I absolutely LOVE this game and have played it on different consoles including pc throughout the years and was excited to learn it was available on the Wii, so I rented it. Much to my dismay, the game almost sucks. Nintendo could have made it wayyyy better, but instead seemed to have rushed it to add another title to their list! When your boats come upon other boats to get info, you can't read what 'news' the other boats have including what country they represent unless you are sitting within 2 ft of your tv and even then it's hard. In every port you sail in to everything is the same, but maybe in different colors. It could have been changed up. The game could have been more interactive instead of repetitive. The basics of the original are still there, i.e. you are a pirate who can pick a nationality to represent and attack on their behalf or go renegade and attack everyone, but that has its pitfalls. You also have mini-games which are nice, but could be a lot better with a lot more, considering this is an advanced console compared to the originals. The SNES version to date is still my fav. I was quite disappointed with this one! If you like the game though, you should like this version (although only to a certain degree).
The concept of running your own pirate crew and building your strength by taking over other ships and attacking ports is great. However, the controls seemed incredibly clunky and steering the ship was near impossible. Perhaps the booklet explains some necessary controls that the game tutorial does not.