hit the ball... And that's about it. You hit backhands and forehands like you would with a racquet. The on screen player automatically position themselves so all you need to focus on is hitting. Serving involves tossing your arm in the air with the controller in your hand (don't let go!) and bringing it back down at the right time to hit the ball. This sport, like the others on the game, focuses it's gameplay on timing. In doing so, it works very well. The controls respond largely faultlessly to your command and it's very enjoyable. It does ware a bit thin after a while though as the game itself lacks depth and has no advance stages but for a quick knock about, it's entertaining and easy enough to play for beginners to join in too.
Bowling works in a similar way except you also use some of the other controls/buttons. You position where you would like to bowl the ball from using the cross control on the controller then throw the ball while holding down the 'b' button as if your controller was the ball. Again, it's so straight forward anyone from granny to grandchild can pick it up.
Boxing is much like tennis to the extent you use the remote as your boxing glove. This game also utilises the Wii nunchuk so you can use both hands to allow for a realistic boxing experience. You aim your blow at face or body, can duck an weave using your body (much like a real boxer would) and can block by holding the controllers up.
Golf is probably the hardest of all to master as you need a little knowledge of how golf actually works. Game play is similar again to the other sports and involves using the controller like a golf club.
And finally... Baseball. Position your player using the cross control and while holding the 'a' button... you guessed it... Swing the controller like a baseball bat. Pitching works the same way... although the motion used would be as if you were pitching the Wii controller.
Sounds simple... And it really is. Multi player options are available on all games and use a split Screen technique so on your 'side' you are playing facing the action. It's never an ideal way to do it and can get confusing but there isn't really an alternative so can't grumble too much. Game play and controller response on all games are excellent and they are all tons of fun albeit short lived. Graphically the games are classic Nintendo. All characters are 'cute' and childlike indicating that younger players are likely the target audience. Motion is always excellent and fluid and reaction time brilliant.
In all, this is very much a family friendly game and/or for younger players or those just getting started on video games. Advance gamers will be disappointed by the lack of depth however and will tire easily.
You can buy it at the time of writing on Amazon for around £16 so is very good value. I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay too much more though given that it lacks longevity.
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 :)
The Wii Sports comes with all Wii Consoles as a free game. This game is really good at introducing you to the Wii style of playing if you are new to it and if not it provide a great game you'll continue to play for years to come.
The game is generally supplied in a cardboard sleeve in your console pack. The sleeve shows images of the 5 sports you can play which are:-
The game gives instructions on how to play before your first games and you can access these at any point. Each game is easy to follow and the whole game is easy enough for even small children to play on. This game teaches you how to swing your remote and allows you to also use the remotes buttons to use extra skills - i.e. in the tennis. It also shows the rules of each game at the start. You pick the level of hardness for each game to suit you abilities.
You can uses your Mii's to play the games to give that personal touch. Up to 4 players can take part in all games apart from Boxing that is 2 players. The game also has practise and training sections that monitor your progress. As you improve in each of the games your skill level rises - if you win of course lol - so you always have something to strive to.
The graphics are basic on this game and are ok but you really couldn't compare them to the graphics on a PS3 for instance. But then that's not what the Wii is all about. It is the leading brand for movement controlled games and gives you exercises whilst you play.
The Playstation Move and Xbox have been quick to follow and even more ahead but the Wii is the real deal and its focus on family gaming ensures it continues to have its own corner of the market. The Wii Sports game is the ideal game to introduce to the Wii's gaming style and abilities and teaches you the skills you need to play all other Wii games, it is easy enough for children and first timers, but continues to grown with your skills.
Wii sports comes free with Nintendo Wii consoles and contain five games which are Tennis,Baseball,Golf,Boxing and Bowling.
No doubt this has to be one of the best games on the Nintendo Wii. Playing with a friend you can not get tired of this game at all. You do not get the best graphics for the characters though but the game is a fun to play. You can have up to four players playing this game. This game is very fun to play and you can exercise your arms well with this game when moving around.
The baseball game i feel is less interactive than the other games on Wii Sports. The reason for that is when you hit the ball hard its always going to be caught or going for a home run. The best part of the game is no doubt batting the rest of the game is boring. It is not much fun to play with a friend either but is a decent game overall.
This can get too easy to be honest one you master the positions you will always be knocking ten down in the game. Up to four players can play the game but once you master it then the game is not too much fun to play.
Not a huge fan of Golf so i only played this once and did not enjoy it. I only liked the fact when you hit it with more power the golf ball does travel far. Can not comment on this game much as i am not a fan of golf plus i didnt find the game to be good either.
