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Gameplay 8.9
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 9.0
Distributor: Nintendo
Kyle Sudukis


Wii Resort

Although the Nintendo Wii was quite the revolutionary console when it was released, the downside of this console was the limited accuracy of its wireless controllers. This is not to say that the games were poor but rather, it limited the player to what could be achieved in the grand scheme of gaming... until now!

Thankfully Nintendo have taken note and whether it was spurred by its competitor's to challenge the gamer such as Microsoft's new Project Natal or something else, the new Wii MotionPlus takes Wii gaming to a complete new level of accuracy and fun.

With some clever marketing on behalf of Nintendo, it comes bundled with Wii Resort and Impulse Gamer was ready to test the hype with Nintendo's official sequel to Wii Sports. So if you loved Wii Sports, than get ready for another party game experience!

Before embarking on our Wii Resort adventure, we needed to install the new Wii MotionPlus controller which is basically an attachment that neatly plugs into the bottom of the Wiimote.

Thankfully it also comes with a new handgrip, ensuring that nothing or no one gets damaged in play. Once we configured the controller and sat through the introduction video of the new MotionPlus attachment (this went for too long), we were ready to start playing some sport and Wii Resort includes the following games;

  • Swordplay

  • Wakeboarding

  • Frisbee

  • Archery

  • Basketball

  • Table Tennis

  • Golf

  • Bowling

  • Power Cruising

  • Canoeing

  • Cycling

  • Air Sports which includes parachuting and piloting

The first games we wanted to test in Wii Resort were the games that were already part of Wii Sports that included Bowling, Golf and Table Tennis. Straight away, we noticed a considerable amount of improved accuracy and you could actually point in the direction where you wanted something to go.

Bowling was not just pot luck anymore and Table Tennis was a pure treat and if I wanted to hit the ball near the end of the table, I could pretty much just do that. Golf was no longer limited to good or bad shots, it now included a wide range of shots and if you hit a bad ball, this was now the gamers' fault rather than the poor motion sensor abilities.

So what about the other games on Wii Resort? Swordplay was a fun game that basically had the player trying to knock the other player off a ledge. In terms of accuracy, it's more of a hack and slash game with the person who gets the most hits in, generally becoming the victor. However it does involve in some strategies which made this delightfully entertaining.

Basketball is another fun game and actually mimics a real-life shot quite well. Archery is an example of the accuracy of the Wii MotionPlus that played extremely well. Of course, not all games were super-fun such as canoeing which seemed a little forced and contrived, although it did give you a slight workout. Cycling is another game which is more workout than fun.

Wake Boarding however, was quite fun as you attempt to flick the controller in the air to not only get air in the game but also perform some cool stunt maneuvers. With a mixed bag of good and a few duds, the majority of games in Wii Resorts are quite playable and thoroughly enjoyable. 

Graphically, the title is visually quite colourful and contains some well-designed gaming environment that although are quite simplistic in nature, suits the genre perfectly.

Even though not much has changed since Wii Sports in terms of graphics but generally when you see those classic Wii graphics, especially from Nintendo, you know that you are in for a treat. Musically, it's that classic sounding MIDI instruments with the odd sound effect thrown in for good measure, cool and cute. 

With 12 sporting games included in Wii Resort, there's definitely something for everyone and although the game will eventually get quite boring in single-player, where this game does shine besides it's party-game atmosphere is through the new Wii MotionPlus attachment that takes Wii gaming to its next evolution.

Add in some unlockable content and Wii Resort is a sturdy party game that makes gaming fun once again, without all the convoluted mechanics of many modern titles today. The  only downside of Wii Resorts is the limitations of the single-player game, even so, this is another slick game from Nintendo.


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