Wii Sports

This is amazingly fun, and no doubt is going to contribute a lot to more widespread acceptance of video gaming. Is your sweater knitting aunt going to look at "Resistance Fall of Man" or "Gears of War" and think "Wow, video games, what have I been missing out on all these years?" or "Hey, bowling, that's neat, and I don't have to wear those skanky red shoes at the real alley!" Actually, she's probably thinking "Where's the sherry?" and "I'm going to die alone", but that's not important right now.

Wii Sports includes a number of games, including golf, tennis, baseball, bowling and boxing.


Nine holes of ball slappin' goodness with up to four players. You're always aligned with the correct direction to hit the ball, so all you have to do is concentrate on your swing strength and selecting the right club. Putting is a little more involved, in that you have to line up your shot before swinging away. It's not a million miles away from a fully fledged golf game, but if you're a fan of the sport at all, this will definitely give you a desire for something like, say, Tiger Woods 2007.


A vastly simplified version of tennis - your player automatically moves to the right position to return the ball. All you have to do is use the right swing to connect with the ball and send it in the right direction. You also might want to try and avoid hitting the guy you're playing against with the Wiimote. Fun for sure, but again, not a serious tennis simulation, and it was never meant to be.


Another fun one - you can either bat or pitch, catching is automatic - you swing the Wiimote like a real bat, and pitching works similarly, except you press a button before making the pitching motion to determine what kind of pitch you're making.

Eight year olds, dude.


Bowling is probably the real winner amongst all the sport games you get on this disc - up to four players all swinging the Wiimote just as if it was a real bowling ball. I love it to bits, but then I spent 45 minutes playing Atari 2600 Bowling when I first got that, too. Would you expect anything less from someone whose favourite movie is "The Big Lebowski"?


This one is a great concept, but in practice it didn't seem to work all that well - half the motions I'd make didn't seem to register properly. Perhaps I'm a crazy monkey man with incredibly uncoordinated movements, or perhaps it just doesn't work as well as you'd hope. Still, the potential's there, and maybe a dedicated effort to a boxing specific game will take it to the next level.

As well as simply playing the games for what they are, there are also training modes where you can perform specific exercises to unlock more exercises and eventually make achievements - gold, silver or bronze medals. An example would be a home run contest in the baseball game, or putting exercises in golf.

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