Nintendo surprised fans watching their latest Nintendo Direct dedicated to all things Wii Fit U to discuss a previously unannounced title, Wii Sports Club.
Wii Sports Club is essentially an HD remake of the original Wii pack-in, Wii Sports, with added Wii MotionPlus support for improved precision. But what really sets the game apart from the original are two major differences. First, business model. The game can be purchased by the sport, at $9.99 each. If you’re a fan of just bowling, or prefer only tennis and golf, you can pick exactly what you’d like — of course, you can always buy all 5. There’s also a unique day-pass option, where you’re free to play as much as you want for 24-hours, for $1.99. That’s a fantastic idea for the rarer gameplay sessions, like family get-togethers, or even just giving the software a trial run.
The second biggest change to the game is the addition of online multiplayer. You’ll be able to play your Wii U friends, or battle against players in different states. You can also chat through Miiverse. Pretty cool, don’t you think? It would have been great if they could have integrated the video chat from Wii U Chat in the corner of the screen while you were battling — I like to look into my opponent’s eyes when winning.
If you’d like to learn more, continue reading the press release below the break. Wii Sports Club will release on the Wii U eShop on November 7.
The five beloved sports from the original Wii Sports – bowling, tennis, baseball, boxing and golf – are making a dramatic and competitive return on Wii U. The games are being released individually as downloads in the Nintendo eShop featuring HD graphics, enhanced controls via Wii MotionPlus technology, as well as a much-requested online multiplayer versus mode, so users with broadband Internet access can face off against competitors online. And that’s where the “Club” part of Wii Sports Club comes into play. Players will be registered to state or regional clubs and will be able to chat with one another via Miiverse during matches. People will be able to play casually against members of their own club, or take on members of rival clubs to increase their club rankings.
Tennis and Bowling will be the first two sports available in the Nintendo eShop on Nov. 7, with Boxing, Baseball and Golf scheduled to launch in the months ahead. Wii U owners who downloadWii Sports Club will get a trial pass that will let them play any available games for a 24-hour period from when the Wii Sports Club game is started. Once the trial period ends, players 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 permanent access to individual sports for $9.99 each.