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Wii Sports Club Baseball and Boxing Arrive on 27th June, Retail Bundle on 11th July

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

That's for Europe, anyway

After Japanese release details let the cat out of the bag, Nintendo has confirmed European release details for both Wii Sports Club: Baseball and Wii Sports Club: Boxing on the Wii U eShop, while also announcing a retail disc version that will combine all five games in one.

To start with the download options, these will both arrive on 27th June, and will come with a free 48-hour trial for all — including those that have enjoyed trials before — before adopting the standard £1.79 / €1.99 one-day pass and £8.99 / €9.99 permanent purchase options. The retail disc version, meanwhile, will include all of the sports and arrive in stores on 11th July.

As for the games themselves, Baseball very much sounds like the game demonstrated way back at E3 2011, with MotionPlus used for more accurate swings of the bat and the GamePad motion control and screen used for pitching and catching — from a first-person perspective — while fielding. As for Boxing, an interesting detail is that players can use a Wii RemotePlus controller in each hand for added precision, likely ruling out the frenzied waggle-fest of fights in the Wii original. There'll be skill shaper challenges for practising, of course.

For those that want all five games we suspect the retail offering will be a more affordable option, minus the convenience of the download passes — and the fact that three sports have been playable for a good while. It's certainly a smart move to release the game this summer, especially as a means of capturing the attention of those considering a Wii upgrade; Nintendo's current system is enjoying a spike of media attention, after all.

Are you looking forward to the final two downloads, the retail disc, or not actually bothered about these in any form? Let us know, while we'll keep an eye out for North American release details.

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MajinSoul

#1

MajinSoul said:

I'm really interested in the Retail version. I've tested some Tennis and Bowling online and it was more fun than I expected it to be. If the price is right, I'll definetly purchase it

Jazzer94

#2

Jazzer94 said:

Knew a retail version was coming glad I waited and I know this will go down to £20-25 quickly now just NES Remix.

Kiz3000

#3

Kiz3000 said:

Will definitely pick up the retail version, UNLESS there is a good offer on a all 5 sports pass say for £35 (saving £10).

Morph

#4

Morph said:

I've already bought the first 3 sports, at the very least i expect to get 1 free if i buy 4.

smikey

#5

smikey said:

I knew they'd drop a retail version eventually thats why they are some of the few games I've never bought on the e-shop.

having said that I'm still expecting or perhaps just hoping a remix retail version will happen in Europe eventually too though I have actually bought them in the e-shop I just like boxes on my shelf I guess

Judah_83

#7

Judah_83 said:

we are now seeing the nintedozkrieg. a full all out push to get the word out about wii u. A bundled wii sports club in the summer, mk8, ssb4 in winter, watch dogs in the fall, hyrule warriors, X, bayonetta, and thats not including the expected unannounced titles. It will be 2006 all over again. PSsnore and Xbone dont have games. Wii U do lolololol and a great variety. Parents are going to flock to the stores. This is what I envisioned!! Nintendo is making it a cruel summer for the competition. The U turn starts now!!!! I love it 😃😃

Nintenjoe64

#8

Nintenjoe64 said:

I only bought tennis. Would pay for an improved version of that but I don't enjoy the online of the other games enough to warrant a purchase

Judah_83

#9

Judah_83 said:

Btw that tomodachi life thing is gonna explode, sell very well and the wii U will become socially norm like twitter,fb, twitch, ig, google+, etc. especially if you got celebs in on it as well (i.e, shaq & xtina aguillera). winds of change are blowing. remember where you heard it first!!

Pod

#10

Pod said:

They better do something to improve the visuals for the retail release.

The games all look dreadful when compared to the simple charm of the original.

TruenoGT

#12

TruenoGT said:

These last two are probably my least fav of the original 5 sports, but the gameplay enhancements sound fun and online could be really cool for both... I'll definitely check out the trials.

dkxcalibur

#13

dkxcalibur said:

I might consider it. We've yet to give any of the available 3 sports a try yet because there's always something new that we would rather play. Every time I think about giving them a try I have that "been there, done that" feeling. I know that they are improved versions of the Wii Sports game but I don't feel that there is enough new content to warrant spending the money. Although the online play and "club" feature is attractive. I hated boxing on the Wii with a passion. If it were up to me, they could have included a different sport and left boxing out of the game. Archery from Resort????

sinalefa

#14

sinalefa said:

Insert usual joke about NOA being late to the party. And by NOA I don't mean Nintendo of Australia.

Those are great news. I did not buy any of them, and the extra precision in baseball and specially boxing will be appreciated. Hopefully the disc version will come to the US so I can pick it up. NES Remix are such small downloads that I don't mind having them on the Wii U, but Sports takes around a GB.

rjejr

#16

rjejr said:

@Judah_83 - Why do you think 3DS game Tomodachi Life will be good for Wii U? Isn't it just another reason for peopel to buy a 2/3DS instead of a Wii U?
I agree w/ your 1st post though.

