It took Nintendo a little while to realise that the Wii's motion control didn't really cut it and that you could just as easily imitate Tiger Woods by sitting in a dark corner and wafting your wrist around as by striking a pose and miming the perfect backswing, MotionPlus was inevitable really. It comes packaged today with an all new sports collection - Wii Sports Resort - which comes off as a far more precise game, emulating the sporting concept of its predecessor whilst bringing a much greater level of control over your Mii as you make a fool out of yourself back in the real world.
You can pick up a copy of Wii Sports Resort for just £29.99 from Simply Games, and the game comes packaged with the Wii MotionPlus, an accessory which plugs in directly to the base of your Wiimote and combines with the existing accelerometer and sensor bar to provide a more accurate motion experience. You'll also be saving yourself about £3.50 on the nearest competitor (Amazon - £33.44), which is pretty nice.
Wii Sports Resort is a lot of fun. The same cutesy graphics are there, but everything actually looks like some effort's been put in. But of course no Wii game is really about the visuals, and finally the Wii makes good on its original promise. Remember being excited about Red Steel, only for it to turn out to be nothing like the virtual blade-fest you'd pictured in your head? Well, the sword fighting in this actually feels really very good indeed...sometimes....but we'll get to that in a bit.
More positives: Tennis, table tennis here, actually makes sense! The ball goes where you tell it to go and you can add topspin, backspin, curve and slice to your heart's delight. Archery is near-perfect, Cycling and Canoeing are frantic limb-dislocators, and Bowling and Golf have been tightened up. Wakeboarding, too, is a simple yet well-worked delight.
Unfortunately, a few things let this game down. Swordplay is great fun when you're slicing fruit out of the air or fending off hordes of enemies, but the duels are awful. There's still no 1:1 control, no real benefit to mastering the thing. You're nearly always better off just waggling your arm like a maniac. The Air Sports are pretty terrible, too - just showcases rather than gaming experiences - and prove utterly disappointing. Depressingly, I actually found myself bored with a good deal of Resort.
That said, it's probably worth it just for the spruced and tuned return games, the excellent Archery and Wakeboarding modes, and the frankly superb Table Tennis game. But be aware, you'll already need a bunch of Wiimotes as this only comes with the add-on. You'll also need to buy more Wii MotionPlus accessories to get the most out of this as single-player gets very boring very quickly.
Wii lovers will certainly want to grab themselves a part of this, and when it works Resort is more fun than the original. But a good third of this game's content is either lazily implemented, poorly designed or simply really boring, and those are things I never thought I'd be saying about a Nintendo game.