Video games about sports have fascinated gamers
for decades, but Nintendo really revolutionized the genre thanks to the Nintendo Wii.
Now if you want to play tennis, you don’t need to press button, all you need to do is swing your arm. Finally, you no longer need to leave your home
to get that sports experience. All you need is a copy of Wii Sports.
So to celebrate the announcement of Wii Sports Club, on this episode
of Beta64, I’m going to talk about the beta of the Wii Sports series. Wii Sports was first announced as Wii Sports:
Tennis in early 2006, which, soon after, was revealed to be part of a sports package. Wii
Sports was then shown in playable form at E3 2006 accompanying the reveal of the Nintendo
Wii. Several sports were available to play at E3 such as Wii Sports: Tennis,
Wii Sports: Baseball, Wii Sports: Golf and, lastly, Wii Sports: Airplane. Wii Sports: Airplane allowed
players to control an airplane with a Wii Remote with the objective being to fly through as many rings
as possible within a time limit. Wii Sports: Airplane didn’t make it into the
final game, but, instead, became part of Wii Sport’s sequel: Wii Sports Resort. Early in development, Mario characters were used as the players in Wii
Sports, but were soon changed because people preferred the simplicity of Miis. The original
Mii style in Wii Sports was similar to the Japanese wooden dolls known as
Kokeshi and the tennis court is also slightly different than the final version. The internal
name of Wii Sports is actually called with “Revolution” being the code name of the Wii. A sequel to Wii Sports was in development
shortly after the first release, but once the Wii MotionPlus began its development,
gameplay was shifted to utilize the new peripheral. With the unveiling of the Wii MotionPlus at
E3 2008, Nintendo revealed the next game in the Wii Sports series: Wii Sports Resort.
Wii Sports Resort included 12 new sports compared to the 5 sports in the original game.
But even more sports were going to be added to Wii Sports Resort. Fishing and a water slide game were considered as well as an activity based off the Japanese toy kendama, which was scrapped because it didn’t
fit the game’s theme. So that’s the beta of the Wii Sports series.
Nothing major changed between the beta and the final. Though I do like the name Revolution. It just… fits. So this has been Beta64 with the Wii Sports beta.
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