4 thoughts on “ESPN Sports Connection – Nintendo Wii U

  1. 51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Some innovative use of the GamePad controller, but overall not the most polished game, November 21, 2012
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    Nutwiisystem.Com (New York, NY USA) –

    = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: ESPN Sports Connection – Nintendo Wii U (Video Game)

    It was interesting for Nintendo not to launch a sports title to coincide with the Wii U launch, especially given the overwhelming success of Wii Sports with the original Wii. Ubisoft has stepped in with ESPN Sports Connection, which includes some of the sports from Wii Sports (Tennis, Golf, Baseball) and adds a few new ones (Football, Kart Racing, Soccer). I found this game a bit difficult to give a rating to, because there are some part of it that are spectacular, while others don’t even rise to the quality of the original Wii Sports.

    I’ll go through each sport and rate each one.

    Tennis:

    There are two options here: “Match” or “Cannon Ball”. Match works pretty much like WIi Sports tennis, in that you swing your Wii remote to hit the ball, and running is done automatically for you. You also have the option to use the GamePad, in which case you use to touchscreen and stylus to play, similar to tennis games on the DS. I was immediately disappointed by the graphics and the responsiveness, which both seemed to pale in comparison to even Wii Sports. It seemed that the designers couldn’t decide whether to be “cartoony” or “realistic”, so they ended up creating a world that as a poor combination of both, with gaudy colors and unnecessary background animation. Perhaps for that reason, despite the support of the MotionPlus, hitting the ball felt a little sluggish.

    “Cannon Ball” was an interesting concept. It’s a 2-player game where one player holds the GamePad and controls where a ball machine serves, while the other player holds the Wii remote and tries to return the serve to a certain part of the court. I’m not sure how much replay value this has, but it was an interesting first look into the possibilities of two-player action using both the GamePad and the TV screens. I’d give the overall tennis experience 2 of 5 stars.

    Golf:

    The two options in golf are “Stroke Play” and “Caddie”. Stroke play lets up to 4 players play up to 18 holes on a generic golf course. I was impressed that the MotionPlus capabilities of the Wii remote seemed to be used well; when you prepare your swing, the on-screen “swing meter” gives a smooth and accurate representation of your swing angle. But as with most Wii golf games, don’t expect this to improve your golf swing.

    While the portion of the game you see on the TV was nothing earth-shatteringly new, the use of GamePad was a different story, and really showed the potential of the GamePad. While the main TV shows the court from a golfer’s eye view, the GamePad lets you view the course from a birds-eye view, and even zoom in and use the GamePad screen as almost a virtual set of binoculars to have a 360 degree view of any part of the course. In fact, in the “Caddie” option, you can have two players, one setting up the shots and suggesting clubs and angles (something in traditional golf games the system does for you), and the other to execute the golf shots. I found some parts of the GamePad interface confusing, but I did appreciate the innovation here. Overall, I’d give the golf experience about 3.5 of 5 stars.

    Baseball:

    Baseball is where the game really started to shine for me. You use the GamePad when you’re playing defense, and the TV screen and Wii remote when you’re playing offense. To pitch, you draw a line from the pitcher’s mound to a strike zone at home plate. At first your instinct is to just flick the stylus, but after a while you’ll learn to finesse different types of pitches by drawing lines; your catcher will give you “signals” that tell you what kind of line to draw. If the batter makes contact, you’ll see the ball coming at you on the GamePad screen, and you’ll need to move the GamePad like a virtual glove to catch it. It takes a lot of getting used to (oddly, you’re not really moving your glove to catch the ball, but you’re moving the entire scene to align your glove with the ball), but I give them an A for effort.

    As the batter, you’re standing in the batters box and swinging at pitches. Again, I found the use of the MotionPlus capabilities to be impressive. Everything from your bat angle to your bat speed is taken into account, making this a very realistic batting experience. And while it’s not exactly like batting against a real pitcher, it is challenging and has a very realistic feel to it. In fact, it may be a bit too realistic–young ones may be a little frustrated that the batting isn’t as easy as in Wii Sports.

    Overall, I’d give the baseball experience a solid 4 of 5 stars. Again, graphics are not as polished as they could be, but having two screens, one for the pitcher and one for the batter, is an innovation that really shows the potential of the GamePad.

    Soccer:

    With Soccer, you can have up to 5 players, 4 using Wii remotes and 1 using the GamePad. In this case, motion controls are not used (except to control the goalie’s…

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  2. 13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great sports game for the whole Family!, November 20, 2012
    By 
    luco

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: ESPN Sports Connection – Nintendo Wii U (Video Game)
    We are having lots of fun with this game. Every sport can be played as a full match and the integration of the new controller is really innovative. Playing simultaneously on two screens (TV and Gamepad) is fun and children really enjoy it. For parents, it is also great to have the Gamepad since you can control your team with the tip of your finger while kids have more physical activity using the Wii Remote Plus. We have played all the six sports in the game and our favorites are soccer, karting, baseball and also the cannonball challenge on tennis which makes playing tennis much more fun than on Wii Sports. On karting you can play up to five players or play by yourself on the Gamepad only. We are already looking forward to playing the game again and having more great Family time during this Thanksgiving!

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  3. 35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Any money you think you will be saving by buying this is wasted when you start adding on the price of everything …, December 31, 2014
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    This review is from: Nintendo Wii U 32 Gb Console (Video Game)
    It does state in the comments that this is a sale of the console and nothing else, but it fails to mention that the console cannot be set up without the gamepad, which are rather hard to find as it turns out.
    Any money you think you will be saving by buying this is wasted when you start adding on the price of everything this does not come with.
    I already know that I am not getting a refund, as everything here is legal, but that doesn’t mean I will not give this token effort to save other potential buyers the hassle.

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  4. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    … when i read the comments and man am i glad i did, April 15, 2015
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    This review is from: Nintendo Wii U 32 Gb Console (Video Game)
    Wow lol i was literally moments away from purchasing this when i read the comments and man am i glad i did. The wii u without the gamepad? lol whats the point of buying a glorified black box because thats what this is, its like having 6/7 dragon balls despite how many they are and how valuable they can be with all even with 6 they are just stones with no use. (sorry been binging dragonball so the metaphor just slipped out) anyway it also said in the description it was new condition but from the comments it seems to be refurbished the only way i could see anyone actually wanting this is if their wii u broke but they still have the gamepad.

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