Review: Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

Is Wii Sports Resort the worthy sequel fans of the original have been waiting for?

Frisbee

Frisbee features two different games: Frisbee Dog and Frisbee Golf. Frisbee Dog is about tossing the frisbee into the air and having your dog catch it before it hits the ground. But there's a catch. You've got to toss the frisbee towards a target and have your dog catch the frisbee as close to this target as possible. The closer to the center of the target you get, the more points you'll score. Of course you'll have various balloons pop up that you can aim for and pop for extra points along the way as well. Tossing the frisbee is much like it is in real life. You grasp the frisbee, or Wii Remote in this case, by pressing the (B)button and then flick the Wii Remote like you would a real frisbee. It takes a bit of practice to get a feel for when to let go of the (B) button, but you'll soon be tossing the frisbee around more accurately in no time. Up to four players can participate in the game with the highest point total winning.

Frisbee Golf is basically what it sounds like. You take on the various Wii Sports Resort golf courses, but this time you do it with one of three frisbees. Each frisbee can travel a certain distance varying from 30-180 yards. You basically choose the frisbee you want to toss from the three choices and then toss away. Your goal is to get your frisbee onto the target that's located on the green where the hole and flagstick would normally be. The same basic rules apply; the only difference is that you use a frisbee instead of a golf ball. You can even put some serious curves on the frisbee to avoid hazards like water and trees that are in your way. It's actually even more fun than regular golf once you get the hang of it, so much so that we're considering taking a frisbee to the local golf course this weekend to try it out for real.

Archery

Archery is where you start to see the true benefits of Wii Motion Plus shine through. You'd better have a steady hand if you're going to succeed at this sport. There are three difficulty settings to play through - Easy, Intermediate, and Expert. The Easy mode has a still target and the distance and winds aren't terribly challenging once you get the hang of it. But once you hit the Intermediate and Expert levels, you'll encounter everything from moving targets to obstacles placed in front of the moving targets for you to avoid. There are four distances you shoot from in each match with three shots per distance. At the end of the round, your scores from all four distances will be totaled.

To shoot your bow and arrow, you hold the Wii Remote upright and press the (A) button to make your character raise his bow up. You then press the (Z) button on the Nunchuk and draw it back as if it were the bowstring. You'll see a circle pop up that you use to aim with. When you've sighted in your target, you simply release the (Z) button to fire the arrow. Of course you'll have to use the proper trajectory to correspond with the distance and windage. And once you start shooting at the moving targets, you'll then have to learn to shoot just ahead of them in order to make contact when your arrow reaches the target. It's this true-to-life archery gameplay that makes it one of the best games in the package and one you'll catch yourself coming back to time and time again. It's quite possibly the best overall game in the bunch, all things considered.

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