Advantages Hours of fun, great multiplayer action, get the best out of your Wii remote
Disadvantages Limited sequences for single player gameplay
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|Longevity||Almost limitless longevity: ongoing|
If you're thinking of purchasing a Nintendo Wii then you will want to know what the included Wii Sports pack has to offer. Wii Sports is bundled with every Wii console and includes a compilation of 5 multiplayer games consisting of Tennis, Bowling, Baseball, Golf and Boxing. All game modes offer you the chance to set records by getting the best possible score every time you play.
The games are designed to bring out the best in the Wii remote in terms of performing swings and throws etc. They are also designed as being fun party games so don't expect too much of a single player mode on these as this is better kept for dedicated sports games.
This is the first game you will see on the game menu and consists of a doubles match where you control both players with the choice of first to 1, 3 or 5 games declared the winner. In single player mode you are up against a computer doubles pairing consisting of different skill levels depending on your ability. Basically, if you keep winning then you start to play harder opponents and visa-versa. In 2 player mode you can play against a friend in split screen who will have their own Wii remote. I've not played 3 or 4 player on this game as I don't have that many Wii remotes, but I gather that its 2 a side for 4 player.
Along with tennis this is another of the best games in the compilation. The game consists of a typical bowling lane where players take it in turns to roll their bowling balls down the alley and knock over as many pins as they can. For those who are not very good at bowling, "No they don't have barriers on the gutter"! Again, this game is all about the wrist action on the rolling, getting it right determines the spin, curl and speed you get on the ball. Before you take your shot you can align your character's standing position and aim direction. As the game is motioned to that in real life, after you press and hold the back button you hold the Wii remote in front of you then pull it back behind you and thrust it forward to release the ball. Depending on the slight twist to the left or right of the Wii remote at the end of the throw determines the curl to the left or right.
This game gives you the opportunity to perfect your own techniques for performing strikes and in no time at all you can become a pro and beat all your friends convincingly.
Arguably this is one of the harder games to perfect out of the compilation as the timing of your swing is the key to the perfect shot. The game consists of 3 quarters with each team swapping between batting and fielding after the batting team is declared 'All out'. Your team consists of made up characters including your own, but if you have created quite a few of your own Miis, then these will randomly appear as players on either team.
As the batting side you receive a throw from the bowler on the opposing team and whilst holding the Wii remote by your shoulder like a real bat, you swing as the ball reaches you as hard as you can in the hope of making a connection. Depending on where your swing finishes, this will determine the direction of the hit. Keeping the ball between the diamond marker lines is your first task to avoid playing a foul shot. Your second task is to try and find the stands to give you a home run or making the fielding players run as far as possible to get the ball, which allows you to reach 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th base. Putting these two techniques together is the way to go. If you hit your shots with little speed or distance then you are running the risk of the ball being caught by a fielder and your player becoming 'out'. When this happens you control another player on your team until they are out or move to bases and so forth. If you are very lucky then you might even hit an unstoppable shot 'Out of the park' which automatically gives you a home run, just like hitting it into the stands.
As the timing is the key, if you swing too early or too late then you get a strike against you. 3 strikes and you're out!
Single player mode is pretty much self explanatory, with the computer controlling the opposing team to either bowl or bat against you when changing sides. Getting more players home for a match improves your average score.
Two player mode will obviously let one player bat and the other field at the same time, swapping sides in between.
Single player mode is quite easy in this game when you get used to it, whereas multiplayer makes it more fun and challenging with perfected techniques.
They could possibly improve this game by allowing you to control your other team players better, such as making a run to a base or running to catch a ball.
You don't actually pit yourself against an opponent in single player mode as your aim is to just get as much under par as you possibly can for your total at the end of the course. Better scores mean better averages recorded against your Mii.
Multiplayer mode enables players to take it in turns to have a shot on the selected course with the winner being the person who has completed the course with the least amount of shots.
This is one of the games you have to get into if you're not a golf fan but by the time you have perfected your shots you will love it.
The only thing this game lacks is an 18-hole course and the ability to play head-on against a computer opponent in single player mode.
This is probably my second favourite in line with tennis.
For single player you face a computer player whose skill level is determined from your own, as the more matches you win the harder your opponent will be. When throwing punches you keep an eye on your power gauge which is recorded in the form of a circle containing coloured pieces; the more hits you take, the more pieces vanish from the circle and visa-versa with your opponent. When all these are gone that player will fall to the ground for a count-out. I believe the amount of time you are knocked out for is dependant upon the force of the prior shot, if it was a jab then they are more likely to get back up quicker, but if it was a hook shot with force then they may not get back up, which would give the other player the win by knockout. You can again, increase your score average by beating harder opponents and becoming a pro when you reach 1000 points.
Two player or multiplayer is great but you do both need to have nunchucks and unfortunately only 1 is provided with the console so you need to buy another one which will set you back an extra £15-20. In this mode you have split screen action and throw simultaneous punches and it tends to be the player who tires quickest who loses!
The game also includes 15 extra mini games which tend to be aimed towards training, hence the title Wii Training. A good example of one of these is the Golf target practice, where you gain points for landing you golf ball on a target (like a dart board) on a remote island surrounded by water. Some other games include Power Bowling where the amount of bowling pins increase for every shot up to 100 or so pins on a single lane which is great fun and the Boxing bags where you have to punch clear as many of these as you can in the specified time.
All these mini-games can be played multiplayer and provide the competition of getting bronze, silver or gold medals according to how well you do on each session. The more points you score the better chance you have of getting a better medal or the setting of a new high score.
I will leave the rest of these games as a secret as they are fun to discover and play for yourself.
Graphics & Sound
The graphics for Wii Sports are just what you would expect from a fun Nintendo game; clear, smooth and colourful. The detail on your Mii characters are quite good apart from fact they don't have legs on some games and the background on the Golf and Baseball for example are pretty impressive with no blocky images.
I love the sound on this game, the menu music is quite catchy and the sound that comes out of the Wii remotes when you strike a ball or throw a punch are very realistic. When playing tennis, you could almost mistake the sounds for a real match at Wimbledon!
It is estimated that Wii Sports only burns about an extra 2% more calories than other standard Wii games but I believe the figure is much higher than this. You can certainly feel your muscles ache after hours and hours of continuous play and this can only be a good thing. The tennis and boxing are certainly the more active games to play. All games collectively are great for multiplayer action and offer endless hours of fun. Even though I have purchased other great games for the Wii, I still find myself going back to this game time and time again.
As I've already mentioned, if you want more of a challenge and better one player action then you really need to invest in something like Brunswick Pro Bowling or Tiger Woods PGA Golf to get the best out of these types of games but what the Wii Sports package offers is a complete sports package that is enjoyable to play with your family or friends of any age. You can make this game even more enjoyable by buying the Wii remote sports pack which includes various attachments to your remote to include a tennis racket, golf club and baseball bat which makes it even more realistic.
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