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Many players will get their first taste of the Wii from this simple yet addictive sports sim package, mostly because (at least at launch) is waspacked in with all Wii systems. It's been called a great segue between controller gaming and using the Wii-mote for games people will play on the Wii. It's also the first game people will probably use their Mii avatars.

The game is meant to be played in short bursts, and while skill can be a factor, most anyone can pick up and play any of the games offered easily. Among them, Wii Sports offers Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Golf, and Boxing. Each game has the player using the Wii remote in differing ways to affect gameplay.

Tennis is played as doubles, with one player controlling one or both players on on side of the course, and another player (or a CPU) on the other side. Four people can even fill all four positions, making for a grantic experience.

Baseball is somewhat similar to Tennis when batting. Two teams are made up of players and/or CPU's and take turns batting and pitching. When batting, players must watch the oncoming ball and hit it effectively to score a home run, or at least make it a base or two. When pitching, you can press many of the buttons on the remote to throw curveballs, grounders, fastballs, and any number of throws to perplex your opponent.

Bowling is straighforward and simple in it's presentation, but ridiculously fun. Players hold down the B Button as they aim and rear back their swing, then release the button to throw the ball. Bowling consists of a normal 10 frames of ten-pin bowling, just as it would be played normally.

In Golf, you hold the remote pointing downward (as though gripping the end of a golf club), and swing with varying force to either whack the ball across the course to the green, gently putt the ball into the hole, or any amount of strength needed in between.

Boxing is the only game requiring the Nunchuck attachment. Holding both pieces of the controller, players block and punch as though actually boxing.

Outside of the normal metods, each game offers three training courses to help you hone your skill in batting, putting, bowling strikes, or whatever malady your game may have. There is also a "daily training" option which throws a few random training methods at you and then grades your performance.

There isn't much to say about the game, admittedly, it's a fun game that can be picked up and played by anyone just about anytime, as each game only takes a few minutes to play. As stated earlier, it's also a great way to acclimate oneself to the unfamiliar control method of the Wii.

I give Wii Sports a score of 7 out of 10.
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