During today's shock Nintendo Direct broadcast it was confirmed that Wii launch title Wii Sports is getting resurrected for a new generation, with lush HD visuals, online play, Wii MotionPlus compatibility and a new pricing model which allows users to buy daily access or purchase each sport individually.
Wii Sports Club is made up of the five sports seen in the original Wii pack-in title: bowling, tennis, baseball, boxing and golf. Online play is possibly the most exciting element of this package, as you'll be able to take part in contests with players over the web. The "club" element comes into play via regional teams, which can interact with one another via Miiverse. You can play practice matches with people in your own club or take on rival clubs to increase your team's standing in the rankings.
Tennis and bowling are the first two titles to be made available, and are hitting the Wii U eShop on November 7th. Downloading the Wii Sports Club application will grant free access to the available sports for 24 hours, after which point a day pass of £1.49 / $1.99 must be purchased in order to keep playing. Alternatively, players can gain unlimited access for £8.99 / $9.99 per sport.
Given the popularity of Wii Sports, this seems like a very clever move to us. Online play was the only thing missing from the Wii original, and the concept of being part of a regional team is genius. However, the pricing could be cause for concern - buying unlimited access to each sport is going to be expensive. What are your feelings on this news? Post a comment to tell us.