Wii Sports is the highest selling game of all-time. As in, ever. That may seem hard for many people to understand, but it does come with a specific caveat tied to it. Wii Sports was, famously, packed in with the Wii as a free portion of the console bundle, and was available for nearly all of the time that the system has been on shelves. So, while it’s impressive to see that nearly 83 million copies have been sold, a large reason for that is owing to the fact that people got it for free when they bought the hardware it was on.
Needless to say, based on the sales of the Wii, it was the smartest move Nintendo has ever done, and one I’m sure they wish they could repeat for their failing follow-up, the Wii U. Well, that is exactly what Nintendo is aiming to do with their announcement today that Wii Sports is coming to the Wii U.
Now, this is exactly what it sounds like, it isn’t a new collection of games that takes advantage of that new tablet-based Wii U Gamepad. Rather, it’s the original 5 Wii Sports, Bowling, Baseball, Boxing, Golf and Tennis, but with HD upgrades, motion-plus inspired control upgrades and online multiplayer.
Wii Sports Club seems to fit the name exactly, as it’s basically a pay-as-you-play service. Only two of those sports, Tennis and Bowling, will be available when the service launches in November, and each will be purchased individually. The interesting thing about this news is that it opens the service up to the possibility of entirely new sports being introduced into the Wii Sports brand name. Could we actually see a game or two that uses the gamepad in the future? Or could the Wii Sports Resorts games that came in a later iteration of the game see releases, too?
None of these questions have answers yet, but the idea of being able to play online with these games is a great prospect, and one that I personally asked for from the day the Wii launched on. We can look forward to going toe-to-toe in 10 frames of bowling like it’s 2006 all over again on November 7, 2013.
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