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As another new year looms, we approach the time when Balance Boards will be dragged from under sofas and doomed resolutions will be made by fatties across the land. Is anyone going to lose that post-holiday belly by standing on a set of bluetooth-equipped scales and wobbling in front of a Wii? Maybe not, given how thoroughly dull and sterile Wii Fit can be. A few sessions later, the interest wanes. At least that’s our experience of it
Publisher Nintendo’s own master creator Shigeru Miyamoto proudly declares that the company’s “play along with the band” offering Wii Music isn’t really a video game, so much as it is an interactive toy. He’s right, too.
What do you get when you take the Mario out of the Mario Party? Apparently something really quite bland. But it’s really amazing how much fun a party can have with a game that’s lacking in large amounts of personality...
For the first time in two and a half years Nintendo has a game that plays exactly like it does in the advert. Guy hiding behind the sofa during Resident Evil 4? Liar. Lady lunging across the living room in Wii Sports Tennis? Sick in the head. Wii Sports Resort, however, doesn’t lie. Nintendo could front the campaign with a chorus line of MPs and we’d still believe in its miracle powers.
The moment it clicked?
Have you played Wii Play target shoot? Then you’ve played most of Wild West Guns. To Gameloft’s credit, they squeeze more fun out of similar lightgun challenges – combo chaining for massive scores is addictive stuff and interactive backgrounds allow for experimentation. The cowboy visuals are nicely handled, though how the same female hostage ends up in the middle of every bandit shootout is beyond us.
Taking a leaf out of Carnival Games’ funfair-based minigames book, Wonder World is a budget-priced collection of 30 or so, er, carnival games. Themed areas host broadly similar game types – shooting targets, grabbing objects, throwing small things at bigger things and so on – and the points earned by winning games can be spent on passes to the next area or trinkets for your avatar.
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