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'Wii' Will Rock You
Wii Sports is the highest selling video game ever
Nicolas van der Leek (Nick)     Print Article 
Published 2009-01-12 14:02 (KST)   
During the Christmas week of 2008, Wii Sports officially became the highest selling videogame in history. The title previously belonged to another Nintendo legend, Super Mario Bros.

While Wii Sports has sold over 40.2 million copies worldwide, some dismiss the games' success since the game is bundled with the Wii console (in sales outside of Japan and South Korea). So is Wii overhyped?

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I test drove the Wii for the first time a few weeks ago. The console itself has something of Apple's clean white, "fresh" design. This is a high tech product that delivers some of the most innovative technology in gaming.

Wii is a novel experience compared to conventional PC games, and even multiplayer games. Wii Sports really demands your full physical presence, meaning you should really be standing up with a fair amount of room to manoeuvre in your lounge or bedroom. A sensor placed on the television or monitor detects motion off remote devices held by the players. This naturally makes it one of the most interactive games out there.


The other aspect is that Wii Sports is fun for everyone - adults, kids, and families. The technical aspects of the game are also classy. In "tennis" for example serves can be hit at blurring high speed, but it is not so easy to do this each time.

The ball can also be made to spin. And on the few occasions that a poor shot hits the net, the crowd goes "Aaaah." The virtual effects are dazzling.


The same also applies to baseball, where the ball can be made to swing, amongst many other alternatives. Hitting a home run or even striking the ball takes practise, just as it does in reality.

Interestingly, younger children derive much of their enjoyment on the Wii console simply designing avatars. Avatars are very detailed, from eyebrow, nose and face shapes, to every pemutation of facial hair.


The overall design and sound effects are well done, with the added bonus that "remote devices" vibrate in one's hand to simulate contact with a ball. It's a clever system with Wii even placing their own advertising in the stadiums and arenas where all these sports tournaments take place. The crowd effects are simple but stimulating.

In the simplest terms, Wii Sports is so much fun it is difficult to quit playing. On one forum I visited, an avatar calling himself "Stubbietubbie" writes:

Wii Sports is still the most consistently played Wii game in my house. Hell, last night we had a five-hour session on it.

In Japan, where the game is sold separately, 45 percent of console buyers have bought Wii Sports.

Remember the term "virtual reality." Remember we saw movies with people wearing glasses and sometimes suits and "navigating" in a "virtual world." Wii changes all that with a simple cell phone sized object you hold in your hand. Wii has finally delivered on virtual reality in beautiful Technicolor.

Find out more about the writer at www.nickvanderleek.com
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