Athletes talk Wii Sports Resort

We wrote some very nice things about Wii Sports Resort, but what do we know about sports? We’re a bunch of gamers, all we do is sit on our couch and wonder how they dribble that oblong shaped ball down the court and kick it into the goal with their golf club. Who does know about sports? Professional athletes. Nintendo let some get their hands on Wii Sports Resort and then let them talk about it in really flattering ways. 

Here’s Gema Buitron, Archery Champion on playing Archery in the game: “Seeing my sport reflected exactly on screen was amazing! I loved that the levels got progressively harder and that I needed to factor distance and wind speed into my shot. The precision was remarkable and I found I really had to concentrate to ensure I was scoring highly. I was particularly impressed with how the controller emulated an archery bow, with the Wii Remote acting as the bow and pulling the Nunchuck back like the string, to determine the strength of the shot.”

All the quotes, which you can read after the jump, are as predictably flowery, but from the time I’ve spent with the game I don’t see why they shouldn’t be. Seriously, archery is the bomb. It’s the new bowling.

Darius Knight, Table Tennis Professional: “I loved the control of the Wii MotionPlus in Wii Sports Resort – it meant I could map my movements precisely on screen. Every flick of my wrist was faithfully mirrored and I found myself having to hold the controller exactly as I would my racket to get the effect I wanted. It even reproduced a backhand with spin! I loved the challenge it presented and couldn’t put it down until I’d mastered my sport in the virtual world!”

Wesley Haeke, Kendo Champion: “When I played swordplay in Wii Sports Resort, I was surprised how realistic the Wii Motion Plus sensor made the game. I had to hold the controller exactly as I would a Shinai to get the precision I wanted, as well as holding stances such as jodan no kamae exactly as I would in a tournament to beat my opponent. Winning the game requires concentration, patience and precision, just as in real life.”

Melissa Reid, Professional Golfer: “I expected precision from the Wii MotionPlus, but I didn’t expect this! Every rotation through the body and the way I held the Wii controller was reflected in Wii Sports Resort. The option of three, nine or 18 holes was great as it meant I could do a quick-fire round or take my time; the graphics are really impressive too. Believe me – it wasn’t easy hitting birdie and I certainly spent my fair share of time in the rough!” Danilo Gallinari,

Pro Basketball Player: “The three-point basketball challenge in Wii Sports Resort was fantastic. The precision of the Wii MotionPlus meant I really had to focus to accurately shoot the hoops and with the clock ticking I definitely started to feel the pressure. The Wii MotionPlus demands precision and won’t let you off with a limp-wristed slam dunk; you really need to give it your all!”

Matthew Razak