• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2012
Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 13 out of 13
  1. Dec 3, 2012
    30
    Everything ESPN Sports Connection does has been achieved already. Older sports games - including the original Wii's pack-in, Wii Sports - accomplished the same goals better and without embarrassing technical issues.
  2. Jan 15, 2013
    40
    Insanely long loading times. [Feb 2013, p.76]
  3. Nov 27, 2012
    35
    Overall, things just feel broken here. The visuals have issues in every sport, and the game just doesn't look that good. The navigation is also confusing at times, and the title doesn't feel like it was designed solely for the Gamepad. It is also troubling that you are required to have a Wiimote for half of the titles. This just screams "rush job." There is nothing redeeming about ESPN Sports Connection.
  4. Dec 21, 2012
    38
    The best location for this game is a shelf, but not a shelf in your home exactly. A party game that lacks fun. There are definitely better alternatives for Wii U.
  5. Dec 10, 2012
    40
    Not the evolution we expected.
  6. Jan 8, 2013
    40
    Sports Connection tries to ride the Wii Sports-esque wave of success. It fails horribly at doing so, it isn't even fun. Graphics and sound are weak, loading times are too long, the handling simply isn't accurate ... in short: This isn't the party game you're looking for.
  7. Nov 28, 2012
    40
    ESPN Sports Connection's biggest problem is that it feels like it was slapped together in a manner of months, with seemingly little interest to exist beyond merely existing - someone had to make motion-controlled tennis, right? Noble perhaps to take one for the team like that, but families looking to replicate that Wii Sports magic this hardware launch are better off with a ticket to Nintendo Land.
  8. 25
    One or two interesting ideas show up in ESPN Sports Connection. Sadly, these ideas do not make up for the rest of the game's shortcomings. Between terrible controls, iffy graphics, and lack of any coherency, I cannot recommend this to anyone to play. This is one of the worst Wii U launch titles and should be avoided like a baseball to the face.
  9. Absolute dross: a joyless, inept, tedious, ugly, lazy, messy waste of your time and money. We hoped games this bad might die out with the Wii.
  10. Dec 3, 2012
    30
    Overall, ESPN Sports Connection was a frustrating experience from every angle. It's sad, but it feels like the game tries to fill a void that simply isn't there.
  11. Dec 12, 2012
    13
    Sports Connection fails from start to finish: Controls are sloppy, visuals are boring, fun is absent.
  12. 27
    Even the most casual gamers will find little in the way of redeeming qualities with this mish-mash of mini-games.
  13. Dec 13, 2012
    20
    Sports Connection is the kind of game you won't find pleasure playing with. The different sports available are clearly unexciting, the game never fully use the GamePad, and the graphics are poor. The Wii MotionPlus requirement won't help either. A game to avoid purchasing.
User Score
2.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. Apr 18, 2015
    0
    Total failure. Wii Sports is WAY better. The graphics look bad. The characters look craptastic. Also, WHY ARE Miis LEFT OUT?!?!?! This is aTotal failure. Wii Sports is WAY better. The graphics look bad. The characters look craptastic. Also, WHY ARE Miis LEFT OUT?!?!?! This is a very crappy sports game and I recommend you stay away from it at all costs. Buy Mario Party 8 instead. Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    2
    they really should have scraped using the Wii u and just used the Wii then it would have been at least a little more use able but hay if itsthey really should have scraped using the Wii u and just used the Wii then it would have been at least a little more use able but hay if its in a dollar bin you may get 30 minutes of entertainment Full Review »
  3. Sep 21, 2013
    0
    Quite fitting that ESPN has a game attached to their name that is just as bad as them. I can't even imagine what kind of person would getQuite fitting that ESPN has a game attached to their name that is just as bad as them. I can't even imagine what kind of person would get enjoyment out of this garbage. Sports titles have long been the bane of gamers everywhere, but this takes it to a new low. Don't ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever THINK of buying this "game". Full Review »