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  • Summary: Tennis (1-4 players): Players grab the controller like a racket and swing – the game will register forehands, backhands, volleys, lobs, slices, spin and power depending on how fast the user swings and at what angle. Don't worry about moving around the court to get to the ball – the gameTennis (1-4 players): Players grab the controller like a racket and swing – the game will register forehands, backhands, volleys, lobs, slices, spin and power depending on how fast the user swings and at what angle. Don't worry about moving around the court to get to the ball – the game automatically moves players into position. Baseball (1-2 players): Grip the controller like a bat and swat fastballs out of the park in a home run derby. Timing and bat speed will make all the difference between going yard and whiffing, so keep an eye on the ball and swing for the fences. In the two-player game, one player pitches and the other bats. Golf (1 player): Step up to the tee, hold the controller like a golf club and swing naturally to smack the ball onto the green. The harder players swing the club, the farther the ball will fly, so be sure to take some practice swings before going for the pin. After reaching the green, line up putts carefully, practice the stroke and try to hole out. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    90
    The ideal way to get into Wii gaming. It's funny, simple and approachable, and gamers and non-gamers alike should get something out of it. [Christmas 2006, p.62]
  2. Sure, it lacks goals and can be beaten very quickly. But the ultra-responsive technology and high multiplayer replay value are far greater than any other party or sports game collection.
  3. Wii Sports certainly won't be hailed as the most realistic sports sim on the market, but it's the best thing - next to a bottle of tequila - to take to a friend's holiday house party.
  4. Despite these two solo modes, Wii Sports is really all about getting some friends together and playing a few matches of tennis or bowling. The game isn't designed to be a true authentic sports simulation, it's all about the sheer entertainment value, and this is where Wii Sports really shines.
  5. This is one you can feel confident about showing your family and friends who are normally saying things like "pish-tosh" when you bring up video games.
  6. Edge Magazine
    70
    Perfect? No. Indispensable? Yes. Wii Sports more than earns its bundled place as an essential component of the hardware. [Christmas 2006, p.76]
  7. It's free, so you're getting what you pay for. Yes, it can be fun, but it should have been a lot better.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 136
  2. Negative: 2 out of 136
  1. BenC.
    Dec 12, 2006
    10
    I've had more fun with this game than any other in a long time. The graphics are cheesy, and it has shortcomings like only one 9 hole I've had more fun with this game than any other in a long time. The graphics are cheesy, and it has shortcomings like only one 9 hole golf course, but I've been able to play it with dozens of family members and friends who haven't played video games in years, or who never enjoyed them in the first place. I've never had requests to bring console games with me to friends houses until Wii Sports, but my Wii has game nights at three different houses now. And good luck finding another game that makes your stomach sore from laughing and your muscles sore from moving. Expand
  2. HennyE
    Apr 11, 2008
    10
    After 4 back surgeries I thought I was done with bowling, but then along came the wii. I can now play tennis and bowl with kids with After 4 back surgeries I thought I was done with bowling, but then along came the wii. I can now play tennis and bowl with kids with grandkids, golf with spouse and even play by myself. My daughter bought me the wii for my birthday and said something about me needing more exercise, boy was she right! I exercise everyday with the wii sports and don't even realize that I am exercising. I strongly recommend the wii sports and not just because it is included in the purchase of the wii system. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2013
    10
    Is good play WII sport games is help you to understand basic knowledge of sports such a tennis or bowling
    also you can play a golf games is
    Is good play WII sport games is help you to understand basic knowledge of sports such a tennis or bowling
    also you can play a golf games is also is exercise games.
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  4. BrockJ.
    Dec 3, 2006
    9
    After waiting for the Wii and Zelda for as long as I had, I find myself playing Wii sports more! An amazing way to get a feel for the After waiting for the Wii and Zelda for as long as I had, I find myself playing Wii sports more! An amazing way to get a feel for the wiimote. It did what the wii set out to do, make a new gaming experience for new gamers and seasoned veterans. My only complaint is that the boxing controls are a little awkward. Looking forward to a Wii sports 2! Expand
  5. Dec 25, 2011
    8
    Very enjoyable game included with the Wii purchase. Play the computer or a friend and you will soon find yourself feeling like you are rightVery enjoyable game included with the Wii purchase. Play the computer or a friend and you will soon find yourself feeling like you are right there within the game playing Tennis, hitting a Baseball, punching your opponent in Boxing and Bowling for that elusive 300. Expand
  6. Sep 26, 2017
    7
    Overall, Wii Sports is still a fun game to sink time into with a couple of friends, and unlike Mario Party, you're not bound to shoutOverall, Wii Sports is still a fun game to sink time into with a couple of friends, and unlike Mario Party, you're not bound to shout obscenities (unless it's Baseball). Golf and Tennis are great, and Boxing is a great activity. Bowling is dependent on whether you like Bowling or not, and Baseball is awful, don't try it without friends. It has some catchy music, the motion controls are up to snuff, and despite some low-res graphics, it still holds up today.

    Purchase Score: Get It On Sale. It's currently $60 on Amazon for a New copy, and $30 for a Used copy, but I recommend getting it for less if it's for yourself (unless you're just getting it for multiplayer, in which case Used sounds like a good deal).

    Pros:
    + Catchy music
    + Tennis and Golf are brilliant
    + Huge multiplayer fun for years
    + Motion controls work well (most of the time)
    + Boxing is great way to relieve stress
    + Lot of fun with Training

    Cons:
    - Graphics haven't aged well
    - Not a lot of depth
    - Baseball AI is incredibly difficult
    - Baseball is RNG (Why on earth...)

    Recommended Most For:
    -- Gamers with a Wii (if you don't already own this)
    -- Fans of local multiplayer
    -- People who like motion control when it works
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  7. Jan 21, 2012
    3
    Except for that it is free, there isn't really anything great about this game. Its a tech demo, because there isn't really that fun, nor isExcept for that it is free, there isn't really anything great about this game. Its a tech demo, because there isn't really that fun, nor is there much content. The controls are awkward,slow and imprecise and none of the minigames emphasizes on skill at all (the controls aren't exact enough for skill to play a role anyhow). Overall, this is a real dumb game. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2006
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#2 Most Shared Wii Game of 2006