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Wii Sports Resort Review

Everyone's first Wii game is back with a bang

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.

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Frisbee

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.

Archery

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.

Wakeboarding

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

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.

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Basketball

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.

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  1. Gavin Rozee Wednesday 22nd Jul 2009 at 14:33

    My copy should arrive tomorrow. Can't wait.

  2. zapper01 Wednesday 22nd Jul 2009 at 14:43

    i want this, but the problem is it costs too much

  3. Gavin Rozee Wednesday 22nd Jul 2009 at 15:17

    i want this, but the problem is it costs too much

    39.99 is the same price as most games though...

  4. Lukeo10 Wednesday 22nd Jul 2009 at 16:02

    Getting it 3 from parent's :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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  5. Gavin Rozee Wednesday 22nd Jul 2009 at 18:04

    Getting it 3 from parent's :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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    You have 3 parents? Interesting...

  6. Icarus_Kid Wednesday 22nd Jul 2009 at 22:38

    Not one event offers true 1:1, hmm.
    Oh and i'm not intrested, deffintly not my type of game.

  7. LEGEND MARIOID Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 09:01

    Games like this are a credit to gaming imho.

  8. Ou3nDaN Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 10:14

    94% for a glorified tech demo?

  9. Hammer Bro. Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 11:04

    Gonna get this game. Just hope it's not sold out everywhere.

  10. Don_Corleone Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 15:23

    Havent played it myself, but I cant help but feel that 94% is just a tad too high for what is essentially a tech demo.

  11. AL X Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 17:16

    Mine came in the post today. WOOP WOOP! 8) .

  12. Zeni Geva Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 18:05

    Excellent bit of marketing there.

    Resort does look excellent I'll admit, but not in the region of 94%.

  13. -gonzo- Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 18:20

    Excellent bit of marketing there.

    Resort does look excellent I'll admit, but not in the region of 94%.


    You say does look excellent,which would say to me you hevent played it. So why not play the bloomin game before you can say its not worth 94%?

  14. Zeni Geva Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 18:27

    Excellent bit of marketing there.

    Resort does look excellent I'll admit, but not in the region of 94%.


    You say does look excellent,which would say to me you hevent played it. So why not play the bloomin game before you can say its not worth 94%?

    Oh god I hate these opinions so much, I think after playing games for about 15 years that I can ascertain from videos and other reviews and impressions around what region a game will score. Do I need to get run over by a train before I can say it hurts? No. Do I have to play Superman 64 before I call it a bag of tosh? No.

  15. Kolo67 Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 18:36

    It looks great. I am most looking forward to the Island Flyover. And my Brother and I are going to put our money together to buy this game. Let's hoep it's worth it :D

  16. Buffoonary Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 20:12

    Getting this!!!

  17. ChrisONM Thursday 23rd Jul 2009 at 23:37

    Excellent bit of marketing there.

    Resort does look excellent I'll admit, but not in the region of 94%.


    You say does look excellent,which would say to me you hevent played it. So why not play the bloomin game before you can say its not worth 94%?

    Oh god I hate these opinions so much, I think after playing games for about 15 years that I can ascertain from videos and other reviews and impressions around what region a game will score. Do I need to get run over by a train before I can say it hurts? No. Do I have to play Superman 64 before I call it a bag of tosh? No.


    Yes, you do. If you haven't played the game then you can't comment on how fun it is, simple as that.

    I did think Wii Sports Resort would possibly be a "glorified tech demo" but having played it I can definitely say it's not. It offers weeks and months of entertainment, and every event gets progressively harder as you build your skill level, meaning the difficulty curve is always rising. There's a solid challenge there eventually, once you put the hours into it.

    I also don't understand your comment that you "can ascertain from videos and other reviews and impressions around what region a game will score". By "other reviews" are you suggesting that because of who I write for my review isn't valid? Because I can assure you my review was not an "advertisement", and my score was not influenced in any way, and I'd like evidence if you're suggesting otherwise.

    It's just the same old "Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores" rubbish again. The simple fact is, Nintendo makes good games, and this is one of them in my opinion.

  18. Super_Sonic96 Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 06:19

    great, its just come out today and im getting it in ina few days! i thinkthe flying events look great and i cant wait for the sword events

  19. Zeni Geva Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 07:48


    Yes, you do. If you haven't played the game then you can't comment on how fun it is, simple as that.

    I did think Wii Sports Resort would possibly be a "glorified tech demo" but having played it I can definitely say it's not. It offers weeks and months of entertainment, and every event gets progressively harder as you build your skill level, meaning the difficulty curve is always rising. There's a solid challenge there eventually, once you put the hours into it.

    I also don't understand your comment that you "can ascertain from videos and other reviews and impressions around what region a game will score". By "other reviews" are you suggesting that because of who I write for my review isn't valid? Because I can assure you my review was not an "advertisement", and my score was not influenced in any way, and I'd like evidence if you're suggesting otherwise.

    It's just the same old "Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores" rubbish again. The simple fact is, Nintendo makes good games, and this is one of them in my opinion.

    No you don't have to play a game to judge its worth, especially if you have a lot of experience with gaming. People are capable of informed independent thought, they can get a general feel of the quality of a game from previews, gameplay videos, the impressions of other gamers and a range of reviews.

