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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun set of games, but best viewed on 4:3 TVs, October 12, 2007
This review is from: Carnival Games - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
Although this is yet another set of mini-games for the Wii, the developers put in a lot of detail, especially in the physics engines for the various games. Games that involve tossing balls or hoops, knocking down bottles, and so forth are remarkably realistic in how the various items behave. I was very impressed by the realism of the physics.

The games are most definitely those that you'd find in a typical carnival, as they're known here in the U.S., and they're a lot of fun. I particularly like the random selection of games for the Competition mode because it means that no contestant necessarily has an upper hand.

The addition of hidden games that can only be unlocked by succeeding at the regular games gives you something to strive for in the game, although you feel somewhat diminished when you finally unlock all of them and realize that there's nothing else to unlock.

Although the Wii most certainly DOES NOT NEED yet ANOTHER mini-game collection, my biggest gripe with this game is that it does NOT utilize a widescreen display properly. I play my Wii on my 16:9 TV. I was shocked to see more at the top and bottom when I connected it to a friend's 4:3 TV with the appropriate 4:3 display setting in the Wii. Instead of adding more to the sides of the screen when the Wii is set for 16:9, the developers decided to "pull a Bioshock" and crop the top and bottom of the screen to make a fake-widescreen, 16:9 display.

Several of the games, and most of the "just for fun games" like the coin/token machine, suffer greatly by this. For example, on the coin/token machine you just barely see the coin depositing slot that is continually moving back and forth at the top of the screen. The result is that you get a very cramped feeling when playing many of the games in 16:9 mode compared to playing them in a 4:3 mode. Unfortunately, because the aspect ratio is a Wii system setting, to get the full display of the game you'd need to reset the Wii to a 4:3 mode and then switch back to 16:9 for other games. Unfortunately, unlike the XBox 360 and the PC, this is not an issue that can be resolved with a patch. With 16:9 being the future of TVs (good luck finding a big screen, 4:3 TV anymore), this was a very short-sighted and cheap shot by the developers to try to appeal to those with 16:9 displays.

It's still a fun collection of mini-games, and it does accurately give a carnival atmosphere with a lot of replayability, if only to beat your last high score. Just be aware that if you play this on a 16:9 TV, you're going to be seeing less, not more. Shenanigans on you, Global Star!
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Initial post: Jun 16, 2008, 9:59:06 AM PDT
Emme Sokol says:
Thanks for the information. I'll probably still buy it, but at least I'll know its shortcomings.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008, 5:58:57 PM PST
BronxD says:
So you CAN adjust the output ratio of the Wii?
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