Over the last couple of console generations, Nintendo has been focused on how we interact with our video games. The Wii finally introduced us to a viable motion control system that, when leveraged properly, created fun and intuitive gameplay experiences. The Wii’s successor, the Wii U, retained those same motion controls, but added a second screen experience via the Wii U GamePad, allowing us to move game elements to the GamePad’s touch screen while also offering asymmetrical gameplay# to a degree that was simply not possible on a video game console before.

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But what makes the GamePad truly special are its endless gameplay configurations. And this unique flexibility is best demonstrated in Wii Sports Club – Golf, which has players placing the GamePad at their feet and using a Wii Remote as the golf club.

It’s a very simple concept, but it creates one of the most enjoyable living room golfing experiences to date.

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With the GamePad at your feet, you can see the condition of the turf under the ball to help you better select your club. When you prepare your hit, simply keep your eye on the GamePad to watch your power level. This configuration allows you to use proper form by keeping your head down and focused on the ball through the moment of contact with your ball, which is not just some cool gimmick, but in fact a very helpful way to make your shots more accurate, as it’s unnatural to stare straight ahead while swinging a golf club.

It’s also worth noting that this game, unlike many other golf video games, is entirely focused on the actual golf, passing over the frivolous gameplay elements you might find in a Tiger Woods Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (e.g. buying new bling to increase your players stats). In Wii U Sports Club – Golf the only way you increase your stats is by getting better at the game yourself and improving your swing.

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You may be wondering why I’d devote an entire article to a game that was released nearly two years ago on a console that we all know is struggling to sell. No, I’m not a golf fanatic, though my passion for video game golf has helped me to appreciate it and respect the level of talent required to excel at it. I’m just a gamer that appreciates innovation like this and knowing that many people have shunned the Wii U, I felt it was worth telling the lot of you about the way Nintendo has innovated and altered gameplay in your living room.

If you are a hardcore gamer, this title will likely not be what motivates you to buy a Wii U, but if you’re a golfer (or someone that loves golf video games) this is a must-have for your living room.