    And I didn't call Wii Sports Resort a 'glorified tech demo' so perhaps you are referring to another post, or just churning out the PR. And no its not another 'Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores' argument, its a simple 'this individual review score is incongruent with the general opinion of the game'. Though I still imagine you were under quite a bit of pressure from the suits to put out a very high score for their flagship MotionPlus title.

    I'll be picking up the game, don't worry you have my monies oh lord Nintendo who makes great games. Fact. Amen. Fact.

  20. Dragonfree97 Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 09:47

    Does motion+ work properly?

  21. cookey Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 10:58

    Had my copy at midnight last night... worked the late night shift so I could take it straight home :D

    Motion plus really does work well. The sky diving is a great laugh to kick off the game!

    The only negative point I'd give the game is that you have to buy more motion plus add ons to play multiplayer!

  22. PYROCHAOS Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 12:33


    Yes, you do. If you haven't played the game then you can't comment on how fun it is, simple as that.

    I did think Wii Sports Resort would possibly be a "glorified tech demo" but having played it I can definitely say it's not. It offers weeks and months of entertainment, and every event gets progressively harder as you build your skill level, meaning the difficulty curve is always rising. There's a solid challenge there eventually, once you put the hours into it.

    I also don't understand your comment that you "can ascertain from videos and other reviews and impressions around what region a game will score". By "other reviews" are you suggesting that because of who I write for my review isn't valid? Because I can assure you my review was not an "advertisement", and my score was not influenced in any way, and I'd like evidence if you're suggesting otherwise.

    It's just the same old "Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores" rubbish again. The simple fact is, Nintendo makes good games, and this is one of them in my opinion.

    No you don't have to play a game to judge its worth, especially if you have a lot of experience with gaming. People are capable of informed independent thought, they can get a general feel of the quality of a game from previews, gameplay videos, the impressions of other gamers and a range of reviews.

    And I didn't call Wii Sports Resort a 'glorified tech demo' so perhaps you are referring to another post, or just churning out the PR. And no its not another 'Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores' argument, its a simple 'this individual review score is incongruent with the general opinion of the game'. Though I still imagine you were under quite a bit of pressure from the suits to put out a very high score for their flagship MotionPlus title.

    I'll be picking up the game, don't worry you have my monies oh lord Nintendo who makes great games. Fact. Amen. Fact.

    to be fair, the wii has changed video gaming a lot, making your 15 years of having a pointless super power doesn't work in the same way. The wii isn't about the graphics or what you can see on screen, it's about the fun you have from playing it.

  23. lattywatty Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 13:38

    This game is awesome. Favourite is the sword fighting followed by the table tennis then, strangely as I didn't think it'd appeal to me, the flying games.

    Though I wish they'd replace wakeboarding with cricket (awesome bowling!) and bowling with tennis. And I haven't made my mind up about cycling yet. Dodgey controls on that one.

  24. 3MEGAMAN Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 14:04

    I WANT THIS GAME IT LOOKS GOOD. I HOPE NINTENDO DO A CHANNEL LIKE MII CITY TO INTERACT WIH OTHER MIIS OVER THE INTERNET.

  25. Zeni Geva Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 15:10

    to be fair, the wii has changed video gaming a lot, making your 15 years of having a pointless super power doesn't work in the same way. The wii isn't about the graphics or what you can see on screen, it's about the fun you have from playing it.

    I wouldn't say the Wii has changed gaming as much as people would imagine, it has changed the composition of the audience, playing habits and expanded what constitutes a 'game' (or have beefed up the amount of 'non-games' considerably) but from where I'm standing we are still playing the same games, they are structured in the same way, they are still score/objective or action based. The games are largely the same except button presses have been replaced with motion gestures, and a lot of games have been simplified or streamlined.

    Nintendo hasn't changed gaming, in fact they have gone back to the most basic tenets that they started out with on the NES. They are deconstructing the more narrative based, mature side of gaming that is and was emerging. And if 'playing is believing', as Reggie kept reminding us, I've played more than my fair share of Wii games to the point where I know how the mechanics work and how developers implement them so can generally gauge the level of 'fun' by reading about how the controls fit into the equation.

    ... and still on the topic of WSR, the Airplane Flyover is gorgeous, but which jackass decided that in cycling you should steer by turning the remote whilst also moving the remote and nunchuck up-and-down to pedal. Its very difficult to not turn accidentally, what a bad design choice.

  26. Dragonfree97 Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 17:37

    to be fair, the wii has changed video gaming a lot, making your 15 years of having a pointless super power doesn't work in the same way. The wii isn't about the graphics or what you can see on screen, it's about the fun you have from playing it.

    I wouldn't say the Wii has changed gaming as much as people would imagine, it has changed the composition of the audience, playing habits and expanded what constitutes a 'game' (or have beefed up the amount of 'non-games' considerably) but from where I'm standing we are still playing the same games, they are structured in the same way, they are still score/objective or action based. The games are largely the same except button presses have been replaced with motion gestures, and a lot of games have been simplified or streamlined.

    Nintendo hasn't changed gaming, in fact they have gone back to the most basic tenets that they started out with on the NES. They are deconstructing the more narrative based, mature side of gaming that is and was emerging. And if 'playing is believing', as Reggie kept reminding us, I've played more than my fair share of Wii games to the point where I know how the mechanics work and how developers implement them so can generally gauge the level of 'fun' by reading about how the controls fit into the equation.

