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Wii Sports (Wii スポーツ Wii Supōtsu) is a sports video game developed and produced by Nintendo as a launch title for the Wii video game console, and part of the Touch! Generations brand. It was first released in the U.S.A. along with the Wii on November 19, 2006, and was released in Japan, Australia, and Europe the following month. The game is included as a pack-in game with the Wii console in all territories except Japan, making it the first game included with the launch of a Nintendo system since Mario's Tennis for the Virtual Boy in 1995.

Wii Sports is the best-selling video game of all time, having outsold the previous best-seller, Super Mario Bros., in 2009. By the end of 2017, 92 million copies of the game had been sold worldwide. It is Nintendo's highest sold game. Wii Sports has been featured on television in Wii commercials, news reports, and other programmings.

A special limited-edition bundle was also released in Europe in November 2009 featuring both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on the same disc packaged with a black Wii console and a Wii MotionPlus. The game was followed by a sequel, Wii Sports Resort, in 2009, and a remake, Wii Sports Club, in 2013.

Gameplay

Wii Sports is a collection of five sports simulations, designed to demonstrate the motion-sensing capabilities of the Wii Remote to new players. The five sports included are Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Golf, and Boxing. An Airplane sport was planed for the game, but unfortunately, it was scrapped by the time the final game was released. Players use the Wii Remote to mimic actions performed in real-life sports, such as swinging a Tennis racket. Players also got to play as their Mii for the first time. The rules for each game are simplified to make them more accessible to new players.

After winning a game the player is awarded skill points, but if they lose, skill points are deducted. The amount of points the player gains depends on various factors, including the players performance and the skill gap between the player and opponent players. As the players skill, in a sport goes up, the opponents they face in get harder. After gaining 1000 skill points in a sport, the player is ranked as a pro.

The game also features a training mode which include mini games based on the Tennis, Boxing, Bowling, Golf, and Baseball sports and a fitness mode that monitor players' progress in the sports, by determining the players "Wii Fitness Age" on a scale of age 20 to age 80.

CPUs

The game introduced 60 starting CPU Miis, who appear as opponents in Tennis, Baseball, and Boxing if a human player is playing by themself. Each CPU has their own preset skill level. If a CPU is beat, the player will move on to a CPU of higher skill if they play again. This was the first time these CPU miis had appeared in a Wii game.

Reception

Overall, Wii Sports has been well received by critics and received awards from the gaming press and entertainment community. The game has become a very popular means for social gatherings and competitions among players of varying ages.

IGN

IGN enjoyed the simple, pick-up and play style of the game, but criticized the low graphic quality and lack of depth. It was given a 7.5.

GameSpot

GameSpot liked the additional training features to the game and the basic pick-up and play features, but still felt it lacked in graphic quality and depth. It was given a 7.6.

GameTrailers

GameTrailers commeted that the game provided a lot of depth for long time gamers while still being accessible for new gamers. They criticized the lack of a tournament mode and said that the game was not worth paying for and was only worth it, if the game came bundled with the system.

References

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Miis that debuted in Wii Sports

Wii Sports / Wii Party

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