Don't buy Wii Sports Club!
by, 11th November 2013 at 07:17 PM (5802 Views)
A summary of my last blog post and my communications with Nintendo:
Wii Sports Club was released worldwide, I was looking forward to purchasing the sports for it and playing with friends online and competing over matchmaking.
My Miiverse ban which lifts this upcoming Thursday prevents me from messaging friends to ask for a game so I jumped straight into matchmaking instead, this is where I found the matchmaking is terribly programmed.
Instead of searching for nearest matches, it just searches for a random person with the same region code, this has caused many connection issues with PAL gamers where matches between Oceana and Europe are common along along with matches between two countries on opposite sides of Europe. NTSC players are experiencing issues too as I discovered from reading Miiverse posts, because matchmaking finds matches between Wisconsin and the bottom of South America for example.
I contacted both customer support from America and UK asking about a hotfix, CS UK said they don't know anything about a hotfix and recommended phoning CS Australia, CS America just told me to go away and phone CS Australia. I replied to both of them asking for an alternative as I'm hearing impaired, CS America hasn't responded and CS UK forwarded my emails to the NZ Warranty Department.
NZ WD had this to say:
WHAT THE HELL?! (excuse my language) I can't even play with all but 2 people in my friends list?! Those two hardly even come online let alone reply to my messages!To answer your question via email (hopefully this can provide enough of a response for you) you will be unable to compete against others players from the Americas due to the different regions of Australia/New Zealand (NTSC compared to PAL). Even with friends codes you cannot compete against friends / family in the Wisconsin Club/ the Americas.
It was ridiculous enough that Mario Kart 7 didn't allow cross region local play but at least it had cross region online! (Fingers crossed Pokemon X supports cross region local play for when I move to the US and then Japan)
Outside of Bulbagarden forums, all the people I keep in regular contact with are in North America and Brazil, so to me it's like Nintendo is promising features, taking my money, and not delivering the features.
In a nutshell, If you want Wii Sports, go onto Ebay and buy an original Wii Sports disc, it has training modes which were removed in the Club version, doesn't have a completely useless online feature, and will only cost like 1/10 the price.
This also leaves me with a question: Should I sell my PAL Wii U and import an NTSC one?
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