    ... and still on the topic of WSR, the Airplane Flyover is gorgeous, but which jackass decided that in cycling you should steer by turning the remote whilst also moving the remote and nunchuck up-and-down to pedal. Its very difficult to not turn accidentally, what a bad design choice.

    I somehow manage to turn subconciously in Cycling...

  27. Kolo67 Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 18:32

    My mum went and got this from the Shops today.
    It's great! :D
    I like knocking by brother off the edge in sword play. His reaction is always "WHAT?!" or "You've got to be joking!."
    Golf is a little too complicated, and there is no "lefty-option" in Power Cruising. Apart from that, it's great. I like the Island flyover too. I tried to go down into the volcano; bad idea.

  28. BenMorrissey Friday 24th Jul 2009 at 20:44

    Everyone's first Wii game is back with a bang

    Lie. Wii Sports didn't come bundled with the Wii in Japan.

  29. Kolo67 Saturday 25th Jul 2009 at 08:19

    Everyone's first Wii game is back with a bang

    Lie. Wii Sports didn't come bundled with the Wii in Japan.

    Emphasis dude. And Everyone doesn't mean everyone. Whats the word....Exaguration! Found it.

  30. Heroofhyrule Saturday 25th Jul 2009 at 12:18

    Everyone's first Wii game is back with a bang

    Lie. Wii Sports didn't come bundled with the Wii in Japan.

    Emphasis dude. And Everyone doesn't mean everyone. Whats the word....Exaguration! Found it.

    Yeah, it's like saying: "nobody likes spiders" It doesn't mean that nobody in the world likes spiders, it means that a large group of people don't like spiders, and it's emphasising on that point.

  31. daddybobo Saturday 25th Jul 2009 at 15:29

    I cant believe it my wife let me get it with an extra wii motion plus. But I got a cracking deal....I got Wii sports resort with motion plus for 38.87 and wii motion plus for 17.97 at tescos but you get 9 off the wii motion plus when bought with wii sports resort. So the extra wii motion plus only cost me 8.97 plus cubcard points. GET IN!!!!!! :D

  32. ChrisONM Saturday 25th Jul 2009 at 15:39


    Yes, you do. If you haven't played the game then you can't comment on how fun it is, simple as that.

    I did think Wii Sports Resort would possibly be a "glorified tech demo" but having played it I can definitely say it's not. It offers weeks and months of entertainment, and every event gets progressively harder as you build your skill level, meaning the difficulty curve is always rising. There's a solid challenge there eventually, once you put the hours into it.

    I also don't understand your comment that you "can ascertain from videos and other reviews and impressions around what region a game will score". By "other reviews" are you suggesting that because of who I write for my review isn't valid? Because I can assure you my review was not an "advertisement", and my score was not influenced in any way, and I'd like evidence if you're suggesting otherwise.

    It's just the same old "Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores" rubbish again. The simple fact is, Nintendo makes good games, and this is one of them in my opinion.

    No you don't have to play a game to judge its worth, especially if you have a lot of experience with gaming. People are capable of informed independent thought, they can get a general feel of the quality of a game from previews, gameplay videos, the impressions of other gamers and a range of reviews.

    And I didn't call Wii Sports Resort a 'glorified tech demo' so perhaps you are referring to another post, or just churning out the PR. And no its not another 'Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores' argument, its a simple 'this individual review score is incongruent with the general opinion of the game'. Though I still imagine you were under quite a bit of pressure from the suits to put out a very high score for their flagship MotionPlus title.

    I'll be picking up the game, don't worry you have my monies oh lord Nintendo who makes great games. Fact. Amen. Fact.


    Once again, I was not under "pressure from the suits" to do anything other than give my honest opinion of the game. You can tell from the numerous comments of the people on this forum that those who actually have bought and played it agree almost unanimously that it's a great game. So I don't see how my score is "incongruent with the general opinion of the game" when the general opinion seems to be that it's an excellent game, and my opinion is the same.

    And yes, I maintain that you do have to play a game before you can say whether it's any good. Yes, it's perfectly possible to make an educated guess as to how good or bad a game will be, but you simply can't say for sure until you play it. It would be impossible to tell by looking at games like De Blob and Soul Bubbles whether they'd be as enjoyable as they actually are, or whether they're all style and no substance.

    Until you play a game you simply have no idea of how it appeals (or doesn't appeal) to your own personal tastes, whether the game's control system and general "feel" captures your attention in the right way, whether it offers the sort of depth your personally like (be it a deep, involving adventure or just something quick and fun to pick up), whether it combines sound and visuals in a way that personally appeals to you, etc.

    My job is simply to give my opinion, and that's what I've done. I've been playing games for 23 years now, so I know what I like. My opinion is no less credible just because of who I write for. I didn't study Journalism for four years just so someone could tell me what score to give a game, I can't stress that enough. The day I'm told what to write about a game is the day I quit this magazine. I don't know how much clearer I can make that.

