Wii Go Vacation (Bandai)

Last updated date: July 15, 2019

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Wii Go Vacation (Bandai)

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 103 expert reviews, the Wii Wii Go Vacation (Bandai) placed 6th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Wii Game for a detailed review of all the top wii games.

Expert Summarized Score
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
522 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The star of Go Vacation is easily its setting, Kawawii Island. The island is split into four resorts: Marine, City, Snow and Mountain Resort (confusingly, Snow Resort is set on a mountainous ski slope). All of these can be explored as either your Mii or a customisable avatar, while each of the sports within the game can be found by speaking to NPCs dotted across the map.
- Trusted Reviews
July 26, 2018 | Full review
You’ll find plenty to do here. You could spend hours in the numerous mini-games alone, let alone goofing off doing tricks with your roller blades, marine bike, etc.
October 13, 2011 | Full review
The stamp dash offers incentives for trying each and every activity, granting you access to new resorts and other rewards as you progress. You eventually unlock a villa for yourself, where your various vacation photos will be displayed and you can organize any furniture you happen to discover in your wanderings.
- GameSpot
October 18, 2011 | Full review
Loads of minigames and activities
- WCCF Tech
July 26, 2018 | Full review
The resorts are at least excellent places to explore, feeling like actual places full of hidey-holes and bursting with stuff to do
- God Is A Geek
August 1, 2018 | Full review
Go Vacation isn't necessarily bad. Its minigames all work as they should, and there's a lot of content with various extra challenges, unlockable costumes, furniture, and secrets. It's just that we've seen it all before, and usually with a bit more flair than this. G
- Destructoid
October 13, 2011 | Full review
Fantastic for multiplayer
- Nintendo World Report
July 26, 2018 | Full review
There is a great sense of ‘doing’ with many of these activities; roller skating and mountain biking, for example, implement the Wii Remote and Nunchuck to great effect by asking you to alternately ‘pedal’ with your arms to propel yourself, leaning to steer – which works well without the Balance Board but is infinitely more engaging with.
- Nintendo Insider
November 26, 2011 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The biggest issue is that it can sometimes feel that the aim has been to fill the title with as many events as possible, instead of trying to create a refined set of activities. There’s a huge gulf between the best and the worst, and there are too many similarities as well.
- Trusted Reviews
July 26, 2018 | Full review
Some of the menus/tutorials could be clearer too, and Nintendo's Miis don’t fit in at all with the avatars.
October 13, 2011 | Full review
The open-world setting makes each play session more flexible than the disjointed minigame parade of other similar games, and the ability to do it all with friends is attractive. But once you set foot inside this kiddie playland, it becomes clear that it's all very shallow and simplistic because Go Vacation's minigames don't reach the enjoyable heights of their forebears.
- GameSpot
October 18, 2011 | Full review
Graphics are dated
- WCCF Tech
July 26, 2018 | Full review
Even games like tennis feel lacklustre due to floaty ball physics; a return to the glory days of Smash Court this is not. Each mode has what are regarded as ‘full’ or motion controls. Full being button presses while motion ones are for those of you who like to waggle.
- God Is A Geek
August 1, 2018 | Full review
The games are all rather mediocre, overdone and sluggish, while the faux anime characters in their bland resort environments are completely charmless.
- Destructoid
October 13, 2011 | Full review
Presentation not hugely improved
- Nintendo World Report
July 26, 2018 | Full review
There are fifty minigames on offer and of those, it is likely that I would return regularly to less than half. It’s a shame that a game such as this, with so much variety and so many ways to engage multiple players, should lose points because of some under-developed ideas.
- Nintendo Insider
November 26, 2011 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Go Vacation is a family-friendly Action-Party game in which players visit the amazing Kawawii Island where the ultimate vacation can be had by all. The island is packed with a wide variety of activities ranging from simple carnival games, all the way to vehicle racing and horseback riding to thrill sports like surfing, river rafting and skydiving. Players can also relax and take things more slowly as they explore the island with a pet. Additional features include 4-player multiplayer and support for accessories like the Wii MotionPlus, Wii Zapper accessory, and Wii Balance Board (all sold separately).

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An Overview On Wii Games

The Nintendo Wii is, both literally and figuratively, a game-changing console. The system brought an unprecedented level of physicality to mass-market video games, and it modernized smash-hit Nintendo franchises like “Super Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda.” The only hard part about owning a Wii is choosing which game you’ll play over the weekend. 

Every video game is shaped by its platform, and Nintendo’s best Wii games all capitalize on the console’s motion technology and groundbreaking controllers. Each player uses a wireless Wii Remote (or “Wiimote”), which communicates with your screen using gesture recognition. Translation: You control the onscreen action with a flip of your wrist.  

