Vancouver – On July 26, Nintendo Canada invites everyone to kick back and transform their living rooms into a tropical island adventure with the Wii Sports Resort™ video game, the next chapter in the Wii Sports phenomenon. Wii Sports Resort introduces a new era of motion controls with 12 resort-themed sports enhanced by the included Wii MotionPlus™ accessory. This accessory attaches to the base of the Wii Remote™ controller to bring exacting precision to games that are specially designed for it. Wii MotionPlus recognizes the slightest twist or turn of the Wii Remote controller to bring players deeper into their games. Wii Sports Resort leverages this technology as players escape to a virtual resort and experience all the fun activities of the island setting.
The 12 sports (archery, basketball, bowling, golf, table tennis, Swordplay, Air Sports, canoeing, cycling, Frisbee®, Power Cruising and wakeboarding) allow players to use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk™ controllers in different ways, and while some sports require both controllers, others can be played using only the Wii Remote. In archery, players hold the Wii Remote vertically like a bow while drawing back the Nunchuk. In Frisbee, players motion with the Wii Remote as though they were tossing a real Frisbee. And while playing wakeboarding, players hold the Wii Remote sideways as though they were hanging onto the end of a tether behind a speedboat.
Wii Sports Resort contains a vast amount of content designed to provide both new and veteran players with fun experiences. The game continues the same easy pick-up-and-play mechanics that made the original so popular while introducing deeper levels of play that will keep players entertained for years to come. Wii MotionPlus transforms the game-play experience and sets a new industry standard in the motion-based gaming movement that Nintendo pioneered. Data from MediaCreate in Japan showed that almost 360,000 units of Wii Sports Resort were sold in Japan in four days following its June 25 launch. The total sell-through estimate topped 500,000 in the second week and 600,000 in the third week.
“Wii Sports Resort allows you and your family to enjoy all the action and excitement of 12 sports activities from the comfort of your living room,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice president and general manager. “With remarkable game experiences and precision motion controls, Nintendo continues to set the standard for enhanced game play.”
To celebrate the launch of Wii Sports Resort, Nintendo of Canada is providing a sneak-peak with a resort-themed launch event. The event will be held on Friday, July 24th on the grounds of Ontario Place in Toronto between the hours of 12:00 p.m. EDT and 8:00 p.m. EDT. This event is free once admission has been paid to enter Ontario Place and is open to everyone. Nintendo of Canada will offer an escape to Wuhu Island, featured in Wii Sports Resort, on the shores of Lake Ontario in the form of an enormous tent housing Wii Sports Resort interactive gaming stations. Those visiting the park can be among the first in Canada to play Wii Sports Resort, and enjoy the Wuhu Island oasis featuring a steel drum band, palm trees as well as other resort-themed activities and giveaways. Wii Sports Resort goes on sale nationwide on July 26.
The Ontario Place event kicks off a nationwide tour of Wii Sports Resort that will bring the resort oasis to the following major events and festivals across the country. For event details and the most up-to-date tour schedule, visit On Tour at: www.nintendo.ca
Toronto: Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Stadium, July 17-26
Montreal: Rogers Cup, Aug. 8-16
Montreal: L’Experience Nintendo at La Ronde, Aug. 10-Sep. 7
Whistler: Crankworx, Aug. 13-16
Toronto: Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Aug. 21-Sep. 7
Vancouver: Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Aug. 22-Sep. 7