E3 2008: Wii Sports Resort Quick Impressions

Nintendo shows off its Wii Motion Plus add-on in this new sports-based compilation.

With Nintendo's announcement of the new Wii Motion Plus attachment--a small device that connects to the bottom of a Wii Remote that further improves its motion-sensing capabilities--many were wondering exactly what games would be able to utilize the new accessory. Nintendo's E3 press event this morning unveiled the first two games which would use Wii Motion Plus, with one of them being the upcoming Wii Sports Resort.

Wii Sports Resort will follow in the footsteps of the original Wii Sports, offering a series of minigames all with a summer holiday theme. While the final number of games hasn't been confirmed, Nintendo execs at this morning's conference previewed three events--disc dog, Jet Ski racing, and swordfighting.

Disc dog is a game which sees players throwing a Frisbee for a cute little dog to catch. Throwing the Frisbee within a target zone will ensure the frisky little scamp catches the disc, while missing it completely will see the dog whimper in disappointment. Wii Motion Plus' improved motion-sensing capabilities were clear to see during this demo, with even slight changes in wrist position being reflected in how the onscreen Mii was holding the Frisbee.

The Jet Ski game was reminiscent of Wave Race, and was played by holding the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk in each hand (like handlebars). Acceleration looked to be achieved by rotating your wrist (as you would a real throttle on a Jet Ski), with the point of game being to race through a series of checkpoints in as quick a time as possible.

The third and final game shown was swordfighting, which was done using the Wii Remote on its own. Players can perform a variety of moves by slashing with the Remote in many different directions, while holding the Remote sideways would perform a block. The single-player game appeared to involve cutting down large blocks of wood (as well as the occasional giant pencil), while the two-player game involved slashing at your opponents until they fall off a high platform over a beach. The view in the two-player game was similar to the Boxing activity in the original Wii Sports.

At the press conference, Nintendo exec Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that Wii Sports Resort would ship with one Wii Motion Plus attachment and expanded jacket as part of the package. The attachment will also be sold separately.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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26 comments
borewyrm
borewyrm

grambyte Posted Jul 17, 2008 5:54 am PT "Ok let me get this straight. They've got no new ideas, so they just re-make an old game present it as new just because there are some new sports to play.... Nintendo is the biggest disappointment." Right, new controls and new mini games. Sure sounds like a rehash to me.

grambyte
grambyte

Ok let me get this straight. They've got no new ideas, so they just re-make an old game present it as new just because there are some new sports to play.... Nintendo is the biggest disappointment.

nintendave86
nintendave86

cool this game with the wii motion plus thing looks to be a good deal, ill probably get it

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

This game better be really cheap... i wonder how this add-on affects the gameplay of older games.

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

This might be worth a try. Wii Sports is a fun game.

nick21989
nick21989

It looks fun but it does kind of suck that we have to buy something new for it to work. Wonder if you can plug in the nunchuck with it on....like if there is another port included in it.

Vikthorious
Vikthorious

nintendo looks weak in this E3...nah

vbhat007
vbhat007

This game looks sweet but where would you add the nunchuck if the slot on the wiimote is filled by wii motion plus?

TwiztedMetal
TwiztedMetal

it looked neat but I don't like how you need a expansion for your current controller to play it :(

Smogtoe
Smogtoe

This looks to be an awesome game set up with the Motion thing-a-bob! Question now is how much will extra motion dillys cost. There only packing in one with the game. I guess, now we see another "Nunchuk attachment debacle" all over again. Most everyone that got a Wii brand new either bought extra Wii remotes and chuks, or got hosed severely for about 5 months trying to find the blasted extra remotes n' chuks! So heed this folks! If you buy this game, better be smart and shell out the extra smackaroos for the extra Motion plus dealio, or you too will know the pain of not being able to find an item for about half a year!

Adel4
Adel4

i just hope i could use it for star wars. That would be cool

KingSigy
KingSigy

Should be awesome. Even if the first Wii Sports was a gimmick, it was fun.

kierantoocool
kierantoocool

the sword fighting better be good as alot of people will be after it.

xblane
xblane

I was pleased wtih the MotionPlus... here's to hoping that it gets a run in the new Zelda ;) (whenever it gets released)

Verno77
Verno77

I always thought Wii Sports should have sword fighting, but I thought it would never happen either. Man,it's going to be so fun!

carstairs
carstairs

The Motion Plus blew my mind, so I'll have to get this.

missonrs
missonrs

i've been waiting for this game for a long time. its gonna be so much fun from what I've just read.

SuperMooseman
SuperMooseman

The jet ski game looked nice. Reggie's face while playing it was funny. :P