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Wii Sports

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Wii Sports

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii
Released in JP: December 2, 2006
Released in US: November 19, 2006
Released in EU: December 8, 2006
Released in AU: December 7, 2006
Released in KR: April 26, 2008


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RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
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Bundled with every western Wii console for the first few years of its life, Wii Sports serves to demonstrate the capabilities of the Wii Remote's (or "Wiimote's") intuitive motion controls across five different sports. These include tennis, baseball, golf, boxing, and, the most popular of them all; bowling (try releasing the ball backward and see what happens; you'll laugh). Ever since, Wii Sports has become a popular favorite amongst Wii owners, much to the dismay of broken televisions everywhere.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Unused graphics.
  • A cut airplane mode can be seen in footage of the E3 2006 kiosk demo
  • Other stuff?

Unused Models

Bowling

bwg_lane.brres
This file is located in /Common/RPBowScene/common.carc. It contains an unused model of a bowling lane, which unlike the final lane model, is a separate model from the rest of the alley. It is assumed that bowling was one of the sports shown off at E3 2006, but there is no existing video footage of it, so there is no way to confirm if this lane was from the E3 build of the game. Below is a comparison of the old lane with the new one, and its assets with the new assets.

Unused Data Final Version
WiiSports-bwgLane-unused.PNG WiiSports-bwgLane-final.PNG
WiiSports-bwgFloor-unused.png WiiSports-bwgFloor.png
WiiSports-bwgScreen-unused.png WiiSports-bwgScreen.png


Golf

A few unused golf courses are leftover on the disc of the retail version of the game. They are all located in /Common/RPGolScene/ (/Stage/RPGolScene for v1.01 users). Attempting to load most of these courses in-game will result in a crash.

glf_course_E3.carc
This file contains the hole that was shown off at the E3 2006 live demo of Wii Sports. The textures that are in the .carc file have been updated to the final version's art style, rather than keeping the early textures originally shown at E3. Additionally, the trees from the early version have also been removed, and it's also worth noting that the out of bounds area in the leftover version was simply not present in the E3 version's minimap of the course.

Unused Data E3 Version
Wii Sports-Glf course E3.png Wii Sports-Glf course E3 BETA.png


glf_course_angle.carc

This course contains many different slopes and likely served as a test for collision and physics. Not much is known about this file.

Preview of the course in the BrawlBox model viewer.


glf_course_fc18.carc
This hole is a bare-bones remake of hole 18 from the Famicom game, Golf. All holes in Wii Sports are remakes of holes from this game, however, their remake of hole 18 was never finished, and thus left unused in the final game. Additionally, it uses some early textures shown during the E3 preview, such as the trees in the background.

Preview of the course in the BrawlBox model viewer.


glf_course_survey.carc
Survey is a very interesting course, it appears to be a driving range. It features a large open field, with markers that are laid out in front of the player that list off yardage, similar to the ones at driving ranges. It is speculated that this may have been used for a training mode game, however, the name is unfitting.

Preview of the course in the BrawlBox model viewer.


Unused Data

Bowling

TrialData.bin
This file contains all of the pin setup data used in the Picking Up Spares training game. Wii Sports requires the player to complete 20 stages in order to get a platinum medal. Upon clearing the 20th stage, the game ends automatically, as it is programmed to not play any more stages, however, data exists for an additional 10 stages. Compared to the stages normally accessible in the game, stages 21-30 are much more difficult.

Below is a table of stages 21-30, although they are numbered incorrectly (1 through 10) due to the way they were loaded into the game (replacing the first 10 stages).

Stage 21 Stage 22 Stage 23
Stage 24 Stage 25 Stage 26
Stage 27 Stage 28 Stage 29
Stage 30


Developer Text

Internal Name

Internally, the game is known by the generic title SPORTS PACK for REVOLUTION, where Revolution refers to the Wii's own pre-release codename.

Build Dates

Originally, Nintendo developed a prototype software which included several tech demos that tested the Wii Remote's capabilities. The tech demos were divided into 2 categories: sports games, which became part of Wii Sports, and family-oriented games, which became part of Wii Play.

(Source: Nintendo)

Included in the file timeStamp.txt at the root of the disc is a build date, alongside the internal name of the prototype software, "Pack Project". On the Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort combo disc, this file is located with the rest of the game's files; e.g., on the European disc, in /EU/sys/sports.

JP JP Rev 1 NA NA Rev 1 EU EU Rev 1 KR TW NA (Sports + Resort)
2006/10/25
11:52
Pack Project
2007/07/05
19:14
Pack Project
2006/10/07 
04:53
Pack Project
2007/07/05 
19:15
Pack Project
2006/10/17 
15:26
Pack Project
2007/07/05
19:15
Pack Project
2008/03/11 
15:02
Pack Project
2008/03/14
15:17
Pack Project
2010/06/07
14:04
Pack Project
EU (Sports + Resort)
2010/06/07 
14:10
Pack Project

Config File

gameConfig.ini in the disc's root includes a few settings, several of which have been commented out. The second commented line references (Super) Mario Club, Nintendo's internal software testing group.

Original Translated
# Pack Project Game Config File

{
#	RootScene		スポーツパック
#	ここでマリオクラブ用ROMをつくるのでTVModeは設定しないこと
#	TVMode			16:9
	RPPrint			1
	RPSysPrint		1
	RPSndPrint		1
	RPUserPrint		1
	end
}
# Pack Project Game Config File

{
#	RootScene		Sports Pack
#	Here, TVMode isn't set up, because it's made for the Mario Club ROM.
#	TVMode			16:9
	RPPrint			1
	RPSysPrint		1
	RPSndPrint		1
	RPUserPrint		1
	end
}

Function 80186470 (v1.01 offset) of main.dol loads and parses gameConfig.ini. It looks for the parameters listed above, but also checks for more parameters that aren't even present in gameConfig.ini.

