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Wii Sports Club Review

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Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Wii Sports Club Assemble!

Wii Sports Club began life as a rather interesting eShop initiative by Nintendo, as sports from the original Wii pack-in were gradually released with multiple purchase options — timed passes for a small amount or a permanent pass for fairly standard download price. With the set of five now complete it's hard to say how successful this approach has been, but it's also hardly surprising that Nintendo has opted to resort to a standard retail release, albeit with a price below the typical asking price.

All sports have had upgrades and changes, to varying degrees, for their Wii U iterations. On top of improved visuals we have online play, the Club system, Miiverse and MotionPlus / GamePad controls, all presumably with the goal of enhancing the original for a new audience.

Our approach for this review, then is to compile our previous content and then introduce a new conclusion and score for the whole package — features such as Miiverse and Club features will be covered on the final page. In that way we hope this'll give an overall picture and, ultimately, help you decide whether the downloads or retail disc are for you. If you want to view the full original eShop reviews, however, those are linked below.

Otherwise, click on through as we cover each sport individually, before giving a final assessment of this Wii Sports Club retail version.

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User Comments (55)

Samurai_Goroh

#2

Samurai_Goroh said:

The disc version should have been bundled with a Wii remote plus. I would buy it in a heartbeat if that were the case. And believe it or not there are many Wii U owners without a remote plus.

IxC

#3

IxC said:

I got it for £25. A reasonable price I think. I wouldn't have paid more than that for it though.

Nice to have Bowling with online. Tennis and golf too. Probably won't bother with Baseball or Boxing too much.

ACK

#4

ACK said:

Adore Golf, Tennis, and Baseball. Far better than their original counterparts. Bowling is as solid as ever and Boxing is pretty similar, but both offer a nice change of pace. Overall an excellent upgrade and probably the best sports compilation on the market.

audiobrainiac

#5

audiobrainiac said:

I'll eventually get all these. Wish you could voice chat with online play. I'd love to be talkin' some smack :(

DakotaM47

#6

DakotaM47 said:

No way I'm paying $39.99 for a HD remake with online. Maybe $20 price cut and then I'll think about it.

Ryno

#7

Ryno said:

Don't know if I will ever get this. The Wii Sports ship sailed a long time ago for me.

outburst

#8

outburst said:

I should have gotten only golf and bowling as they are the only games I/we play and enjoy. I should have trusted my instinct and didn't buy tennis. Now I ended up buying them all just because. :)

Nintenjoe64

#9

Nintenjoe64 said:

You should update your review of the Tennis. It's by far the best game and the lag and matching issues weren't there last time I played. Although it gave me tendinitis so maybe the score should stay low.

Nintenjoe64

#10

Nintenjoe64 said:

@Samurai_Goroh tell me about, I was kind of hoping Nintendo would come up with a deal to swap old style remotes with attachments for new ones. The most annoying bit for me is that Blockbuster was selling Wii U ones for £12 in its closing down sale and now it's gone :(

rjejr

#11

rjejr said:

Holy click thru Batman - 7 pages? I realize it laid out nicely that way but please tell me this is an aberration and not going to the the standard going forward. I really hate clicking thru stories.

I've already complained enough about baseball having only 3 innings, that's just stupid. Especially b/c in golf you can choose the number of holes, and in tennis you can choose the sets. So why not baseball. Stupid. (Though if real life baseball only had 3 innings maybe Tanaka would still be pitching and not on the DL.)

Also, not only is the Gamepad hardly used, you NEED to have a Wiimote turned on JUST to access the main menu. Why can't I at least look around the main screen suing the Gamepad while I decide what sport I want to play?

@Ryno may be right, this shipped may have sailed, and as @Samurai_Goroh said this game should be shipped w/ a WiimotePlus, it's NECESSARY for the game, no if ands or buts. And $40 for a game that came free w/ the $250 Wii is going to be a hard sell on a system that isn't selling. I think it's worth it for online and HD, BUT, capitalized BUT, online i sonly worth it for me if I have friends and family to play w/, and we don't know a single other friends or family who own a Wii U.

They should bundle this w/ 2 Wiimotes and Wii U for $299. (I think Japan had a similar family bundle a while back.) That may be a $420 MSRP value, but Wiimotes are 7 years old, do they still need to be $40 each? Even the Plus are several years old, $20 tops.

Japan bundle w/ 1 Wiimote:

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/02/nintendo_releasing_a_wii_sports_club_wii_u_hardware_bundle_in_japan

brewsky

#13

brewsky said:

Some of these need a little updating. For example, it says that Golf has two courses when there are three: the Resort course was added in later.

Samurai_Goroh

#14

Samurai_Goroh said:

@rjejr They should at the very least have a warning in the front cover: "Wii Remote Plus required" like the N64 games that required the Expansion Pack did. It's not that explicit at all for the uninformed consumer, who might see the box art and think that at the very least his old (non-Plus) Wiimotes will work.

