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Wii Sports Club Goes Live Right Away in North America

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The courts and alleys await, in a friendly sporting sense

Nintendo is really keen for you to sample the delights of Tennis and Bowling in Wii Sports Club. If you don't jump onto the eShop it'll be delivered to your Wii U — space permitting — via SpotPass, while Nintendo of America has confirmed that the download is available right away on the eShop, before the standard update kicks in.

It's been available in Europe since early morning local time, too, though downloading it necessitated finding the game's entry through the search menu. This download offers HD re-releases of the popular Wii Sports events, with improved MotionPlus controls and online multiplayer. The online seems to be region-based, unfortunately, while the in-game "pep talks" run through Miiverse moderation, hopefully avoiding inappropriate trash talk; you have the option of joining a Club to represent your area, too.

Are you jumping straight in to fight for your Club's honour? As an update, we've now received the full Nintendo Download details for this week, so you can see what else is also on offer.

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User Comments (50)

Nintenjoe64

#2

Nintenjoe64 said:

Cancelled football tonight to have a Wii Fit Luge and Wii Sports night. My fit meter just arrived too! Day of (fitness) dreams!

TruenoGT

#4

TruenoGT said:

Entry is up on the US eShop, but no download link just yet. (madly enters/exits eShop)

Retrowire

#8

Retrowire said:

I can see it in the eShop but all I can do is add it to my wishlist. Can't download? What gives? EDIT: Oh, so it's not working for anyone else either? Can't wait, can't wait! :D

Ryo_Hazuki-san

#10

Ryo_Hazuki-san said:

i have had 20$ on my eshop for the past 2 months waiting for this game!! can not wait to be a baddonkey bowler again but online !
Please watch the profanity — TBD

N64ever

#13

N64ever said:

I can't wait to get this either. I also can't wait for Nintendo of America to figure out how to do morning updates to the eshop instead of making us wait till like noon.

ultraraichu

#15

ultraraichu said:

Cool. So glad that it will automatically download on my Wii U through spotpass since I wouldn't get home till after 11:00pm (work then class). Then again I would be too tired to even play :P

rjejr

#17

rjejr said:

I'm waiting to see how Spotpass works for this one. I think my Wii U is set up for auto but I'm not sure, everything changed when I got it back from Nintendo repair as it's a new system :-(

Also - first 24 hours free. Anybody know when that kicks in? I'ld like to use it Sat. It should be from first game launch but does anybody actually know? And I'm guessing it's 24 straight hours from first use, not total, correct? 24 hours total (easily visible in the daily log) would be cool, probably last us a whole month :-)

QBertFarnsworth

#18

QBertFarnsworth said:

Will Motion Plus actually do anything on these games? To me, I didn't see any noticeable difference on bowling between Wii Sports and Wii Sports resort.

Guitardude7

#20

Guitardude7 said:

I'm gonna wait for a physical release of all the games. I have a feeling that's going to come rather soon.

AlmightyDerek

#21

AlmightyDerek said:

@N64ever

It technically is a morning update. Nintendo headquarters is on the west coast so they release it at 9am there.

@QBertFarnsworth

Seriously? It made a huge difference. The resort version actually tracked your full motion instead of just when you released the button like in the original. Resort was much more accurate to my real life bowling skills (unfortunately).

sinalefa

#23

sinalefa said:

@rjejr

I think that kicks in as soon as you first run the game, but I highly doubt it will be 24 effective hours. I am guessing that if you start it today at noon, then tomorrow at noon your trial will be over. If not, then no one would ever need to buy it.

dumedum

#24

dumedum said:

I'm thinking how the Baseball will be, because the Regular Non Motion Plus original Baseball still amazing the way it tracks the bat. To improve on that will be incredible.

rjejr

#25

rjejr said:

@sinalefa - Yeah, that's what I figured, so I need to keep my kids away from it until Sat morning. I really don't want to pay $10.85 for 1 sport after getting all of Wii Sports included w/ the Wii. I might pay $2 at Thanksgiving, I'm having 21 guests for dinner. 4 way tennis would be fun.

Would you happen to know if the $1.99 daily rental is for 1 sport or both? Seems bad to pay $2 for a $10 game rental but $2 for both games would be better.

TreesenHauser

#27

TreesenHauser said:

I can't wait for Wii Sports Club to become available. I'm just seeing an Add to Wish List button. But patience is an awesome, awesome virtue.

jord91

#29

jord91 said:

Regional online seriously sucks! My interest in this game has just waned

rjejr

#31

rjejr said:

@sinalefa - Thanks anyway, I think somebody on the other thread answered it. I need to stop posting on multiple threads at once, it gets confusing.

