In Wii Sports Resort: Swordplay, players hold the Wii Remote like a sword and swing it to attack, holding down the B button to block. There are three game modes, Duel, Speed Slice and Showdown. Duel mode pits players against an opponent in a one-on-one fight, Speed Slice tasks them with slicing an object in the right direction before their opponent does, and Showdown has players face-off against a big group of sword-wielding enemies. In Showdown, the goal is to take out all opponents while not getting hit more than three times. New stages become unlocked as players complete levels. This game features the use of “kendo” swords, which are un-sharpened wooden sticks used in martial arts. Here, they are plastic. The game features very mild cartoon violence and no blood. Due to the minimal violence and lack of any other inappropriate content, the game is recommended for players ages 7 and up.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
This game helps players practice good Flexibility skills, as quick reflexes are required in order to react to incoming attacks, time blocks and deliver counter strikes. Players need to successfully balance their offensive and defensive tactics in order to win, which means that they have to act fast when the opportunity to attack arises. In addition, players must also be ready to block or dodge an opponent's swing at a moment's notice. Lastly, players can issue an array of attacks, swinging and slashing in a variety directions, and must avoid being predictable in their tactics, or else opponents will easily block their attacks.
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
All three modes of Swordplay require strict focus on numerous factors for a period of time. In both the Duel and Showdown modes, players must pay attention to the actions of opponents, waiting for opportunities to attack or block and counter. They also have to remain alert in order to take advantage of moments when enemies drop their defenses, striking with a quick attack. Early levels have easier opponents, but in later levels opponents will not be so easy to defeat. Champions and Samurai, for example, are tougher opponents and will test the players' patience as well as their precision by constantly blocking or changing stances quickly. In the Speed Slice game mode, reaction times are tested as players must focus on a piece of fruit and an arrow indicating which direction to slice it. Players must have split-second, correct reactions in order to beat their opponents, requiring steady concentration and accurate reflexes.
Use this PlayTogether guide to learn how you can help your child turn Wii Sports Resort: Swordplay play time into a positive learning and relationship-building experience. To learn more about why playing games with your children is so important, check out our Science of Play page.
Both the Duel and Speed Slice modes can be played by two players simultaneously. This may increase the effort or attention your child puts into the game if he is motivated by competition. Follow the suggested gameplay goals listed below in order to get the most out of your play time together.
After you and your child have completed the suggested gameplay goals, take a minute to discuss how the game is exercising your Flexibility and Focus skills.
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Use rehearsals to help your child avoid confusion or anxiety when he is anticipating a new situation. Children who are inflexible are often anxious about trying something new, particularly in a larger social situation. A child going into a new school may benefit from going to the school during the summer and visiting the classroom or seeing where his locker will be. Furthermore, he would benefit from arriving at a social event early, so he has time to acclimate himself to the situation before the other kids arrive. Talk to your child about how natural it is to feel nervous in new situations, such as going to a new school, meeting new people, or starting a new job.
Scan and search. Oftentimes, games such as “Find the Difference," that require visual scanning can be very helpful. Help your child to develop systematic strategies for visual searches on these types of games as well as word searches and other visual puzzles. Ask her to describe the “system” that she used to solve these puzzles. You can find a great assortment of these games in Play Thinks by Ivan Moscovich.
Vigorous physical exertion is good for kids with ADHD, and studies show exercise can positively effect brain chemistry through the production of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factors), proteins in the brain that can help enhance memory and focus. Since physical exertion boosts key cognitive skills and executive functions, physical exercise can be an important tool for improving learning and attention. Getting kids with ADHD to exercise regularly can be challenging, though, so fun games like Wii Sports Resort: Swordplay can help motivate kids to be more active, making it easier to work physical activity into a daily routine.
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