The History of Wuhu IslandJun 20, 2021
I don't know about you, but woohoo
islandhas always been one of my favorite places in any video game. It's almost like woohoo
islandis a nintendo character. I've spent a lot of time on this island doing all sorts of different activities, from flying. going around in a plane going for a morning run around the island and racing around
wuhucity in mario kart this island is home to so many different activities and things to keep you busy you probably know woohoo island from its main appearance in wii sports resort but you might be surprised how many times it has appeared in different Nintendo games over the years. dive into woohoo island what is where it started and all the games it appeared in this is the
historyof woohoo island before we jump into the first appearance of woohoo island let's go over some of the main landmarks and areas of woohoo island
wuhuthis way we'll all be on the same page and i can refer to places around the island without getting confused the first thing you'll probably notice is maka wuhu the giant volcano near the center of the island and luckily for the island residents of wuhu, hasn't erupted in over 200 years sitting right next to makawuhu is duckling lake and summer stone castle summer stone falls is also right next to these landmarks on the west side of On the island there is a huge lighthouse called the sail, the sail was accidentally built twice as large as its originally planned size, resulting in its massive appearance on the south side of the island near In the ocean, there is wuhu city, where there is a main square area with a broken clock tower, a large water fountain and even a basketball court, right next to wuhu city there is the starboard port and the peach queen a huge cruise ship named after princess peach just to the east of wuhu city is the red iron bridge that leads to kokoba hotel a perfect nine-story five-star hotel to the southeast of kokoba hotel is camel rock which has beaches on both sides if you follow the road from kokoba hotel you will enter a mountain tunnel that goes through the mountain with some openings to show the ocean and if you continue on this road you will end up at the north corner of the island where some mysterious ancient ruins reside, ok stay with me here because we have almost finished the last major milestone i will do it the highlight is wedge island a small gulf island southwest of wuhu island on the island wedge you can find the 19th hole hotel, crab rock and plenty of golf courses ok i think that should be enough to give you a basic idea of the island and jog your memory a bit if you are interested in learning more about wuhu island locations.
There is a great guide that has all the locations with lots of facts and information about each one. I'll leave a link in the description if you'd like to check it out and now that we've covered all the major landmarks we can dive into the
historyof wuhu island and all the games it appeared in woohoo island's first known appearance it was actually in the original wii sports now you could think that woohoo island was not in that game and you are right while woohoo island does not appear in the launch version of wii sports an early beta version of the game featured an additional sport called plane the only footage i could find of this beta sport was recorded off screen at nintendo e3 2006.
In this sport you pilot a plane through rings over an island. This island looks a lot like Wuhu Island. There is a big mountain with a lake near the center and a village at the southern end with a bridge and even the tunnel of the mountain the basic size and shape of the island are also similar to wuhu island according to some data miners this island it was called us island no we don't like what you say on a roller coaster let's all be thankful that name was changed and what appears to be an early version of wuhu city was called awakening city obviously this is a very basic version of wuhu island but still great to see this beta plane sport was removed from the final version of wii sports but would eventually return in a different game.
I didn't even know this existed before I started researching for this video, but this is the first known version of what would eventually become woohoo island. The next time woohoo island appeared was in 2007 with the release of we fit in, although it wasn't called wuhu island yet, it was called we fit in island and although it was a huge improvement on wii island, it was still missing a lot of the points of reference and details that wuhu island has nowadays the best way to see all the changes is to look at the map found in the wii fit manual as you can see there are multiple important differences here maka wuhu is called rocky peak and it doesn't appear to be a volcano at all summerstone castle is my Ssing and Duckling Lake is called Summit Lake, Wuhu City is called We Fit Town and many of Wuhu City's buildings and locations are also missing such as the courts basketball court and the clock tower, the starboard port and the peach queen are also missing.
