Wii Sports News
News Wii Sports Officially Inducted Into The Video Game Hall Of Fame
Rare's FPS GoldenEye 007 didn't make the cut
Update [Fri 5th May, 2023 00:25 BST]: The 2023 inductees for The Strong Museum 'World Video Game Hall of Fame' have now been revealed and Wii Sports has officially been selected. It was picked alongside Barbie Fashion Designer, Computer Space and PlayStation's hit, The Last of Us. Unfortunately, games...
Random Elderly Couple Thrashes The Competition In Wii Bowling Tournament
Where's everybody gone? Bowling?
Here a bit of wholesome fun to brighten your day. During the Wii era, Nintendo was very much of the mind that gaming is for everyone. Indeed, the company still holds by this mantra to this very day, but we can all remember the countless advertisements for the Wii that seemed to feature everyone from toddlers to...
Random Twitch Chat Beats "Every Single Sport" In Wii Sports
It even got a home run in baseball
We've seen Twitch chat beat games like Pokémon and even The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but how about a more active game? Over the holiday break, Twitch and variety streamer GappyV decided to invent the ultimate test - creating code that converted basic messages into Wii Remote and Nunchuk inputs to see...
News Switch Is Most Popular With 22-Year-Olds, Nintendo Says
Well, that rules us out then
Update [Wed 9th Nov, 2022 14:20 GMT]: After the below article went live, it came to our attention that the data supplied by Nintendo might actually be more inaccurate than we'd initially believed. As pointed out by Colm Larkin over on Twitter (and indeed by a few of our own clever community members), the sharp spike at...
Soapbox EA Playground Is A Forgotten Gem And Deserves To Be Remembered With Wii Sports
Playing games in the uncanny valley
Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've been chewing over. Today, on its 15-year anniversary, Jim pleads the case for a forgotten Wii classic... If there’s one thing that you could always rely on the Wii to achieve, it was...
News Nintendo Switch Dominates The Month Of May In Japan
Is anyone surprised?
We've got the full sales data for the month of May in Japan and it was another strong performance for the Nintendo Switch, surprising absolutely no one. Nintendo Switch Sports took the top spot in terms of game sales, shifting almost 420,000 units after its launch on April 29th. This performance puts the game just behind its...
Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (June 11th)
Bask in the warm glow of not-E3
Well folks, it's been another jam-packed week at Nintendo Life, with plenty of highlights to mention! First up, the excellent Mario Strikers: Battle League launched on Friday and we thought it was a great sports game for the Switch in our review. Similarly, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords...
Video Wii Sports - What Makes It Iconic?
The legacy of a lovely family game
Wii Sports has a heck of a legacy behind it. Packaged with the Wii console at launch, it's the best-selling single-platform game of all time, as well as the fourth best-selling game ever, behind only Tetris, Gran Theft Auto V, and Minecraft. Wrap your head around that. It's no surprise, really. Being included with...
Poll Which Wii Sport Is The Best Wii Sport In Wii Sports (And Which Is The Worst)?
The oui sports and the non sports
Here's a fun little exercise: When you think of Wii Sports, which sport do you think of first? For me, it's Bowling. I got really good at lining up the ball just right to always get a strike, which is a far cry from my real-life bowling ability (which usually includes a lot of gutterballs). I only vaguely remember...
Random 'Nintendo Generation' Skeletons Aren't Tough Enough, Says US Army Major
But we played so much Wii Sports!
Are you part of the 'Nintendo Generation'? To most video game fans — even Nintendo fanatics — that term tends to apply to people who first became obsessed with the company's 8- and 16-bit output in the late '80s to mid '90s. The 'Nintendo Generation', then, are fast approaching their 40s if they haven't hit that...
Feature From Famicom Disk System To Switch - The Evolution Of Nintendo's Miis
Love Mii do
Ah, the Mii. We remember when we first made our own Miis back in 2006. Back then the most character customisation we had experienced was probably with The Sims, so making Miis of our friends, family and favourite video game characters was a fun pastime. It's a real shame, then, that Nintendo stepped away from their Miis, presumably in an...
