Wii Sports is one of the best selling games of all time and the best selling Nintendo game overall. There a collection of five fun sports, now motion control flavored. The game is heavily cherished for being a great game, easy to understand, and having a lot of replayability. But how did Wii Sport become Wii Sports? It’s time to go back to the early 2000’s when Katsuya Eghuchi someone who managed Software Development Group 2 at Nintendo EAD, a studio behind most Mario and Zelad games started development of Wii Sports. The game was specifically designed to appeal to people who never played video games before with easy to understand games. At one point in development, Wii Sports was going to include Mario characters but the idea was scrapped and replaced by Miis, a customizable avatar on the Wii. Wii Sports utilized the Wii remote’s motion controls to play tennis, bowling, baseball, golf, and boxing. Prior to E3 2006 Nintendo announced that tennis was going to be packed in with the Wii at launch. Then finally, at E3 2006 Satoru Iwata introduced the sports package as Wii Sports including tennis, golf, and baseball. At E3 2006 there were playable demos for a couple of sports such as baseball, golf, and airplane which would be removed from the game and come back in Wii Sports Resort. On September 14, 2006 at Nintendo World Event, Reggie Fils-Aime announced that Wii Sports would be free with the Wii.
Now, let’s get onto the game itself, first off I started with boxing. Boxing doesn’t work well, in my opinion it’s unresponsive and confusing to play. Nintendo should of probably should have done it in Wii Sports Resort where the motion controls were way better. Bowling is mostly everyone’s personal favorite sport in Wii Sports and I agree. The motion is accurate and it is very satisfying to hit pins and even get a strike. It’s Incredibly enjoyable to comeback to and see if you can beat your highscore. Golf is my personal favorite to play, you can play at your own pace or if you have a couple friends even play with them. I always have a great time whenever I come back to play. Baseball is alright for what it is, You use the Wii remote to swing the bat or pitch with several ways to pitch and bat. Who ever has the highest score at the end of three innings wins. You can’t play as a fielder which is a bummer, but there is nothing Nintendo could of done. Finally, tennis which is a solid sport in my opinion. You can play as just one person and everyone else is A.I or you can control everyone if you really want to. The mii will automatically to where the ball is going so all you have to do is swing the Wii remote. You can grind the sports to earn a skill level of 1000, which makes you a pro and if your level is high enough you can go against a champion which is an amazing challenge. In addition two little things you can do is train or do the fitness, both little distractions but nothing else. So do I think that Wii Sports deserves to be one of the best selling games of all time? Yes it does, while it might not be the best game of all time but is one of the most impactful games of all time in a good way. Wii Sports got people who never played a game in their life and actually made them enjoy games and get into to gaming. So yes Wii Sports does deserve to be one of the best selling games. So I give Wii Sports 7.5/10, It great to play alone and with you friends but does have some problems.
By: Daniel Garcia
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