To play the boxing game on Wii sports you need to have the Nunchuk attached to the back of the Wii Remote. Played this game a lot and it does hurt your hands trust me! This will really take some energy out of you for sure! The boxers seems to get knocked down in the game and get back up a lot from the start to the finish. Each time you beat a boxer a tougher opponent comes along. Eventually they are easy to beat but trust me this game does hurt your hands!
Summary: Wii Sports is good but not challenging enough
For Christmas this year we bought my daughter a WII one of the games that we got her was WII Sports. I have to say that this is a great game it has brought the family many hours of fun and it's like we got 5 games in one. For us the best part of buying this game was that we did not need to get any other controllers or accessories for it to work. As you know with the WII you will buy the console and then have to purchase all the different accessories that are required to play. Thank goodness this game was not one of those.
The games included on this disc are, Tennis, Baseball, Boxing, Golf, and Bowling. They can be played with one player or with multiple players, making this a great family game.
Tennis: When we first played this game it took a bit to get used to as we would swing the remote to hit the ball and would miss we were off just a bit. After we figured out how to play the game we have all become pros. The best part of this game is that there are multiple options for play you can either play a single game against the computer or you can play against other players. I have to say that I really like the warm up option or practice option with this game. I had to use that first to figure out how to hit the ball.
Baseball: We tried to play this with my daughter but she is not one that is really into baseball and was more interested in throwing her fast ball rather than playing the actual game. When you are the pitcher in this game it tells you how fast your ball is giving you the feel that you're really throwing a ball and that the game is more real than it is. Really putting you in the game. The fact that this is not a game that can be played sitting down is great for us as we are a couch potato type of family and really needed something fun to do as a family and this game has really done that for us. No more sitting on the couch to play our games now we are up jumping and moving around like crazy. I am sure if people were to see us through our shades they would wonder what the heck was going on.
Boxing: For me this is the worst game on the disc as it's rather violent. You have to punch the other player or the computer what ever you happen to be playing against. At first when we played this we did not realize that it was really like real boxing and you have to keep your guard up or you will go down. After we figured out how to protect ourselves from certain destruction we became champions over night. Next stop Vegas baby.
Golf: Not being a huge golf fan I opted to sit this round out. My husband and daughter played it but it really was not the best game for us. Neither one of them is really into golf unless it entails hitting a ball up into the water fall at the mini golf center down the road. This game is nothing like mini golf it's rather like the real game. You have sand traps that you must avoid as well as wind shear to contend with. Not my style of game as it's rather hard to make your shot. Not to mention golf is boring. So that's the only down side as of yet with the game.
Bowling: Bowling is a great game it really brings people together and the fact that up to 4 people are able to play at one time is great as there are 3 in my family and we have played games before that always seemed to leave one person out. Not with this game. You are able to play a full game with 10 rounds making it the most real like game out there at least that's how I feel about it. This is not the best part of the Wii sports but it's a good one. I am sure that with more time we will learn more of the ins and outs of the game but for just getting it we love it. It's really brought the family together.
There is only one thing that I have noticed about this game is the potential for injuries. We have come to the conclusion that a warm up is the best thing before playing any Wii game as you are not sitting on the couch using your thumbs you are actually using your whole body to play these and many other games on the Wii console.
In conclusion I would recommend this game for every one. It's a great party game as well as a great game to spend some quality family time playing. The best part of it all is that we have started on our fitness trail with this game it gets you off the couch and moving great game.
I first came across this game when it came free with my parents Wii, at a first glance I was not that impressed by the look of the graphics and thought nothing of it and that I would stick to being a PlayStation man and although that has stayed true this game did keep my entertained for a while and is still a party favourite, maybe more so than the PlayStation Move Sports Champion game.
I am sure that everyone knows what this game is about, you play a variety of sports and it is mainly aimed at playing multi-player rather than single player and although you can play this single player I can't recommend it as I got bored of it really quickly. I will now tell you about each of the sports that you can compete in, these are (in the order I am going to review them) Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Boxing.
Bowling is my favourite of all of the games on this disc, it has the simple premise of you bowl to set the top score. I personally find the bowling experience quite easy if somewhat completely different to normal bowling and that's not just a bad thing, no lugging a heavy ball around although with my technique I still jar my arm when realising the ball. This game excels in the multi-player mode, normally I hate games where you have to take it in turns but here it works, you bowl your friend bowls then you bowl, this is like real life and great fun and no pins getting stuck or unregistered on the score sheet. One thing that can seem a bit sill is that the pins don't act with the quite right physics and you can get some falling over from the slightest of touches from another pin, great for the score if it's you though.
