I’m sure you know of Nintendo’s Wii Sports Resort, but do you know about Namco Bandai’s Go Vacation? It was a title released back in 2011 exclusively for the Wii and is basically Wii Sports Resort on steroids. It sports a surprisingly detailed open-world (with a variety of rideable vehicles) and 50 minigame activities.
Since it came out at the tail-end of the Wii’s lifecycle and was “just another minigame collection” in a literal sea of other ones, it didn’t really grab a huge amount of attention (although VGChartz does list its unofficial sales numbers at over 1 million copies). Namco Bandai actually did put a lot of effort into the game and was able to deliver an all-around great experience. It looks like it did good enough to warrant a re-release, as it’s coming back in HD this summer to the Nintendo Switch.
I happen to be a pretty big fan of this. My younger brother and I spent dozens upon dozens of hours just exploring the open-world. I’m excited (and rather shocked) to see it make a return on Switch, but a bit disappointed it just seems to be a straightforward port. But, the visuals do appear to have been cleaned up just a bit, and hopefully, the framerate has too.
Go Vacation will hit the Switch on July 27, 2018. Check out the press release below, and also check out an article about why this is such a great game.
A resort vacation is always at your fingertips with the new GO VACATION game for the Nintendo Switch system. From sky diving and beach volleyball to tennis and even snowball fights, Kawawii island offers something for everyone, with more than 50 different games and activities to enjoy.
Created by acclaimed developer BANDAI NAMCO, GO VACATION includes a variety of cooperative and competitive games that can be played solo or with up to four players via a single Nintendo Switch system or local wireless (additional accessories are required and are sold separately). Several activities offer the option to use motion controls, making swinging your tennis racket and throwing snowballs even more fun and immersive.
Discover new surprises each day as you adventure through the four different resort areas on Kawawii island. While exploring – either on foot, on horseback, on a snowmobile or more – you’ll discover numerous collectibles, challenges and other opportunities to level up and customize your character. Decorate your own villa, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the food trucks and snap in-game photos of the dozens of adorable animals hiding in each resort. Regular challenges and presents, like special costumes and different dog breeds, will keep you coming back for hours of Kawawii island adventures.
For more information about GO VACATION, visit https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/go-vacation-switch
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.