E3 2008: Wii Sports Resort Hands-On

We try out three games in this update to Wii Sports, as well as the Wii's new Motion Plus.

During Nintendo's E3 press conference earlier today, we watched as top Nintendo execs tried out the new Wii Motion Plus add-on on Wii Sports Resort, a new minigame compilation similar to Wii Sports. We managed to get our hands on a demo copy shortly after that, and got to try the three games that were shown at the earlier press event.

We were most keen to try Wii Motion Plus, so consequently we leaped on the Disc Dog game first and foremost. Wii Motion Plus--which supposedly significantly improves the motion-sensing capabilities of the Wii Remote--is a small add-on attached to the bottom of the remote. One Motion Plus will come bundled with copies of Wii Sports Resort (as will a new longer rubber cover protector), but will also be sold separately. We initially spent a significant amount of time just subtly twisting the remote in our hand while playing Disc Dog just to see how well the motion was reflected on the onscreen Wii. Picking up incredibly fine movements seemed to be no hassle, and it was cool to see an almost mirror image of our own movements onscreen.

First things first: You will definitely need the Wii Motion Plus to play this game, as it's not backward-compatible with current Wii Remotes. As for the actual Disc Dog game itself, you'll simply need to pull back your hand and pretend to throw a Frisbee to activate the action on game--you won't need to press any buttons to release the Frisbee, as the Wii Remote has a pretty good knack of knowing exactly when you would have let a real Frisbee go. You'll need to aim at a point onscreen, with greater points awarded the closer you get to the centre. Your trusty little canine companion will faithfully catch and retrieve your thrown Frisbee, although you can be mean and throw it completely out of its running range if the mood takes you.

Power Cruising is Wii Sports Resort's version of Wave Race, and it requires you to hold the Wii Remote and Nunchuk in one hand each (Wii Motion Plus isn't needed for this game). Acceleration is achieved by keeping your finger on the B button, with steering done by tilting your hands backward and forward, as you would with the handlebars of a real Jet Ski. This game also features a boost bar--quickly twisting the hand holding the Wii Remote (like using a throttle on a bike) will engage boost. While the boost doesn't last long, the bar refills pretty quickly, so we found ourselves using it quite a lot to regain speed lost on turns. The physics in this minigame were quite impressive--the Jet Ski behaved realistically when buffeted by waves, and the water effects in particular looked realistic.

The final game we tried out was two-player swordfighting, which also requires the use of Wii Motion Plus. The minigame first begins with a trial, with both players having to use their virtual swords to cut down logs onscreen. Once again, the sensitivity of Wii Motion Plus was pretty impressive, as we found ourselves able to make some intricate and precise cuts in the logs with ease. Things got decidedly less precise when it came to the two-player duel. The fight takes place on the top of a large platform over some water, with the goal being to score enough hits on your opponent to push him over the end and into the sea. This section was fast and frantic, and quickly devolved into frantic arm flailing. We're probably going to need more time with this particular minigame to see if there's any more finesse required.

Our brief play time with Wii Sports Resort left us wanting more--and by that we mean more games with more depth. As it stands, we're hoping this new game has more replay value than Wii Sports, which was fun for a while before quickly losing its appeal. We're eagerly awaiting more news from Nintendo about what else the game will be packaged with, so keep it tuned to GameSpot for more details as they come.

Discussion

46 comments
lindigj
lindigj

To all the people complaining that Nintendo offers accessories like this, my opinion is that you don't have to buy it if you don't want it. Personally, I don't care for Wii Fit, but clearly hundreds of thousands do. You have to remember, not everything in the world is made for YOU and you alone. As for whether or not this is something that was needed to begin with, there are many games that don't, but there are plenty of games that can make good use of it... sports in particular. Will it impact games like Wario Shake. Of course not. But for me, I preferred playing titles like Tiger Woods on my 360 because the Wii's controls were novelty. Now, with Wii Motion, it is a whole new level of realism. Same goes for sword fighting. Remember how lame the Star Wars sword fighting game was, because the wii just couldn't emulate a sword properly? Redsteel 2 on the other hand should be amazing.

Gmaster01
Gmaster01

I just dont get it makes funner the games well we wiil just need to wait till june or it was july

craigstod
craigstod

The reason that the wii is so popular is because of the wireless controls and the many ways in which the remote can be used take Mario kart for instance pure class because its independent to all other racing games ever made same with wii sports.wii SR can only help the wii on its world conquest and i've only had a wii since oct 2008 and I already love it to pieces.they are also bringing out different coulerd wiis' some time in the next two years.