@ThomasBW84 - "we suspect the retail offering will be a more affordable option"

Is that inside info talking or just your gut? We looking at $40? $30? I haven't purchased any yet as I've been waiting for this. And even if it's $50 I'll just wait for a B1G1 sale.

Guess this rules out a Sluggers sequel though :-( Well at least maybe this version will give us some options, Wii sports baseball was WAY too limited compared to a real baseball game. I at least would like to be able to pick teams out of my Miis.

andrea987

#17

andrea987 said:

Only sports I'll ever play on it are tennis and golf, already purchased. So that's me done.

IRNBRU115

#19

IRNBRU115 said:

MIGHT get the retail disc. Although, I would appreciate it if I could buy all of them for the same price at download, but if not, disc it is.

Tops

#21

Tops said:

I'd get the disc over the downloads but it seriously depends on the price.

millarrp

#22

millarrp said:

I plan to get the last two sports. I already have the season pass for the other three so might as well complete the whole collection.

Maelstrom

#23

Maelstrom said:

Definitely getting the retail version after a price drop: Something the digital version will never have.

Mrclaycoat

#24

Mrclaycoat said:

I've been waiting in North America for this retail version and will buy day one. Haven't bought a single sport yet but Tennis was quite good!

outburst

#26

outburst said:

I hope there will be some discount for us who bought the first 3. Or maybe for FRRRREEEEEEEEE!!!!:D

rjejr

#28

rjejr said:

@ThomasBW84 - Yeah, I figured. Oh well, guess we'll know next week huh?

Maybe Reggie will get around to announcing it in NA by then. I think Reggie living in Cali on Pacific time always leaves him behind the curve, he's probably just now waking up. ;-)

JeffreyG

#29

JeffreyG said:

I liked playing Tennis online, but the WiiMotion Plus kept glitching... (The Mii would hold his racket in a really awkard position while I was just holding my Wii Remote normally, pointed at the screen.) Bowling was fun, but online was just a little bit too much of a waiting game for my taste. Haven't tried out Golf yet, but I'll probably give Baseball a shot. The GamePad addition sounds pretty cool. :)

DestinyMan

#30

DestinyMan said:

Since I only bought one sport in Bowling, I'll consider the retail version at some point. Here's hoping they used the extra time to really polish up the online Boxing!

Sakura

#31

Sakura said:

Personally not bothered about this but glad there is the option for those who will enjoy. There are so many games that I now feel like there are more games I want to play than physically have time to get around to. And Zelda Wii U is still to be revealed, 3DS remarkably strong in the handheld market...

p.s. hope they give Europe some special miis during E3 for that 3DS accomplishment...hint, hint!

Tsurii897

#32

Tsurii897 said:

Uh...that control scheme for boxing sounds really good :D
looking forward to it. I won't get Wii Sports Club as a whole (like..ever, I just don't like the other sports that much), but I guess I'll buy boxing at some point..if it's as good as it sounds. Otherwise I'll just keep playing the old version from time to time.

absuplendous

#34

absuplendous said:

I'd be interested in a retail disc or a digital deal that's equivalent in price. I need to research if these games offer more than just a graphical update, but I think online play might be enough to warrant their purchase.

tysonfury

#35

tysonfury said:

Hope we get a Wii U + Wii Sports club bundle now, with a wii remote for around £199, just like in Japan.

ultraraichu

#37

ultraraichu said:

I like the Wii Boxing but the clunky motion control and the Nunchuk combo made it hard for me to love it. With the dual Wii remote plus, all that might change.

Baseball was always meh to me so I'll make use of the trial pass to see if it's any better.

MussakkuLaden

#38

MussakkuLaden said:

In this case I'd actually prefer the download version, as it's quick and easy to play every now and than, rather than exchanging the disc of the game I'm playing intensely with that of Wii Sports Club. But on the other hand, if the price for the retail version drops considerably below that of the download of the whole package, I may still opt for it.

electrolite77

#39

electrolite77 said:

Excellent, like most of Nintendo's online offerings I've steered clear (no acceptable Account system) but the retail disc is a likely buy for me at the right price.

Haxonberik

#40

Haxonberik said:

Well I was waiting for a retail version from the start so I'll pick it up if it's $40 or less.

Obito_Tennyson

#42

Obito_Tennyson said:

This is what I have been waiting for. So anyway Nintendo, how about that NES Remix, though? No? Okay...

Gen0neD

#43

Gen0neD said:

Can't wait for boxing. Few things have brought me such joy as socking another Mii in the face and watching them crumble for a KO. Giggled every time.

