We have all heard the rumors, and seen the “meeting minutes” from the PDGA meetings about a disc golf video game. The odds of this happening in our lifetime are 50/50 but we are not left in the cold. There are actually 3 disc golf games for the Nintendo Wii. Well, not actually a standalone disc golf game, but disc golf in a collection of other sports games – Beach Sports, Vacation Sports and Super Monkey Ball. Luckily none of the games are more than $20 and if you have a child, niece / nephew etc… the other games included make it work your hard earned “discretionary funds”. None of the titles are very realistic and you will probably feel more embarrassed caught playing the Wii on these titles but hey… “beggars can’t be choosers”.
Let start with the first one released: Beach Sports.
Cutesy, mii type characters, sidearm / forehand / Tomahawk throws, “Driver” / Midrange / Putter discs, wind affects the throws, 18 holes (with one Windmill hole!). Also includes Volleyball, beach football, cricket, soccer and boccie ball. Online reviews – 4 stars out of 10, this reviewer… this is the funnest and most “realistic” (comparatively) of the 3 but VERY wii-ish, ok graphics, with the other games included, give it a 5 out of 10.
Most recent release: Vacation Sports
Includes the best looking (comparatively) game but only 9 holes (on a golf course interestingly enough). No sidearm, tomahawk, drivers etc. This game does though allow you to use a hyzer / anhyzer type throw using a 3-D aiming system. Could have been the best in the bunch if it had more holes. Other games include cricket (again!), boccie ball (again!), dodgeball, air hockey, foosball, go-carts and darts. Online reviews - 3 stars out of 10, this reviewer… fun for a while, could have been the best one, ok graphics, lame premise, with the other games included, give it a 4 out of 10.
Lastly: Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz
After all is said and done this will be the one you will continue to play after the whole “disc golf on the wii” honeymoon is over. The dsiv golf portion is challenging but a little funk to control. In addition your character is a baby monkey! If you can choke down playing disc golf as a monkey the you and you family or friends will enjoy this one the most overall. The actual game “Super Monkey Ball” game is very fun. Disc golf and other mini games make it the best value in the long run. Online reviews avg. 7.5 out of 10. This reviewer gives it 7 out of 10.
Have fun playing disc golf (kinda…) on the wii. If you don’t tell anyone, we won’t.