WiiSports Preview - The Next Level

Game Profile

Nintendo Wii
Release date:
1 - 4 (depending on game)


Experience real-life sport games through the world of Wii.

Preview by Chris Bahn (Email)
May 17th 2006

The Basics: It's no secret that most people in today's society generally have no interest in video games. Perhaps at one point in their lives, they grew up on classic games like Pong, Super Mario Bros. or Pac-Man, but as time moved and they grew older, they looked elsewhere for entertainment. With the advent of the Wii, Nintendo aims to get ex-gamers reacquainted with their roots and hopefully, attract some newcomers in the process.

Enter WiiSports, one of several titles that gamers will be able to pick up and enjoy on Wii's launch day. WiiSports offers several of the most commonly played sports games such as tennis, baseball, and golf that players of all skill levels and enjoy. This is attributed solely to the intuitive design and functionality of the Wii remote. No need to worry about mastering a complex number of buttons or combinations as you'll literally mimic the behaviours of the corresponding sport.

What we think: This is an excellent title to introduce gamers to the Wii technology and get them familiar with the remote. Having played two of the featured games at E3 last week, I must say that it's one of the coolest innovations to grace the industry in years. WiiSports was actually the first title that gave me the opportunity to experience the Wii remote in action. I tried out the baseball and much like the fact sheet states, you simply hold the remote just as you would a real bat. At this point, it's all up to your hand/eye-coordination to successfully knock the baseballs out the park ala Home Derby style.

The tennis game was especially cool, although I didn't have the opportunity to try it out for myself. However, on the previous day, at the Nintendo E3 press briefing, Reggie Fils-Aime, Shigeru Miyamoto, his translator, and the randomly selected winner from the Nintendo/AOL promotion was all the proof I needed on how remarkable WiiSports would be. Tennis will ultimately be one of the more active, challenging games of the three sport games -- and is sure to be a hit with anyone willing to give it a chance. Reggie and company certainly had fun and you could tell that they were enjoying themselves. Golf was also announced on the fact sheet as a featured game and it made a mention that additional games may be added into the sports group prior to its retail release. Score one for Nintendo and the Wii -- this title is going to be a sleeper hit with the gaming community.

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