How easy is bowling to pick up I hear you ask? Well I played with someone who had never played before on Saturday and they managed to set a score of 150, much higher than they have achieved in real life, I was also playing for the first time in a year and it is fair to say it is about getting your groove back, in the first game I got something along the lines of 150 (the person above got around 120) but in the second game I managed to get a score of over 200 (only 15 off of my best) and at one point was on a run of 4 strikes in a row with a total of 6 strikes and I think 3 spares it is fair to say this is a game you can drop and come back to. In the single player bit you have to try and increase your ranking basically by setting higher scores, your ranking however is also adjusted by how well you perform in multi-player modes and whilst this is a good thing it also means that if you have some pride in your skill level then you are less likely to try to underperform to keep your friends and family happy. Do listen to the warnings and make sure everything is clear, not just from the sides but also from above as I have managed to smash a glass lamp shade that it then took my parents a year to find a replacement for (oops)
If you want a realistic tennis simulated then look further, this is a tennis game that at its best is ok and can result in a bit of a work out if you really give it some oomph. You can play this both singles and doubles, which means that again this can be a great multi-player game, you basically end up running around the room swishing your arm, that is until you realise that a flick of the wrist gives the same result. Ultimately this is not like real tennis but is still a good laugh for adults and kids which is what this game is about.
The golf game is an interesting one, clearly the game is perfect for this kind of format, what with the swing being the key part of golf (so I am told, I have never played once for real in my life). This game is quite easy to pick up, at least the basics are... You swing, you hit the ball, you try to get it in the hole. There is one big flaw with the game though and that is that the Wii controllers are just not sensitive enough for you to be able to hit the ball as you want to, it is far too easy to over hit and have the ball fly off to the side and equally when trying to put getting the Wii to register that you are trying to hit it super duper lightly can result in frustration and the shot gets over hit.
Another thing here is that there are not many holes, just 9, now I have played Sports Champion of the PS3 move and not only is their version of golf (Frisbee golf) more sensitive but you also have 18 holes that you can play in either day or night and you can unlock reverse as well, this gives a huge selection compared to this and honestly I think they should be compared as they are both multi-sports games aimed primarily at the multi-player / party market.
I hate Baseball on here, mainly because I am competitive and I cannot play it very well, then again nobody I know can play it very well, even the genius gamer that is my nephew struggles with this one. Ok the idea of this is that you can be the batter or pitcher, pitching is simple, you just throw the thing and it goes in basically the right direction and all is good. Batting however very much has an art to it, I have managed to hit about 15 home runs or so in my time and at least 12 of them came in one game where I was just in the groove and it worked, not only did they come in one game but they came in one innings. Since then though no luck and I have all but given up on playing this either by myself or with others. Annoying and boring (also not being American I probably don't fully appreciate it).
This game is just a case of thrashing your arms about as fast as you can, do I like it, no, if I wanted a work out I would just do some exercise, I have never found that there was much skill in this game and never really enjoyed playing it either single or multi-player.
Everyone of the above game has a training bit so that you can learn how to do it, this is useful if you are all new to the game but I would recommend just to get someone to teach you if they already no how.
Overall this is probably one of the best family fun games on the Wii, mainly because of the fun factor of the bowling game that I have yet to find matches on the PS3 move and still enjoy playing this the most on the Wii. I never play single player and I rarely play any of the games other than the bowling, we got this game for free with our Wii so can't complain, if you can find it for £10 or less then I would consider buying it.
We've had a Nintendo Wii for a couple of years now, and recently I decided that in view of our forthcoming wedding, it was about time I got off my backside and started trying to tone up a bit. This Wii Sports game came free with our Nintendo Wii package, and I think is still included with most Wii console purchases these days. If yours didn't include this game, however, it can be picked up from around £15 online, although it would probably be worth shopping round to find it pre-owned for less.
The Wii Sports game offers five sports games which are intended to get you moving and make you feel like you're actually carrying out the sport for real. This is with the aid of the Wii controllers, and if you're doing the boxing you'll also need a nunchuck which is just another type of controller. The idea is that a motion sensor is placed on top of the TV, so it picks up your movement from the controller enabling you to "hit" the ball or move around the screen. This is what makes it feel like you're actually playing the sport.