Shambo

#44

Shambo said:

Finally, boxing! Been waiting forever now! But retail bundle sounds very nice, might simply go for that.

WiiLovePeace

#45

WiiLovePeace said:

I've already got all the other one's. I'll probably download the last two as well, if not only Baseball. Don't forsee myself playing for very long though. Haven't touched Wii Sports Club in agessss. Would've been nice if they had've made it worldwide instead of region limited. It was hard to find Tennis games in Australia even when it was released & of course there was the lag...

ULTRA-64

#47

ULTRA-64 said:

I would SAY I'm exited but I havnt even tried my free trials yet and the best sports are already out so I'll probably end up not buying this unless there's a massive game drought and it gets cheap.
New features might have tempted me.........

LittleIrves

#48

LittleIrves said:

For me, Wii Sports Club has been a big surprise... amazed how much Tennis benefits from being online, and I love the simple/novel GamePad usage in Golf. I agree that it'd be nice to have a visual upgrade, but I have to imagine they're working on a "for-real" Wii U Sports package, similar to Resort. These games were not built w/ the GamePad in mind. These are clever retcons. I'll definitely be buying Baseball and trying Boxing.

(And for those that knew how to play, Boxing was pretty amazing and controlled fine even in 2006. Just because you can waggle doesn't mean you should.)

JaxonH

#49

JaxonH said:

@rjejr

Ya, I've been wanting this since they announced Wii Sports Club in the first place. I did buy all 3 sports digitally, but I'll gladly eat the cost and delete them to save space on my hard drive, in favor of buying the retail disc (collectible physical release, gotta have it!). I did that with Ducktales Remastered. Had bought it digitally, but had to get physical when they announced it. So I just said screw it and deleted the digital game even though I paid for it separately. No need to have it twice, just takes up valuable space on the HDD (I have a 500gb plugged in, but I'm kind of playing this game of seeing how long I can make my 32gb last)

XCWarrior

#50

XCWarrior said:

Only way I'm rebuying these games is if we get the retail box here in the US. I expect it to be announced at E3... but I'll be waiting.

Can't wait for baseball.

rjejr

#53

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - Festive? I thought you were just bragging about the limited collectors ed you got in the mail ;-)

JaxonH

#54

JaxonH said:

@rjejr

I'm really proud of that LE. Yeah, a few DID turn up on eBay for about $350-$400 Buy It Now price (which is WAY too much, but I knew that was gonna happen), and I could have just bought it online- albeit for twice what I paid, but it's so much more exciting when you get it in the wild. The fact I actually had a guy pre order for me in person is what makes it special. It's the story behind it that gives it personal value. Kind of like antiques, ya know? It's the story behind them that makes them really interesting. Had I bought it off eBay, I probably wouldn't have even mentioned it.

sinalefa

#55

sinalefa said:

@rjejr @JaxonH

I missed that story completely. Congrats, man! I will try mine (normal edition) on Saturday at a friend's house for some tried and true couch multiplayer fun.

RawkHawk013

#56

RawkHawk013 said:

hope it comes to the US. Definitely would be interested in a retail version of all 5 games.

Iggly

#57

Iggly said:

Huh, looks like it was a good idea I chose A Link Between Worlds over the digital Wii Sports Club back in November. Can't wait for them to release it to the US.

Dauntless

#58

Dauntless said:

Never got any of the digital downloads because I suspected they would eventually bundle a collection. I'll be looking for this one when its released.

YoshiTails

#59

YoshiTails said:

Very close to buying golf... though 8.99 seems a rip off -maybe consider retail at 20 quid

rjejr

#60

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - "a few DID turn up on eBay for about $350-$400"

I always used to think those prices were insanely crazy until 1 day I realized there are about 850 major league baseball players in the US - so we're talking a lot of single guys in their 20's - making on average $3 million per year. So they can afford 1 of those. NFL, NHL, NBA add a few hundred more. Can't spend it all on blow. (Props to DC's Elliott Neese for realizing $100,000/yr is too much for a 16 year old to handle responsibly.)

alpharidley76

#61

alpharidley76 said:

I'm hoping that Nintendo release the retail Disc at a price of £29.99. I would also then hope that anyone who buys 3 out of 5 sports in the Eshop gets the other 2 free.

Judah_83

#62

Judah_83 said:

@rjejr yea that was my mistake lol I meant to say 2/3DS but I was thinkin maybe a 2/3DS owner of tomadachi life brings their game and 2/3DS console over to their friends, sign into his account, downloads it on the friends Wii U so now the friend can create a mii and play in user created town or whatever. Brings wii u into the mix. Now if it were released for both wii u and 2/3DS then you can just go online and meet up on miiverse . Only a matter of time before you can play your 2/3DS games on the gamepad via the eshop and your account ID. Its possible. Hopefully next E3 we get no region loccing and a true account system. Do it!!

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