Wii Sports Resort[a] is a 2009 sports simulation video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console, and is a sequel to Wii Sports. It is one of the first titles to require the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which was bundled with the game. Wii Sports Resort was first announced at E3 2008 and was released in Japan on June 25, 2009 and in nearly all other regions in the following month. While the game was originally released only as a stand-alone title, it was later bundled with newer Wii consoles alongside Wii Sports.
The game was well received by game critics, praising the improved controls and graphics, gaining an aggregate score of 82.94% on GameRankings and 80% on Metacritic. As of March 31, 2020, the game is the third best-selling game on the Wii, after its predecessor Wii Sports and Mario Kart Wii, with 33.13 million copies sold worldwide.
Wii Sports Resort is a sports video game set in a tropical resort on an archipelago named Wuhu Island. The first time a player starts the game, several instructional videos will play, then the strap usage screen and the Wii MotionPlus test, and finally, the player will skydive to Wuhu Island. Twelve different sports are available to play; like the original, the sports are each played by holding the Wii Remote (and in some cases, the Nunchuk) in a manner similar to the actual sport being replicated.
Most notably, in archery, the player holds the Wii Remote vertically to hold the bow, and pulls back the Nunchuk to pull back the bow’s string. The new feature that Wii Sports Resort brings is Wii MotionPlus compatibility, which enables 1:1 control and allows the games to be played with greater accuracy. For example, the game’s new variation, table tennis, gives the player greater control over adding spin to the ball by twisting the Wii Remote while swinging. In golf, the player can spin the ball by twisting the Wii Remote while swinging. Most sports involving more than two players support hotseat multiplayer, in which just one Wii Remote is needed and is shared among players while taking turns. The only sports in this game returning from the original Wii Sports are Bowling and Golf, while Table Tennis was originally a game in Wii Play. The other nine sports are completely new and original to the game.