  33. Hammer Bro. Saturday 25th Jul 2009 at 20:34


    Once again, I was not under "pressure from the suits" to do anything other than give my honest opinion of the game. You can tell from the numerous comments of the people on this forum that those who actually have bought and played it agree almost unanimously that it's a great game. So I don't see how my score is "incongruent with the general opinion of the game" when the general opinion seems to be that it's an excellent game, and my opinion is the same.

    And yes, I maintain that you do have to play a game before you can say whether it's any good. Yes, it's perfectly possible to make an educated guess as to how good or bad a game will be, but you simply can't say for sure until you play it. It would be impossible to tell by looking at games like De Blob and Soul Bubbles whether they'd be as enjoyable as they actually are, or whether they're all style and no substance.

    Until you play a game you simply have no idea of how it appeals (or doesn't appeal) to your own personal tastes, whether the game's control system and general "feel" captures your attention in the right way, whether it offers the sort of depth your personally like (be it a deep, involving adventure or just something quick and fun to pick up), whether it combines sound and visuals in a way that personally appeals to you, etc.

    My job is simply to give my opinion, and that's what I've done. I've been playing games for 23 years now, so I know what I like. My opinion is no less credible just because of who I write for. I didn't study Journalism for four years just so someone could tell me what score to give a game, I can't stress that enough. The day I'm told what to write about a game is the day I quit this magazine. I don't know how much clearer I can make that.


    Exactly Chris. Just because you write for "the official nintendo magazine" doesn't mean that you're under pressure from nintendo to give their games high scores. Some people just can't realise that you give some games high scores because you like them and think they deserve them. Well said Chris.

  34. Zeni Geva Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 09:04

    Once again, I was not under "pressure from the suits" to do anything other than give my honest opinion of the game. You can tell from the numerous comments of the people on this forum that those who actually have bought and played it agree almost unanimously that it's a great game. So I don't see how my score is "incongruent with the general opinion of the game" when the general opinion seems to be that it's an excellent game, and my opinion is the same.

    I have bought the game, it is enjoyable and certainly consumes more of your time than you'd imagine. I'm not one to give a fig about scores but 94% I'd usually reserve for something a little more inspiring and pathbreaking. There are a number of dud events that should of reset the balance a bit, Cycling is hampered by a bizzare design choice, Wakeboarding is just plain dull and Powercruising is so overly simplified which saps the joy.

    And yes, I maintain that you do have to play a game before you can say whether it's any good. Yes, it's perfectly possible to make an educated guess as to how good or bad a game will be, but you simply can't say for sure until you play it. It would be impossible to tell by looking at games like De Blob and Soul Bubbles whether they'd be as enjoyable as they actually are, or whether they're all style and no substance.

    Until you play a game you simply have no idea of how it appeals (or doesn't appeal) to your own personal tastes, whether the game's control system and general "feel" captures your attention in the right way, whether it offers the sort of depth your personally like (be it a deep, involving adventure or just something quick and fun to pick up), whether it combines sound and visuals in a way that personally appeals to you, etc.

    Funny you should give those examples, as they happen to be two games that after watching a few videos and reading a few impressions I knew I would pick up. You don't have to play a game to know if it appeals to your personal tastes, unless you expect us to buy games just to see if we like them. You can tell from videos and impressions whether the particular aesthetic, design, structure, level of depth wil satisfy you. Although if we must play games to see if we like them then tell Nintendo to put out some demos, all we have at the moment are a few DS demos for a handful of Touch Generation titles. On other consoles I can download demos of the latest games and see if my educated guess is correct.

    Maybe it was more true in the days of print-only that you would have to play a game to figure out if you'd like it (that's why they often gave out demos...) but now with the plethora of videos online you can see how the game plays and functions, even for Wii games as they tend to superimpose the player motions on the video. I think magazines are a little redundant if all they do now is descriptive previews, reviews and a news section that becomes instantaneously out of date. They need to focus on features and in-depth articles that dissect the medium as something more than a product, they need to differentiate themselves from the quick fix stream of the internet.

    My job is simply to give my opinion, and that's what I've done. I've been playing games for 23 years now, so I know what I like. My opinion is no less credible just because of who I write for. I didn't study Journalism for four years just so someone could tell me what score to give a game, I can't stress that enough. The day I'm told what to write about a game is the day I quit this magazine. I don't know how much clearer I can make that.

    You may of studied journalism but you can't pretend, Official Magazine or not, that the gaming media is all rosy and there is no pressure from publishers and developers to give certain scores in return for access to exclusives and the like. Especially since the gaming media is little more than a marketing machine, I never see any real analysis of games, just crude descriptions along tired categories of 'graphics/sound/gameplay/lifespan' and someone telling you to buy a game or not at the end.

    I wasn't even accusing you because you write for an official publication, but it has to be said if the magazine is the main mouthpiece in print for Nintendo in the UK then you will be more than obliged to spin things in their favour, more so when it comes to a big title they have put a massive marketing push behind. But also by glossing over tedious conference showings, not picking apart the deficiencies of the hardware, not criticising the lacklustre effort when it comes to online gaming and downloading (DSiWare anyone?), or not addressing the grievances aired by many gamers over Nintendo's current strategy.

