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POSTED 8/12/12


SPORTS CONNECTION

Ubisoft

Wii U

Listen, sport! Now we donít mean that in a macho-posturing, you-scratched-my-bumper-bar-you-bastard kind of way, rather in more of a ďTake heed, weíre talking about sporting endeavoursĒ fashion. Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh, fashion!

Yes, itís a little known fact that itís actually law that a new console cannot hit the shops without a sports compendium ready to rock. Strangely, despite the pack-in mega-success of Wii Sports on the Wii without a ĎUí, Nintendo seemingly couldnít be arsed making one for this launch. But Ubisoft did Ė yay?

Sports Connection gathers together six endeavours that in the real world require a modicum of fitness. Well, five and golf Ė so thatís tennis, baseball, soccer, gridiron and karting.

First up, you need a MotionPlussed-up Wiimote, as the GamePad canít deal alone. Second up, even if you have one its movements seem to be ignored half the time. Third up, that second point will piss you off. A lot.

Briefly summarising, for thatís what we do, tennis is simplified to basically swiping to hit the ball when itís near. Baseball alternates between hitting (WiiMote) and pitching/fielding (GamePad) and is kinda fun. Soccerís just like FIFA, except execrable. Youíve little control and bonus penalty shootouts are pretty boring. Speaking of pretty, karting isnít. Either controller is wielded like a steering wheel. Both controls suck at it. Gridironís as inexplicable as ever to us non-American types, and it seems to expect strategies based on what the opponents are planning when you canít actually see them. Oops. Golfís also pretty basic, but hey, itís the best golf currently on Wii U!

We expect simplicity in such a collection, and thatís what we get. But we also expect some atmosphere, ease of use and more fun. Diehard sports buffs will get something out of it, but dear Aunty Mavis wonít Ė and that was what Nintendo nailed so pinpointily with Wii Sports.

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