Nintenjoe64

#16

Nintenjoe64 said:

It's a bit annoying that the digital version is more expensive than the disc, there's no discounts on offer and owning any of the games means that you have to download all 5. I might get the disc from Play Asia for £22...

Off topic but I noticed Project Cars is up for pre-order from game and is £15 cheaper on Wii U... hope that doesn't mean it is missing anything other than graphically.

Imagamerboi

#18

Imagamerboi said:

Also the sad thing is that if you don't have a Wii Remote Plus, then you can't even play this.

ricklongo

#19

ricklongo said:

Oh the irony: the ones I'm most interested in are precisely Tennis and Boxing.

I'll get it eventually, but I'm waiting for a good deal.

cmk8

#20

cmk8 said:

Also not keen on a 7 page review, a minor quibble though, I appreciate the overall review, thanks!
Have gone download only recently, galling to see the disk cheaper...

Ralek85

#21

Ralek85 said:

I might just make Tennis the 2nd purchase on my WiiU (after MK8 earlier this week). I have to give Pikmin 3 a try though first, and find a way to deal with the non-invertible camera in WWHD =(
Tennis was so cool, esp. back then the day of the Wii release :-D

Mytoemytoe

#22

Mytoemytoe said:

The most I would pay for this game is $10. You gotta be kidding me, right? Make a real baseball game with online play where I have to use a motion plus to swing and we can start talking. Same with golf, same with bowling. Get rid of boxing.

outburst

#24

outburst said:

Wow, you guys are willing to shell out 50-60 bucks for WW HD and you think Wii Sports HD worth only 10-20 bucks? Sure they are different games/genre but come on. If I'm Nintendo, I wouldn't have bothered for a remake if it'll only cost that less. 40 seems right. And some of you even paid less.

90sRetroGaming

#25

90sRetroGaming said:

Bought the Tennis Club Pass in November from Gamestop for $4.99 and then completed the digital version buying the remaining three Club Passes two weeks back directly from the eShop for $29.97.

Factoring the 20% off eShop cards from Best Buy and the 10% back from the Deluxe Digital Promotion, the complete digital version cost me around $25 + tax. Decent deal.

Had I not bought the Tennis Club Pass last year I probably would have bought the physical version of Sports Club. I'm happy with my digital version, though.

They DO need to update and patch the issues with Boxing, though. Motions aren't registering correctly for whatever weird reason...

cyrus_zuo

#26

cyrus_zuo said:

Baseball with the gamepad is a revelation, MUCH better than the original. So, so good!

Tennis is MUCH more competitive w/Motion+, but not as accessible as the original when it was just timing. It's not nearly as good a party game as the original, but it's better for long-term players.

Golf is Tennis x11! Way too hard for any casual player! No party play whatsoever! Rewards players who play it A LOT! Rewards them a LOT!

Bowling is essentially the same as Resort. Prettier, couple of new modes. Party pleaser. Fun single-player. Poor online title b/c it's a slow game.

Boxing I haven't bothered to try b/c of the reviews. Plus, Baseball! I'm way too busy playing it!

CanisWolfred

#27

CanisWolfred said:

I actually loved playing Tennis. Golf was great, as was Bowling. Boxing always sucked, though...

I'm totally getting the Disc version soonish. Wii Sports was a good time-waster, but what I've played of the other sports from the 1-day trials, this version definitely has more staying power.

ULTRA-64

#29

ULTRA-64 said:

On another note, this 'Wii u sports club' fiasco is actually the perfect example of Nintendo's poor handling of bringing the Wii u to market. So many decision changes and mistakes in marketing have created the opposite effect of Wii sports massive success alongside the Wii, with this really representing a back track for the initial Wii u launch strategy.

rjejr

#30

rjejr said:

@Samurai_Goroh - I'll be honest w/ you, I didn't even know this game required Plus.

But if they are going to put requirements on the box they might want to add that it requires a Wii U. I know it says Wii U on the very top of the box but I can't help but think a few casual players might just assume it's a Wii Sports sequel for the Wii. The box looks like Sports Resort.

http://www.amazon.com/Wii-Sports-Resort-Nintendo/dp/B004W1IX1G/ref=sr_1_7?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1405020472&sr=1-7&keywords=wii+sports+club

DBPirate

#31

DBPirate said:

Interesting review. The most disappointing part is that Boxing no longer supports Nunchuks as I only have 3 Wii Remote Plus controllers.

xerneas

#32

xerneas said:

Boxing really sucks, especially as I have to play it one-handed. Wii sports boxing was brilliant imo. Won't probably be buying as the online isn't that crowded and I mostly play off tv...

McGruber

#33

McGruber said:

The only one I bought so far is Tennis, but the online is so atrocious that it makes me not want to buy any of the others.

sinalefa

#34

sinalefa said:

I like this review approach, as you only read what you want to read. Still I would not pay more than $20 for the whole package.

JaxonH

#35

JaxonH said:

I like the game.