This is my favourite of the games and I find it incredibly addictive. You can play single player against the computer or have a two player game against the computer. You are awarded a score depending on your performance, and this either increases or decreases depending on how you perform against different opposition. If you are playing single player, the format of the game is still doubles but you will be controlling both players. I find this gets you moving round more than if you're playing two-player with someone else, because if you have someone playing alongside you it's very easy to be static and just swing your arm every now and then!
The tennis is very realistic in terms of how the motion sensor picks up your shots, and you can do backhand, forehand and lobs in the same way you would in real life.
This takes a bit of time to get used to as I found it hard to get the swing right. You basically have to try and get a home run but I found for me trying to make contact with the ball was challenging enough! I also don't understand the rules of baseball in real life so this game had little relevance to me as I wasn't sure what I was trying to achieve!
This is probably the most sociable of the games because you can have more than 2 players at the same time. The rules and scoring is exactly the same as real life bowling, and I find the bowling action quite realistic. It's all about getting the angle right, and you can affect the outcome by using more or less power.
This is a great game to play at Christmas or at family get-togethers, but the only annoying thing is that having to swap remotes with people slows the game down a little.
I've only played this once because I'm not a fan of golf and I haven't got the patience to perfect the technique. You're supposed to use your remote as a golf stick, but I just couldn't get the swing right and found it really frustrating. My other half plays this occasionally and gets frustrated with the sensor not picking up smaller movements (such as putting) so this isn't the best of the games unless you're a big golf fan and willing to put the time in to get the technique right.
I love this game, and find it the most physically exerting of all the Wii sports games. You have to use a nunchuck in one hand and your Wii remote in the other, and you literally box against the computer. It does really get you out of breath, especially if you're competing against someone else by trying to get the highest score.
My only tip for this one is to make sure you have a firm grasp of the remote and nunchuck, because you will find yourself boxing as if your life depended on it!
As with all Nintendo Wii games, at the beginning you set up Mii characters, which is basically you in cartoon character form. You can change eye and hair colour to make the Mii look more like yourself, and you can name them so that when you use them each time you play, they remember your scores.
There is also a Training option which is basically single player practise games which get you started on each sport. They test things like accuracy and how many times you can return the ball without dropping a shot. These are great for warming up, getting used to using the controller, and also being competitive against other people! They are also good for getting used to the timing of the Wii when you very first start playing.
This is a great fun game to get you started on the Nintendo Wii as you'll learn a lot about how to use the remote and how the timing of the games work. It's also a good game for keeping you active although I wouldn't say it's likely you'll lose a lot of weight playing this. Even though it's got to be better for you than a night watching TV, a lot of the time you're actually quite static and it's just your arms that are moving, so it takes a while to build up a sweat and you'll only lose a few calories compared to the Wii Fitness games. If you're looking to seriously lose weight I would recommend the Wii Fitness training games.
There are ways of playing which will maximise your activity, however. For example, as I mentioned earlier if you're playing tennis single player you'll move about more than if you play doubles with someone. The only downside to this is that you lose the social aspect. Also, the boxing one is very exerting so this is a good one if you're looking to burn a few calories.
The Wii Sports game offers multiplayer options, which makes it great for family gatherings. We always get this out at Christmas, mainly for the bowling. It can be a bit stop-start at the beginning as if there are more people than controllers you'll have to constantly swap the controllers over. It's great fun though and a good way to keep kids entertained. It's also highly addictive and adds a fun competitive element.
The graphics on this game aren't the best I've ever seen on a computer game, but they're fun and believable. The characters are almost like cartoon characters, but more importantly I find the actual sports simulation quite realistic, for example every now and then something random happens in the tennis such as hitting yourself in the face with the ball by bouncing it off the net, or your opponent might fly into the crowd trying to return a shot. This also adds an element of unpredictability which means it'll be a while before you get bored of this game.
The most frustrating thing about this game is that it's incredibly addictive! You'll probably find you'll have one sport which is your favourite and you become addicted to trying to beat either your own score or other people's scores. The other thing that frustrated me when we first played this game was that I just couldn't get the hang of the timings with my tennis, and I was rubbish at it for ages. Then one day, it just clicked and I suddenly had the ability to hit the ball! I would say if you have trouble at first, it's worth persevering, and also some games are better than others if you're in a group of people who haven't all played before because if there's a group of you it's easier to play something like bowling which is very easy to get the hang of.
I do find that a couple of hours on the Wii each evening does lift my mood as it gets me moving and is better than sitting in front of the TV watching nonsense programmes for the sake of it. I'm not sure it's doing much to help me lose weight but it's better than nothing, and when I can tear myself away from playing tennis I'll get the Fitness games out. I feel another review coming on.........
