Yes, Wii Sports, the best-selling video game of all time. The game that was given with every Wii in the early days of the console. A game that is dearly remembered in our hearts, as it made every Wii player discover the movement detection and all the things you could do with it. A game that not only let the younger gamers have fun, but brought their parents – and grandparents! - into the infinite pleasures of gaming. It is a game... that defined a generation. Both a generation of consoles, and a generation of players. And it has left a trace in recent history. It is, truly, one of the greatest games, of all time.
You thought I WAS serious? Oh sure, all this is true, so I might very well have been. But when you think about it, Wii Sports was among the very first games that used the Wiimote and the Wii's movement detection. There were a few games before that experimented this, with EyeToy for the Playstation. Yet, never before was there any console based entirely on this.
As a result, Wii Sports was one of the first games created with specifically the Wii's movement detection in mind. Therefore, the technology was still being perfected. Plus, the only reason Wii Sports is the best selling game of all time is because it was sold along with the first editions of the Wii. And it was also available on the market. This contributed to its status as best selling game of all time... But is it really such a great game?
I could say yes, I could say no, but for now I'll just say that we'll see as I review the game's sports separately. So, how does this game work? Well, before you can even start, you'll probably need to build yourself a Mii. Those things are human-like personifications of the players inside the game. It's not a bad thing, actually. However, you could either make someone who looks like you or like a friend, or you could try and make the ugliest Mii ever. Anyway, when the game begins, you can already pick a sport. You also have the choice to play in Training Mode and in Fitness Mode.
An interesting idea brought up by this game is the talent level... Sorta. You see, each time you finish playing any sport in this, you gain “talent points”... I guess... We never really get much of a name for those in-game, so... Well, anyway, for each game you can reach 1000 points. When you do, you are now considered a Pro in that game. Iof course, the closer to 1000 you get, the harder your opponents are, or the more difficult it becomes to increase your talent level by a significant amount. I have to admit that it's something more to reach for in a game that has no such thing as achievements. The only sad part is that it just gives some cosmetic gifts, like a star on the bowling ball.
Well, what am I waiting for? Let's tour these five games and see what's right, and what's wrong, with them!
|C'mon, toss it here, toss it here! Hey!|
|Dangit, I'm gonna fall!|
|Toss it, I'll show you my home run. GOODBYE, IT'S GONE!|
Well, anyway, now's your time to live all the excitement of swinging a bat, OR tossing the ball. You can play against a CPU team, but you can also play against another human player; in that case, each of you controls a team. You control every character in your team when it's time to swing. However, when the time comes to toss the ball, you control just one character. You can also play with the ball's speed by pressing A or B while throwing. As for your success at the bat...
|By the way, this game almost doesn't change at all in Wii|
Sports Resort, so it's hard to see the differences.
F... forget you, golf game, f... forget you!
Meh, I guess that's all I can say about this one. Have a boxing day with this!
Final words? Well... I have to tell the truth: Beyond all the problems in this game's physics... It's FUN! Really, it's a lot of fun! The thing about the physics is that, most of the time, you won't even care about them. However, even if those flaws are rather minor, they're still there. Yet, at the same time, this was one of the first games for the Wii, so the whole movement detection thing wasn't still top-notch. It would take a while before the developers at Nintendo would have the experience with that control system and make games without any problems with the Wiimote. However, all in all, for one of the first games with motion detection... Yeah, it was alright. It could have turned out a lot worse. In the end, Wii Sports is a fun game, but it's stll flawed and, quite frankly, a little overrated. I don't know about the other movement detection games before this one: I never played them, but apparently, they weren't exactly as good. So... I guess that's all I could say.
Tune in next week for a special Top 12 list!