Video Boundary Break Takes Another Look At The "Out Of Bounds Secrets" In Wii Sports
Travel back to 2006
If you played the Wii back in the day, at some point you likely tried out the included launch title Wii Sports. It was a mix of sports that demonstrated the capabilities of the system's Wii Remote and motion controls at the time. If you've ever wondered what's beyond the boundaries of the game, then you might want to take a look...
Soapbox Wii Sports Wasn't Just Waggle, It Was An Important Gateway To Gaming
The Wii is 15 years old, words to make this writer feel a little bit old. It was an era when HD was a bold new frontier in gaming, and Nintendo decided 'nah, we'll just do something fun instead'. It's extraordinary to consider that the Wii and DS shared the market, creating a boom for Nintendo that even the current Switch success can't...
News This Wii Sports Glitch Lets You Golf From Out-Of-Bounds Locations
Wii love to see it
We didn't think we'd be writing about new Wii Sports discoveries in 2021, but even the oldest games retain dedicated communities. After unseen E3 2006 footage came to light several weeks back, a new Wii Sports Golf glitch has just been discovered. Found on February 18th, this was uploaded by YouTube account
News Unseen E3 2006 Demo Footage Showcases Early Gameplay For Super Mario Galaxy And More
Wii Series was also prominently featured
E3 2006 was a big event for Nintendo. Having formally revealed its GameCube successor in 2005 under codename "Revolution", E3 marked the first time press were formally allowed to try the Nintendo Wii. If you were ever curious to see how that looked, several videos have now made their way online. Released by...
Random YouTube Musician Charles Cornell Did A Deep-Dive On The Mii Channel Theme
Boop-ba-doop-boop, ba-doop-doop-doop (ᵈᵒᵒᵖ ᵈᵒᵒᵖ ᵈᵒᵒᵖ)
You've got it in your head now, don't you? The Mii Channel music is iconic, and for good reason: it's a banger. We've seen freestyle raps, remixes with dances,
News Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics Pays Tribute To Golf On The NES
Fancy a round?
Just the other day, we heard how Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics would include all of our favourite Mario characters as card decks, and now more Nintendo references have been discovered within this upcoming release. The latest one is tied to the golf game, which allows you to take a break from the tables and have a swing. An...
News Coronavirus Isolation Seems To Be Causing A Spike In Wii Sports' Resale Value
Prices have been rising since Feb
This November, Wii Sports will turn 14 years old, but the game is seeing a sudden spike in interest and resale value. The game, which had people all around the world swinging their arms about to play tennis, golf and more in their front rooms back in 2006, has been rising in price on resale websites since February...
News Strike! Ten Pin Bowling Might Just Scratch That Wii Sports Itch On Switch
Well, Wii Sports Bowling at least
As a freebie that came with the Wii, Wii Sports probably isn't the type of game that immediately jumps to mind as a Nintendo highlight, but thinking back it was immensely fun. Oddly, the Switch is rather lacking in the Wii Sports-style department (Go Vacation is perhaps the closest thing we can think of), but...
News Satoru Iwata Initially Didn't Want Wii Sports Bundled With Wii In The US, Says Reggie
The Reginator can be quite persuasive
Details are emerging of Reggie Fils-Aimé's 'Leaders in Residence' lecture which he gave yesterday at Cornell University. The hour-long presentation was focused on Reggie's 'principles for next generation leaders', and although the Reginator was held positions at a variety of global companies (Procter and Gamble...
Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (May 25th)
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
Once again, we've made it all the way to the end of a busy week. We've had all the leaked images and info for Mario Kart Tour and a controversial Pokémon competition to keep an eye on over the last few days, but now it's time to sit down and chat about the games we'll be playing over the weekend. Several Team...
Talking Point What Are You Playing This Weekend? (December 8th)
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
As regular readers will know, every weekend we post a write-up of the games Team Nintendo Life will be playing in our spare time. As you'll also likely know, this week saw the release of a pretty major Nintendo game, and you can probably guess where this week's entries are headed. So, please accept our...
News Mii Studio Provides An Easier Way To Create Miis
Nintendo's cartoon avatars, known as Miis have been around since the Nintendo Wii was unleashed back in 2006. Over the years we've seen Miis being used creatively in many games including Wii Sports, Miitopia, Miitomo, as well as StreetPass and Miiverse. Many had assumed that the writing was on the wall for Miis when Miiverse was...
