The Spring season is nearly upon us. As the cold weather slowly creeps away, Nintendo would like you to welcome the new season by tossing away the blanket and hopping off the couch to play Wii Sports Club. Starting on March 21 at 9 a.m. PT, Wii U owners can download and play the Wii Sports Club game for free until March 23 at 11:59 p.m. PT. This promotion includes free access to all three currently available sports (Wii Sports Club – Golf, Wii Sports Club – Bowling and Wii Sports Club – Tennis) and is open to all Wii U owners with an internet connection, an NNID, and their SpotPass feature enabled, even those who have previously tried or have already downloaded Wii Sports Club. As an added bonus, the Resort Course, a new nine-hole course in Wii Sports Club – Golf that was originally featured in Wii Sports Resort, will be permanently added to the game via an update that is available today.
Wii Sports Club is a compilation of the sports from Wii Sports that features high-definition graphics, controls via Wii MotionPlus technology, GamePad integration and an online multiplayer versus mode. In this mode, users with Internet access can face off against other players all over the country online.
Players who want to keep playing after March 23 can purchase a Day Pass for $1.99 in the Nintendo eShop to play all available sports for a 24-hour period, or can buy a Club Pass that provides permanent access to individual sports for $9.99 each.
Nintendo Enthusiast’s Greg Wiggleton praised Wii Sports Club – Bowling for being fun as ever and for its improved controls among other things, ultimately awarding the game with a high score of 9. That all didn’t come without some intense criticism, as he also marks the game down for not living up to its HD promise and for having a less than intuitive online feature, ultimately condemning the game with a low score of 6. After everything all was said and done, he awarded the game with a 8 out of 10. We also reviewed Wii Sports Club – Tennis, which was given a final score of 6 out of 10.
“Overall, Bowling for Wii Sports Club is pretty fun,\”said Greg Wiggleton in his closing statement in his Wii Sports Club – Bowling review.\”If you are a fan of the original Bowling in Wii Sports, you will enjoy this version. The classic mode, as well as the newer modes, helps to add some spice to the game. Online play helps to take the boredom of playing alone and will keep you coming back for more.”
\”Overall, Tennis as a part of Wii Sports Club is way too expensive,\”said Elia Pales in his closing statement in his Wii Sports Club – Tennis review.\”The HD is insignificant, Wii MotionPlus doesn’t add all that much, and online can often be nonfunctional. Instead of spending $10 to re-download a game that you already own, I recommend digging out and dusting off a Wii Sports disc instead. I can assure you, at a party, it will make absolutely no difference.\”
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