    I think official magazines are hobbled from the start, you can't discuss the industry or review games without considering it in totality. How can you review Wii titles whilst pretending the 360 and PS3 don't exist? If you have nothing to compare the Wii against then obviously it will seem great. And as a journalist you are going to be writing from a certain perspective, with a certain objective, for a certain audience. I'll leave you to draw the conclusion on that.

  35. linktothefuture Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 13:09


    Yes, you do. If you haven't played the game then you can't comment on how fun it is, simple as that.

    I did think Wii Sports Resort would possibly be a "glorified tech demo" but having played it I can definitely say it's not. It offers weeks and months of entertainment, and every event gets progressively harder as you build your skill level, meaning the difficulty curve is always rising. There's a solid challenge there eventually, once you put the hours into it.

    I also don't understand your comment that you "can ascertain from videos and other reviews and impressions around what region a game will score". By "other reviews" are you suggesting that because of who I write for my review isn't valid? Because I can assure you my review was not an "advertisement", and my score was not influenced in any way, and I'd like evidence if you're suggesting otherwise.

    It's just the same old "Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores" rubbish again. The simple fact is, Nintendo makes good games, and this is one of them in my opinion.

    No you don't have to play a game to judge its worth, especially if you have a lot of experience with gaming. People are capable of informed independent thought, they can get a general feel of the quality of a game from previews, gameplay videos, the impressions of other gamers and a range of reviews.

    And I didn't call Wii Sports Resort a 'glorified tech demo' so perhaps you are referring to another post, or just churning out the PR. And no its not another 'Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores' argument, its a simple 'this individual review score is incongruent with the general opinion of the game'. Though I still imagine you were under quite a bit of pressure from the suits to put out a very high score for their flagship MotionPlus title.

    I'll be picking up the game, don't worry you have my monies oh lord Nintendo who makes great games. Fact. Amen. Fact.

    to be fair, the wii has changed video gaming a lot, making your 15 years of having a pointless super power doesn't work in the same way. The wii isn't about the graphics or what you can see on screen, it's about the fun you have from playing it.

    I totally agree I men sony or microsoft have no chance making a game as fun as Ninty do the no how to nai "the glorified tech demo" after playing the game I can tell you that it is the best game I have played in a while.

    Chris is totally right with the score other people will even say it desserves more than Chris gave it.

  36. Zeni Geva Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 13:26


    I totally agree I men sony or microsoft have no chance making a game as fun as Ninty do the no how to nai "the glorified tech demo" after playing the game I can tell you that it is the best game I have played in a while.

    Chris is totally right with the score other people will even say it desserves more than Chris gave it.

    This is the kind of person ONM is aimed at, explains why the forum has gone up the creek too.

  37. sir_ryan Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 14:38

    http://kokuun.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/flamewar.jpg

  38. Zeni Geva Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 16:02

    If by flame war you mean a civil discussion about the merits of a game, single format magazines and the nature of gaming media, then yes its a flame war. Of course, people on this forum are scared of discussion or are too young to get involved. Or are you not allowed to disagree with the writers, I didn't realise a guy doing his job becomes infallible.

  39. Gothicslayer Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 21:10

    My job is simply to give my opinion, and that's what I've done. I've been playing games for 23 years now, so I know what I like. My opinion is no less credible just because of who I write for. I didn't study Journalism for four years just so someone could tell me what score to give a game, I can't stress that enough. The day I'm told what to write about a game is the day I quit this magazine. I don't know how much clearer I can make that.

    Red Steel

  40. ootwoman Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 21:41


    My job is simply to give my opinion, and that's what I've done. I've been playing games for 23 years now, so I know what I like. My opinion is no less credible just because of who I write for. I didn't study Journalism for four years just so someone could tell me what score to give a game, I can't stress that enough. The day I'm told what to write about a game is the day I quit this magazine. I don't know how much clearer I can make that.

    OBJECTION!!!! *points* *Investatgation Cornered plays*

    Oh really if thats the case then you would of quit a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago. When you reviewed the 1st Red Steel game. A few years ago you gave it 91% and dont make out oh but its a Wii 1st exclusive. The game was horrible and controls was so bad you felt your arms died afterwards.All because of THAT review man people beileve you, they beileve you, they thought it would be a great game or in your case and what is printed on every copy of the game "Dont miss this action blockbuster!"

    Whats to say what happend then hasnt happend again after that incident eh? Whos to say that this one of them. Well we dont know do we. All you have to do is take their word for it. Thats why I refuse to buy ONM again I dont trust the reviews or scores after what happend with Red Steel. I would rather find out my self from playing the game myself or other honest reviews. And is it really that one persons thoughts determin on one games fate. It shouldnt go by a persons opinion it should go by what the game is.

    What do you have to say for yourself now?

  41. Jim Compton-Hall Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 22:21

    Am I the only one who likes the cycling? Sure the controls aren't fantastic, but they seem to work well enough. I don't think I've ever turned accidentally. Canoeing and wake boarding are the only weak events in my opinion.

  42. Sizz Sunday 26th Jul 2009 at 23:27

    You know what, I am with Chris on this one. Stop flaming him. He only writes his opinion on the game, and every is allowed there own opinions, but don't flame him or give him hassle for it.

    I personally feel this game is worth 94%, yea there are a few iffy events, but no game is going to be perfect.

