Generally favorable reviews - based on 73 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
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  1. Wii Sports Resort offers more variety and a bit more complexity without alienating that family up the street who only bought a Wii because they love bowling. Unless you're the kind of sullen misanthrope who can only feel at peace when getting headshots with some kind of virtual scope, you'll surely find something about Wii Sports Resort that keeps both you and your non-gaming friends or family coming back for more.
  2. Wii Sports Resort is the best reason to have a Wii MotionPlus. And just as Wii Sports would be introduced as the Wii games there so far, the Wii Sports Resort offers a clear idea of how things will go from here. Hours of fun guaranteed.
  3. Makes the original seem lacking in every department. A lovely, polished party game. [Aug 2009, p.79]
  4. Even though Nintendo didn’t hit 12/12 I’d say that four of the games (Swordplay, Archery, Table Tennis and Power Cruising) are amazing, must-play experiences, another four (Basketball, Canoeing, Air Sports and Wake Boarding) are fantastic, and the rest (excluding Cycling) are worth a few play throughs. The only negative aspect about the game is that unless you pick up Tiger Woods 2010 you’re looking at the $70 purchase to pick up Wii Sports Resort (which includes a Wii MotionPlus peripheral) and an additional WMP unit.
  5. 91
    Like Wii Sports, Wii Play, and Wii Music, this is a game made to be played with friends, and your enjoyment with the title will directly relate to how much time you're able to spend playing it with other people.
  6. However, if you are a fan—and spent as many hours as I did in Wii Sports' virtual bowling lanes—then visiting this Resort is a no-brainer.
  7. Coming straight from Nintendo, the Wii Sports Resort presentation is overall only as good as you'd expect, but that doesn't detract from the actual quality.
  8. To be honest this is pretty much a no brainer if you like Wii Sports, and that's most people really, the selection of sports is nice and varied, as are the methods of playing.
  9. This is another excellent example of simple gameplay magic from Nintendo and is as essential to your collection as Wii Sports.
  10. 90
    Wii Sports Resort is a motion-controlled marvel with a little piece of magic included for each and every one of us.
  11. Wii Sports Resort is pure fun, easy to play and with a fresh gameplay (the perfect summer game!). Too much stuff to do even if as the original, it is above all an impressive showcase of the Wii potentials with a huge work behind. If you're looking for something new, perfect for these hot nights with your friends, Wuhu Island is waiting for you for an unforgettable holiday. Nothing to say: Nintendo did it again
  12. Lots of fun, there’s really no reason not to get Wii Sports Resort because you get a lot of fun games to play and you get the Wii Motion Plus, which will no doubt come into use with a lot of future Wii games.
  13. An unashamed definition of its host console; simple, colourful, accessible to all, but with a hidden depth for those who wish to explore it. It’s unlikely to convert many that are lost to the Wii cause, but for those who have already embraced it, a trip to Wuhu Island will be some of the most fun you’ll have all year.
  14. A sports package that's absolutely chock full of sports gaming goodness and enough replay value to keep gamers coming back for more. You might find sports packages that offer up a more in-depth gameplay experience for an individual sport , but you'd be hard pressed to find a package with more variety and fun than the one found in Wii Sports Resort.
  15. Wii Sports Resort is truly an experience like no other, offering truly real sports experiences and incredibly fun multiplayer modes.
  16. The fun and charm from the original is back and the improved controls don’t ruin from the experience at all that is to be had with the 12 categories of minigames. In fact, if there’s anything to complain about with the game’s depth, it’s probably the possibility that it might be too much to swallow.
  17. With 12 sporting games included in Wii Resort, there's definitely something for everyone and although the game will eventually get quite boring in single-player, where this game does shine besides it's party-game atmosphere is through the new Wii MotionPlus attachment that takes Wii gaming to its next evolution.
  18. 89
    A game that delivers entertainment in massive, unbridled waves. It’s true that Resort doesn’t quite strike the balance between single-player and party appeal, but its compulsive score-based structure is a significant step up from its predecessor.