The best Wii games take advantage of the system’s controls in ways that feel natural. “Mario Kart for Wii” is a great example: Instead of hitting a button to make a sharp turn, you can attach a steering wheel for a more on-the-track experience.  

“Mario Kart for Wii” is one of the console’s most popular titles. It has a massive character roster to choose from, and the 32 unique tracks (with 16 tracks just for the Wii) keeps players guessing at every turn. The Grand Prix, Versus and Time Trial modes are perfect for single players or groups. Battle mode pits drivers against each other in a virtual demolition derby.

The “New Super Mario Bros.” is loaded with fresh power-ups. You can slide over long stretches of icy terrain with the Penguin Suit, reach new heights with the Propellor Mushroom and freeze Koopas with the Ice Flower. 

For the first time in Mario history, up to four characters can play on the screen at once. You’ll blaze through all eight worlds much faster with Luigi and Toad helping you out, then go up against Bowser to save the Princess with time to spare. 

“Mario Party” also still ranks as one of the best multiplayer games in Nintendo’s history. Players choose a character, then take turns rolling digital dice to move around the board. When they land on a space, they might have to play a minigame or challenge other players. The winner earns stars, and whoever has the most stars at the end of the game wins.   

The Wii’s “Mario Party 9” was a fun addition to the series, but it was met with some raised eyebrows. The unforgettable main Party Mode screen got a huge facelift: Instead of players moving around the board like analog game pieces, “Mario Party 9” had them all ride together in one cartoon car. 

Some players like the change of pace, while others feel that the switch up took away from the game’s competitive feel. Regardless, “Mario Party 9” has the minigames and multiplayer madness of its predecessors. 

The first “Super Mario Galaxy” game was a smash hit for the Wii, so Nintendo expanded the game’s story for a sequel. Mario floats from planet to planet in this 360-degree universe, knocking down Koopa Troopas and kicking Goombas into the stratosphere. The standard “Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach” storyline is intact, but this time Bowser is the size of a planet — and it’s up to you to knock him down a peg. Fans love its stunning graphics, nostalgic N64 levels and the return of Yoshi. 

Now that you’ve read our rundown of the Nintendo Wii’s smash hit titles, check out our Tips & Tricks to get the most out of your games. 

DWYM Fun Fact

The Wii remote was unlike any controller Nintendo had ever created. The wireless, motion-sensor technology created a phenomenal gaming experience. Despite the high-end tech inside the Wiimote, there was one thing that Nintendo couldn’t seem to get right: the wrist safety strap. 

The first Wiimotes were shipped out with a loose cable that hung around your wrist to stop your remote from flying out of your hand. Plot twist: It didn’t work very well. The strap was downright dangerous if it failed during a rousing round of golf or bowling. Customers started complaining, saying the Wiimote was flying out of their hands and cracking their TVs or injuring their fellow players. One woman even brought a class action suit against Nintendo, saying that the Wiimote’s faulty strap damaged her 52” TV after flying out of her son’s hand. 

Nintendo quickly released a second strap that had a plastic slider for a more secure fit, but the problems continued — strike two. Nintendo’s third version of the wrist strap had a locking slider, which resolved the issue and let fans get back to their favorite Wii games.

The Wii Game Buying Guide

  • Before you buy your game, check and see if your it requires any extra Wii accessories. You don’t have to buy the steering wheel accessory for “Mario Kart,” but it makes the game a lot more fun. 
  • Make sure you have enough Wiimotes for friends to come over and join the multiplayer fun. “Mario Party 9” and “Mario Kart” can liven up any get together. You also might want to buy a silicone cover for each Wiimote to protect it from drops. 
  • Find out how old your players will be before you select a game. Our top four picks have content that’s appropriate for all ages, but very young children might get frustrated by fast-paced games like “Mario Kart for Wii”. A slower-paced game, like “Mario Party 9,” will cause less frustration.
  • The Wii comes bundled with a second controller called the Nunchuk. It connects to the Wiimote via a small cable, and its joystick and trigger buttons will help your characters move more precisely. If you buy extra Wiimotes for multiplayer blowouts, you might need to buy Nunchuks.
  • Always loop the strap at the bottom of the Wiimote around your wrist before playing. Make sure it’s securely fastened with a close fit by shortening the strap with its plastic slider. The Wiimote can fly out of your hand if you forget to tighten the strap, putting you at risk for broken windows and damaged controllers.
  • The Wii’s motion-sensor controls make it downright addictive, but make sure you stop and take breaks during long gaming sessions. The repetitive motions can irritate tendons in your wrist, and learning to play with your opposite hand is more trouble than it’s worth.
  • Storing your Wii games in their cases instead of placing them on the TV or a table will prevent scratches that damage your game. You can also wipe down your Wii games with a clean, damp cotton cloth. Make sure you use straight strokes and wipe from the inner rim to the outer rim.