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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Wii Sports (2006), Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offers is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require considerable skill to master.

Wii Sports Resort uses the enhanced MotionPlus Wii controller. This has a one-to-one movement detection rather than the more general waggle detection of the original Wii Remote.

Wii Sports Resort also offers a wider array of activities. Each of these has hidden modes to make them harder. Although some of these sound near impossible, for those that take the time to master each sport, the hidden modes extend the challenge and enjoyment. Access these harder and alternate modes on the "Select a Mii" screen before an event starts, hold the 2 button while pressing A to choose "OK.":
  • Archery - Eliminate aiming circle
  • Frisbee Golf - Eliminate information on the screen including wind direction/speed and the distance to the hole
  • Golf - Eliminate information on the screen including wind direction/speed and the distance to the hole
  • Table Tennis Match - Play an 11-point match

Wii Sports Club was released on the Wii U and incorporated the addition of the Wii U tablet controller. In Golf, you place this on the floor and it displays the lay of the ball and the swing of your club. In Baseball, you use this to catch the ball.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Wii Sports 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Physically Active and Sports game with Action, Fighting and Race elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Different sports take a different amount of time to play. Also, you can choose how many rounds/holes/fights to tailor a session to your available time. Many of the games are played by taking turns. Others, like Tennis, let up to four people compete against each other.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 10 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated IGEA G.

Skill Level

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Very young players enjoy the simple sports where timing is less important, like Tennis. As children get older and head towards school age, bowling and baseball appeal more. Those heading into teenage years love the high skill required on archery and table tennis, particularly when you have turned the head up disaply off.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
Wii Sports Club, the Wii U version of the game, let you purchase or rent the game for individual sports. You can try a sport for free for 24 hours, or buy a "Day Pass" or life-time "Club Pass" for a sport. You can buy the sports together in the boxed copy of the game. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014

Out Now: Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Physically Active, Sports (Action, Fighting and Race)

Accessibility: 12 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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