Those little Miis are back! And they’re just as adorable as ever in Wii Sports Resort. This time you get to see your Nintendo-ified self in vacation gear as part of 12 sports with sub-games featured for each (the full list of sports is below).
Wii Sports Resort is one of the Wii games featuring/requiring the new Wii MotionPlus technology (Tiger Woods is another notable). While the idea is neat, it can be incredibly frustrating when the sensor won’t calibrate between games and it’s clearly been losing its signal at times. Another downside is that the accessory costs $20 separately, although one is included with the game for $50 (a far cry from the Wii Play bundled with the Wii Remote, but this is a far superior game). You still need to spend the money on a second one if you want to take advantage of most of the multiplayer games.
At first the game didn’t seem as physically intense (we play for keeps) as Wii Sports, but after two nights I’m pretty sore. Pete and I both really like the 3-point Shoot Out in Basketball and Archery, but we’ve easily spent the most time on the Swordplay game Speed Slice and Wakeboarding. We also took a few Cycling tours around the island. Much like a real bike ride around a volcanic island, it’s exhausting.
I do not like any of the Frisbee® games or the Aerial Dog Fight (much as she hated the Super Monkey Ball version, Monkey Dog Fight). I really just hate them because I’m terrible at them (but my feelings may change once my shoulder recovers). I think this may have lead to Pete enjoying them more. I did enjoy the Swordplay Duel even though I did not perform well. This has also not diminished my desire to be a contestant on American Gladiators.
The Bowling is essentially the same as the Wii Sports version, and I imagine the Golf is too. A one-hundred pin, 10-frame game has been added though so it’s not a total rehash. The Archery and Table Tennis have been pulled from Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, but the Wii MotionPlus adds a new element to the gameplay making it a bit more fun and challenging.
The box has a disclaimer regarding the ratings for online interactions, but it’s unclear if there’s an online component to the game from what we’ve played. The game compels me to enjoy a cocktail while playing Table Tennis and I want our next vacation to be somewhere we can learn to Wakeboard.
Wii Sports Resort features:
Power Cruising (wave runner)
Air Sports (aerial combat!)