Reviewed by Jimmy | 11.28.06
Nintendo brings in their next generation with the new Wii console along with the bundled Wii Sports game. It's a smart move because Wii Sports is the perfect game to show off the consoles fun new motion sensor controls. It's time to swing the remote around the room like a maniac in Wii Sports.
Nintendo, reverting to the old ways of selling a console has bundled it with a game for the launch. Opting out of the Zelda, Nintendo picked a collection of sports games called Wii Sports. Even though most gamers want to see the new Zelda game, Wii Sports has gathered a lot attention and is a better pick for presumed first game for your Wii. The press has been split on Wii Sports, but the public has shown a lot of love for the little Mii's in their Wii's. As I line up to go for another round, I'll be trying to figure out if Wii Sports is a novelty or a real product with serious value.
When you look at Wii Sports you have to step back and observe this game as well as play it. It's an odd twist in videogame journalism, but there hasn't been a console like the Wii before. I have played Wii Sports with people, by myself, and watched people wave their hands in the air like maniacs in a frantic boxing match. From the young to the old, it seems everyone agrees, Wii Sports is fun and gives us a new way to play some old tiresome sports events.
From comments I have heard and reviews on the internet, the press has called Wii Sports nothing but a shallow excuse for a game to show off their controller, a tech demo if you will that got pushed into development as a game. This might be true, I wouldn't know, but true or not you can see where they are coming from. Wii Sports in the actual gameplay department aside from the control scheme doesn't have anything appealing about it. The gameplay is set back towards the 8-Bit days and could have been visually more appealing and deeper with an attempt at some time of career or a selection of modes. Wii Sports is bare bones, pick your spot, and go a few rounds. That's it, it is that basic.
With both viewpoints on the scales, they seem even, until you throw in the fun factor. For a free game, and I use that term loosely, Wii Sports is a lot of fun. Wii Sports might even be more fun then some real games in certain gamer's point of view. If I would have asked a young lad of six if he prefers Wii Sports or Gears of War for the Xbox 360, he's going for the Wii. It's hard to ignore a product that is so much fun even if you know it's not up to par in any area but pure fun. Bottom line games are about the experience and having a good time and in both those areas Wii Sports excels. The viewpoint might sway a bit, but that verdict is in. Wii Sports has value, and it's worth the few seconds to set it up and go at it with friends.
Now, that I'm got that out of the way, I can get on to the game, Nintendo's Wii Sports. Wii Sports is interesting in a lot of ways and since you already have a clue how to play, but it's beyond simple I'll talk about the events in Wii Sports. These selection falls down like this Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Golf, and Boxing each game interacted only by your Wii Remote, nun chuck add-on for Boxing and a few button presses, if that. Each sports event has a few rounds that you can face someone else or go against pre made Mii's. By far a human opponent is more fun, but if you have to go it alone Wii Sports can still compliment your skill level and play along. Out of the five sports, Tennis and Gold are my two favorites and they seem to take the most skill out of the bunch.
It's kind of funny, but I know Wii Sports is classified as a sports game, but it's more like a party game. Or as I like to call it, the new genre of gaming, "Arm Swinging". It's also kind of funny that a game that makes you move around so much can be fun. It is amazing that exercising while playing a game can be something people like to do. That just shows you that Nintendo had their brainiac helmets on to figure that out, who would of thought? Not me.
Besides the depth and content on Wii Sports there are a few problems. These problems come in controls. There are hardly react with enough variance to feel like the real deal. The worst of the lot is boxing, although it's a lot of fun the controller can't keep up with the speed of a real person. This makes you hold back and act more controlled like your playing a game and not like participating the real sport. In this aspect Nintendo moderately gets it right, but for anything besides a quick fun game there is no simulation feeling here. Hopefully in the future, we'll see more dedication to each sport, and I have a feeling Mario will be hitting us up soon with his version of sports.
Since this is our first Wii review, I'm going to have to bring up the graphics and for Wii Sports that can't be a good thing. If you've seen Wii Sports running you know it's anything but a graphical powerhouse. Wii Sports is basic in design with an appealing fun look. The graphics never get in the way of the gameplay and the saying "Graphics Don't Make The Game" couldn't be truer. Although Wii Sports is basic and fun for all ages, I wanted a little bit more out of my Mii's. I know Nintendo has more creative people working in house then the artists behind the Mii's. Take Pikmin for an example of the same childish style with a basic flair, but yet, very creative. These Mii's look like play school toys, and I guess that is part of the appeal.
Next would be our sound category and really Wii Sports is almost non-existent in this category. The sound is basic, like the graphics, everything is stripped down to its bare bones. Overall, I'm not going to put much weight on the graphics and audio score in Wii Sports simply because this is more of a demonstration showcasing the Wii's features.
Wii Sports might not be the most interesting sports collection of games, but its fun. Whatever features we are missing can be easily forgotten once you start swinging away with the remote. In Wii Sports, innovation and gameplay triumph over substance, graphics, and depth, a feat which only Nintendo could accomplish. Wii Sports is the perfect game for the Wii, swing batter batter, swing.
Gameplay: 6, Graphics/Sound: 3, Innovation: 9, Mojo: 10. Final: 7 / 10
Original controls, Great Multiplayer, Good overview of the Nintendo Wii's Abilities
Lacks Depth, Graphics could be Improved, Not as fun in Single Player
Play Tennis, Baseball, Golf, Bowling and Boxing in the comfort of one's living room. No ball boys scurrying about, no oil from the alleys to get players dirty and no rain to keep anyone from a day at the court, park or course. Use the Wii Remote controller to mimic the actions of swinging a racket, bat or club, roll a ball down an alley or bring the left jab.
Players can use their own Mii caricatures in the game and play them against their friends' Miis for a more personalized experience. As players improve, their Miis' skill levels will increase, so that they can see exactly how much better they've become.
People of all skill levels can pick up and play any of the games in the unprecedented Wii Sports package, making this truly a title for everyone!