About The Game
The ultimate darts game is now on Wii U. Darts Up is a fun game of darts in which you will have complete control over aiming thanks to the Wii U GamePad motion sensor. You can play with your friends and family, up to a maximum of four players.
There is also a combo mode with special moves and, most importantly, an arcade mode with an online ranking table, where you can compare your best scores with friends and players from around the world.
With the 2016 PDC World Matchplay Darts championship well underway I felt today would be a good week to transfer this old Nintendo-Legacy review over to it's new home.
The game features 4 modes in total.
Classic complete over your selected amount of rounds and highest score wins
X01 is the standard darts game you'll see on tv where you have to score a set amount of points (301, 501 or 701) you can have double start / finish turned on or off.
Combo is basically classic but you can score bonus points for certain combos.
The final mode is Arcade is exclusively a one player mode only affair while the other 3 can be played with up to 4 local players.
In the arcade mode you must reach a set target score to advance.
You can get some most helpful bonus points hitting these combos.
It's reasonably likely you'll will spend more time here than any of the other mode.
In each round your given 9 darts to try and reach a target score (preferably scoring much higher) you continue along this path until you finally fail to hit the score your points are calculated and go towards your online ranking (world & friend rankings)
Combos count here just as they do in combo mode such as 3 bulls eyes among others.
You'll score mass points for these combos but can only score the bonus points for each combo once per game so while hitting 3 bulls eyes in round one will give you a nice big score jump it might e more ideal t save that combo for later in the game when you're more desperate for points to advance.
The arcade mode has online rankings which always motivates some gamers.
The game is played solely using the game pad's gyro controls to aim and the c-stick is pulled back to throw.
Aiming takes a little getting use and could have been set up much better but even without moving the pad if you just throw right at the start you'll likely hit the bull or 25
Playing 501 is more challenging trying to hit the double in / out (if you turned those options on) but as is usually the case with most games practice will generally improve your skills.
Learning the controls aside the biggest or at least most annoying aspects of the game are how little the developers seem to grasp the rules of darts.
Hitting a 25 is declared as a bull.
Hitting the actual bull is a bull eye rather than a bullseye.
And most annoying of all you cant go out on the bull as a double checkout so there goes all the big shots such as the 170 or the 161 and even much lower traditional darts out shots with a bull finish.
If your left with a score of 50 don't throw for the bull it simply won't give you the victory.
Despite bull being a legitimate finish in real darts it doesn't count in this game as a finish and 25 is obviously not bull!
On-line rankings for gamers with that competitive edge.
up to 4 players can play in 3 of the 4 game modes.
The budget price.
That's a Bullseye.
No sorry my mistake a bull eye apparently but at least it's a combo,
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
The graphics are bland.
When you score a bulls eye it says "Bull Eye" and you hit the outer bull (25) it says Bull these are minor errors but darts doesn't have that many rules these errors shouldn't be made,
You can't use your own mii just select a generic head (not that they make any difference either way)
Choosing a character makes absolutely no difference to the game at all but they could (should) at least let you use your Mii like the 3ds version!
I love darts but dart games rarely turn out be be above average.
The controls could be better but are liveable once you've practised a bit.
The graphics leave little to be desired as does the character selection not being a Mii (when it is a Mii on the 3ds version)
Overall darts fans are left with very few alternative options on any current console at present.
The game is playable and for the most part functions as it should.
The online scores are a welcome edition and give players something to aim for.
3 multi player modes might mean its something to start up for short mini game sessions every now and again.
but if your unlikely to play much multi player and don't have much interest in online scores then no matter how much you like the game of darts this one is unlikely to offer you very much.
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.