Below is a list of the extra parameters:

RPSmkPrint
RPOkaPrint
RPOknPrint
RPKasPrint
RPMatPrint
RPSawPrint
RPSakPrint
RPKodPrint
RPGutPrint
RPSaiPrint
RPSumPrint
RPUmePrint
GameOpen

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if any of gameConfig.ini affects the commercial release of the game.

Unused Graphics

Baseball


faceDummy_A/B

WiiSports-Scoreboard Test.png

Found in Stage/RPBsbScene/pallpark00.carc/G3D/bll_Field_Score.brres/, these two files, in which both use the same image, were used to test the scoreboard.



Boxing


box_TV.1

Wii-Sports-Box-TV.1.png

Found in Stage/RPBoxScene/MainGame.carc/G3D/box_ring.brres/, this image shows a low-quality screenshot of a boxing match. Its counterpart, box_TV.2, is used in the final game.


ball

WiiSports-Unused ball txtures.png

Unused textures likely intended for the "Dodging" training mode game, since these are packaged with the rest of boxing's files. These assets later were used as the billiards seen in Wii Play. The textures seen here are named ball.0 through ball.9, with 1 through 9 being the billiards, and 0 being the cue ball. These textures are located in /Common/RPBoxScene/MainGame.carc, in box_ball.brres.


Unused Sounds

Baseball

There are two unused announcer voice clips in baseball. One is "Double Play" and the other is "Triple Play". This suggests there were originally plans to make a more in depth version of baseball than what we see in the final version of the game..

Double Play
Triple Play


Unused Text

sport_message.bmg

In Root\EN\Message\message.carc\ there is a file called sport_message.bmg, which houses some of the text, specifically the sport-related text, as the name suggests.

Within this file, at ID 7659520 there is unused text for units of measurement in Japanese.

Japanese Translation English Equivalent
A~ru Are or 100 square metres
Hectare Ha
Litre L

Regional Differences

Baseball

In the Japanese and Korean releases, the announcer had terms that were easy for non-English speakers to understand. In the international release, the terms were changed to regular baseball terms.

  • "Time out" is simply changed to "Time".
  • Acquiring four balls is referred to as a "four ball" instead of "ball four."
  • A single is referred to as a "hit."
  • A double and triple are referred to as "two-base hit" and "three-base hit."
  • A ground rule double is referred to as an "entitle two base."
  • When a fielder catches the ball, the announcer says "out" instead of "you're out," when they change sides, the announcer simply says "change" instead of "change sides," and the announcer says "fair" instead of "fair ball."
  • When the game is over, the announcer says "game set" instead of "that's the game."

Below is a table comparison of the aforementioned sound bytes, organized by their location. Note that the Japanese and Korean localisations use the same voice clips.

English Japanese/Korean
Time Out
Time
Ball Four
Four Ball
Single
Hit
Double
Two-Base Hit
Triple
Three-Base Hit
Ground Rule Double
Entitle Two Base
Fair Ball
Fair
You're Out
Out
Change Sides
Change
That's the Game
Game Set

Golf

In the Japanese and Korean release, a score of 3 under par is called an Albatross, unlike all other releases, in which its called a Double Eagle.

English Japanese/Korean
Double Eagle
Albatross



Revisional Differences

Wii Sports had a re-release about a year later, with some changes being made for later pressings after the Wii Remote began coming packaged with a silicone sleeve. These changes are also present in the Nintendo Selects version of the game. There are two revisions, v1.0 and v1.01. Depending on which release you have, file paths may change. /Stage/*.*/ directories are /Common/*.*/ instead in v1.0.

Wii Remote Sleeves

The warning screens and all other graphics of the Wii Remote were updated to reflect the silicone jacket's release.

Pre-Jacket Post-Jacket
Useless loading screen unless you didn't read the manual: check! But I don't have the jacket. Meh, who reads you anyway?
Which one is a square? These squares indicate your remote's battery life. If you turn it on and only one light blinks, change the batteries or attach a 3rd party charger.
Aparently they come in blue now! Just like DVDs! And jackets too!
Who needs a start button when you have math symbols?! Unplug that classic controller nimrod! It won't work.
Be sure to leave your window open to lower the chance of very unlikely overheats! Please be advised that the Baba Jaga may show up to steal your firstborn baby.
Wait. My string isn't yellow! You'll only need to use this when you play the game we like to call "Punch Out: Rocky Edition"
Where's the wrist strap? Now with Photoshop effects!
It's less dull in real life. Outlined bigger for your convenience!

Baseball

There is an animation that was added to the game opening scene: as it begins, the opposing teams face one another, and the camera passes between them. As the camera passes each Mii, they look toward the screen, giving the cutscene some personality. This may have been added to make clearer who is on the teams, since all, but the pitcher, are randomly selected.

In the original release, if a grounder were caught quick enough to call an out, the Mii who caught it would hold it. In the re-release, should this event happen, the Mii will also throw the ball to first to make it a bit more realistic.

Boxing

Initially, after knocking out an opponent, the game would instantly go to the You Won/Lost sequence afterward. In the re-release, two replays are shown of the winner's Mii knocking out the opponent, going into slow-motion at the end of each replay. These replays also play a music track that didn't appear in earlier versions.