Video Learn About the Quirky History of Wii Sports and Its Role in Bringing Us Mii Characters
Wuhu Island could have been more important, too
Wii Sports is the biggest-selling retail game of all time. Sure, the fact it was bundled with many Wii systems outside of Japan made that a reality, but it's still an extraordinary statistic. It's a title with an interesting history, too, especially in its integral role in helping the concept of Mii...
News New Nintendo Selects Titles Coming to Australia and New Zealand
Price drops scheduled Down Under
With the holiday season just a few months away, Nintendo of Australia has announced a list of "Nintendo Selects" titles set to be released in Australia and New Zealand at a new, cut price. Some of the most popular titles for the Wii are being offered up to those who may have missed these titles orginally. The...
News A Decade After Being Bought By Microsoft, Rare Still Wants To Channel The Spirit Of Nintendo
UK studio wants Kinect Sports Rivals to emulate Nintendo classics
As we all know, Rare used to be one of Nintendo's most valuable development studios, but was acquired by Microsoft in 2002 to work on its Xbox console. As the years have passed the company has seen staff come and go, and few remain who can remember the days of the SNES, N64 and...
News Nintendo Drops Price Of Wii Ahead Of Holiday Season
Inexpensive family fun this Christmas
Good news for those of you who don't have a Wii, Nintendo is dropping the suggested retail price to $129.99 in advance of the busy holiday shopping season. This new console bundle will be available across the US on October 28th. Both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort will come included on a single game disc, as...
News Black Wii Fit Plus Bundle Steps Up to UK on December 3rd
Another week, another bundle
Nintendo's already released or announced limited edition Wii consoles in red and black, but if you bet on the next package announced being red you just lost your chips. Launching in the UK on December 3rd, this new package includes a black Wii, Wii Fit Plus and an exclusive black Balance Board as well as Wii Sports. The...
News Limited Edition Mario Kart Wii Bundle Under Starter's Orders
Wii, Remote Plus and the game
Want a Wii this Christmas but not interested in the red machine with New Super Mario Bros. Wii? This dark beauty might be of interest to you, then. Nintendo Europe has just announced a limited edition black Wii bundle featuring racer Mario Kart Wii, a black Wii Wheel, Wii Sports and Donkey Kong pre-installed on the...
News Nintendo and American Heart Association Team Up to Promote Healthy Living
Collaboration intends to get more people active through physical play
Nintendo and the American Heart Association have announced a new partnership to help people become more physically active through play. The collaboration aims to get people "motivated, empowered and active." What this means on a surface level is that Nintendo's...
News Broadmoor Inmates Receive Wiis
Inmates of UK-based Broadmoor Hospital receive Wii consoles and games to aid their rehabilitation
As gamers we’re well aware of the bad press our hobby often receives from the mainstream media but you can’t help but laugh at The Sun’s recent headline “Resident Wii-vil” and their accompanying picture caption “Yorkshire Ripper… Bowling...
News Wii Sports an answer to Parkinson's?
"Wii-hab" proving useful for sufferers
A hope of improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease could very well lie in an unlikely source! Over the course of summer, the Medical College of Georgia researched the effects of “Wii-hab” on people with the disease. 18 people were asked to play Wii Sports for an hour a day, three times a...
News Wii Sports: The Biggest Selling Video Game Of All Time
Multiplayer favourite knocks stablemate Super Mario Bros. off the top spot
Nintendo has revealed that Wii Sports has sold 45.7 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest selling video game in history. The previous number one was the NES classic Super Mario Bros., which made its way into 40.23m households. Both games have been featured in...
Handy-dandy chart action shows where we sink our time
Stephen Totilo, formerly of MTV Multiplayer and now over at Kotaku, is a very busy man. He writes a lot. He co-created "Hogan Knows Best." And now, he's tracking our Wii-playing stats. Since last September, he's been dutifully snagging the Nintendo Channel play statistics and putting...
Talking Point About "The Waggle"
A button press by any other name...
For some reason the fact that motion controls (or "gestures") are a major part of the Wii control interface bothers people; it is felt that this ruins the gaming experience and that the majority of such implementations would be better served by traditional digital button presses. Indeed some people go so...
