hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Sports Connection

A little more on Sports Connection for Wii U

8:00 PM on 08.16.2012 // Abel Girmay

Simple, fun, and oddly addicting, 2006's Wii Sports is perhaps the game most credible in establishing Nintendo's early dominance in the casual market. In a fashion similar to Wii Sports, Ubisoft's upcoming Sports Connection for Wii U aims to emulate that same formula for similar results.

While our demo was very limited, of the six activities, only one, baseball, was playable. The game pretty much plays like a Wii Sports clone with some added functionality for the Wii U controller pad. Perhaps that may not be a bad thing, though -- there is a demographic for such a product. Even still, my time with it was certainly nothing to write home about.

Functionally, Sports Connection plays just fine. When batting, players swing a standard Wii remote as a baseball bat, with the remote's angle and speed determining how far and in which direction the ball goes if hit. It's a similar system to ones seen in nearly all baseball games on Wii, and it gets the job done here.

Pitching actually involves use of the Wii U GamePad. Using the stylus, the players draw the direction of their pitch. So if you want a curve ball, just draw the curve you want the ball to take from the mound to the catcher. A more ingenious use of the GamePad comes when you have to actually catch the ball.

When the batter hits their mark, the pitcher changes roles to the catcher with the GamePad acting as the glove. When the ball is in motion, you have a yellow indicator on the controller screen directing you where to aim in order to catch. Keep the controllers centered in the air to catch, or keep it tilted down to catch a grounder. Once both teams have had a go at batting and pitching, the game is over. Again, while not amazing, the mechanics here function just fine. I especially liked the appropriate amount of difficulty that came with trying to catch grounders.

Ubisoft was not showing off anything else from the game, but there is already five-player offline multiplayer for baseball and the other sports, and we did see hints of some sort of an experience-based leveling system. No word yet on an exact release date, but do expect to see Sports Connection to launch day and date with the Wii U this holiday.

Abel Girmay, Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
Born and raised in Oakland, CA. Avid fan of FPS, RPGs, and Little Caesars Pizza.  more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

Status updates from C-bloggers

Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Had the brilliant idea of watching the original Alien last night before bed. Totally didn't have crazy dreams afterward. Also, Bilbo Baggins was a total jerk in that movie. [img][/img]
gajknight avatargajknight
Sure Niero's all powerful, but does he have lips? Woah...
ShadeOfLight avatarShadeOfLight
Finished playing the fan localization for Ace Investigations 2. These guys did a fantastic job, despite this game having the single most convoluted plot in the entire series. Here's hoping that somehow, someday, Great Ace Attorney will get this treatment.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Okay internet you done it... Playboy will not get nude girls anymore , too much competition. [img][/img]
Torchman avatarTorchman
A little late, but got the Platinum trophy for Dancing All Night. Was proud of myself, until I saw the medals in the collection menu. Coming for you next... after I master the Adachi dlc tonight.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Huh. Already two blogs posted today that are actually advertisements. Lovely.
Zyk avatarZyk
Gettin drunk and watching the entire Critters series in a Tuesday. Best thing about being unemployed.
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
If Undertale isn't your GOTY 2015, then you are sorely mistaken [img][/img]
Deadgar64 avatarDeadgar64
Sleep? Who needs sleep? 12:44 am can eat my shorts.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
[img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img]
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Anyone else getting massive lag in between games of the Battlefront Beta? I'm running an AMD rig so it might be that but just want to know it's not just me.
Shinta avatarShinta
1 hour stream of Dragon Quest Heroes.
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
Plague Knight is pretty rad, even when represented by mediocre artists [img][/img]
Shinta avatarShinta
Initial impressions: Chibi-Robo Zip lash is pretty damn fun so far. It's like Mr. Mosquito + Castlevania + Umihara. Controls are spot on, platforming is actually very solid so far, and the characters are about as charming as they can get. +amiibo.
nanashi avatarnanashi
Question: Is resident evil nemesis supposed to start off with a toolbox that has (unlimited) ink ribbon, 250 handgun ammo, magnum (w/ammo), shotgun (w/ammo) and two assault clips, in the first room of the game?????
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
[img][/img] Much want. Such need. Ow.
Shinta avatarShinta
[img][/img] Can you imagine if greedy aliens stole all YOUR snacks? I don't even know how I'd handle it honestly. I don't even want to think about it.
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
Great. YouTube took down my nude re - enactment of She-Wolf. Again. Fuck you Shakira. Let my art shine.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
BREAKING: Inner city man and "Pokemon Go" enthusiast found dead after entering rival gang's territory. "All he wanted was a Shiny Charizard!" according to an interview with a close friend. "We found him on the street, limp as a Magikarp stuck on a beach."
more quickposts


destructoid's previous coverage:
Sports Connection

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -