Wii Sports HD out now

Tennis and Bowling available today on Wii U through Wii Sports Club.

The original Wii Sports ushered in the era of motion-control gaming in 2006 and now the sports are making a return on Wii U. Two of the five sports--tennis and bowling--are now available in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U as part of the Wii Sports Club.

Baseball, boxing, and golf will be added in the months ahead.

All sports featured with the Wii Sports Club feature high-definition graphics, souped-up controls via Wii Motion Plus, and an online multiplayer versus mode, which not featured in the original game.

Downloading Wii Sports Club unlocks a free trial pass allowing users to play any available sport for a 24-hour period after a game session is started.

Once this free period ends, player can either purchase a Day Pass for $2 to play all available sports, or a Club Pass to gain permanent access to an individual sport for $10.

Wii Sports Club players can elect to associate themselves with various state or regional clubs. Users can play casually against members of their own club or compete against rival clubs to boost their club ranking.

Though Wii Sports Club is a digital-only release right now, it may not stay that way forever. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said recently that the company has not ruled out bringing a boxed version of the game to retail someday.

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YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Already got the Club app. I haven't bought any sports yet, but I'll get around to that. I'm mostly interested in playing Tennis online.

LordelX
LordelX

F U Nintendo. How about $10 for access to all five sports permanently? You know, since it isn't a new game and there are 100 million copies out there.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I think I will wait for the boxed retail version of this.

tom2750
tom2750

so wait you need to have a WII controller to play this and the nun chucks for boxing I am confused does the WII U come with an original WII controller and the nun chucks or do they expect you to buy a controller and nun chucks from an old system just to use on there new system if you didn't own there old system the original WII is this what they are expecting? so I have to buy a WII U then I cant even play all the games for it without buying an original WII controller and nun chucks and do I have to buy a WII motion plus as well because it said something about WII motion plus in the article can a WII U owner help me understand this?

schu
schu

In for bowling. The jaded kids on here need to chill out. Don't want to buy it? Fine.....I understand, but honestly I got more play out of wii sports than any other title over the course of the Wiis lifespan. You could argue that its sad that they didn't update the gameplay, but at least they added online. Maybe if people buy this Nintendo will get the picture that people want online features.

superbuuman
superbuuman

Sorry, just not worth it...it looks the same!  as Wii Sports, people can still play that on Wii. :p

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator moderator

I already played Wii Sports years ago.

DoctorMontalban
DoctorMontalban

Cool commercial. I'd heard that young girls have been hooking up with middle aged dudes on Nintendo Network. 

Glongold
Glongold

Read *Mr_Big_Boss comment* then read *Micropixel comment* 

interesting dichotomy

blackace
blackace

They should just release the retail box version with all the HD games for $30 and call it a day. Who the hell is going to pay $10 for each sport or $2 for 24hr access? Wii Sports was great fun, but Nintendo needs to give us something new now.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

I'm sorry, but the Wii Sports fad died out about 3 years ago. Make some real games Nintendo, so far none of this stuff is worth buying.

Micropixel
Micropixel

Grabbed this today. Totally worth it. It's a FREE download and a FREE day pass giving you full access to the games for 24 hours.

If you choose to buy the game permanently it's $10 for one game and $20 if you buy both (there's only two games available right now). OR, if you don't want to pay the $20 for full access to both games, you can rent day passes for the days you want to play the game for $2.

Either way you go, it's a very good (and CHEAP) deal.

And playing online is very nice!

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Wii bowling was my shit so I'll definitely check this out

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Lol wii sports HD, Wii U can't do HD.

Oh wait, Wii U doesn't do HD - my bad I got them confused. Can't and don't.

xolivierx
xolivierx

Seems like Nintendo is getting tons of cool titles for the WiiU.

this game sure will maximize your gaming experience on the wiiu


Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

Sorry Nintendo, but that won't work this time.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

The only game I played was bowling so I may pick it up for $10 but want more info. Is there a bowling league mode for online players? If so I will buy it if not it's a pass for me.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

I still have Wii Sports Resort which is basically Wii Sports Club… with online competition.  

svdbygrce02
svdbygrce02

It seems almost comical that in the shadow of next gen launch, the big N are launching an HD version of Wii Sports and slapping a $50 price tag on it....   You can be sure Agassi will be in that same Gamestop line picking up his pre-ordered console next week.

poptart28
poptart28

this is pretty exciting. Wii sports was a blast and now with free online play will make this even better. Exciting times to be a Wii u owner.

geezerdaman
geezerdaman

Such a joke. Actually charging money for "HD" versions of something they gave for free. But then again they also are trying to sell Angry Birds Star Wars for $50. You know, that game for mobile phones that is free?

Saidrex
Saidrex

"the humble WiiU news - console no one cares about"

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

@tom2750 

Of course they expect you to buy the Wii Remote and Nunchuck or already have one from your old wii. 

Its Nintendo remember the accessory kings.

You can still play Wii U games with the GamePad. 

You only need the Wii Remote if you want to play your old Wii games on the Wii U or if you want to play this Wii Sports club game.

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@Micropixel i think the problem they're going to have selling this is that all the old ladies in the nursing homes who earned their gaming stripes on wii sports have passed away.

Glongold
Glongold

@PosiTVEMinD355 I Platinum'd Wii bowling; even hit the secret switch on the rail, several times. Pwnd it!

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

You need an HD tv buddy. It's time to upgrade your tv.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

@BamaGoatt 

I think there is but you get to download and try it for 24 hours completely free so why not find out for yourself?

Micropixel
Micropixel

@svdbygrce02 $50? Uh, no. The download is FREE. The pass is free also for the first 24 hours. If you decide to purchase one of the two games permanently it's $10 ($20 if you get both). If you decide not to purchase the games permanently you can buy a day pass for $2 which gives you access to the game and all it's features (it's basically like renting the game for the day).

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@svdbygrce02 Especially considering Wii Sports was a pack in for ALL wii systems.

I think they looked at the data and confused "100+ million people have Wii Sports" with "100+ million people bought Wii sports."

Because no one bought it - and no one would pay 50. No one with a brain.

derphoof
derphoof

@geezerdaman Actually, Rovio is the one charging those prices. They want $40 for Angry Birds: Star Wars on PS Vita.

Also, Wii Sports is not a free title anymore, since it hasn't been included with the Wii console for quite some time. Instead, it's sold as a "Nintendo Selects" title in stores.

AK_the_Twilight
AK_the_Twilight

@Saidrex You apparently care enough about it to comment on an article dedicated to a Wii U game. You got a secret that you'd like to share with the rest of the commenters?

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@GH05T-666 @tom2750 

There are certain games(very few), such as Just Dance, that require a wiimote to play. I'm pretty sure it says so on the box, so there are no surprises when you get home.

geezerdaman
geezerdaman

@derphoof @geezerdaman Yeah, it was a gimmick to sell Wii units early on. Now they are charging $50 for an HD gimmick. I'll never forget their adds "The Wii comes with 5 games!" only to find out its 1 disk with 5 mini games on it that don't even add up to as much play time as Pokemon Snap.