Nintendo’s Wii Sports Resort Invites Everyone to a Tropical Escape

    On July 26, Nintendo 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(R), 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