The Nintendo Wii skyrocketed to success on the back of titles like motion-controlled mini-game collection Wii Sports.
It’s surprising, therefore, that Nintendo hasn’t done anything similar with the Switch. This is, after all, a console with motion controls, unparalleled multiplayer functionality and multiple different ways to play.
Sensing a gap in the Nintendo Switch’s library, Bandai Namco has swooped in with a re-release of Go Vacation, a bumper sandbox sports-fest, featuring more than 50 different activities spread over multiple islands.
Does Go Vacation scratch the Wii Sports itch on Nintendo Switch? Check out our review to find out…
If there’s one thing you can say about Go Vacation, it’s that it’s not short of things to do.
From scuba diving to beach volleyball, mini golf to snowball fights, Go Vacation bombards players with activities.
You can access mini-games from the menu, or explore Kawawii Island’s four different resorts using jet skis, buggies, in-line skates and even horses.
By the law of averages, the sheer amount of things to see and do means you’re bound to find something you enjoy.
Unfortunately, however, like the proverbial Jack of all trades and master of none, Go Vacation entertains, but rarely excels.
Lots of the games are fun on first playthrough, but lose their sparkle when you figure out how to win – beach volleyball, for instance.
Vehicles handle well and there are lots of races to try, but are you really going to get your racing fix from Go Vacation?
Other activities like scuba diving and skydiving are plain dull, and too many mini-games feel like clones of each other.
But that’s not to say Go Vacation isn’t without its charms, especially when you factor in the transformative effects of multiplayer.
Go Vacation’s simplistic gameplay may hinder the single-player experience, but it’s a great equaliser when multiple players of different skill levels take the reigns.
The island of Kawawii is also a joy to explore, featuring hidden treasures to find, animals to photograph and challenges to complete.
There’s also a big customisation element, with players able to decorate their very own villa, and unlock a ton of new outfits to wear.
The visuals, meanwhile, may be a tad dated, but there’s something pleasing about exploring each brightly coloured resort and mingling with Mii characters.
Go Vacation verdict…
Go Vacation may not be quite the Wii Sports substitute Nintendo Switch fans were hoping for, but that’s not to say you should rule it out completely.
Exploring the different resorts is a real highlight, especially when you’re joined by friends in a spot of multiplayer.
This isn’t a game that will appeal to hardcore sports fans, but if you want something you can share as a family, Go Vacation is a fine choice.