thicknick
thicknick

Someone way below said "Why don't they just give up?" I have an answer: because people buy Wiis. People are STILL buying Wiis. And Wii Sports, Wii Play, Wii Fit, etc. are all enormous successes and will continue to be. 48.86 Million Wiis have been sold worldwide, compared to 29.78 Million XBOX 360s and 21.62 Million PS3s. Currently the top 5 games are: 1. Wii Sports (Wii) 2. Pokemon Platinum (DS) 3. Wii Sports (Wii) 4. Guitar Hero: Metallica (360) 5. Guitar Hero: Metallica (Wii) Of the 5 systems on the market now, the DS is number 1 and the Wii is number 2. So if you hate Wii, that's fine, but to suggest the Wii gives up is like saying "Please quit so my console has a chance at winning."

keyblade42
keyblade42

My one friend only has a Wii. If this has online that would be awesome! I could finally show him how much I "pwn noobs" ,like he says he does and I don't.

omar5o
omar5o

hopefully they can really utilize the motion plus to make games that are, i don't know, good. not saying that there are good games for the wii, there are, like ssbb and mario kart. but they really need to really to get going.

esquivel182
esquivel182

I am going to be so pissed if this doesn't have online functionality

Starcraft012694
Starcraft012694

Please have online, Wii sports would have been that much better with online, I want to play my friends online, and it would be such a popular feature. Nintendo has multiplayer capabilities but they waste it when they could add a very quick pop-in pop out multiplayer

mathias89
mathias89

Nothing cracks me up more of people taking their time to comment on a game saying "not into this"...really tells you a lot about peoples capability to waste time

dannyboy731
dannyboy731

Is anyone else troubled by the fact that, assuming the Motion Plus is $20, one complete wii controller will cost $80? They'll probably release a marginally improved version of the nunchuck next.

Vikthorious
Vikthorious

another freacking accesory..and you know which is the funny part...we still buy them...

kamicolo
kamicolo

Sounds fun. Looking forward to the updates on Wii SR, especially the swordfighting...

leofiregod
leofiregod

play lots of wii sports at a friend's house. she'll probably get this one too.

ognen
ognen

not into this...

zakrocz
zakrocz

Wii Sports is the best game for the Wii and the main reason the console is the winner of this gen so it will be no surprise to see the sequel generate big sales.

dark_being
dark_being

Can't Ninetndo come up with a some new concepts? They keep recycling their crap since the first mario game.

jjr10
jjr10

"sigh... wow a new game for the wii... interesting.... sigh... Why don't they just give up?" - grambite Yes, it is surprising nintendo makes games for their own console.

LoserMike
LoserMike

To Megavideogamer: Wii Sports Resort isn't being released until Spring 2009. So it'll become a pack-in game in Christmas 2009 and the Wii will probably finally drop it's price to $200.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I'm sure that Wii Sports resort will became the New "Pack in" Game for the Nintendo Wii, By Christmas 2008.

grambyte
grambyte

sigh... wow a new game for the wii... interesting.... sigh... Why don't they just give up?

TwiztedMetal
TwiztedMetal

well i know people will like it to bad they have to buy more accessories to play it :(

missonrs
missonrs

if this adds wifi then it will be pretty good. But yea as always I want to see more depth in this game (which t proably will have). sounds like the motion plus works good which helps make gameplay so much funnier. as part casual gamer i will be excited to hear more about this.

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Motion Plus is the main reason I'd get this game...

Lakersfan213
Lakersfan213

One of the only two highpoints of the Nintendo pressconferece. The conference was just terrible, only other thing was the wii speaker thing. Im looking forward to this game, wii sports was fun and the sword fighting thing looks awsome.

gulamh
gulamh

I wish they put an improved version of tennis in, which utilises the wii motion plus attachment. The sword fighting game looks interesting.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

The press conference was great, and I will buy this for the wiimote attachment.

Black747
Black747

The game doesn't need wifi. It just needs a good amount of depth in each game.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

I'm hoping it has more depth than Wii Sports.

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

If it's inexpensive I may give it a shot.

SolidSnake35
SolidSnake35

This might be okay. The most fun I've had with my Wii was playing Wii Sports. O_o

SuperMooseman
SuperMooseman

This game needs to have WiFi for some real replay value. Here's betting it won't.

Agulf
Agulf

You pretty much have to support using your nintendog for the frisbee game.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

With a release of Q1 2009 they must be adding a massive amount of content. After all, this should be a full fledged game and not just a freebie like Wii Sports. I look forward to the finished product.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

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Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

I'm buying this for no other reason than the sword fighting minigame, and I don't give a damn what anyone else thinks about it.

ganga_
ganga_

it would be great if the games have more depth than in wii sports. i still really like wii sports but there's not much u can do and some different modes or career would be awesome

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

hmm..i like the idea of the wii motion plus..hope to see more news on the wii sports resort too

Mii_Wii_and_RPG
Mii_Wii_and_RPG

The Wii Motion Plus will hopefully result in some fun games :) I'm looking forward to the jet ski game and sword fighting :D Hopefully more of the games within Sports Resort will be announced soon!

dexter111344
dexter111344

Why is this being posted so late at night? And there's no reason to have expected it to be truly better than the original. I see a volleyball game also being with this. After all, it's resort, as in beach.