A fun game for the family that's helping Nintendo's journey and goal of everyone gaming begin!
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The title of the game just sums it all up -- a small sports game for the Wii. Five interestingly motion-sensored games that use the WiiMote [while one also uses the nunchuk attachment]. Each game has its flaws and pros, but does the whole game add up to be great?
At first, if you look at the game itself, the graphics .. aren't as great compared to the X-Box360 and the PS3. But do graphics really matter in a game that is just a demonstration of the Wii's capabilities? I think not. Besides, since I'm not a fan of the X360 or the PS3 and I don't look at their game screens, etc.. I don't really know what the hype about graphics are, so I think these graphics are good! Better than the Gamecube.. good enough for me.
It is INSANELY easy to start playing this game. When we got the Wii, we immediately grabbed it, put in Wii Sports, and started to enjoy. It was very easy to get the controls down -- they had the little "animation" schemes up to help teach you for about a minute, and then the game finally started. Learning curve was very low -- I'm sure anyone can just pick up the Wiimote and start swinging their racket, or start bowling the pink bowling ball.
The first game that we did was bowling (obviously) because I had heard it was a fun experience, and multiplayer. When we first entered the game (my brother & I), I was captivated by the enviroment -- with other Mii's playing beside you, and your own Mii's in the back cheering you on, which gave it a warm atmospheric feel to it. The bowling sensor controls were all spot on, and the striking and sparing felt great. Now this game is currently my parents' favorite, and we're playing it together. It really brings a family together.
Then we looked at tennis and baseball. Tennis was good, it seemed a bit boring whacking the ball back and forth with no movement whatsoever (because the game did it yourself), but soon it became more fun when you played with one of your own family members as one team. My parents love playing together against two computers with similar skill levels. Baseball was a bit harder than the other two games because it involved more hand-eye coordination. My brother has yet to get a homerun, but he's awesome at pitching. The graphics look good except the sound gets annoying here with the announcer saying "Foul ball" in the most monotonous and sarcastic tone.. ever. Worst thing is that skill level is not raised in multiplayer Baseball..
Golf was surprisingly the best, graphic-wise. I loved the green scapes and the enviroment looked extremely realistic. Playing the game was a bit tougher, especially with the wind levels and such being included in the factor. Golf is still hard for the family, because it's less "wild" and more patience is acquired -- not a hit in the house at the moment. Boxing was a great game for my brother and I. We love beating up the people, and waiting for the numbers to rise to 10 and a KO sign appearing on the screen. It started off extremely easy, and it still is -- but the difficulty level is increasing and makes it more fun to play.. great stress reliever. However, sometimes the sensor bar doesn't "take in" your motions and it gets delayed. The graphics are a bit more poor in this game as well. But the worst thing is that your boxing skill level doesn't increase in multiplayer boxing.. even if your opponent is about 20 points ahead of you..
Then there are two more modes before the game is "complete." The training modes are really fun and really do help you in the real game itself. I especially love "power striking" in the bowling training -- with about 70 pins to knock down, it makes you feel very accomplished with about 65-70 down. Wii Fitness is a similar thing to the "Brain Age" concept of the Nintendo DS. It's basicalyl three training tests that measure your stamina and balance like that.
In the end, this game surprised me a lot.. since it was "free" with the Nintendo Wii, and didn't look very good in the screenshots -- its warm atmosphere and multiplayer capabilities pull this game to be a winner, especially with family and friends. "Dad, give me back the WiiMote!" definitely explains this game -- it shows that the Wii is bringing everyone of any age back to video gaming.. including your parents. I'm glad this game is with the Nintendo Wii, because it's definitely a party starter.