First Impressions Of Wii Sports Resort


My roommate, Josh, picked up a copy of Wii Sports Resort today and he let me take the first crack at it. Here are my first impressions.


  • Duel – Swing your sword at your opponent and try to knock him off a tall platform American Gladiators style. Pretty fun but too easy. I made it to the Pro status in about 30minutes.
  • Speed Slice – Be the fastest to slice objects in a certain direction. I really liked this mini-game. Requires a lot of focus and quick reactions.

Wakeboarding – Try to get big air while being dragged behind a boat. I haven’t figured out how to tweak the tricks but it’s dull.


  • Frisbee Dog – Throw a Frisbee at a target for points similiar to darts and your dog fetches the Frisbee for you. The controls are really hard to get the hang of. Totally doesn’t feel like throwing a Frisbee.

Archery – Shoot arrows at a bulls eye. The controls feel just like pulling back on a bow using the nun-chuck. Easy to pick up but difficult to master.


  • 3-Point Contest – Take 3-point shots from various places on the court. The controls are a bit awkward as you have to reach down to grip the ball (holding the B button) then you have to do a tricep extension behind your head to simulate a shot while releasing the B button at the right time. My arm started to ache after the first round.

Table Tennis

  • Match – Just like table tennis from the original Wii Sports except you can add spin. It’s not as easy as regular tennis.

Golf – Much expanded from the previous version with 3 new courses, 3 classic courses and an option for 3, 9, or 18 holes. Josh is super excited for golf.


  • Standard Game – Exact same thing as bowling from original Wii Sports.

Power Cruising (Jet Skiing)

  • Slalom Course – The controls are just like riding a bike and are very responsive. The mini-game itself was ok. There’s not much more to it.


  • Speed Challenge – Paddle around the course as fast as you can. The controls are just like paddling a canoe where you have to keep switching sides in order to go straight. Technically it’s a kayak, not a canoe.


  • Road Race – Try to finish first place in a bike race around WuHu island with different types of terrain. It’s just like the Tour de France. You have to manage your stamina as you can quickly run out of breath from sprinting too much. The controls are just like running in other Wii games. You also have to steer but it’s as simple as leaning left or right while pumping your arms up and down to make you pedal. I can see this mini-game being the most challenging of the bunch.

Air Sports

  • Skydiving – As you’re free falling you have to grab on to other Mii’s and rotate your body so a picture can be taken of you smiling. Points are rewarded for the number of smiles captured on film. At the end you make a formation and have to maneuver through rings. This was fun once but then quickly got boring.
  • Island Flyover – You fly around in an airplane trying to fly through information icons. The format of the mini-game is like a treasure hunt. This concept was a lot of fun. Nintendo should make an entire flight game just like this. It was neat being able to zip around above the island doing barrel roles, and loops for 5-minutes. It’s totally free-form and crashing is kid friendly where the plane bounces. Watching this on a big screen can really make you nauseous.

Note: Some sports have other variations that I haven’t unlocked yet, so I left them out of this review.

If you were a big fan of the original Wii Sports game, then this will be a no-brainer for you. The new games are fun and most look challenging, especially for parties.

My biggest frustration was the 3 minute video Nintendo forced you to watch the first time you played Wii Sports Resort. It was akin to an airplane safety video but instead of talking about features of an airplane designed to save your life, the Nintendo video went into excruciating detail on how to attach the MotionPlus attachment to your Wiimote. Hint: It snaps right into the bottom just like the nun-chuck.

The game is $44.95 on and available now.

Turkey Bowl 2008 Pictures

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving the Filipino Cultural Association of College Park takes part in a flag-football tournament with other schools in the area. For the past three years I have been taking pictures at the game while Kristina played. Since Kristina is no longer a student she was there for moral support but I still took pictures. Here are some of the standout photos.

The girls team fared well but ended up losing to rival George Mason in the last game. The boys ended up winning it all but it was so windy and cold Kristina and I decided to take off early. Besides when the sun goes down it’s pretty much useless to take sports photos.

There are two albums on Facebook with even more images.

Epic Skateboard Clips

A couple of days ago I saw a story on Digg featuring the introduction to Lakai Fully Flared.

As you can see it is compelling even to the non-skateboarding crowd and it got me thinking about all of the skateboard videos I used to watch. As an aspiring skateboard editor for most of my high school days, I studied a lot of skateboard videos and below are some of the most memorable parts.

Invisible Skateboarding

This part from the Girl video YEAH RIGHT! has caught a lot of interest because of how well the effect was done. The skaters used pure green boards and the camera had to do two exact passes in order to cleanly composite the two shots together sans wooden planks with wheels.

Ali Boulala from Flip’s Sorry

They say Alli is drunk more often than he is sober. After watching the things he throws himself into without a second thought you would probably agree. You certainly would need to be thoroughly hammered to attempt the 25 stair ollie at the end of his part in Sorry!. Makes you wonder just how his feet are still attached to his legs.

Bails From Toy Machine’s Welcome To Hell

This video is a classic. It came out in 1996 which is when I started skateboarding and there hasn’t been a fall section since that even come closes to this montage of cringe-inducing bails.

Jeremy Klein and Heath Kirchart from Birdhouse’s The End

These guys come up with crazy ideas and then go out and do them. Case in point is the clip below featuring the two using large signs and gas pumps as obstacles, all to the tune of “Under Pressure” by Queen.

Danny Way’s Mega Ramp from The DC Video

Tony Hawk might be the most popular skateboarder due to landing the 900 at the 1999 summer X-Games but Danny Way is known for jumping ramps that look like they came straight out of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater videogame. On June 12th, 2003, this guy broke two records in one run: the longest distance jump at 75 feet and the highest air at 23.5 feet. Lucky for us the cameras were rolling.

Rodney Mullen From Plan B’s Second Hand Smoke

Rodney Mullen is considered one of the most influential freestyle skaters in the history of the sport. Way back in 1994 he was pushing the creativity of skateboarding to the limits by doing things with his board that no one imagined as well as proving it was physically possible. Just look at all of the tricks he is credited with inventing. His part in Plan B’s Second Hand Smoke is considered a major influence to up and coming pros who would carry skateboarding to where it is today.

Note: The first half is from Second Hand Smoke while the second half is from Plan B’s Virtual Reality.

So there you have it, some of the most memorable moments in skateboard videos according to me. Do you agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments!