Swordplay Duel versus Ryan (Notice the masks are off)

Swordplay is one of 12 games available to play in Wii Sports Resort. This sport takes advantage of the Wii MotionPlus, the main mechanic of the game is using your Wii Remote like a sword to hit an opponent/opponents. There are three variations of the game, which are Duel, Speed Slice, and Showdown.

Duel

Miyu and Lucía about to fight each other in Swordplay Duel.

The objective of Duel is to knock your opponent off the high-rise platform. It is played in a two-out-of-three style match. If both fighters are unable to knock each other off in time then the round is a tie. If the match is tied then the game goes to Sudden Death, where the playing field becomes extremely small. The stamps are Met Your Match, Cliff Hanger, One-Hit Wonder, Straight to the Point, and Last Mii Standing. If you have beaten the champion, at the Mii selection, hold the 1 button. Then you can use Matt's purple sword to fight, while wearing the same type of armor that Matt wears, but blue. You will fight against Matt if your skill level is 1485 or higher.  

Note: the Miis' levels in Duel and Speed Slice are the same.  

Duel (and Speed Slice) Mii Levels (in order):

  1. Ryan (Level 11-15)
  2. Fumiko (Level 26-30)
  3. Miyu (Level 41-45)
  4. Kathrin (Level 56-60)
  5. Asami (Level 71-75) (Boss)
  6. Martin (Level 86-90)
  7. Mike (Level 101-105)
  8. Steve (Level 116-120)
  9. George (Level 131-135)
  10. Naomi (Level 146-150)
  11. Ian (Level 161-165) (Boss)
  12. Vincenzo (Level 176-180)
  13. Chris (Level 191-195)
  14. Megan (Level 206-210)
  15. Hiromasa (Level 221-225) (Boss)
  16. Tomoko (Level 236-240) (Boss)
  17. Holly (Level 251-255)
  18. Gabriele (Level 266-270) (Boss)
  19. Shohei (Level 281-285)
  20. Keiko (Level 296-300)
  21. Emma (Level 311-315)
  22. Alisha (Level 326-330) (Boss)
  23. Takumi (Level 341-345)
  24. Rachel (Level 356-360)
  25. Greg (Level 371-375)
  26. Eduardo (Level 386-390)
  27. Ashley (Level 401-405)
  28. Elisa (Level 416-420)
  29. Cole (Level 431-435) (Boss)
  30. Nick (Level 446-450)
  31. Lucía (Level 461-465)
  32. Mia(Level 476-480)
  33. Theo (Level 491-495)
  34. David (Level 506-510)
  35. Sarah (Level 521-525) (Boss)
  36. Barbara (Level 536-540) (Boss)
  37. Tatsuaki (Level 551-555)
  38. Sandra (Level 566-570)
  39. Emily (Level 581-585)
  40. Helen (Level 596-600)
  41. Siobhán (Level 611-615)
  42. Steph (Level 626-630) (Boss)
  43. Marisa (Level 641-645) (Boss)
  44. Hayley (Level 656-660)
  45. Julie (Level 671-675)
  46. Haru (Level 686-690)
  47. Kentaro (Level 701-705)
  48. Silke (Level 716-720)
  49. Fritz (Level 731-735) (Boss)
  50. Ren (Level 746-750)
  51. Susana (Level 761-765)
  52. Luca (Level 776-780)
  53. Rainer (Level 791-795)
  54. Stéphanie (Level 806-810)
  55. Tyrone (Level 821-825)
  56. Saburo (Level 836-840)
  57. Yoshi (Level 851-855)
  58. Jessie (Level 866-870)
  59. Yoko (Level 881-885) (Boss)
  60. Hiroshi (Level 896-900)
  61. Ursula (Level 911-915) (You'll play at dusk when you face the 900 Miis)
  62. Oscar (Level 926-930)
  63. Miguel (Level 941-945) (Boss)
  64. Sakura (Level 956-960)
  65. Giovanna (Level 971-975)
  66. Chika (Level 986-990)

Pro Class

  1. Jake (Level 1001-1005)
  2. Maria (Level 1016-1020)
  3. Tommy (Level 1031-1035)
  4. Alex (Level 1046-1050)
  5. Sota (Level 1061-1065)
  6. Eddy (Level 1076-1080)
  7. Misaki (Level 1091-1095)
  8. Pablo (Level 1106-1110)
  9. Marco (Level 1121-1125) (Boss)
  10. Eva (Level 1136-1140)
  11. Shouta (Level 1151-1155)
  12. Gwen (Level 1166-1170)
  13. Michael (Level 1181-1185)
  14. Abe (Level 1196-1200)
  15. Patrick (Level 1211-1215)
  16. Abby (Level 1226-1230)
  17. Daisuke (Level 1241-1245)
  18. Midori (Level 1256-1260)
  19. Shinnosuke (Level 1271-1275)
  20. Jackie (Level 1286-1290)
  21. Nelly (Level 1301-1305)
  22. Víctor (Level 1316-1320)
  23. Andy (Level 1331-1335)
  24. Ai (Level 1346-1350)
  25. Pierre (Level 1361-1365)
  26. Takashi (Level 1376-1380) (Boss)
  27. Akira (Level 1391-1395)
  28. Hiromi (Level 1406-1410)
  29. Shinta (Level 1421-1425) (Boss)
  30. James (Level 1436-1440)
  31. Gabi (Level 1451-1455) (Boss)
  32. Rin (Level 1466-1470)
  33. Anna (Level 1481-1485) (Boss)

Champion

  1. Matt (Level 1496-1500) (Final Boss)

After you beat the Champion you will have to beat random Miis in random order all with 1500-2500 armor. (Listed down below.)

The Armors of Swordplay Duel

Stamps

Stamp Name Description
Cliff-Hanger The final battle ring appears if the two opponents are still locked in a draw after three rounds. It doesn't matter if you win or lose. You can get this stamp in single-player mode only.
Straight to the Point Push your opponent out of the ring with a lunge in single-player mode.
Met Your Match

(Stalemate)

Draw three rounds in a row to get to the final battle ring, then draw again for a completely even match in single-player mode. You may not have won, but it's no easy feat!
One Hit Wonder

(All Too Easy)

Push your opponent out of the ring with only one strike in single-player mode.
Last Mii Standing

(There Can Only Be One)

Defeat the champion in a duel. The key is to never let your defenses down and attack any gaps you see. There may be some sort of reward if you win this...

Speed Slice

Speed Slice Gameplay

The objective of Speed Slice is to cut an object faster than your opponent (such as watermelons) Matt, the referee will toss an object at the player, and the player must cut that object in the specified direction before your opponent can. But if you are facing Matt in Speed Slice, the referee will be Ryan (shown dueling above). The levels of the opponents are the same from Swordplay Duel.

Speed Slice Armors

Anna

(Vice Champion) playing Speed Slice.

The Miis wear the same armor as they do in Duel, but they have a special slicing sword to slice the objects with.

Objects

  • Sushi Roll
  • Egg
  • Flower Vase
  • Watermelon with Red Inside
  • Watermelon with Yellow Inside
  • Wood
  • Cantaloupe with White Inside
  • Cantaloupe with Yellow Inside
  • Orange
  • Candle
  • Bamboo
  • Bread
  • Acorn
  • Pencil
  • Diamond
  • Timer
  • Cake
  • Board

(Most of these items are secret targets in Archery)

Stamps

Stamp Name Description
Slice and Dice Win the contest without missing a single object by slicing the wrong way or failing to slice within the time limit. You can only get this stamp in single-player mode.
Slicing Machine Correctly at least one of each of the 18 types of objects in single-player mode. Different colors count as different types. You'll need to play several rounds to get them all!
Psychic Slice Cut an object correctly before it even hits the ground in single-player mode. You have to be psychic—or lucky—to pull this off.
Double Time

(Double Digit)

Slice the alarm clock when the two digits on the display are the same, such as 8.8, 7.7, or 6.6. You can only get this stamp in single-player mode.
A Cut Above Beat the Speed Slice champion. Empty your mind and slice with your instincts!

Showdown

The beginning of a Swordplay Showdown stage.

The objective of Showdown is to defeat the oncoming horde of Miis. The player has three hearts and must defeat the army of sword-wielding Miis without taking three hits. Each level has a Boss (each Boss has black armor and a purple sword) at the end of the level. They have three hearts and are hard to defeat (especially the later ones). This is the list, the level in Swordplay Duel (and Speed Slice) and the picture of the Bosses from every level of Swordplay Showdown:

Normal Stages

After defeating Stage 10, the first reverse stage is unlocked. The reverse stages are notably more difficult than their normal counterparts.

Reverse Stages

The 20 Bosses from Swordplay Showdown

Non-Bosses

The Miis who aren't Bosses can come in five different colors of armors: Green, Gold, Red, Purple, or Black. Their behavior, health, and occurrence depend on what armor they're wearing. The Miis always appear in the same armor for a specific stage, and they always use a red sword except in Volcano and Volcano Reverse which on perspective, use a light magenta sword instead due to the light in the volcano.

Green Armor

The Miis that come in this color of armor are the easiest to defeat. They sometimes will defend themselves when approaching the player, but will rarely block (and only for a short period of time) when they are in striking distance of the player. Most of these Miis delay for a long time before attacking you, but some of them are slightly quicker. They have one heart. They are encountered commonly and in large quantities in many of the normal stages (Yoshi and Jake are the first two), but they do not appear at all in most of the reverse stages, with Stages 17-19 being the exceptions. Mia is the last Mii to wear this armor.

