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Wii Sports Resort

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Explore the Wuhu Islands with Wii Sports Resort, the sequel to the Wii launch title, Wii Sports. Wii Sports Resort includes and takes advantage of a peripheral called Wii MotionPlus, which enhances the player's motion control in the assorted sports. Available in this game are:

  • Swordplay: Defeat your opponent in two out of three rounds. Alternate between attacking and defending with your sword.
  • Wakeboarding: Hold the Wii Remote like a handle, and use it to turn from side to side. Lift it to perform acrobatic jumps.
  • Frisbee: Hold and flick the Wii Remote like a Frisbee.
  • Archery: Hold the Wii Remote like a bow. Pull the Nunchuk like the string, and release Z to fire.
  • Basketball: Lift and throw the Wii Remote overhead to throw the ball into the hoop.
  • Table Tennis: Swing the Wii Remote like a racket to hit the ball.
  • Golf: Hold the Wii Remote downward and swing it like a golf club to hit the ball.
  • Bowling: Swing the Wii Remote as though you're bowling a bowling ball. Adjust spin and angle using the Control Pad.
  • Power Cruising: Hold the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as though they were bike handlebars. Tilt to steer, and use B to accelerate.
  • Canoeing: Move the Wii Remote from front to back as though you were rowing with a canoe paddle.
  • Cycling: Alternate the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk up and down as though cycling.
  • Air Sports: Tilt the Wii Remote to move your body in the air as though skydiving, or hold it like a paper plane when using a plane.

As with the original, Wii Sport Resort uses Miis throughout the game, both as spectators and player characters. In addition to this, characters can also be imported from the Mii Contest Channel to appear in your copy of the game.


  • Wii スポーツリゾート - Japanese spelling
  • Wii 스포츠 리조트 - Korean spelling

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Average score: 82% (based on 65 ratings)


Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 23 ratings with 2 reviews)

A game with broad appeal, best played in groups

The Good
Like most games for the Wii, Sports Resort is primarily enjoyable when played with others. Maybe it's my competitive nature, but the only other way to play with any level of pleasure is by seeking to establish the highest score for each mini-game for bragging rights. After this, about the only other use for the game is to practice, practice - to be better for the NEXT time you play with others!

This game features several carry-overs from the original Wii Sports title (Bowling, Golf, and Table Tennis which serves as an analogue for the first game's Tennis). Bowling is a significant improvement over the original version, with the Wii MotionPlus providing all the difference - finally, an accurate representation of the player's subtle movements.

To keep players motivated to keep playing, "stamps" are given out for personal achievements reached during gameplay. Many can be accomplished by accident, but more often, they provide incentive to keep playing until all are earned. A nice touch to increase replayability.

As well, after each individual game, a player's rating level is assigned and tracked over time. Yet another way to encourage replays by urging the competitive player to continue improving their numerical rating to achieve the next "class" level.

The Bad
Though the game features 12 sports, each having 2-3 variations (i.e. for Bowling: "Standard", "100 Pin", and "Spin Control"), most users I've seen play (and myself) tend to only enjoy 3 or 4 sports and ignore the rest. Not exactly a high ratio of playability.

The game often requires "ready" verifications to the level of extreme overkill. What I mean is that there are typically several button pushes required to start each round of a given sport (i.e. after sifting through menu after menu establishing which game to play, which Mii to use, R/L Handedness, etc., Table Tennis begins with a shot of the table and requires pushing A to begin, then A again after a player closeup, then pressing A+B to signal "start", then pointing the controller at the screen and press A once more to ACTUALLY START THE MATCH). Tedious!!!!

Errors in motion detection are going to be inherent in any of these systems, but when they occur during the middle of games, it can truly ruin gameplay. Again using Table Tennis as an example, the gamer can be using a forehand motion, but the Mii executes a backhand - typically resulting in a poorly-hit ball, game over, and some choice curse words directed at the Wii sensor. Not cool.

The aforementioned Stamps system is a nice feature, but many goals are near-impossible and frustratingly reduce your score as you seek to accomplish them. For instance, in Archery, each level has a hidden item (usually far in the distance and difficult to hit) - to achieve a stamp, you must hit each item in every level. But, while pursuing this feat, the player's rating takes a nosedive because each attempt results in zero points. So, you may end up with a stamp, but your rating appears to be a beginner! (The only way to avoid this decline in rating is to restart or quit after a failure, before the rating is calculated).

The Bottom Line
This game is actually quite fun, especially for the competitive at heart. As most Wii games, the highest value is to play with family and friends, laughing (and perhaps sweating!)

Whether striving to beat your girlfriend's high score (or your own), setting a record, achieving an elusive stamp, or increasing your Mii's event rating, the game has enough here to keep the solo player interested for awhile as well.

Wii · by Condemned (71) · 2011

Another cheap Nintendo cash in.

The Good
Wii Sports Resort looks good. There is depth of field focus, some nice music and sound and the environments have a very vibrant look to them. Some of the games are grand with Swordplay taking pride of place as the most addictive game in the Wii Sports Resort repertoire.

The Bad
Wii Sports Resort is intended to function as Wii Sports did as a way of introducing players to the fundamentals of Wii control using the Wii remote. However this time it is the bundled Motion Plus being demonstrated. Unfortunately Motion Plus is too little too late. It tells us Nintendo rushed hardware they knew wasn't finished with the intention of releasing to compete with Microsoft and Sony. It also contradicts their "Blue Ocean" diatribe. Shigeru Miyamoto has strenuously denied the Wii is directly competing with the Xbox and PS3 however considering they obviously rushed the hardware with the intention of finishing it later this seems rather dubious. Motion Plus essentially compliments the Wii remote experience and is best demonstrated in Frisbee and Golf, replicating 1:1 your movements with the Wii remote. It's great, but it was supposed to be like this at launch.

The compilation of games isn't anything to write home about. Golf and Bowling have already been done to death and of the remaining 10 only a few of them are even worth playing. Cycling is tedious, Table Tennis is essentially just Tennis from Wii Sports and Archery fails because it lacks the tactile benefit of actually compensating for the weight of the bow meaning you will inevitably be highly inaccurate.

Wii Sports Resort simply doesn't do enough new to justify the purchase and considering the Wii remote is plenty accurate enough anyway the benefit of the Motion Plus accessory is pretty much negligible unless you are totally pedantic about 1:1 control.

The Bottom Line
A shameless cash in to bundle with the part that was missing from the Wii remote when Nintendo shipped the Wii back in 2006. It's a good looking but shallow experience that you will inevitably tire of quickly.

Wii · by AkibaTechno (238) · 2010


1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die

Wii Sports Resort is mentioned in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by Tony Mott


According to publisher Nintendo, Wii Sports Resort sold 32.87 million copies worldwide (as of September 30, 2015).


  • 1UP
    • 2009 - voted #1 Best Sports Game (Readers' Choice Awards)
    • 2009 - Best Sports Game (Editors' Choice Awards)* GamePro
    • 2009 - Best Casual Game* GameStar / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2009 - Best Family & Lifestyle Game* IGN
    • 2009 - Best Wii Sports Game (Readers' Awards)* Yahoo
    • 2009 - Best Sports Game of the YearInformation also contributed by CalaisianMindthief, Hello X), and Patrick Bregger

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Game added by Ben K.

Additional contributors: Alaka, Freeman, monkeyislandgirl, Big John WV, CalaisianMindthief, Rik Hideto.

Game added July 24th, 2009. Last modified June 18th, 2023.