I could go on listing differences but I think you get the idea this is a huge improvement over wii island but it's not quite there yet it seems nintendo didn't want wii island to go to waste so they turned it into a place for wii fit players to run, i don't think nintendo had a long term plan when they originally created this island, but it would eventually evolve and become woohoo island, the main location of wii sports resort, but before i got there , let's talk a little bit about the things you can do on wii. fit island on wii fit sadly not much to do on wii fit island pretty much the only thing you can do is jog the best way or check out we fit island and if you pass your guide and start following a dog you can go for alternative routes that can take you to more interesting places around the island like the beach, it's so strange to be running on the red iron bridge and see the rocky peak where makawuhu is supposed to be almost doesn't feel like the same island without the big volcano in the middle the island is much more detailed than the island was but i wish we had more things to do on the island because jogging is really the only thing but dont worry because we fit in island is about to transform into wuhu island and it will appear in one of the best games nintendo has ever made yes it's time to talk about the game you probably know wuhu island from wii sports resort this game is one of my favorite games ever times, some of it makes me very happy, but i can talk about how much i love wii sports resort in a different video. wii sports resort was announced at e3 2008 along with the wii motion plus and some super awkward moments from the e3 stage yeah it's easy to see why nintendo switched to pre-recorded live streams one cool thing that happened before the game released was they converted time squared in new york city on wuhu island for one day they moved to a bunch of sand and palm trees and they all got to try the game themselves if we ever get a new game with wuhu island we better get it do again because i want to go wii sports resort was released in the summer of 2009 and just like the wii fit island was transformed into the woohoo island, all the changes mentioned above were made and now this island is more detailed and better than ever, while you can just jog and fit in, there's a lot more to do on the island this time around. everything from golfing on wedge island to beating sami's on camel rock this is the deepest experience we have ever had on wuhu island and it is glorious all the activities and sports are so diverse and taking place all over the island in different locations, but by far the best way to experience Wuhu Island is the island flyby mode.
This game mode allows you to pilot a plane and fly freely throughout the island. looks familiar yes it looks like the forgotten airplane sport from the original wii sports has finally been implemented in this game though it's much better this time instead of flying through meaningless hoops to score points you now have vantage points to give you they provide lots of fun facts and details about the location you just passed this was always my favorite mode to play it is so relaxing and fun glide over all the panoramic views you can play this mode during the day, sunset or night i have spent countless hours in this mode alone and it's a big reason why i love this island so much, i just wish there wasn't a time limit because i could play this mode forever.
Some of my other favorite sports are swordplay. love and archery all the sports and minigames are super fun and the replay value is through the roof in the original wii sports all the sports took place in different separate places but in wii sports resort every sport happens somewhere in i island i think that's why woohoo island stays in our mind so many years later, we played basketball in wuhu city table tennis at kokoba hotel, canoeing on duckling lake and throwing frisbees in the beach even within sports like bowling they still have a location on the island one of my favorite things to do was fly over the island and try to find the location of all the different sports when i think of the words nintendo magic my mind a often goes to wuhu island something about all these amazing sports that take place on this island makes wuhu island something special and i haven't even talked about the music i could still talk about this game Play forever but I'll start ending here Wii Sports Resort is the game that cements Wuhu Island as one of the most famous places on Nintendo and added so much charm and detail to make Wuhu Island a place we all wish we could visit and even though this game was definitely its biggest appearance woohoo island is not over yet wii fit plus is the next game featuring wuhu island and this time it is called wuhu island wii fit plus was basically like an upgraded version of wii fit with more options and workouts if you compare the map that comes in the manual of both wii fit games I can see that wii fit plus now has fully upgraded woohoo island so say goodbye to wii fit island this time everything matches wii version wuhu island sports resort, which means all the names, locations and landmarks are correct, jogging is more or less the same. it was on the original wii fit but of course with the updated island but there are also some new additional workouts that take place on the island of wuhu including biking around the island a rhythmic walk t through the city from wuhu, a strange minigame where you are a flapping chicken and race a segway through various parts of the island, i especially like cycling and segway games because it is as close as we can get to an open world version from wuhu island I don't really dive deep into these minigames because I don't actually have wii fit plus so I can't play the games myself but don't worry cycling and bird eye dartboard come back later, So let's talk about rhythmic walking and the segway. minigames very fast rhythm marching game makes you march around the square in wuhu city waving your remote control to the rhythm it seems like a silly minigame but it's fun to see wuhu city all decorated and partying and the segway circuit game is where you ride the same map as the cycling game, but this time you're hitting beach balls that come out of holes in the ground.
