The lights are on
Nintendo's decision to include Wii Sports for free with the Wii really helped consumers understand its then-new motion controls and propel the console to unbelievable heights. Now the five sports from that game are back in HD and with other new features in tow.
The game's bowling, tennis, baseball, boxing, and golf sports will be available individually for $9.99 each in the Nintendo eShop. Tennis and bowling will be available on November 7, with the other sports to follow at an undisclosed time. If you don't want to purchase these outright, you can also buy a $1.99 day pass that lets you play all the sports for a 24-hour period.
The sports have been given an HD makeover, feature Wii MotionPlus compatibility, and now include online versus play. The game uses the latter feature to inaugurate the Wii Sports Club, where you sign up to state or regional clubs. This allows you to chat with others in the Miiverse, compete with those in your own club, and also take on members of other clubs in order to increase your club's overall ranking. When you download Wii Sports Club you'll get a free 24-hour trial pass to any of the sports.
Our Take:I think a lot of people will enjoy spending time with these Wii classics, but when you consider that they were originally free, having to pay $9.99 per sport seems exorbitant.
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Always had a good time playing that bowling game.
I think this is a great idea and a smart move, but I'm not too keen on the price point. $9.99 for each of the games is a bit much in my opinion.
I think I enjoyed the baseball one the best. That and tennis.
I think 9.99 is to much. They should have gone 3.99 or 4.99. I would have picked up tennis and bowling to get my pro status back.
Nice idea, tolerable price. Yes, it's a little high for what you get, but hasn't anyone ever seen EA and Activision's DLC prices?! Calm down critics. Good sales will arguably prove the hate wrong.
kind of expensive...
I might have considered buying these if they were a little cheaper. $9.99 per sport just isn't worth it...maybe $9.99 for the bundle. I liked Wii Sports for the first two weeks or so, then it got boring. The idea of playing them online does sound like an improvement, but not enough to pay $40 to buy a game that I already own again. You're gonna have to do better than that for my money, Nintendo
I'm interested. Casual games are fun when done right.
They should offer the whole package for like 30 bucks, that would be good for them I think.
But are they any better? 0_o
were they REALLY free Kato? I mean, you DID have to buy a Wii to even play these games. And when they stopped packing it in with the system, it's not like Nintendo was giving Wii Sports away for free. lol.
Honestly though, I can't see myself buying this. These games simply don't have enough depth to warrant that price, no matter how pretty they are. They worked better as a pack in, or as a compilation in the $20-30 range. But as it stands now, it's just not worth it.
They want me to pay $50 for a collection of mini games that were free back in the day? Are they joking? Lmfao
Meh, I'll probably just get Tennis.