Well, when I started this blog I don’t think I ever saw a time when I’d review Wii Sports, but that’s this Smash Ultimate Countdown for ya! Yes, this was all I could think of to match with the Mii fighters in that game, but it makes sense. This game’s only characters are Miis, and the menu theme is in the game! (I assume it’s still in, anyway…) So let’s take a look at this hot-selling “classic”, shall we?
As I can’t screen capture Wii games, most of these screenshots are the old promo images! Classic… and sadly often blurry…
Wii Sports was released in November 2006 in the States, and then the following month everywhere else. It was created to show off the capabilities of the Wii’s Wii-mote motion controls via five simplified versions of five sports: Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Boxing and Golf. Thanks mostly to being the pack-in game with the console (for all countries outside of Japan and South Korea, oddly) it has sold over 80 million copies in its lifetime…
Here is some Baseball “gameplay”.
Tennis: swing the Wii-mote like a tennis racket to hit the ball back and forth, Baseball: use the Wii-mote like you’re throwing the ball or trying to hit the ball with a baseball bat, depending on which side you’re on (obviously!), Bowling: use an under-arm motion like you’re rolling a bowling ball down a bowling alley, Boxing: use the Wii-Mote and Nunchuck like your left and right hand and make punchy motions, and Golf: swing the Wii-mote roughly like a Golf club.
And… erm… that’s about it. The game keeps high scores, and you can use the games to take a “Fitness test”, which I’m sure is super-accurate!
Graphics and Sound:
Doubles Tennis! …. Screenshot!
The graphics are simple, the Miis even simpler, but that’s not really the point here. This game is a tech demo for the Wii, and in that sense all it needed was to create a basic looking court / field / alley / ring to add to the sense of the sports your mimicking.
Sound-wise there isn’t much to speak of, though the main menu tune is extremely catchy, and surprisingly nostalgic despite this game only being a decade or so old…
Golf, along with Bowling, were the only really fun ones…
I, like pretty much everyone else (apart from Japan and South Korea, apparently) got this with my system and played it a hell of a lot those first few weeks, with family members and friends. Then other games started to come out, and the novelty of motion controls began to wear off, and I never went back to it. Still, can’t deny it was fun for a while!
I barely remember the Boxing side of things… It wasn’t very fun.
Well, it was oddly nostalgic, and kind of fun for a bit… but yeah. I was never really into motion controls as it is, and now it’s an old novelty rather than a new one, this doesn’t hold my attention… (though I’m still pretty good at Wii Bowling, baby!)