Wii Sports was pretty much the game that no Wii owner could avoid, with the game being bundled with almost every new purchase of the original console. Nintendo have decided to finally give the five games the chance to sing on the Wii U console with their latest announcement for Wii Sports Club.
Bowling, tennis, baseball, boxing and golf are all making a return, being released individually as downloads on the Nintendo eShop featuring HD graphics, enhanced controls via Wii MotionPlus technology as well as an online multiplayer versus mode. And that’s where the “Club” part of Wii Sports Club comes into play. Players will be registered to regional clubs and will be able to interact with one another via Miiverse during matches. People will be able to play casually against members of their own club, or take on members of rival clubs to increase their club rankings.
Tennis and Bowling will be the first two sports available from Nintendo eShop on 8th November, with Boxing, Baseball and Golf scheduled to launch in the months ahead. Wii U owners who download Wii Sports Club will get a trial pass that will let them play any available games for a 24-hour period from when the Wii Sports Club game is started. Once the trial period ends, players can purchase a Day Pass on Nintendo eShop for AU $2.60 and NZ $3.40 to play all available sports for a 24-hour period, or can buy permanent access to individual sports for AU $13.00 and NZ $17.00 each.
Of course, if you want to pay $13.00 for a game you got for free with any Wii console is a different story… Bowling might be a worthwhile purchase however given how many hours me and my family sank into the game when the console first launched.