Wii Sports Resort is the sequel to the very popular Wii Sports. This incarnation comes bundled with, and utilizes, the new Wii Motion Plus.
At $50 Wii Sports Resort is worth every penny. It’s a fun, accessible and charming game. However, while the game offers more sports and options than its predecessor, there’s still no depth.
Discussions that the Wii Motion Plus is a rip-off because it delivers what Nintendo should have delivered upon the Wii’s released and Wii Sports Resorts should have been Wii Sports to begin with, will be shelved for this review.
Wii Sports Resorts contains 12 sports: air sports, archery, basketball, bowling, canoeing, cycling, Frisbee, golf, power cruising (jet skiing), swordplay, table tennis, and wakeboarding.
Most of the sports contain either more one than variation or more than one game. For instance, Frisbee offers a skills competition where you play catch with a dog and Frisbee golf. Table tennis allows players to battle one-on-one or you can see how many serves you can return in-a-row.
Unlike Wii Sports, there are also multiple venues for some activities. Cycling and power cruising have selectable (and unlockable) locales and golf has more than one course (including the course from Wii Sports).
The Wii Motion Plus is aptly used. The controls are crisp and responsive. You never feel like you’re “wand mashing.” The new bit of hardware also makes golf very interesting.
Unlike Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resorts actually has a presentation. The game takes place on Wuhu Island and the resort theme is reinforced by Hawaiian shirts and tropical locales. The first time you play the game you skydive onto the island. It was very cool.
If you allow it, the game will pluck Mii’s from the Mii Channels and use them as opponents and spectators. The game also gives you “stamps” for achieving certain goals. However, it’s uncertain how you get them or if they serve a purpose.
Some of the games are a little “Wii Play-ish.” Mainly the air sports, but even so they have enough to do and see to make them re-playable. They are also a nice change of pace from some of the more demanding games.
While some sports are better than ever, none seem to be afterthoughts. They all force you to use the Wii Remote with the Wii Motion Plus in different ways. Certainly you’ll fancy some games over others, but each sport is well thought out and executed.
Sadly, there’s no tennis. Seems like a glaring omission for a game based on a resort but that’s okay, at least they left out boxing (swordplay will more than quench your thirst to bash heads).
Lastly, Wii Sports Resorts contains the same “depth” as Wii Sports. To illustrate, 3-on3 basketball allows you to pass, take a jump shot, dunk, steal and block. That’s it. There’s no rebounding, no taking a charge, no post play.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it is a warning. If you want a deep, enthralling game that utilizes the Wii Motion Plus, get for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 or even Grand Slam Tennis.
Wii Sports Resort is purely pick-up and play. It’s full of easy, straight forward games that anyone from young kids to grandparents can play. Don’t get this expecting a lot of meat on the bones.
Then again that’s what Wii Sports Resort is all about. It’s meant to be simple and uninvolved. After all, while else would you go to a resort?
Since it comes bundled with the Wii Motion Plus the game is an excellent bargain. If you already have all the Wii Motion Pluses you need then get this game if you’re looking for something fun to play with friends and family. If you want a game you can sink your teeth into get Conduit.