Recently at the E3 2008 games expo in Los Angeles, PC Advisor got to take a look at two upcoming Nintendo Wii Series games - Wii Sports Resort and Wii Music. Here's our first look at Wii Sports Resort.

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Wii Sports Resort

Wii Sports Resort will require the Wii MotionPlus add-on that Nintendo recently unveiled.

The small accessory connects to the tail of the Wii remote to deliver dramatically better arm motion sensing. Nintendo claims it delivers 1:1 precision and having tried it, we'd have to say it goes pretty close, tracking movement even when you're pointing away from the screen/sensor bar.

That kind of response opens the flood gates to all manner of new game play styles, and Nintendo let us play three mini-games: Power Cruising (Jet Ski), Disc Dog (Frisbee) and Sword Play (because who doesn't fence at the beach).

Power Cruising reminds us of Wave Race 64 but with Mii-character style graphics. You hold the Wii Remote and Nunchuck together to form a handlebar that steers your water scooter through a series of gates, slalom style. The Wii Remote's trigger (B) accelerates and flicking your wrist initiates turbo.

Also straightforward: Disc Dog sees you throw a flying disc to your virtual man's best friend - arm movements only - no button pressing needed. You receive 100, 50 or 10 points based on your accuracy (and if fido actually catches the disc). Finally, Sword Play looks to be an early contender as the "Wii Tennis" go-to game of Wii Sports Resort.

Not only does it have the highest potential to break any vase and bruise any arm within swinging distance, but it's the only activity we tried where two players could compete via split screen. Literally double the carnage!

The Wii MotionPlus' increased controller precision is most apparent here; it makes chopping, hacking and lunging intuitive and accurate.

The big question then: how much will the Wii MotionPlus controller cost? Nintendo would only say that it'll come bundled with a copy of Wii Sports Resort in Spring 2009. No word on it being sold separately.

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Wii Sports Resort: Specs

  • Nintendo Wii
  • Wii Motion Plus add-on
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Wii Motion Plus add-on

OUR VERDICT

It's difficult to come to a firm verdict on Wii Sports Resort without seeing the final build and - crucially - the pricing. But the early signs are good.

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