Here's the first review of the month: Grand Slam Tennis
Dust off the Wii, people. The Wii Motion Plus has arrived. And, like the sun coming out from behind a bank of clouds, suddenly the Wii is relevant again.
I have to say, I was skeptical about Nintendo's newest peripheral. The Wii Motion Plus plugs into the base of your Wii Remote. And once you've plugged it in, it's official: Waggle R.I.P.
The first game to really showcase the add-on is not Wii Sports Resort (we'll have to wait until next month for that game; check back to the splogs for my full review), but EA's Grand Slam Tennis, a slightly cartoon-ish take on the sport. Sure, you can play the game the old way, wiggling and waggling your Wii Remote, trying to time your shots. Or you can play it the way it was meant to be played: with 100-percent shot-placement support. Once you place a ball just inside the chalk in the far corner of your opponent's court, you'll never go back to waggle again, trust me.
It'll take around half an hour or so for the controls to feel natural. And there are still some hiccups now and then, when the Wii Motion Plus falls out of synch with Wii. But during match play, when you scorch a serve, you get a sense of satisfaction unlike anything you've ever felt in a sports gamer before.
And that's saying something.
With a full-on Career mode, a fairly deep Character Creator, tons of Mini-games and Party modes, and yes—online play—this is simply the best tennis video game I have ever seen.