Appearances: Stages 1-9, 17-19

Most common Mii in this armor: Andy

Gold Armor

The Miis who wear this color of armor are still not difficult to defeat at first, but their movesets are drastically different from those of the Green Armored enemies. In the normal stages, they almost only defend themselves and take a long time to attack as well. However, in the reverse stages, they gain more aggressive movesets (all attack more frequently and some attack twice in a row), and Miis who even behave like the later Bosses are present in some of the stages (Pablo and Stéphanie are the first two to exhibit this behavior, in Stage 11). They have one heart. These Miis are not too common at first (Misaki is the first one), but become abundant as the game progresses. They seem to be the opposite of Green Armors, considering they grow stronger and appear in larger quantities whereas Green Armors never gain improved movesets and appear less in the later stages. Helen is the last Mii to wear this armor.

Appearances: Stages 1-6, 9-20

Most common Mii in this armor: Luca

Red Armor

The Miis that appear in this color of armor are a little bit tougher and more dangerous than the last two types. They are mostly defensive and change the direction of their defense only a little. At first, they will usually only attack after successfully blocking a player's swing, but they become more aggressive and attack more often in the later stages. They also attack much faster than the early versions of the Gold Armored Miis. However, they are bigger than all other Miis (excluding Bosses who wear Obese Black Armor), making them easier targets. They have two hearts and first appear in Stage 2 (Gwen is the first one), and are present in many of the stages thereafter in increasing quantities. Haru is the last Mii to wear this armor.

Appearances: Stages 2-7, 9, 11, 14-17, 19-20

Most common Mii in this armor: Yoshi

Purple Armor

The Miis that wear this color of armor behave identically to the Miis who wear red armor, with one exception: They constantly change the direction of their defense (especially when the player is moving their own sword around) to make it much more difficult to hit them, and therefore make it much easier for the player to be counterattacked. In addition, they will occasionally switch the direction of their attack right before they swing. They have thick kneepads but have slimmer bodies than the Red Armored Miis, making them more difficult to hit. They have two hearts and first appear in Stage 6 (Stéphanie is the first one), and are also present in many of the stages thereafter. Luca and Sakura are the last two Miis to wear the regular variant of this armor.

Appearances: Stages 6-12, 14-16, 18-19

Most common Mii in any Purple Armor variant: Chika

Purple Armor Thin

Miis who wear this type of armor have varying movesets and behaviors, and some can be much more difficult to defeat than others. The three movesets that these Miis can be seen with are a defensive moveset (similar to regular Purple Armored Miis), a twirling moveset (where the Miis twirl their swords in circles and attack randomly), or an extremely aggressive moveset (similar to the behavior of the last few Bosses). Unlike the regular Purple Armored Miis, these Miis have thinner kneepads and their armor has a slimmer design. They have two hearts, and they also have two variants: Slim and Lanky. The Slim variant is first seen in Stage 12 and first worn by SandraSteveAndy, and Greg, while the last Mii in this variant is Fumiko. The Lanky variant is first seen in Stage 17 and first worn by Jackie and Maria, while the last Mii in this variant is Pablo.

Appearances (Slim): Stages 12, 14, 16, 19

Appearances (Lanky): Stages 17-20

Black Armor

Although these Miis are not Bosses, they will behave exactly like one. What sets them apart from a Boss is the color of the sword they use, which is red (the same color sword as all of the other armors) rather than the purple sword that the bosses have. They are often as big as an actual Boss, but sometimes, they appear in smaller variants and are the same size as the other Miis. They have three hearts and first appear in Stage 10 (Eva and Abe are the first two), and are somewhat rare even after that. They only appear in slightly larger quantities in Stage 14 and Stage 19, and they appear in very large quantities only in Stage 13 and Stage 20. (Matt (the final Boss) is the last Black Armored Mii in general, while ChrisGeorge, and Mike are the last non-Boss Black Armored Miis.) There are 5 variants of Black Armor: Lanky, Small, Small Thin, Obese (reserved for bosses), and Bulky.

These appearances are for non-boss Miis only:

Appearances (Lanky): Stages 10, 12-14, 17-18, 20

Appearances (Small): Stages 18-20

Appearances (Small Thin): Stages 19-20

Appearances (Bulky): Stage 20 only

Most common Mii in any Black Armor variant: Tyrone

Stamps

Stamp Name Description
Not a Scratch Clear any stage without taking a hit and losing a heart.
Sword Fighter

(Stage 10 Beaten)

Defeat all of your foes to clear the first 10 stages. You can't just swing wildly and hope for the best—it takes finesse.
Perfect 10 Clear Stage 10 without taking a single hit and losing a heart.
Swordmaster

(Stage 20 Beaten)

Fight through the final Showdown stage. You must master the art of parrying.
Untouchable Fight through the final Showdown stage without taking a single hit and losing a heart.

