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Wii Sports high scores

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 15, 2007

I don’t spend enough time playing Wii Sports to claim mastery in any of the events. I’m hovering around 2000 in tennis, I’ve bowled a 248 (twice), shot an 8-under in 9 holes of golf, and got my only gold medal in “Hitting the Green” with a distance of 84 feet. The big question, particularly in the Wii Tennis clubhouse, is: how high can a person’s score go in a particular sport? Anything over 2000 displays off the chart:

Wii off the chart

After poking around for a few minutes, I discovered the Wii High Scores pool on Flickr, in which were the 2310 in tennis above, several 300 games in bowling, an 8-under in golf, and 153.1 feet in “Hitting the Green”. Wii boxers in this thread claim a top score of 3124, after which it seems nearly impossible to score even a single point. Here’s a screenshot of a 3120-level boxer:

Wii Boxing 3210 score

Does anyone have any Wii Sports high scores to share? Anyone over 2300 in tennis? Photo evidence is preferred.

Reader comments

Rufus CartwrightMar 15, 2007 at 12:20PM

I have a 279 in Wii Bowling, which is 11 strikes with a 9 / thrown somewhere in the middle. I’ve had to give up Wii Bowling though, because the more I practice the slightly odd wrist action required, the more my real life bowling action suffers.

JeffMar 15, 2007 at 12:32PM

I am surprised that no one seems to get higher than 2300 in tennis.

I got up to 1950 pretty quickly and I have barely begun to master the different swings. Perhaps there’s a vast difference between 1950 and 2300.

Has anyone else noticed that the 1900/2000 skill opponents seem to get better as the match progresses? I seem to easily win the first 4 points in each match (game-love), but rarely win the match 3 games to 0.

pauldwaiteMar 15, 2007 at 12:32PM

Is 300 a perfect score in bowling? In the Wii interviews on the Nintendo web site, one of the developers said that no-one at Nintendo had bowled a perfect score:


NickMar 15, 2007 at 12:38PM

I don’t have any photo evidence, but a friend of mine has bowled a 300. The key is to throw the ball in a high arc with not too much spin - this seems to produce the most consistent results.

I refuse to use this method because in real life, the bowling alley owner would come out and yell at you. I like lining up all the way to the side and putting wicked spin the the ball. It’s a lot easier to mess up, but it looks way cooler.

RufusMar 15, 2007 at 12:54PM

Nick, I don’t use that technique at all. I release the ball as as close to the foul line as possible, in order to produce very consistent swing across the lane. I find if I toss it high in the air, I can’t judge the timing as easily.

robMar 15, 2007 at 1:16PM

My Wii Tennis graph ‘flatlines’ at 2000 and doesn’t go off the chart as you rise above it. Maybe we have a different code version here.

Augie De Blieck Jr.Mar 15, 2007 at 1:52PM

I’ve been stuck at 1990-2000 in Tennis forever. I can’t break too far over 2000 without the computer coming back at me and destroying me in the next round. I didn’t think it was all that likely to get too much higher. Plus, any win only adds 10 points to my score, while a loss drops it 20. (Those numbers are not exact, just a relative thing.)

It’s not frustrating, though, as the game is still a lot of fun.

Anonymous CowardMar 15, 2007 at 2:04PM

Not mine but Eric Sink shot a -12 at golf. He also tells how he did it.

JamieMar 15, 2007 at 2:50PM

A perfect score in the Wii bowling “Power Throws” training game is 890, which has been achieved:


Pretty impressive stuff, considering the progressively increasing number of pins.

JeremyMar 15, 2007 at 3:28PM

I got a question…how do you register points in Wii Tennis / Baseball / Boxing. I’ll play and play and I get no parlay.

What’s the obvious answer?

jkottkeMar 15, 2007 at 3:38PM

You have to play against the computer to score points. Playing against human opponents = zero points.

NickMar 15, 2007 at 4:16PM

Different strokes for different folks, Rufus. Pun intended.

Remember this entry: http://www.kottke.org/07/02/putting-the-game-back-in-video-game)? I think I do the best when I treat Wii bowling like it’s the real thing, rather than consciously adjusting the twist in my wrist.

Here’s how it goes down: 1) Stare really hard at where you want the ball to end up without zooming in. 2) Bowl.

This also seems to work with the timed swings baseball minigame.

ToddMar 16, 2007 at 3:55AM

Doesn’t Wii Sports have a baseball game, too? Homerun Derby’r whatever?

What’s the high score for that?

Pre-emptively, if this is a stupid question: I don’t have a Wii so spare me your “what an idiot” rants.

xergioMar 16, 2007 at 4:26AM

I all!

Here is my screens: Boxing: 3000 http://xergio.net/ampliar-44-2791/otra-con-3000-puntos.html
Tennis 2000: http://xergio.net/ampliar-44-2784/wii-sports-tennis.html


jkottkeMar 16, 2007 at 4:34AM

Wii Sports does have a baseball game. I think the consensus is that it’s not a whole lot of fun compared to tennis or boxing…but there are probably some high scores out there.

David GrantMar 16, 2007 at 10:15AM

I have improved my tennis score to 2338.

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