Infendo Quick Thought – Wii Sports Resort Japanese import impressions


rvl_wsportsr_01ss01_e3225Several of the Infendo staff this past week have been tinkering around with the recently released Japanese version of Wii Sports Resort. What are my impressions thus far? While others may be prematurely awarding Wii Sports Resort with game of the year 2009, it’s just not all that. I hate to be Johnny Raincloud, but after spending almost 10 hours with Resort I get the impression that Nintendo never finished the game. Motion Plus feels, dare I say it, tact-on.

Fellow staff writer Will Thompson and I have both found that the motion plus works well as long as you stay within your Mii’s area of movement. Swinging outside your Mii’s arm length in sword fighting will always upturn the virtual positioning of the motion plus. This issue could have been forgiven had the developers allowed the game to auto-recalibrate, but unfortunately you’re required to manually reposition your movement causing your Mii to be beaten severely as you finish tuning up the controls.

Besides a few unneeded/unentertaining mini games (cycling, canoeing, and power cruising), Archery almost makes the game worth purchasing. The accuracy is amazingly intuitive.

You still have a few weeks to make your final decision/preorder before Wii Sports Resort releases in the states. Just try before you buy if possible. Wii Sports Resort releases July 24th, 2009.

Have you had a chance to play with Wii Sports Resort yet? Comment below.


  1. A lot of people are raving about this article, but i’ve read it 10 times, and it’s just not all that. I hate to be Yuji Naka, but I get the impression they never even finished their icecream sandwiches. Fellow article reader Philip Spectacles and myself have both found the article works wonders when you were never interested in the game it’s about in the first place. The steak in your pockets might be garnished and juicy, but swinging bags outside of your range will always make people raise their eyebrows and hold their nose, this unfortunately requires people to manually change their position.

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  3. Oh, I can’t wait for WSR, hopefully that collision sync problem with the Mii’s body might be fixed in the US release hopefully.

  4. Wow Dover, that comeback was epic!

    I have to half back Jake up on this one – while his twitter updates made me feel his opinion was a little harsh, I have to admit that I was a little underwhelmed by resort at E3. There was a pretty awesome dog fighting (airplanes, you weird Animal dueling freaks!) game that caught my eye, and archery was fantastic, but Fencing was mediocre at best, and the “jet ski” game that was once compared to “Wave Race 64?” Terrible.

    I’m looking forward to giving the full product a “game night” with some friends and see how it stacks up as a party game vs. the original Wii Sports, but first impressions were a little… “meh.”

  5. ^
    My twitter comment was harsh and rash. I actually posted that seconds after throwing down my Wii remote in frustration. 🙂

    But honestly…as of right now I give it a “meh”, “hmm”, or even a “sigh”

  6. Re: the unsyncing problem. You can re-callibrate quickly whenever you want – just point straight forward in the neutral position and press down on the d-pad. That should straighten things up instantly! Its essential for those long table tennis rallies and sword fighting sessions where it does tend to drift out slightly.

    I’ve been playing WSR for a couple of weeks now and I reckon its easily the best motion control game ever. Very responsive controls, loads of events (some are pretty weak though) and heaps of replay value with high scores and achievements to go for.

    Best new events are: Table tennis, Fencing, Frisbee and Archery

  7. So, perhaps, the approach Sony is taking isn’t such a terrible idea after all. There is a right way to do this motion thing, I’m sure of it.

  8. Wow! So some people are calling this game great and others nearly say it’s crap. This is ridiculous. I hate this wide lack of middle ground with Wii reviews.