    Oh really if thats the case then you would of quit a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago. When you reviewed the 1st Red Steel game. A few years ago you gave it 91% and dont make out oh but its a Wii 1st exclusive. The game was horrible and controls was so bad you felt your arms died afterwards.All because of THAT review man people beileve you, they beileve you, they thought it would be a great game or in your case and what is printed on every copy of the game "Dont miss this action blockbuster!"

    Well that's your opinion on the game. Many other people may enjoy it, so don't get all stuck up and lordy over 1 game. Chris has been "playing games for 23 years" and I think he knows how to review them.

  43. Gothicslayer Monday 27th Jul 2009 at 13:26

    You know what, I am with Chris on this one. Stop flaming him. He only writes his opinion on the game, and every is allowed there own opinions, but don't flame him or give him hassle for it.

    I personally feel this game is worth 94%, yea there are a few iffy events, but no game is going to be perfect.

    Oh really if thats the case then you would of quit a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time ago. When you reviewed the 1st Red Steel game. A few years ago you gave it 91% and dont make out oh but its a Wii 1st exclusive. The game was horrible and controls was so bad you felt your arms died afterwards.All because of THAT review man people beileve you, they beileve you, they thought it would be a great game or in your case and what is printed on every copy of the game "Dont miss this action blockbuster!"

    Well that's your opinion on the game. Many other people may enjoy it, so don't get all stuck up and lordy over 1 game. Chris has been "playing games for 23 years" and I think he knows how to review them.

    If you were not blindly covering chris you would be able to see that the phrase "playing games for 23 years" is an "stuck up and lordy" attitude within itself.

    So don't critise one person for it while defending someone else who has done exactley the same thing.

    As an extra note to Chris, the amount of years you have been playing games does not make your opinion more valid then anyone else's. Regardless on the amount of time you may have spent on gaming is irrelavent to your reviewing ability and credibilty as a journalist.

  44. retrogeezer Monday 27th Jul 2009 at 15:14

    What a load of garbage Chris's comments are.

    I have been playing games myself for 26 years, from the atari 2600 (wooden 1) which I still have with all my old consoles and comp's like spectrum 48k and 128k +2.

    I do NOT need to do 4 years of Journalism (no disrespect to Chris) to comment this game does not even come close to the 80 percent region on reviewing this game.

    I was up at the crack of dawn last fri to buy this game from my local Asda as it is only 37.71 there.

    And what a let down it is.

    The control'S on SOME games are disappointing to say the least.

    Why bother putting in the canoeing is beyond me, was white water rapids too hard to program ???

    Table tennis is addictive but you cant play all types of shot. E.g. playing Pro, if you are right handed you can't go to the left of the table and do a forehand smash u have no time to get to that side quick enough it has to be a back hand smash (vice versa if you are left handed).

    The Island fly over is great, one gripe and this alone deserves 5 percent or more knocking off.

    When you have collected all 80 i's in the day, going to do them in the evening/night they are still there with the same tick on. Yes if you collect them they go silver, but when you have finished the 5 min and start again they are back to normal. So how can you tell when you are flying which 1's you havent got ???

    (checking on the map after every go is fine, but how do you check when you switch the game on for the 1st time that day ???) Kids have good memorys but they aint no Einstein !!!


    I could go on and on about other games, but it is pointless.

    All in all, yes it is good graphically no i.e. pixel collisions.
    Ideology and how it is put together fantastic.
    Gameplay suffers from the controls being too smart for their own use on some activities, ( the remote will not understand when you pull back for a slice/shot that you are just pulling back to get power into it not actually taking the shot at that moment, because it can be a win or lose game on that slice/shot). A simple hold down of the A/B button (like bowling/basket ball)whilst you swing the remote and then let go and shoot/slice could of been put in to prevent this.

    I just wonder if this was a 3rd party game would it of been given such a ridiculously high review.

  45. ChrisONM Monday 27th Jul 2009 at 16:50

    As an extra note to Chris, the amount of years you have been playing games does not make your opinion more valid then anyone else's. Regardless on the amount of time you may have spent on gaming is irrelavent to your reviewing ability and credibilty as a journalist.


    I wasn't saying the length of time I've been playing games meant my opinion was more valid than anyone else's. I can't tell people whether they'll personally like a game or not, because everyone's different.

    I think what people tend to forget is that this is all about opinions. Nobody's right and nobody's wrong here: I know some people who like Carnival Games, and while I can think of nothing worse to play, if they enjoy it then fair play to them.

    Yes, I think Wii Sports Resort deserved 94%. It's a fun game which the whole family can play and it has enough depth that will keep some hardcore gamers playing for a while, trying to raise their overall score for each event.

    Yes, I thought Red Steel deserved 91% when I reviewed it. Hindsight's a wonderful thing, but at the time it was doing things that no other game had done. It still has some gameplay mechanics that other games don't try (like pointing the Remote closer to the screen to zoom in), and I had a blast playing it. I wasn't the only one - it had good scores from NGamer, Play Magazine, CVG, Nintendo Power and PalGN - and I've seen plenty of forum members over the years saying they enjoyed it, so it's not like I'm the only person in the world who liked it.

