It took almost fifteen eons to find a fucking store that even had
the Wii, so when I got my hands on one, I nearly started to cry; I'm
sure they were relief tears ("Thank goodness I don't have to go out
and keep looking for that damn thing!") but in part, they were also
tears of joy. I can't honestly claim to say that I REALLY
wanted a Wii, but part of me wanted to have one in case some great
games came along that weren't available on other systems.
As the first game I played on the Wii, the pack-in "Wii Sports"
does the trick in giving you a sense of what the system can be once
developers start making games that take advantage of the system's
controls. There are five games on the "Wii Sports"
disc--baseball, bowling, boxing, tennis and golf. Even as I
write this--and, I've had the Wii for about a month now--I have
still never played golf, and I gave boxing and bowling exactly ten
minutes of time each before deciding that neither one, in this
iteration, was for me.
Even baseball is so-so to me, mainly because it is a three-inning
affair that only lets you "play" as the batter (to swing; there is
no base-running) or the pitcher (you don't get to play defense).
Sorry, I know it's cool to perform the motion of swinging a bat--and
tiring, depending on if you are playing the skills portion of the
disc--but I still like to play defense, and that this is missing
But, don't worry friends--we've got tennis.
Tennis is fantastic, the only game of these five that seems to
let you really "play" tennis; the motion of flicking the Wii remote
upwards as if you were tossing a ball in the air to serve, then
swinging the remote in a forehand or backhand motion to hit the
ball. Sure, you don't have to run to the ball, but that's
okay, especially when you are controlling both your player and your
teammate in doubles (singles don't appear to be an option here).
I played tennis for hours when I first bought the system and it's
still the only game I regularly play on this disc.
Otherwise, this pack-in is relatively worthless...but, then
again, it was technically free.
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience