Wii Sports Resort
This one is pretty well known but it is still a surprise to go back to it and remember how much fun and how much variety is on offer here.
There's the updates to Wii Bowling and Golf with the M+ and they are improved by it quite a bit. The table tennis is as good as ever as is the archery. And the free throw 3 point basketball game I've always found compulsive - but what has really bit me this time around is the Frisbee Golf game.
There's a Dog frisbee mode which is great for warming up - throw a frisbee at a target. A dog will track your frisbee and catch it if you are accurate enough. Totally charming and it serves as a great practice mode for Frisbee Golf. Play on a golf course throwing the frisbee - you only have to make the disc land or pass over the centre of the green to complete the hole so it very approachable. The physics are well implemented with the angle of the disc making a difference to the flight.
What is less forgiving though is the frisbee mode in Tiger Woods Golf 2010
. You have land the disc in a basket so more accuracy is required - and overall it's a more exacting implementation of the game idea. I love the fact the EA added this mode to their mainstream Golf game specifically for Wii and the M+ tech (or maybe the PS3 got it with Move controllers too?). I didn't realise either that people actually do play this IRL.
The Wii Tiger Woods games have a PILE of courses all available without DLC thankfully since the EA servers have shut down for Wii. So while the graphics on the Wii versions are obviously not as good, I find them good enough and having all the courses is compensation. I have TW 2011
and TW 2012:Masters
which have even more content and keep the frisbee mode. If looking to get one of these games I'd pass on the 2010 one - it was the first and it suffers a bit for it - for example when putting the game freezes for a second after you make your swing and before the ball moves which is offputting - it's probably doing that to calculate the ball's path; probably because the release was rushed before they had time to optimise the game properly. The later games don't have that problem and they look a bit better too.
Well and truly hooked.
Wii Sports Resort and the TW games from 2010 onward are damn good Golf games too of course. The last TW game released for Wii (TW2012:Masters) supports the balance board and if you use that in "simulation" mode it detects your movement with the board and the wiimote - it's hard to even hit the damn ball then! Of course you can switch all that off and crank it down to an arcade game. Impressive stuff.