  19. 87
    Just as Wii Sports was exactly what Nintendo needed to help shift units when the Wii launched so too Wii Sports Resort proves to be a perfect advert for MotionPlus as well as still being a cracking game in its own right.
  20. Wii Sports Resort discovers the real power of the Wii Motion Plus in a game that shows the power and talent of Nintendo when creating funny and incredibly addictive gaming experiences. If you liked Wii Sports, you will adore this title.
  21. Games Master UK
    Arguably this is the best Wii party game ever. It's also a great Motion Plus demonstration. [Sept 2009, p.72]
  22. As far as mini-game collections go on the Wii, this is undoubtedly the cream of the crop. You'll be surprised how much fun you have with some events, and how little you garner from others, but there are still some rock solid experiences that you'll come back to again and again when friends and family gather.
  23. With its broad appeal and simple, intuitive controls, Wii Sports Resort will have everyone up off the couch having fun… Wii guarantee you’ll love it.
  24. Wii Sports Resort expands upon the enjoyment and accessibility of it’s predecessor in nearly every aspect.
  25. Wii Sports Resort is proof of the full maturity of the Wii’s control system. Thanks to the Wii Motion Plus you can really do something unbeliveable in the past. Wii Sports Resort is a great title, which captures immediately casual and harddcore gamer. Unlike its predecessor, offers an high-level single player and you can play it for days. We don’t emphasize how much fun can give playing it in two or more people: it’s an experience that can make you laugh for hours and hours. Resort is undoubtedly Nintendo’s second great evolution.
  26. Wii Sport Resort overtakes its predecessor in quality and quantity, resulting in a complete game experience.
  27. For fans of Wii Sports, there’s no reason not to pick up Wii Sports Resort. It comes bundled with the Wii MotionPlus, contains several addictive offerings, and should provide some variety at your parents next Wii Sports party.
  28. Nintendo Power
    Nothing can match the joy found in simply picking up a controller and hitting the beach. [Sept 2009, p.88]
  29. 85
    It'll remind you why you picked up the console in the first place and, more than likely, spark a renaissance of Wii parties.
  30. It's another easy-to-learn, fun-to-play, great-with-the-family game, with realistic and satisfying motion controls to boot.
  31. Nintendo Gamer
    Buying three extra peripherals and playing with others WILL make you happier... you won't want to take the trip alone. [Sept 2009, p.56]
  32. The latest Wii Sports makes the original seem lacking in every department. With plenty of new gameplay modes, the inclusion of WMP and a bunch of new additions, 'Resort' is set to be one of the most important videogames of this summer. It's a shame that there's no online features, but still it has everything of what it takes to become a blockbuster in no time.
  33. 85
    Ultimately, Wii Sports Resort is the concept of the first entry, but taken much further, in part thanks to the Wii Motion Plus, but also for Nintendo's will to make Wii Sports a more complete game, able to satisfy both veterans and newcomers.
  34. More accessible and way more interesting than its predecessor, Wii Sports Resort isn’t only the best compilation of mini-games to be offered on the Wii console in a while but also a great way to display what the Wii Motion Plus accessory can do. However, keep in mind that the real fun of Wii Sports Resort will come out when you play in groups. If you like playing solo, this might not be the best game for you.
  35. Given the price of admission, which includes the game and one MotionPlus controller, I’d say that you can’t go wrong picking up this title as it should keep you and your friends busy for quite some time.
  36. Not all of the sports are winners and having a house full of people is still the best way to get the most enjoyment out of the game, but even with these slight caveats, it's hard not to recommend Wii Sports Resort to gamers of all ages and experience levels.
  37. While not every event in the game is going to please you, I'm sure you'll find plenty of things to like, especially with a group of friends.
  38. Wii Sports was a must for Wii owners, as anyone could pick up and play those games. Wii Sports Resort is also very fun to play with people, and it's an added experience with new games, more precise controls, and good ol' Wii Bowling and Golf.