I mean, I loved Wii Sports (who didn't?) and this one is better in every way. Ya, the boxing is crap but the Golf is SPECTACULAR. The baseball and bowling is really great and the tennis is pretty good too. I'm buying this retail despite owning all 5 digitally just because I want it on disc> it's a classic game and I love owning physical copies of classic games.

I really hope Mario Golf on Wii U takes a page out of Wii Sports Club's playbook and offers an option to play with the Gamepad on the ground and Wiimote to swing. Man I love golfing that way!

JaxonH

#36

JaxonH said:

@rjejr

There's also probably a few people that'll buy microwaves thinking they're AC units.

But you can't fix stupid.

Henmii

#37

Henmii said:

Nintendo, pleaaaassse let it go! At the Wii launch it was what it was: A fun demonstration of the Wiimote, with clean (but simple graphics). It did its job, attracting the masses. But the masses won't be tempted again with this game, and we fans don't need it either! Just let it go away.

rockodoodle

#39

rockodoodle said:

This is a fair review. I might personally bump it up to an 8.5 if for no other reason golf and bowling are so much fun. Granted, this is coming from somebody who didn't play it on the Wii so much, so maybe that's why I'm having more fun with it.

Tennis wasn't spoken of highly, but it's the game my friends go to when they play it. I went ahead and got baseball and boxing, so I can't comment on those. So, if you are on the fence on this and haven't tried the demos yet, give it a shot- that's what got me to buy them. I had more fun than I thought I would.

rjejr

#40

rjejr said:

@JaxonH - I wish my microwave was an AC b/c I'm too lazy to put the AC in the window but the microwave is just always a few feet behind me. :-)

Dankykong

#41

Dankykong said:

Everyone who complained about Wii Sports "where is the online. why is this in standard def still" Now we have Wii Sports Club. Online + HD. What you asked for. Now people say "No way am I paying for that. You need to give it to me for free or for $20" no wonder sales are slow, you idiots always want something for nothing.

GreatPlayer

#42

GreatPlayer said:

I recently got zelda hd ans i am pretty broke. I only care about tennis. I think i will get individual sport when the price drops.

TimoteiWest

#43

TimoteiWest said:

I bought the disc.. I don't love all the sports, but I'm a sucker for a retail release of such things. It's a decent enough price on Shopto if ever you're interested, particularly if you end up with a Gold membership because you've spent far, far too much money in recent years feeding this awful habit..

HELP!

Blue-Thunder

#46

Blue-Thunder said:

Like a lot of people here I also think it's overpriced. The game is worth €20 and not a cent more.

I'm guessing most people already have Wii sports and Nintendo want £30, not euro, for a lick of paint and online.

If I have to wait 5 years for the price to be right I will do that. I've done it before.

akaDv8R

#47

akaDv8R said:

@Nintenjoe64 You might want to cancel that order if you placed one, now CARS is not coming to Wii U until 2015. It was hardly breaking news, with both titles bring published by BANDAI. They were hardly going to release C.A.R.S. up against SSB4. Just hope 2015 does not lead on to "Cancelled".

Nintenjoe64

#48

Nintenjoe64 said:

@akaDv8R I could smell a cancellation around the corner as soon as a major publisher got on board. Namco haven't been particularly cruel to Wii U owners but their support hasn't been massive and I'd imagine that Pacman on Wii U sold terribly enough to scare them off any development that Nintendo didn't fund.

Time to flood the Miiverse with complaints/worries about this delay/cancellation!

akaDv8R

#49

akaDv8R said:

@Nintenjoe64 Possibly, although Slightly Mad Studios have said from the start, they are determined to be the first developer to bring a true racing experience to the Wii U. Time will tell I guess. Hoping Hyrule Warriors and SSB4 helps shift enough consoles to warrant a release.

Nintenjoe64

#50

Nintenjoe64 said:

@akaDv8R the problem these days is that devs have the best intentions and publishers can dump all over those intentions pretty easily once they become their paymaster. This whole thing would be a lot worse if EA had bought Project CARS

BulbasaurusRex

#51

BulbasaurusRex said:

@Blue-Thunder Well, it is a very nice lick of paint, and the MotionPlus and GamePad enhancements are also a major (and arguably the best in Golf, Tennis, and Baseball) new enhancement as well. I think the prices are reasonable.

Argghh, the term is "fly ball," darn it! "Air ball" is a basketball term.

xj0462

#53

xj0462 said:

i thin ki will just get the retai version, since its the same as buying all 5 permanently

tysonfury

#54

tysonfury said:

I'd rather see a new Wii Sports collection that just uses the gamepad, I don't think this HD throwback to 2006 is going to win over any new believers

My suggestion: Wii Sports Touch
5 new sports,

  • Hang gliding
  • Windsurfing
  • Bodyboarding
  • Dodgeball
  • Netball

Maybe have it as DLC or something. Or while we're at it, where is Pilotwings for the Wii U?

erv

#55

erv said:

Moved on. Mario galaxy was a milestone in gaming that, for all the right reasons, made me forget about conceptual fun in the likes of wii sports and all others before galaxy.

Yep, wii u is more awesome already.

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