    The thing to bear in mind is that when we give a game a score, it's not the definitive final word on the game. It's our opinion. It is simply impossible for anyone (be it a magazine or an individual person) to say "this is exactly how good a game is", because everyone has a different opinion on it.

    I know people who despise Mario Galaxy, yet it's one of my favourite games ever. On the other hand, I absolutely hate Advance Wars yet Fred loves it to death. It's the reason we put our names at the end of the reviews: so you can figure out whose likes and dislikes are most similar to yours.

    My point here is that you can say you disagreed with my Red Steel score: that's completely fine, and I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it like I did. One man's meat is another man's poison and all that. But you can't say my score was "wrong", because with all respect you can't tell me how much I enjoyed a game. You can say you disagree with it but you can't say it's incorrect.

    You also can't say I was influenced to give the game that score, because for every time you may think that's the case there are plenty of other examples to the contrary. Which brings me to:

    You may of studied journalism but you can't pretend, Official Magazine or not, that the gaming media is all rosy and there is no pressure from publishers and developers to give certain scores in return for access to exclusives and the like. Especially since the gaming media is little more than a marketing machine, I never see any real analysis of games, just crude descriptions along tired categories of 'graphics/sound/gameplay/lifespan' and someone telling you to buy a game or not at the end.


    While I object to your last comment (I take pride in my writing and feel that my reviews explain what needs to be explained and point out the important information that help determine whether a purchase is necesary), I would never pretend that there's no pressure on magazines to give good scores. Of course there is - it's a PR's job to make sure they help these games sell well.

    The challenge as a journalist (and as a magazine as a whole) is to stay firm and not succumb to this pressure, and we are proud of our ability to do that regardless of what you may think from the odd review score. Without going into too specifics (because it's unprofessional of me to do so), I've been sent on many fancy press trips to see the development of a game in some swanky location, then returned and given the game a poor score anyway (regardless of all the top-notch treatment we were given) because it wasn't up to scratch.

    One example stands out for me in particular because it was a week-long trip in a great location on the other side of the world, and ended up with the game getting one of the lowest scores we've ever given anything. My point is that it's simply unfair to suggest we succumb to pressure to give games good scores when there's clear evidence that we don't. Of course, the stuff that contradicts these arguments is conveniently ignored because it doesn't help the case.

    Besides, if the best example you can think of for bias is a review that's nearly three years old now, then we must be doing well. :wink:

    It's just daft: everyone has their own conspiracy theory and many of them contradict each other. Some people moan about Red Steel's score, others say we're biased against third-party games. Nintendo makes a great game and we give it a well-deserved good score, and instantly it's dismissed as biased.

    We can't win, basically. So feel free to say whatever you think about the inner workings of your review process. Opinions are like armpits: everyone's got them, and while we're comfortable with our own we usually think everyone else's stink. At the end of the day, we're the ones who really know how the review process works because we're the ones doing it, and the simple fact is that we get the games, we play the games and we say what we think about the games. All the other conspiracy stuff is exotic and exciting, but it's unfortunately rubbish.

    If anyone wants to continue this, could you please make a topic in the magazine section and PM me a link to it? I don't want it to mess up this thread, which is meant to be about Wii Sports Resort, not Red Steel and ONM review politics.

  46. retrogeezer Monday 27th Jul 2009 at 20:15

    I have started a thread titled the same as the subject in the forum 'Magazine'

    It has a poll bout Sports Resort at the top, please take a look and leave your comments.

    Thanks for your time.

  47. tom98321 Tuesday 28th Jul 2009 at 13:07

    This game top notch family and single player fun I love it, not stop playing it since the moment I picked it up, except from now.

    Can wait to play it with my mates, I shall thrash them to pieces :D

  48. luigihewson12 Tuesday 28th Jul 2009 at 15:13

    Excellent bit of marketing there.

    Resort does look excellent I'll admit, but not in the region of 94%.


    You say does look excellent,which would say to me you hevent played it. So why not play the bloomin game before you can say its not worth 94%?

    Oh god I hate these opinions so much, I think after playing games for about 15 years that I can ascertain from videos and other reviews and impressions around what region a game will score. Do I need to get run over by a train before I can say it hurts? No. Do I have to play Superman 64 before I call it a bag of tosh? No.


    Yes, you do. If you haven't played the game then you can't comment on how fun it is, simple as that.

    I did think Wii Sports Resort would possibly be a "glorified tech demo" but having played it I can definitely say it's not. It offers weeks and months of entertainment, and every event gets progressively harder as you build your skill level, meaning the difficulty curve is always rising. There's a solid challenge there eventually, once you put the hours into it.

    I also don't understand your comment that you "can ascertain from videos and other reviews and impressions around what region a game will score". By "other reviews" are you suggesting that because of who I write for my review isn't valid? Because I can assure you my review was not an "advertisement", and my score was not influenced in any way, and I'd like evidence if you're suggesting otherwise.

    It's just the same old "Official Nintendo Magazine aren't allowed to give Nintendo games high scores" rubbish again. The simple fact is, Nintendo makes good games, and this is one of them in my opinion.

    Chris im starting tolike you again,i didnt like you before because you said onslaught wasnt a good game!,
    i got wii sports resort the same day it came out and ive been on it none stop since i think its a brilliant game i just but if only the graphic were better then it would be fantastic!
    buy it now!

