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Nintendo's Details Wii Sports Resort Release

Final release and pricing details. Plus, a Wiimote you'll never, ever, ever, not-in-a-million-years be able to get!


While we've known for a few weeks now that Wii Sports Resort would release some time in June here, Nintendo has kept the specifics all to itself. That changed today with final release details on the game and the Wii Motion Plus peripheral.

Both the peripheral and game will arrive on June 25. Nintendo will sell Wii Sports Resort as a deluxe box containing a copy of the game and one Wii Motion Plus attachment. Pricing for the set is ¥4,800, putting it at the level of most first party Wii titles.

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Resort supports one to four players. Those other players will have to purchase the Wii Motion Plus attachment separately. Nintendo will make the accessory available on June 25 at ¥1,500.

With about three weeks until release, it seems that the Nintendo marketing machine has kicked into gear. Nintendo opened a full website for the game today showing off all the events and providing details on the Wii Motion Plus attachment.

Resort has clearly come a long way since I played it at last year's E3. There, I was able to try out just the Sword Play, Disc Dog, and Power Cruising mini games.

The final list of twelve games looks like this:

  • Sword Play
  • Wakeboarding
  • Disc Dog
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Table Tennis
  • Golf
  • Bowling
  • Power Cruising
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Air Sports

(Air Sports is known as "Sky Leisure" in the Japanese version).

I remarked at last year's E3 that the sword fighting alone would be enough to get people to buy the game and the Wii Motion Plus device. I was unable to attend E3 this year, so I'll have to wait until June 25 to determine if this holds true one year later.

Also at the official site is this:

Nintendo has been somewhat quiet on the Club Nintendo front of late, but all is forgiven after hearing about this campaign.

Buy Wii Sports Resort between June 25 and August 31, enter your copy's Club Nintendo serial number into the Club Nintendo site, and you'll find yourself in a drawing to win the special blue Wiimote and Nunchuck (and condom) combo unit pictured above.

Nintendo will be giving away just 5,000 of the prizes. Since WiiSports Resort will probably sell over a million before the deadline, your chances of winning are... well, it really depends on how many people actually access the Club Nintendo site and register. You know how stupid people can be -- especially the kind of mainstream Sunday gamers who make Wii Sports Resort their sole game purchase every three years.

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