Wii Sports Resort Updated Hands-on

We grabbed our Wii MotionPlus and went hands-on with Wii Sports Resort.

Whether or not you're interested in Wii Sports Resort, it's fair to say that it's one of the biggest, most important releases of the year. First up, it's the sequel to the best-selling game of all time--a 45+ million unit seller that single-handedly sold the console itself. It's also the first Nintendo game to use the Wii MotionPlus, an upgrade that allows the Wii Remote to determine rotational motion for more accuracy. Finally, it arrives at a time when industry analysts are claiming Wii console sales are starting to slow down. So, does Wii Sports Resort have what it takes to live up to its heritage? Let's head to Wuhu Island to find out.

Wii Sports Resort is set on the same pristine wonderland that acted as the backdrop to Wii Fit. Wii Sports Resort throws you straight into the action, though, as you descend upon the island out of an airplane with a parachute strapped to your back. As you plummet to earth, you have to get into formation with the other holiday-makers on your trip, before pulling the chute to reveal the Wii Sports Resort logo.

Wii Sports Resort has a lot more games in it than the original Wii Sports, with 12 activities over the four in the original. True, some of these are simply revisions of the previous games--both bowling and golf make a return, but they're also hugely improved by the Wii MotionPlus technology. You can now really feel the accuracy when you put a spin on a bowling ball, while the increased precision makes golf even more realistic than before.

The new games are the real stars, though, and a few of them really make the most of the MotionPlus accessory. The three standouts are Frisbee, Swordplay, and Archery, all of which really benefit from the increased accuracy that's available. In Frisbee, the slightest change to the angle of your throw makes a huge difference to where it lands. You sometimes have to curl your shot in order to hit two targets, while the dog that catches the disc is unbelievably cute.

Swordplay is the best game of the bunch, though, as slicing through objects feels incredibly satisfying. In one of the sword games, you have to chop through the random items in the angle indicated onscreen, and in two-player mode, it's incredibly addictive. Archery is the final game that we couldn't get enough of--you have to control the angle of your bow with the Wii Remote, and then pull back the arrow using the nunchuk. It starts out easy, but you soon have to aim at far away targets while taking into account the wind factor.

It's not all great news, though. Some of the new games in Wii Sports Resort just aren't up to scratch. Wakeboarding sounds like fun, but all you have to do is flip the remote to jump waves and then balance it in order to land. Basketball is also boring and repetitive--and actually far trickier than necessary. But cycling is the one game that we can't quite fathom being in here--you have to shake the Wii Remote and the nunchuk sequentially to mimic pedaling. We'd rather try cycling up Everest than play this game again.

Like Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort is a pretty bare-bones package. There's not much in the way of extras because every sport type is unlocked from the beginning, but you can unlock new variants and courses by playing through the game. There's also a new feature that pulls in some of the most popular Mii characters from the Internet, so you might see Spider-Man or Homer Simpson standing by as you play. Wii Sports Resort will be released on July 24, 2009, and if you liked our first look at the game, check back on the site soon for the full GameSpot review.

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Crypto6969
Crypto6969

I only have Wii Sports and have been waiting for another good sports type game for the Wii. I know there are many sports games out there but so many of them are rated as crap, that I don't take the risk of paying $60 for a crap game. So, like another poster said, I will dust off my Wii, buy this game, and have some family fun with the Wii again.

wahyudil
wahyudil

if this can reach 45 million unit sales mark, then indeed ... this is really the best selling game of all time

bennae66
bennae66

thats alright sony tout sales numbers of certain titles that just happen to be bundled with thier ps3. hell they tout ps3 sales numbers when they were givaways with bravias! nintendo did well with wii sports. and to be honest this will be the game that makes me dust off the wii and give my ps60 a rest.

Shadow-Koopa
Shadow-Koopa

@lukas1051 Wii Sports wasn't bundled in Japan yet it still sold like crazy, so please don't say that it 'only' sold because it was free with the console.

Gamerofgames09
Gamerofgames09

The game looks great just like the first one!! = )

-Kode-
-Kode-

I personally enjoyed Wii Sports. It's a good break from my regular games and it helped get others into gaming. This looks like it has high potential, so it's a definate buy from me.

lukas1051
lukas1051

Meh. The only reason the first "sold" so well was because it came free with the console. The first was OK, got boring kind of quick, IMO they're messing with the franchise too much, I have a feeling this will be worse than the first which wasn't exactly amazing.

Mr_Pepworth
Mr_Pepworth

AWESOME, this guy knows what he's talking bout. Cant wait for the sword play

jake2233
jake2233

bet u this will hav a lot a lot of faults

KJsmashdude
KJsmashdude

All the games look fun, maybe the cycling won't be so fun but I think basketball would be enjoyable

lazybum120
lazybum120

oh ya, and Guy Cocker??? I would sue my parents if I had that name....

lazybum120
lazybum120

I hope they have nice new golf courses, that ended up being my favorite Wii Sports game.... and those mini-game modes.

scruffy19
scruffy19

i cant wait. im buying it on the first day

nintendave86
nintendave86

cool I can't wait for this! nearly all the sports look great!

waitaseck
waitaseck

The first game had 5 sports, not 4! Anyways, positive review or not, this game is what we've been waiting for.

NedDaVdeoGamGuy
NedDaVdeoGamGuy

@BrunoBRS: Dude, the Guy(pun intended) who wrote the article is from the UK. The UK Wii Sports seems to have had only 4 games and if you watch the video he says "on July 24th 2009 IN THE UK".

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

now that i read it... "over the 4 from the original"....... did they just ignore boxing or they dont actually know what they're talking about? "is released on july 24th 2009"... *looks at official release date posted everywhere* they really should pay more attention >_> overall, it says basically what we already know. "frisbee, archery and swordplay are great and make great use of motion+. cycling sucks". i guess everything else depends on taste. and why didnt they mention the air games... oh wait it's a preview, they're probably using a demo >.>

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

let me get it right: IGN, gametrailers and some other sites reviewed wii sports resort already. a couple hours after that gamespot posts it's own........ hands on preview? WTF?