The sporty HD remake landed on the Wii U eShop in November, debuting with trial versions of its tennis and bowling games. It offered per-sport and per-day pricing models, which carry through this month's launch of baseball and boxing. Wii U owners that download Wii Sports Club will get a 48-hour free trial to check out the game's five sports. Following the trial, they'll have the option to pick up 24-hour passes on the eShop for £1.79, or can permanently unlock both the boxing and baseball games for £8.99. Nintendo noted that the trial is open to all players, including those that have used up Wii Sports Club trials in the past.
Packaged version of Wii Sports Club – complete with Baseball, Boxing, Tennis, Bowling and Golf – to release in stores on 11th July
4th June 2014 – Whether or not you are a veteran of the original Wii Sports series on Wii, step up to the batting plate or into the ring on 27th June when both Baseball and Boxing release on Nintendo eShop for Wii U, rounding off the Wii Sports Club range already comprising Tennis, Bowling and Golf. While for those who want to get their hands on the full roster of five sports on one disc, Wii Sports Club will be launching at retail as a packaged version on 11th July, completing the competitive return to action for the series with HD graphics, new and improved controls, as well as online play and community features supported by Miiverse.
Wii Sports Club kicked off in November 2013 with the Nintendo eShop releases of both Bowling and Tennis, followed by Golf the following month. With the introduction of an online multiplayer versus system, users with broadband Internet access can now compete in a regional club ranking system and represent their local area, with the added ability of Miiverse integration allowing handwritten messages to be posted during gameplay, whether to celebrate a victory or admit defeat!
In Baseball, the use of the Wii Remote Plus controller enables novice hitters and expert sluggers alike greater control and precision when going for that all-important home run. In the field, pitching is performed by holding the GamePad upright, with the action taking place in first-person view. Different types of pitch can be selected to attempt to bamboozle the batsman, but it's down to you to adjust the power and aim of your throw. If the opponent does manage to return your pitch, try to keep the centre of the GamePad aimed at the ball, as a catching opportunity may even come your way...
With Boxing, bobbing and weaving your way to victory is now more fun and challenging than ever before, with players able to use one Wii Remote Plus controller in each hand to allow for more precise offensive and defensive manoeuvres. Before you enter the ring and represent your regional club online however, don't forget to hone your technique by taking on Skill Shaper challenges such as Speed Bag, which requires players to keep an eye on an overhead display and pull off the right punches in the order instructed, or Pro Puncher, where players must use speed and accuracy to smash targets that appear in front of them.
To mark the launch of Baseball and Boxing on Nintendo eShop from 27th June, Wii U owners who download Wii Sports Club will get a 48-hour free trial enabling them to play the two sports, as well as Bowling, Tennis and Golf. The trial is open to everyone, even to people who sampled a free trial of Wii Sports Club before. Once the trial period ends, players can purchase a Day Pass on Nintendo eShop for £1.79* to play all available sports for a 24-hour period, or can purchase permanent access to both Boxing and Baseball for £8.99.
Two very different sports lie in store for fans on 27th June when both Baseball and Boxing release on Nintendo eShop for Wii U. For the full package of five sports on one disc, Baseball, Boxing, Tennis, Bowling and Golf, Wii Sports Club will also release at retail as a packaged game on 11th July.
For further details:
Wii Sports Club website http://www.nintendo.co.uk/wiisportsclub
Wii U website http://wiiu.co.uk
Wii U (UK) on Facebook http://facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk
Nintendo UK on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NintendoUK
Nintendo of Europe on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendoeurope
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
* All indicated prices are inclusive of applicable VAT.