If the Wii U makes it in time for next Christmas, this could be the original Wii’s last family outing. We’ve had some great times with Wii Sports, Resort, Play, Mario Kart and the last two Olympics titles, so we were looking forward to a warm-up for next year’s London Games.
Thinking we'd start with some multiplayer games, we headed straight to the London Party mode. Instead of simply choosing a random mix of games or selecting specific ones from a list, we're given something much worse.
Players are dumped onto a grid and must run around using the d-pad, collecting items and bumping into NPCs hoping to trigger an event. This could be something like a quiz on characters you've never heard of or a coin-collecting minigame. Finally, we actually got to play an actual Olympic event, in the form of a pistol shooting game, but only for one round (usually six varied rounds in single event mode).Click here to read more...
After a brief panic of thinking I'd spent a full year queuing for games at Gamescom I stirred myself awake to remember an early Olympics title would of course be released the Christmas before the event itself. Especially after the previous games on the Wii sold by the tonne. It's still heart breaking to see Sonic standing next to archrival Mario with no signs of murderous intentions though.
Our hands-on session with some of our German cousins was in the form of a multiplayer party with laughs and smiles hiding the pride of wanting to win at all costs. Wiimotes at the ready then.
First up we tried the pistols event, a simple shooting game that soon became surprisingly tough. You have to hit multiple targets in a time limit over numerous rounds. The targets change size, rotate, move and sometimes need to be hit in a specific sequence. It’s good to see a game that we can’t perfect within minutes, although we expect there’ll be easier settings available to the casual crowd. Your character choice can also have an impact, as picking one with a high 'skill' rating can make your aim better (despite you being the one doing the physical aiming). Either way, it felt dirty picking Shadow just for his stats.