This game takes place in various parts of the island such as the beach and wuhu city. cover ed we can move on we'll talk about cycling and bird's eye dartboard later in the video so that's it we fit in plus next up is some kind of weird face fly pilot with your nintendo dsi camera released in summer 2010 for nintendo dsi systems and according to this website it features woohoo island so let's see what we have here oh it's supposed to be woohoo island i mean i can see it if i squint, but if it's really supposed to be woohoo island then I think this is the ugliest version but even the beta version looked better than this.
This is a very simple game and there really isn't much to talk about here, but there you go. Apparently this is another woohoo island appearance, let's move on to the next one. The Pilotwings Resort game was released in March 2011 in conjunction with the North American release of 3ds. There were very few launch titles for 3ds, but Pilotwings was definitely the best. In fact, I really like this game and I think it falls a bit short. Qualified Pilotwings Resort is basically the Wii Sports Resorts flyby game, it only expanded now, Pilotwings was actually a series before woohoo island even existed on SNES, there was also a Pilotwing 64 on Nintendo 64 but nothing happened to the series up this 3ds game. you not only have an airplane but also a jet pack glider and even a squirrel suit, there are multiple missions for you to complete that take place around wuhu island and overpassfrom the roaming island is back too sadly it still has a time limit but at least now you can play this mode with a jet pack and a glider as i said above the island flyover was one of my favorite parts of wii sports resort so naturally i love this game and also you can control the plane without motion controls which makes it much easier to control the plane even if some of the fun is lost in the process actually i think it's quite awesome they managed to get the full free flight experience in the 3ds and it's not significantly downgraded somehow once again the best way to explore wuhu island is this mode and if you collect all 75 views in this game, you unlock your own private castle on one of the surrounding islands wuhu island the missions are also a lot of fun they make you complete various objectives like following a car or trying to land in the center of u n target with limited fuel on your jet pack woohoo island has hardly changed in this game there are no additions or things missing its the same as wii sports resort but pilotwings resort is another great game featuring this island after quickly appearing as a puzzle in me plaza we are in the next game mario kart 7. mario kart 7 was released in december 2011 and it introduced some new tracks based on wuhu island, specifically there are three maka wuhu and woo hoo loop which are racing tracks and wuhu town which is a battle mode stage what makes the two racing tracks even cooler is that they are not your typical three lap circuits, instead it is just one long lap divided into three sections on the maka wuhu track , you start near camel rock and do a great loop around the island past the cave behind the waterfall past summerstone castle and once you get up the mountain you slide back down to the beaches and there's even a little landing pad you can grab items on and that's from pilotwings resort you end up in a big stadium on the beach but this stadium only appears in mario kart 7 and no other wuhu island version.
I think it's a bit strange that you don't go into the volcano, since the track is named after him, but I love that it takes place at sunset. wuhu island looks great with the sunset over the ocean, the next wuhu loop track starts in wuhu city and has you race around the island passing landmarks like red iron bridge, ancient ruins, windmills and sailing. This is another great track that gives you a nice tour of the island and there's a cool shortcut where you can go to the ancient ruins real quick and the final part of mario kart 7 themed wuhu island is the battlefield of wuhu city.
This course takes place at night and is obviously in the city of Wuhu. The main square area with the fountain and all the wuhu village is one of my favorite battlefield settings, although I may be a bit biased between these three tracks, we can see woohoo island during the day, sunset and the night and while the wuhu village battlefield will still appear again sadly these other two race tracks won't be back which is a bit of a bummer because I really like those tracks and they would have looked amazing in hd and mario kart 8. so i guess all we can do is wait for maka wuhu and wuhu luke return in mario kart 9. we didn't see woohoo island again for almost two years until the release of wii fit u in november 2013. wii fit u was released about a year after wii u came out and things weren't going so well well for nintendo very few people bought a wii u and a lot of people were confused what the console was a lot of people thought it was just or an add-on accessory for the original wii and sadly i think we fit the bill. i would buy wii fit u for the wi i u when I have we fit for the wii we fit u sold pretty poorly and a few months after its release it had only sold less than 20,000 copies and was getting price cuts everywhere basically not that many people have played this game but it actually features a lot of appearances from our favorite holiday destination woohoo island wuhu island appears a total of nine times and we adjusted for you so let's go over them jogging is back one more time and it's better than ever. there are more options this time, like in the first game of we fit, there are dogs you can follow that take you on alternative jogging routes, you have to pass your trainer when the dog runs past and then start following the dog, but in we fit with you there are dogs and cats and there are many more this means more alternative routes and places to see one of my favorites is when you follow a cat down a ramp and start running on the roof tops of different buildings in wuhu city and and eventually you end up ending at the peach queen there are so many different paths to take so now you get to see more of wuhu island and probably my favorite new addition to career mode is that the time of day and season can change so now you i can jog at night at sunset or even when it is snowing in winter this marks the first and only time we have seen different seasons on wuhu island i love this mode of jogging because it gives you a good idea of the scale of maka wuhu island looks so The huge red iron bridge towering over you as you run is huge and the city of wuhu really feels like a city now that we get to see it up close.