Final Boss: Matt

Matt is the final and toughest Boss in Swordplay Showdown. He is bigger than the other Miis that wear Black Armor. The easiest way to defeat him is when he is in front of the Mii you are targeting. He is the toughest Boss because he is quick to attack and counterattack, and even when you successfully block one of his attacks, he will try to block you. He is ultimately defensive and strikes extremely often. He seldom lets you hit him and might easily use up all your hearts. Once you defeat Matt, you win.

Trivia

  • The player will also play in the evening in Duel if their skill level is between 1900–1999 (right before advancing into Superstar Class).
    • However, the player can manually change the time of day for the duel to sunset by holding the 2 button before pressing OK on the Mii selection screen and releasing it right after the warning screen.
  • Before the project was finished, the Miis did not have the masks on when fighting (as seen in the picture on the very top of this article, where Ryan is not wearing a mask.)
  • In Duel, both Miis can be knocked off at the same time. This will result in a tie.
  • In Duel, the higher your level is, the more people in the audience there are. This also happens in Tennis and Table Tennis.
  • The most amount of skill points you can earn in Duel is 100 per match.
  • The Speed Slice food and clock objects are also used in Archery as hidden targets in any of the stages.
  • In Speed Slice, the player can push the item away without cutting it by stabbing it.
    • Aim with the sword pointing to the item (works best with round objects) and jab with the Wii Remote. The item will be pushed back, and then it will despawn. However, this will result in a red "X" over your item.
  • The most amount of skill points you can earn in Speed Slice is 200 per match. Skill points are awarded based on how many points the player wins by (as long as they are going against the computer). The formula is 20 * (player's score - opponent's score).
    • For example, if the player has bet Anna 10-8, the player would get 40 points because 10 - 8 = 2.
  • In Showdown, once the player beats the champion, they can use a purple sword. (Remember to press and hold 1 at the "Select Players" screen.)
  • In Showdown, there are 1035 rivals in total.
  • An interesting pattern that the player may find is that the gender of the bosses in Showdown are switched in the reverse stages, except in the 9th and 19th, the 10th and the 20th stages have the same gender,
    • Cole/Tomoko, Gabi/Takashi, Miguel/Marisa, Alisha/Ian, Hiromasa/Barbara, Sarah/Shinta, Marco/Steph, Asami/Fritz, Anna/Yoko, Gabriele/Matt.
    • This pattern goes M/F, F/M until the player gets to the ninth pattern where it changes to F/F, M/M.
  • Some of the opponents in Showdown have sported all available armor colors including Rin, Kathrin, George, Takumi, Lucía, Hiroshi, Rachel, Stéphanie, Ursula, Haru, Maria, Nelly, Tyrone, Eduardo, Shouta, Miyu, Theo, Gwen, Pablo, Tommy, Abe, and Misaki.
    • In contrast, Akira and Kentaro are only seen with one heart in Showdown.
  • Out of all 100 Miis in Showdown, Nelly is the one Mii to make the fewest appearances, excluding Bosses. She only appears seven times.
    • Luca and Helen on the other hand, make the most appearances, each showing up 17 times.
    • Ren makes the most consecutive appearances, showing up 11 times in a row.
    • Greg is the latest non-Boss Mii to make their first appearance in Showdown. He first appears in Stage 8.
  • In Showdown, if a defeated enemy is on the ground, he/she will glow blue and disappear. If he/she falls off a cliff or into the water, a parachute will send him/her into the air out of sight.
  • Showdown's tutorial plays more like Duel rather than Showdown, as it involves the player facing off against Ryan by himself, wearing the armor that he wears in Duel instead of Showdown, while being able to take an endless amount of hits, unlike Showdown's enemies.
  • In Showdown, the player can play at High Noon, Dusk, or Night. The game cycles through the three times of the day every time the player plays a stage.
  • Every time when a rival with more than one heart becomes the player's next target (specifically Red, Purple, and Black Armors), a suspenseful sting adds to the music.
  • In Showdown, when the combos reach a multiple of 10, a horn will be heard in the background.
  • There is a glitch where the game will target a Mii in the back of or in the middle of an approaching crowd. This is useful for wailing on the rivals that are not targeted and is the most useful in Volcano Reverse.
  • This sport is the most dangerous if the Wii MotionPlus does any of the following:
    • Come out of the Wii Remote
    • Not detect
    • Get off-centered by a lot
    • You swing but the sword doesn't work correctly
  • The highest amount of skill points you can earn in Showdown is 85 for the first stage (Bridge), and 100 for the other stages.
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