  39. 80
    But even without that crucial feature, Wii Sports Resort still feels like an accomplishment, not only because it offers a fun and accessible experience built around the MotionPlus attachment, but because it may very well renew optimism in those jaded by the lackluster motion controls seen over the last couple years.
  40. With more than double the games and a new level of accuracy, Wii Sports Resort was worth the wait.
  41. 80
    If Wii Sports was the Pong of our day, Wii Sports Resort is the Super Pong machine with color graphics and handball and hockey modes: Some of it is superfluous, but it’s worth the upgrade.
  42. Wii Sports Resort is more then a fun collection of sports, which are great to play together. Baseball, swordfight and table tennis are great games, but jet ski is less fun. Wii Motionplus is a great addition, and the game will last for hours if you play it together with friends. Are you a single player type of gamer? Then the game will get boring over time!
  43. There's plenty here to do alone, but as with the original Wii Sports, Resort is far better when played with a friend.
  44. I was lucky enough to review the game while my in-laws, who are not gamers, were visiting. We played every night, and they loved it. Nintendo is trying to reach the non-gamer audience, and Wii Sports Resort is just the prescription.
  45. Wii Sports Resort manages to make us forget about controllers, displays and reality, and makes us play like kids, sensing that we really shot that arrow and we really took down those ten pins at bowling.
  46. 80
    Yes, it may well be a tech demonstration of MotionPlus, but on the upside somebody built a game around it for us to have some fun with, and to experience how much WMP really does improve on the original controls.
  47. Wii MotionPlus doesn't disappoint. The tiny, $20 peripheral (you get one free with the game; the rest are sold separately) is everything it's cracked up to be - when placed in the hands of developers who know what they're doing.
  48. games(TM)
    The addition of MotionPlus makes Wii Sports Resort more intuitive to play and adds lastability to gameplay. Controls aside, presentation and quantity of content has also been improved. [Sept 2009, p.108]
  49. A glimpse into the promising future of what developers can do with the power of the MotionPlus. If you can, for just a moment, get past the fact that the console's motion controls were not 1:1 to begin with and not let that sour the experience, you will get a lot out of it.
  50. This is hands down the best party experience on any home console, one that you will want to pick up as soon as you get a chance.
  51. Wii Sports Resort serves as more than just a tech demo for WiiMotionPlus, and more than just a collection of minigames. It does well as a proper sequel to Wii Sports, being easy to pick up and fun to play alone or with friends. There is far more below the surface than meets the eye in this title that is far more hit than miss.
  52. Resort demonstrates the MotionPlus upgrade perfectly and thus offers a decent multiplayer experience.
  53. Although Wii Sports Resort looks simple, it uses the new Wii MotionPlus technology surprisingly well. Apart from the technological improvements the game contains twelve extensive sports that provides lots of entertainment when playing with company.
  54. If you’re like me, where Wii Sports continues to get the most play on your Wii, then you’re surely itching to get your hands on Wii Sports Resort, if you haven’t done so already.
  55. 80
    By buying Wii Sports Resort you get a game we recommend. The inferior graphics will be compensated by the beautiful sound and great gameplay. The only thing that should be stopping you from purchasing this game is the rare possibility that you have no-friends to play it with at all!
  56. A great display of how motion-controlled gaming can work. Bigger and better than Wii Sports too.
  57. A wide variety of games and accessible-yet-deep controls make Wii Sports Resort a must-have party game.
  58. 77
    At the very least it’s a wonderful demonstration of the capabilities of the Wii Motion Plus peripheral, and shows just how much it changes Wii motion sensing for the better. The device is incredibly accurate and Wii Sports Resort shows this extremely well in several games that are really fun – if just slightly shallow – sports-based diversions.
  59. All in all, families that loved the first one would be well advised to pick up the sequel. It’s a better game, and for the price of admission you get an accessory that will (hopefully) allow for improved gameplay for the future.
  60. 75
    Wii Sports Resort perhaps doesn't go as far as a good sequel should, but it's still - yes, yes - damned good fun.