Due to the new options and improved visuals, the next exercise that Wuhu Island features is one called orienteering. In this game you walk around the city of Wuhu trying to find certain selves, as you can see this is pretty much like having an open world version of Wuhu. or island, but sadly it falls short in a couple of ways, first there's a time limit, so you can't explore at your own pace. I guess it's supposed to be a mini game where you try to get a high score, What I want to do is run around the island.
The second problem is that much of the island is restricted. You can explore a bit beyond these signs, but not much further. The area you can explore includes the city of Wuhu. The area around Summerstone Falls and the windmills and sails is a pretty cool part of the island, but it makes me wonder what the rest of the island would be like. I wonder if the whole island is modeled on this open world format or if it's just this. area and the third problem is the way you control your self this is wii fit which means you have to walk in place to move and twist the gamepad to turn this is a very awkward control layout and doesn't work very well, but I guess it's meant to give you a workout if you want If it's too fast you fall over and the gamepad needs to constantly refocus because it starts drifting all over the place so yeah it's a decently fun minigame and it's almost like a wuhu island of open world, but falls short.
Cycling is next. The game that wuhu island cycling has was originally added in wii fit plus, but as I said before, I don't have that game, so we'll see if we fit you. This one is very similar to orienteering, only now you're on a bike. you walk on the spot to pedal and use the wii remote to drive it's still not perfect but it's much easier to control than orienteering and the best part of cycling is there's no time limit you're supposed to You must reach these flags in such a short time. distance possible but we won't this is the closest we've ever gotten to an open world wuhu island it really makes me want the real thing a fully explorable wuhu island would be a dream come true once again a big part of the island is locked so this is basic ally just targeting only on a bike no time limit next up is bird eye this is another one added in wii fit plus so i'll talk about the wii fit version for beginners. from wuhu island and eventually landing on peach queen not much to see there but on advanced difficulty you can fly around the main island you start at the top of summer stone falls and you progress down the island as you can probably imagine controlling this chicken is quite awkward and difficult so it takes some of the fun out of it and unfortunately there is another time limit and this one is extremely short you are supposed to land on platforms to increase the time limit so if you try to get out and explore you can. you won't get very far before time runs out the next two games really only use wuhu island as a background so we won't go too deep there is a rowing team where you run in the waters just outside the springboard objective of the wuhu island where the springboard you jump off is placed in the center of wuhu city and as you go up you can see more of the island which takes place in the wuhu city diving quest where you explore the depths of the waters off wuhu island and finally free climbing which takes place in front of the clock tower in wuhu city ok that was a lot to go through other than wii sports resort and pilot wings this game definitely It has the most spawns of wuhu island, we get pretty close to an open world that we have to see. more of the island like the diving game and we even got to see wuhu island in different seasons sadly from this point on wuhu island only appears in small cameos in different nintendo games this is the last major appearance of wuhu super smash island bros for wii u was released in november 2014 and included two stages which featured wuhu island these stages are woohoo island and pilot wings let's start by looking at wuhu island this stage flies all over the island landing at different locations along out of the way, you can really get a good look at the island when you fly directly over it.
This is one of my favorite versions of Wuhu Island. It got a visual upgrade for Smash Bros and it looks amazing. places you could land on while playing this scenario is the top of makawuhu the dog beach frisbee in front of camel rock the wooden bridge in front of summerstone falls a ship sailing around the island a small group of rocks in the sea the top of a powerhouse the cruise gate the water fountain in wuhu city the center of the fencing coliseum and finally the top of the talon rock overlooking the wuhu city and the red iron bridge which are many places to fight at this stage it really gives you a nice tour of the island of wuhu and i love seeing all these locations enhanced visually for smash bros. the next stage is pilotwings which takes place on both the old snes map of pilotwings and on the island of Wuhu.