  49. phil44 Tuesday 28th Jul 2009 at 22:34

    Ok i played this in store on day of release at nintendo's beach party and first off i just want to say i dont think its worth the 40 asking price. I think they should have given the game free with the wmp not charge for both or only charge about 5 for the game. So the bundle would have cost 20-25.

    Played swordplay and yes it was fun but was not true 1:1 motion and i have still yet to see true 1:1 motion that nintendo promised this would give. Granted the 1:1 motion needs to be programed but you would think nintendo would have been able to do this if its thier technology.
    I though the archery was no different control wise from mario and sonic at the olympics so is the wmp even doing anything new in that game?

    The bowling did fel a bit more polished in terms of control but not enough to warent the price for a few noew modes of play over wii sports.

    Although some of the games where good they mostly wont last long and this is becasue of no online play. They should have included tennis and boxing too as the boxing in wii sports is great just needs better controls and the wmp should have been perfect for this.

    p.s I noticed the wmp getting out of calabration alot too which is not a good sign.

    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION AND I'M NOT TRYING TO FORCE IT ON ANYBODY :)

  50. bazmeistergen Wednesday 29th Jul 2009 at 08:20

    Not one event offers true 1:1, hmm.
    Oh and i'm not intrested, deffintly not my type of game.

    Many of the games offer 1 to 1.

    If things were totally realistic, however, we'd all be terrible at them. Imagine if basketball was exactly like basketball. There's be no point playing it. As it is it's a good one player game and an absolutely brilliant multiplayer game.

  51. bazmeistergen Wednesday 29th Jul 2009 at 08:43

    Ok i played this in store on day of release at nintendo's beach party and first off i just want to say i dont think its worth the 40 asking price. I think they should have given the game free with the wmp not charge for both or only charge about 5 for the game. So the bundle would have cost 20-25.

    Played swordplay and yes it was fun but was not true 1:1 motion and i have still yet to see true 1:1 motion that nintendo promised this would give. Granted the 1:1 motion needs to be programed but you would think nintendo would have been able to do this if its thier technology.
    I though the archery was no different control wise from mario and sonic at the olympics so is the wmp even doing anything new in that game?

    The bowling did fel a bit more polished in terms of control but not enough to warent the price for a few noew modes of play over wii sports.

    Although some of the games where good they mostly wont last long and this is becasue of no online play. They should have included tennis and boxing too as the boxing in wii sports is great just needs better controls and the wmp should have been perfect for this.

    p.s I noticed the wmp getting out of calabration alot too which is not a good sign.

    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION AND I'M NOT TRYING TO FORCE IT ON ANYBODY :)

    In swordplay the motion is clearly one to one. It only registers 8 moves on the characters due to simplified blocking methods.

    I have had very few calibration issues unless I've gone bonkers on sword fighting.

    If you have only played it in store then you have yet to see the delights of learning this game. It's gonna be played a hell of a lot and is certainly worth the money. There's loads of stamps to collect for achievements and some of the nuances of control are superb.

    Archery controls very differently to sonic. It's motion-based for starters. Sonic used the IR and the tilt in the nunchuk. It's much easier to use in Wii Sports Resort.

    I do understand your very early opinion, but the game needs more time before you come to a real conclusion on where you stand.

  52. Kolo67 Wednesday 29th Jul 2009 at 11:14

    Not one event offers true 1:1, hmm.
    Oh and i'm not intrested, deffintly not my type of game.


    There is. Duels are awsome, and there are more. So there are sports which are 1:1

  53. Turtlekirby101 Wednesday 29th Jul 2009 at 12:00

    well I'm not going to buy it. Look at all the other games coming out! Galaxy 2, NSMB wii... why would anyone buy this with those coming out in 2010?

  54. luigihewson12 Wednesday 29th Jul 2009 at 14:41

    well I'm not going to buy it. Look at all the other games coming out! Galaxy 2, NSMB wii... why would anyone buy this with those coming out in 2010?

    me,
    and i have and ive got no regrets

  55. Joey788 Tuesday 11th Aug 2009 at 12:34

    This Game is so amazing! The MotionPlus is amazing to as it makes every move feel real

  56. yoshi1266 Saturday 22nd Aug 2009 at 14:40

    :D it looks like a really good game i will buy it motion plus :D

  57. Heroofhyrule Sunday 23rd Aug 2009 at 10:05

    Bought this game yesterday, and it is fantastic! Most of my time has been spent on swordplay, since it is so accurate and fun to play. I've also been playing on island flyover alot as well, just flying around and experimenting wih what i can do with the plane is good fun, for example, fly as high as you can, then press by to cut off the engines and fall to the ground, it's a long way down!

  58. Erdogan44 Saturday 17th Oct 2009 at 07:36

    I got WSR. It's amazing. Just gets boring fast.

  59. cainzgamez Sunday 8th Nov 2009 at 07:30

    its realy fun but it only last like a few hours so do u think its posable to trade in for animal crossing

  60. gilly006 Saturday 26th Dec 2009 at 22:10

    got this game for christmas yesterday, it's so addictive, the motion plus works well and is fun to play and definitely tops the original in every single area and is more importantly more substantial then it's predecessor

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