News Reggie: Wii Games Must Sell a Million to Make a Profit
That’s a lot of copies, how many have made the cut?
Unfortunately, not that many. In fact, most games typically sell less than 150,000 copies according to a New York Times article, where Nintendo of America’s head honcho Reggie Fils-Aime shared this interesting information. Fils-Aime said “[one million titles] was a lower threshold than for...
News Mr. Brown Partial To A Wii Bit Of Tennis
In an interview with Eamonn "I Wish I Was Phillip Schofield" Holmes on BBC Radio Five Live, British Prime Minister Mr. Gordon Brown has confessed that his family own a Wii.
"The Wii is very popular," Brown said. "I have played a game of tennis, but I didn't succeed... It didn't leave me out of puff, but that was probably because I...
Latest craze in the US, no not forest fires, its rehab companies now using Wii to help reabilite its "clients".
There are a lot of things Barbara Everlith can't do since she suffered a stroke. Grasping objects with her left hand doesn't come as easily as it used to. She can't stand or walk as steadily as she once did. Everlith has learned how to...
News Wii Sports Sweeps BAFTA Awards
Nintendo had a very successful night at this years Video Game BAFTA awards show with Wii Sports collecting 6 awards.
Wii Sports dominated the evening, winning six out of the thirteen categories – Gameplay, Casual, Innovation, Multiplayer, Sports, and Strategy & Simulation. In this game of universal appeal, players use the remote as a tennis...
News Wii Sports Gets 8 Bafta Nominations
Nintendo's bundled sports-em-up, Wii Sports, snags 8 nominations for this years British Academy Video Games Awards.
Below are the nominees for this year's British Academy Video Games Awards in association with PC World. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on Tuesday 23 October 2007 at Battersea Evolution. ACTION AND ADVENTURECRACKDOWN...
News Need To Make Your Wii EZ?
So erm, ezGear have announced a line up of "must have" Wii accessories... I think they've pretty much thought of everything.
ezGearTM for Wii Sports Pack -- The ezGear Sports Pack for Wii provides three extensions for the Wiimote, transforming it into a golf club, baseball bat or tennis racquet, but not just any club, bat or racquet. Each extension...
Personal trainer in Scotland explores the benefits of playing Wii every day.
"Zander Urquhart, 32, is thought to be the first fitness expert to adopt the Nintendo Wii as an exercise machine. Four people at a time can exercise using the Wii's unique motion-sensitive controller to mimic a tennis racket, baseball bat, golf club or boxing gloves...
News The Female Wii Boxing Championships
Crave Online hosts the first and maybe last Wii Boxing Championships for laydees.
Obviously the guys in the office at Crave Online got alittle bored, they decided the mix work with pleasure and came up with the first official Crave Online Wii Boxing Championships, look away now if you have any morals or self-respect. Yes, the event was captured on...
News Bow Infront Of The Lego Wii Bowling Master
Bored guy creates the "WiigoBot" a Lego robot that bowls the perfect game of Wii Sports: Bowling. Seriously.
"You are looking at a Wii Remote mounted on a robotically controlled swing. A second motor is used to trigger the bowling, by first Pressing the A button and left arrow, and then holding down the B button, swinging, and finally releasing the...
Bundled with the console, everyone has an opinion
Wii finally launches and everyone should of booted up Wii Sports by now. Which does it best for you, Tennis? Boxing? Bowling? Golf? Baseball? Have you tried Wii Fitness? Are you classed as an old man (ReInstall) or a fit athelete (pHaT-aNt_)? Tell us about your experience with Wii Sports, what you...
Internet Message Board geeks rejoice - Wii Sports WILL come boxed in Europe.
Eurogamer announced today that Wii Sports does indeed come boxed in Europe - because they just got their copies of the console shipped in from Europe. This is what they had to say: "The PAL version of Nintendo Wii will ship with a boxed version of Wii Sports rather...
News Airplane Added To Wii Sports
BGB report that the Airplane demo used at E3 is to be added to the innovative Wii Sports line up
The Wii Sports package of Tennis, Golf and Baseball has apparently been given a boost when shown at the recent World Hobby Fair. The boys over at British Gaming Blog have reported that the title will now include an Airplane section, previously used as a...