Retrowire

#35

Retrowire said:

Downloaded and going to play ri-- And downloading an update. Next gen gaming for the win! YAEH! /sarcasm. EDIT: Also, just so everyone knows, that while the eShop page for the game says that it supports regular wii motes, a Nintendo representative that I emailed about it earlier finally replied with "Yes it requires motion plus controllers".

idork99

#36

idork99 said:

My level of excitement that I have for this game is the same level that I get when a new Virtual Console game goes on sale on the Wii U eShop that I've had stored in my Wii Vitual Console for years: not too excited. With Virtual Console games, I pay another $1.50-$1.00 to have the ability to play the game directly from the Wii U main menu, play on the game pad, and post thoughts and pics on Miiverse. For $10 per sport, I can essentially do the same things listed above. I still have my Wii Sports disc copy that I've had since 2006 that I can still play on my new Wii U so I think I'll just stick with that.

What's also preventing me from making the purchase is that I invested heavily in the system early and now I have to pay more for better enjoyment. Within the six months of the Wii's system launch, I purchase three Wii Remotes, a Nunchuck, four classic controllers (not the pro), two Wii Wheels, and the Wii Balance Board. Since Nintendo sold me on the new Wii U and that all old Wii controllers would be compatible with the system, I made the jump. But I also made the mistake in investing in the 8GB (so all controllers and system would be the same color; they didn't offer black Wii's in the early days) thinking I can buy physical copies of all full retail games offered. Now, I'm realizing that if I want to truly enjoy this game as intended, I need to buy 1-4 motion control plus adaptors, an exterior hard drive, and the game(s). All of these things together can easily add up to about another $150 I'll need to spend. Maybe $120...since I'd really only purchase bowling and tennis. Anyhow, end of rant.

EDIT: Surprisingly, this game doesn't require too much memory and I was able to download on my 8GB Wii U with room to spare. So I wouldn't need an external hard drive, but I still need a Wii motion plus adapters plus purchase of sport which can be anywhere from $20 to $60.

MikeLove

#37

MikeLove said:

I'm somewhat interested in online play, but the fact that the original Wii version only held my attention for an hour makes me want to wait for a price drop.

N64ever

#38

N64ever said:

I didn't realize it was 10 bucks a sport I thought we would at least get a pack of different sports for 10 not just one. Ugh

Yosher

#40

Yosher said:

Waiting for the retail version as well. Will probably be cheaper, or at least just as expensive as the digital version (when including all games of course) and you get a nice little box to place on your shelf. Just hope it won't be any more than 30 bucks.

dok5555555

#41

dok5555555 said:

Can someone help me on how to use the 24 hour pass. I loaded the game up for the first time, picked my Club(region thing), then the two sports were just grayed out. The only options I had were Settings and Profile.

rjejr

#44

rjejr said:

@Retrowire - the page says regular Wiimotes WITH a Plus attached. So technically you can use an old Wiimote if you can find a Plus, though I havent seen one in stores in awhile.

Anybody have the auto update happen yet? Now I'm wondering if it wil just be the small front end and we'll have to wait for it to update - ie actually DL the games.

West coast time is annoying bt still so much better than Sonys between 5PM and midnight. Been that way for years, though better lately.

rjejr

#45

rjejr said:

@IxnayontheCK I'm waiting for a price drop myself, or B1G1 when the other sports release. It could be they ae using online to justify the cost now that both PS4 and X1 require you to pay to play online. Or they are still just finding there way with digital pricng, its still all knd of new to them. Wi Fit has a 31 day trial and this 24 hours, they ned to make mney somewhee. And they cant charge $2 a day to rent $5 games, even im nt that cheap.

Zyph

#46

Zyph said:

@rjejr @ultraraichu
For those wondering why they're still not getting the game via SpotPass:
"The auto distribution of Wii Sports Club via SpotPass is scheduled to begin starting on November 11th, and may take some time for it to be distributed to all available consoles. If you would like to play right away, please download the game manually from the Nintendo eShop beginning November 7th."
via IwataAsks and http://wiisportsclub.nintendo.com/how-to-get-it/

I still want to test this while the system is powered down so I'll wait till the 11th rather than download it right away in the eShop.

IxnayontheCK

#47

IxnayontheCK said:

@rjejr yeah i agree, this is only Nintendo's proper go at the online playing field. They're a bit wobbly about thus far. Dunno if you're familiar with PS Plus but its a pretty impressive program.

rjejr

#48

rjejr said:

@IxnayontheCK - "PS Plus but its a pretty impressive program."

It's more impressive in the EU though. I had it the first 2 years then dropped it. I almost re-subbed to get the free $10 but Gamestop has a 1 yr PS+ for $30 BF so I'm waiting on that now. Well I was but they already removed Kingoms of Alumar: Reckoning,it was there for only a month and I mised it, bummer.

This past week I've actually been commenting that Nintendo should start one - call it "Players Choice" - they had 1/2 off a bunch of games like Zombie U and Wii Fit U adn Sports Club trials, it seems like they are testing the waters.

GamerJunkie

#49

GamerJunkie said:

@rjejr Playstation 4 lets you play stuff free online and offer many free to play games at launch, so you can have fun even on day 1 without buying even 1 game... not everything requires ps plus.

If you want PS Plus, that is additional online content for $5 a month or so which is very cheap(nintendo charges $10 for 20 year old 8 bit games). PS Plus will be giving you tons of free games and fun to be had for that $5 a month.

Nintendo is so far behind in the online world it isn't even funny.

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