It's been more than two and a half years now since the Wii was released and gamers were first introduced to the delights of motion control in Wii Sports. Innovation can't stay fresh forever though, and in the years since it's fair to say that the initial "wow" factor of the Wii Remote has worn off a tad. Despite this, Wii Sports is still one of the most-played Wii games out there, especially among casual gamers. And despite the slew of mini-game imitations that have come out since it still remains the best of the bunch because its developers knew what the Remote was and wasn't capable of.
Let's cut to the chase. Is Wii Sports Resort better than Wii Sports? Yes. Significantly. However, since it's effectively a compilation of different sports we've decided to do things a little differently for this review and discuss each of the 12 sports separately. Well, we say 12 sports - each category has a number of completely different types of game, leading to a total of 24 different events. So let's take each category one at a time.
There are two different events here. Frisbee Dog is the most well-known. You have to throw a Frisbee as close to a target as possible. The closer to the target you get it, the better the catch your dog will make and the more points you get. Later stages have balloons floating in the air. If you can angle your throw so it hits the balloons too you get extra points. Then there's Frisbee Golf, which is similar to Disc Golf in Tiger Woods. Taking place on an 18 hole course, you have to throw Frisbees to hit a target. The controls work really well - you can't get away with just flicking the Remote any old way now.
Hold Z on the Nunchuk and pull it back, then use MotionPlus to aim the bow. The longer you hold back the better your aim gets but if you leave it too long the shot is cancelled. It's good fun with multiple players but if you're on your own there are better events to choose from.
Probably the weakest of the 12 disciplines on offer, and also the one that makes least use of MotionPlus. You hold the Remote sideways and tilt it left and right to steer. Go over a wave to go into the air and flick the Remote up to get extra height, then land properly to get points. The controls work well, but it's a touch dull.
Swordplay is one of the best disciplines. It's split into three sports. Duel is a standard one-on-one fight against either a human or CPU opponent. Speed Slice also sees you competing against an opponent, but features an old man throwing you different objects which you have to quickly slice in the direction he asks. In Showdown (by far our favourite game on the whole disc) you run through various levels using your sword to take out loads of enemies. It's ace. If sword combat in Zelda ends up like this it'll be great.
There are two different game types here. In 3-Point Contest you move the Remote down to pick up a ball, flick it up to jump and make a throwing motion to chuck it in the net. Where MotionPlus comes into it is the speed and angle at which you throw the ball. If you don't do it in a high arc the throw will be flat and won't reach the net. Pickup Game is a three-on-three match. You 'bounce' the ball to walk forward and stop to slowly move backward. You can pass to players with either the A button or the D-pad then when you want to take a shot you hold B and perform the same motion in the 3-Point contest. Great fun in multiplayer.