You don't land on Wuhu Island at all at this stage. only fly around in the back of a plane but this plane still takes you all over the island flying out and around all sorts of landmarks both wuhu island and the pilotwing stages give a great view of the Wuhu Island and visual improvements give the island a new coat of paint Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was released in April 2017 just two months after the Nintendo Switch launch while Woohoo Island appeared in Mario Kart 7 was absent from Mario kart 8 on wii u but with this new deluxe change version of mario kart 8 we got a new updated battle mode three new stages created and three older stages returned and you guessed it one of the returning stages was the 3ds wuhu city of course got a graphical overhaul and takes place during the day this time woohoo city looks completely different all the buildings have very different colors and designs that it's not the only difference though maka wuhu looks different it's wider and less smooth and i think it's supposed to be the queen peach it's placed in exactly the same place that the queen peach should be although it doesn't look alike at all i think i prefer the old peach queen with the red color scheme but i guess that is what i am used to the red iron bridge and basketball court are pretty much the same but my new favorite change is the new sail look.
They added a new base around the sail and I love it, the sail always looked a little weird because there was nothing on the base so it looked like the model had been put directly on the grass whereas this new base makes the sail looks a bit shorter i think its a nice improvement and i hope it stays for future versions of wuhu island its great to see this new version of wuhu island though i cant decide if i like them all the changes it was great to see wuhu city come back to mario kart but i wish the other two tracks would come back too those tracks would have been amazing to see in hd with updated footage now we move on to the last appearance of wuhu island super smash bros ultimate was released in december 2018 and it is the last time that wuhu island appeared in a nintendo game unfortunately there is not much to talk about here because it is the same two stages of smash bros for wii u woohoo island and pilot wings, there are some minor visual improvements compared to the wii u version but everything else is the same as you can see wuhu island looks a bit cleaner and sharper in smash ultimate but i think i actually prefer thewii u version maka wuhu looks much duller and less interesting and ultimate but i think most of the places you land on look better. smash ultimate has better lighting overall than smash wii u so areas like the beach and fencing coliseum look better, it's a bit sad to see the last appearance of wuhu island is small and repurposed.
I'd like to take a second and acknowledge all the amazing mods and custom builds made by players on woohoo island. It's clear that I'm not the only one who loves this island because there are countless cool mods and creations based on Wuhu Island, from running around the island as Mario in Super Mario 64 to playing Call of Duty Zombies on a Wuhu themed map. the island some of my favorites are woohoo island and minecraft and watching the tracks from mario kart 7 wuhu island in mario kart wii there is almost an endless amount of player created wuhu island content and it always makes me smile well i think thats it everything as far as i know that's the whole story of woohoo island but i would like to talk a bit about the future here how we might see wuhu island used in the next games?
I think the best way to bring this island back would be to be switch sports resort a remaster of all wii sports content so far plus add some new features i would like to see all the sports from the first wii sports come back like baseball and boxing i think they could easily create a new one by building in wuhu city for boxing and they could put the baseball stadium in the open fields above woohoo city. I also think all pilotwings resort content should move into air sports mode for motion controls but there should probably be some button control options as well and the first thing I want out of a new wii sports game is a version fully explorable open world of woohoo island where you can walk around the island, select sports to play and use all different types of vehicles to get around, imagine walking to wuhu city, jumping on a plane that flies high over the island and then jump and skydive down.
It would be a lot of fun to explore wuhu island freely. I also think it would be awesome if you have your own house somewhere on the island that you can go into and customize. I could talk about a potential Switch Sports Resort game all day, but maybe I'll save that for another video. I really hope that we will see Wuhu Island again one day and hopefully soon it took a lot of work and research to make this video, but it was also a lot of fun. If you enjoyed this video, I would appreciate it if you would consider subscribing.
Let me know in the comments what you like. Think about all of this, I'm pretty sure I covered everything in this video, but if you think I missed anything about woohoo island, be sure to tell me I guess the only thing left to do is relax, relax, play some more wii sports resort and wait. new wuhu island game will be announced soon thanks for watching and see you in the next one
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