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Wii Sports Resort game review

The follow-up to Wii Sports is here: Wii Sports Resort. Is the package worth the $50 price of admission?

Nintendo for Wii
Graphics: 7.5
Sound: 8.0
Gameplay: 9.0
Replay Value: 9.0
Overall Score: 8.5
Pros: Island looks like fun; 12 challenging games; Wii MotionPlus can be cool
Cons: No online play; two games repeated from Wii Sports; Wii MotionPlus can act weird


Wii Sports Resort takes you to a magical island where the sun shines, the ocean is always blue and people are forever friendly. Oh, and they love to play games.

There are a dozen different games, many with their own specific challenges and modes. In fact, a game like Archery is very different when you compare the easy mode to the expert mode. If you count all of the extra modes, you have about two dozen games.

The game  includes the Wii MotionPlus snap-on, which is supposed to make you more accurate as you play. The package also sports a rubber sleeve to keep the two controllers tightly together and from breaking when they fall.


The cool thing about the game’s introduction is that you arrive via plane. Plus, you’re a skydiver who must leap out of the aircraft. As you fall to Earth, you can hold hands with other parachuters to form a cool, many-person ring high above the ocean. Then, open your chute and softly glide down. It’s a surprising, exciting way to land on WuHu Island. (Hey, even the name sounds like fun!)

My first game was Island Flyover in a seaplane. I felt the best way to check out the place was to give the complete landscape a good look from a bird’s-eye view. First, I held the Wii remote as if it were a model airplane. Flying high above, the sights are many: whales, other islands, a waterfall, even solar windmills that power WuHu Island. Fly close and check out the points of interest (those with an “I” over them) to collect points.

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Next, I took up Table Tennis. I had the pleasure of meeting a variety of Mii characters, each a little more powerful than the last. If the character ends up lobbing a ball, you can snap the remote and hit a super fastball that it’ll dive for and probably miss.

There are wacky environments and three modes of difficulty included with Archery. At one point, you shoot arrows over molten lava to hit a moving bull’s-eye. Use your remote’s “A” button to aim. As you use the nunchuk as your bow, pull back, aim, then release the “Z” button to shoot. In any mode, it’s quite challenging: You almost never hit the bull’s-eye for 10 points.

In Swordplay, you’re on a giant pedestal high above the ocean. The goal is simple: Hit your opponent with your non-sharp sword and knock him off the platform. It’s really fun to watch as he flails and flips on his way down to making a great big splash. You can also unlock Showdown mode, in which you fight tons of enemy fighters. Use “B” to block because if you’re hit three times, the game ends.

Two of the tougher boat games with obstacles include Power Cruising, in which you pilot a kind of JetSki, and Canoeing, in which you use the remote as a paddle. Other games include Wakeboarding, Frisbee and Basketball.


Both Golf and Bowling are reprised from the original game. Even though the 100-pin mode on Bowling is a ton of fun, you have to figure that the minds at Nintendo could have come up with two new games for you to enjoy. They probably did: You have to wonder what was cut from the package.

While Cycling adds the ability to drift behind other players to catch some speed, it feels a lot like the running and jogging game in WiiFit, except you use your arms to pedal, not your legs. In fact, the course looks too much like the WiiFit course, almost as if some of it has been repurposed.


Unfortunately, there’s no online play. It would be enjoyable to play against competitors worldwide, in a Wii Sports Resort Olympics of sorts. Also, it would be cool if they had added some Balance Board functionality to one or two of the games.

As for Wii MotionPlus, this add-on not only makes games more precise, it also makes them harder. MotionPlus can be quirky, especially when you try a subtle tap of a Table Tennis paddle: Sometimes it will hit a ball, and sometimes it won’t. And without warning in the middle of a game, MotionPlus will sometimes start recalibrating. You almost always lose a point in Table Tennis when this happens. (The way to prevent this, I think, is to lay the remote down for a minute every 10 minutes between points. Then it recalibrates itself.)


Overall, though, Wii Sports Resort has to be considered a bargain. Wii MotionPlus can be played with dozens of other games (but only those that say “Wii MotionPlus” on the box). Plus, the games within Wii Sports Resort will make you laugh. It’s some of the happiest, most joyous family gameplay that you can find today.

People will be buying this one in droves through the holidays. That’s why you’ll find some helpful tips for the game in the November issue of BL.

27 Comments on Wii Sports Resort game review

  1. I loved Wii sports so this game was a must for me and my kids. My favorite game is golf and although it is on the resort one I love it even more. It is still my favorite game to play even though it is one of the old ones. Bowling is still fun as well. I am not complaining about the bowling and golf back on this, and I sill play them 2 games more then any of the new ones. So to me it’s a plus to have them in here not a con.

  2. this came with my wii

  3. They forgot to mention the glitches.

  4. I’m playing it right now!!! 🙂

  5. i like the part wen you get to fla

  6. I am a BIG HIT in this Wii game! I have scores, highscores, records, stamps,and my own vacation house on Private Island!

  7. baseballbatter // March 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm // Reply

    It is very fun to do with friends and to play alone (my favorite is the island flyover in the airsports section).

  8. its awsome


  10. redhead 5143 // January 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm // Reply

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is awsome

  11. Commander Fox // December 21, 2009 at 4:54 am // Reply

    I enjoyed Wii Sports very much, but this game is so such better. My favorite games are Archery and Air Sports (you can actually dogfight). The only downside is this game has two of the same activities as Wii Sports (bowling and golf). YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS GAME!!!!

  12. Wii Sports Resort is the best game ever. I love basketball, sword fighting, wake boarding, table tennis, air sports.

  13. The Best Buy store in our area has sample game consoles, the Wii, Ps3, and the Xbox360. One day when I went there there was Wii Sports Resort on the Wii, and I spent 30min there wacking people onto the ground in showdown. =-D

  14. it looks like that it has fun games on it.

  15. wii resort looks like it is very fun!

  16. sounds like fun
    matbe i’ll get it for christmas

  17. There should have been more multiplayer games in the selection.

  18. webelosgragon // November 25, 2009 at 9:20 am // Reply

    This game rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. where can i get this game it looks fun:D

  20. Video game man // November 13, 2009 at 8:27 pm // Reply

    it is a mind boggling island! I love sord fighting! 😉 🙁 :p ps it is the same island in wii fit

  21. Waluigi time! // November 11, 2009 at 11:09 pm // Reply

    Very fun game!!!! Sword fighting is my favorite one!!

  22. It is AWESOME!!!!!!!

  23. Coolest Game ever TRY ISLAND FLYOVER!!!!!!!

    ps i got every (i)

  24. pee wee harris // October 29, 2009 at 7:51 pm // Reply

    ps i have a wii

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