  61. A fun but shallow mini-game collection, whose hobbled simulations still make good use of the MotionPlus.
  62. I strongly suspect people will pick up Wii Sports Resort on name recognition alone, and be mystified by the odd white attachment inside. If enough WMPs are sold, and enough developers pay attention, it may just work.
  63. The Wii Sports along this becomes almost a demo. The number of modes and games available is great. It is spectacular to put the capabilities of the Wii Motion Plus in test and improve the control of movements of the Wii, given that we have a fun game here.
  64. Wii Sports Resort is a fantastic showpiece for MotionPlus, and the one thing that Gamestyle takes away from its time with the game is the possibility of what it could lead to.
  65. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Set of minigames takes full advantage of the enhanced abilities you get with the new Motion Plus controller. Graphics are still a bit lame but a wide range of sports and accessibility will satisfy every kind of casual gamer. [Sept 2009]
  66. Pelit (Finland)
    Motion Plus tech demo lacks the depth of the real game. Non-gamers loves this though, and you can have a lot of fun with it, if your friends are stupid, drunk or both. [July 2009]
  67. With two or more players, the sequel is, once again, a compulsive riot. Played alone, however, some of its pieces seem sweet, but a little empty.
  68. 70
    Most of the mini-games are surprisingly skill-based, and even Wii Sports haters should find something to enjoy. I definitely did.
  69. Wii Sports Resort fits into the rotation of party games, but it has the breezy weakness of being lost in the shuffle.
  70. 65
    For Wii Sports diehards, Wii Sports Resort will be worth a look, but for the rest of us – especially those who’ve thrashed Bowling to death already, this is a patchy offering more notable for its missed opportunities than its successes.
  71. Wii Sports Resort is a mixed bag when it comes to value for money. If you already own a number of Wiimotes this will give you a really entertaining experience with friends and family. Most of the new minigames are really entertaining and the revamped ones have been greatly improved. The Wii Motion Plus does improve the overall feeling a lot, but since it remedies past shortcomings that's more of a necessity than a strength. As a whole this is definitely not entertaining enough to warrant multiple purchases to get the Wii Motion Plus but if you already own the controls you'll find a lot to like here.
  72. Sports Resort is controlling, and even solemn, about just how much fun you should be having with it. And that’s a development that should chill every Wii owner to the bone.
  73. As a solo experience, Wii Sports Resort doesn’t offer much to the lonely and the damned; online play is utterly M.I.A. And the jury is still out on the Wii MotionPlus attachment. It makes a difference, yes, but that difference often seems marginal at best.

Awards & Rankings

#2 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#4 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 343 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 343
  1. Apr 22, 2021
    Best Wii game I ever played, it's fun, and has a lot of mini games, my favourite is the duel
  2. May 2, 2015
    This is a great game! I honestly don't know anyone with a Wii that doesn't have this game. The graphics are good for the Wii. The Sports areThis is a great game! I honestly don't know anyone with a Wii that doesn't have this game. The graphics are good for the Wii. The Sports are frigging awesome, especially Bowling, Golf, Frisbee, Archery, and Basketball. The Miis option or getting to play as your Mii is awesome. The controls are just right, and good. This also requires a Wii Motion Plus to play and is a great tech-demo unlike the crappy Ninjabread Man, this game is a million times better. Wii Sports Resort is a VERY great game and I would recommend you get it before prices go up. Full Review »
  3. Aug 19, 2010
    What a game!What fun to be had here.I was a little skeptical going into this game because of Wii sports.It was kinda a title that was there aWhat a game!What fun to be had here.I was a little skeptical going into this game because of Wii sports.It was kinda a title that was there a promised things but didn't deliver them like it should of.This game does it all and is hard to stop playing,even playing solo.That's the mark of a great game because everything just isn't multiplayer,you always have to kick up the solo experience because everyone's tastes are different.This game is a blast and my favorite is 100 pin bowling,I could never get tired of that.Great game Nintendo!! Full Review »