Wii Sports is a interactive game that was released by Nintendo for the Wii in 2006. This game allows you to play a range of sports using your Wii Remote and is a much more active way to play computer games as it requires a lot of physical movement to play.
To start playing this game, the first thing that you will need is a Mii for each player. Mii's are basically little characters that you can design (normally to look like yourself) and then are used to identify your personal brain training file that holds your previous scores and tracks your progress.
Once you have your Mii you can start playing the game, there is a range of different sports that you can play 5 different sport games including:
This game is great fun for any tennis enthusiasts, you can play either against friends and family or against the computer. To play you simply swing you Wii Remote in order to hit the tennis ball, the basic tennis rules apply in this game.
This is another fun game, you use your Wii Remote to hit baseballs far enough and make home runs, I have to admit I don't really understand baseball and don't really have any interest in this game, however I am sure that anyone who enjoys baseball would find this game enjoyable.
This is my favourite game on Wii Sports, you can play his game with up to 8 players and everyone takes it in turns to bowl their balls with the Wii Remote in order to aim for spares and strikes, this game can be great fun to play at a party as everyone gets a go as there is room for 8 players. The normal rules of 10 pin bowling apply to this game as with every game on Wii Sports.
In this game you use your Wii Remote as a golf stick, you go through a golf course trying to get the golf balls into the holes (as you do in golf). This game is really challenging on the Wii and I really enjoy playing it. You can play this game against your friends and family or against the computer.
This is a really fun game that involves you 'knocking out' either another player from home or the computer. You need nun chucks to play this game and you simply box with your fist and also try and block other players' swings when you are playing. I really enjoy this game and me and my fiancé always get really competitive when we are playing it.
The interface on this game is really easy to understand and it does not take long to navigate through to where you want to go in the game from the title screen.
Multiplayer functions on this game are great, you can play multiplayer on any of the games, this is great as it makes this game more social and gets everyone up and competing together.
The graphics on this game are what you would expect from the Nintendo Wii, they are bright colourful and cartoon styled, but I think that this is what attracts Nintendo fans as games are light hearted and fun to play/look at. The graphics on this game are very similar to other games on the Wii such as Wii Fit or the graphics on the Wii Home Main Menu.
Price and Availability
I bought this game in Game for £14.99 recently, this is a really great price for a Wii game as they are normally much more expensive and also this is just a new game out. You can also buy this game in HMV, GameStop, Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys or online, I am sure that these stores also stock the game in around this price. I am sure that you could pick this game up pre-owned in Game or HMV for much cheaper.
I think that this is a great game for any sports enthusiasts, or the children to play on a rainy day when they can't go outside, it would be perfect for the winter months ahead for a family night in. It's reasonably priced and the games on it are really amusing and it takes a long time to get bored of this game.
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I got this game, when i first purchased my Wii and found it to be very average. It was the first game I and many will have played on the Wii and I think it was designed to showcase what the Wii is all about and therefore it is something of an introduction to motion sensored controlled gaming.
The game includes a series of sports. These are Golf, Tennis, Boxing, Bowling and Baseball. For me, the two stand out game's on this console are Golf and Tennis.
Golf: The golf is very good. The whole game is based around swinging with the right amount of power. Shots are aimed by the arrows, but will fade or draw if you hit the ball outside the power bar. It is basic, but is very good fun and quite difficult as well. The 9 hole course on the game is quite good, and has plenty of hazards.
Boxing: The boxing is actually one of the most physically demanding video games I have ever played. I'm a bit unsure if this defeats the whole point of video games, but anyway Boxing is basically who can waggle their control the quickest. This game is the only one on Wii sports that uses the numchuck. If you try and Box correctly you will just lose. One of the less good games on this game.
Tennis: The tennis is basic but good fun. This time the whole aspect is on timing and aim. However not a lot needs to be done be come good at this game and it the initial fun wears out, and boredom set's in. You soon realise you can do little to impact where and how hard you hit the ball.
Baseball: I'm not a fan of Baseball, but this version of it makes good use of the Wii. It's all about timing.
Bowling: Not very difficult to master, but good competitive fun can be had.
Needless to say graphics are very poor, but you expect that from the Wii. This game for me, is designed to highlight the strengths of what was the new concept of the Wii. All though it is successful in doing this, it also demonstrates the weaknesses of the Wii, that motion control has since eradicated.