You've kind of got to feel a little bit sorry for motion control. Since the honeymoon period with the Wii faltered, once Microsoft and Sony announced that they too would be leaping on the bandwagon, motion control has been akin to the little kid who is told that they'll never achieve anything great. The practical joker who flunks all of their exams and winds up trudging down to the Job Centre every two weeks even as they see their friends and peers soar as captains of industry and pillars of culture. Sure, motion control is fun, but it's not exactly going to expand your horizons, teach you anything, blow your mind, or push any cultural boundaries.
By making the actions required to perform in-game tasks bigger, by severely limiting the accuracy, consistency, and efficiency of decisive player action, motion control has moved us further away from the realisation of physical thoughts into virtual functions. Instead of being something to help move this industry forward, it has become the lowest denominator staple for mindlessly treading water.
Then again, do we really need every single facet of this industry to be looking forward? Does motion control really need to be groundbreaking when it offers simple pleasures that can be enjoyed by anyone, even if they've never held a controller in their lives? Surely a medium that has helped to break down cultural walls must be considered progressive? Surely a platform that has linked grandmothers together with Shoreditch hipsters, seen would-be Disney princesses share something in common with George Romero fans, and had weight watchers, martial artists, and wannabe popstars delight in a communal hobby, surely this can only be a forward step?Click here to read more...
Nintendo have announced that those of you with an obsidian Wii can now colour co-ordinate with Wii Fit Plus! Altogether now....YAAAAAAAAY!! A new bundle, featuring an official black Balance Board will be released over here on October 7th.Hit the jump for pricing info...
The classic controller's one Wii peripheral that you shouldn't be without because it provides a welcome break from the console's motion controls. It's lightweight, sits well in your hands, adds a bit of a retro touch to proceedings, and can be used with old and new games alike such as Goldeneye, or downloadable titles including Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Country. You can pick up one of the pads over at Play for £9.99, which'll make you a saving of £3 on the next best offers out there. Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD.
For those of you Wii owners that have held off upgrading to the new and improved Wiimotes, here’s a deal might take your fancy. Both Amazon and Game have dropped their price on the Wii controller, putting it at its lowest price so far. The deal will save you a fiver in comparison to the next cheapest offer over at HMV which, as I said yesterday, is helpful in a time when buying extra controllers tends to be the most expensive part of gaming life. The offer is worth a look though, as the Wii Remote Plus adds much needed accuracy to the motion sensing technology. Thanks to enforcer99 @ HUKD!
The final one of the Big Three to take to the stage, Nintendo looks to make their impact at the industry's biggest stage this afternoon. While there's no doubt we will be seeing new titles for the 3DS and the Wii, the true aim by Ninty to win back the core audience it has been neglecting in recent years, with the reveal of its next console codenamed Project Cafe. With copious amounts of rumours having circulated the net in recent weeks, we will finally get to see it for ourselves. However, the question is will their secret weapon be enough to win back disenfranchised consumers? Will we have any further surprises? We'll be with you to find out!
I used to love running out to the shops to get a Wii Points card whilst contemplating exactly what I was going to spend them on in the Virtual Console. When it comes to retro games there are plenty to download onto Nintendo's shiny white little box of joy. However, you might not have a Wii, maybe you've got a DS . . . well that's not a problem because you can also spend the points in the DSi shop. 2000 points'll set you back £9.85 over at The Hut, which should save you over £3.50 on the next best offer.
If you're a Donkey Kong fan, then you should definitely grab this one while it's still swinging, because it's a glorious return to form, featuring some traditional gameplay like riding in mine carts, swinging from vines, munching on bananas, and finding all the 'KONG' letters. Unsurprisingly, you'll be able to control either Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong, but this time around the Kremlings are gone, instead you'll be battling against the Tiki Tak Tribe. ShopTo are parting with copies of the game for £26.85, which is just under £3 cheaper than the next best offers from The Hut and Zavvi.
Speaking to investors, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata admitted the company made a mistake by not forming partnerships with outside sources when developing the Wii's online features. According to Iwata, the Wii's future "could have been different" if they'd agreed to outsource rather than relying solely on their internal teams.
However, Iwata revealed Nintendo won't be making the same mistake again. He let slip that Nintendo is working with outside parties to facilitate development of the 3DS and Wii successor's online capabilities. "You may be aware of some features which I am implying now in relation to the future developments of Nintendo 3DS and Wii's successor system that we announced yesterday," said Iwata, before explaining he simply cannot be more "specific", probably until E3 when Nintendo has revealed it'll be outing the Wii's successor in full. [Eurogamer]
If you're looking for a game to keep your kids entertained then this one's for you! There are around 40 songs to choose from, some of which come from children's TV shows and nursery rhymes, and the game flashes up words of encouragement while the music's going. A limited multiplayer's included which allows up to four players to enter online dance troupes, or have light hearted dance offs. The price is the same across the three stores, and you'll make a saving of just over £4.
Ok, ok, I know it's not Arkham Asylum, but if you're a fan of the cartoon series then you might want to check out Batman: The Brave And The Bold. Think beat em up crossed with a platform game and you should get a pretty good idea of what the gameplay's like. It's just a shame it's not that great and it's a bit too easy. The price isn't bad though and it'll save you nearly £2 on the next best offer coming in from My Memory.
Considering how popular Zumba seems to be at the moment, why not pick up a copy for your Wii and dance yourself thin at home. By taking part in the 30 + routines that are included you can master several dance styles including Reggaeton, Salsa, Rumba, and Hip-Hop, so you should be well prepared if you ever get asked to appear on Strictly Come Dancing! You've got a choice of merchants with this one because both Tesco Entertainment and Amazon are parting with the game for £19, which'll save you almost £3 on the next best offer. Thanks to sfarri @ HUKD.
Not only do you get a game with this deal, you'll also get a cuddly toy! The toy's not just for show though, you'll need to insert your Wii-mote into it, in order to start learning how to be a responsible babysitter. Other than learning the ancient art of babysitting, I'm pretty sure there's not much else you can get out of this game, but at £15.94, you'll be saving yourself just over £5 on the next best deal coming in from Game. Thanks to yeni1210 @ HUKD.
There are loads of different mini-games that make up Wii Party, which you can play through with your friends or family on a rainy day or a quiet night in, when you want to kick back and have a bit of fun. You'll also get to add another Wii Remote to your collection of peripherals and include another person in your multiplayer antics. All this can be yours for £24.70, which is just over £5 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from Game. Thanks to Kat75 @ HUKD.
I was hunting for a way to finally ditch the money-sucking cycle that was using batteries in my Wii-motes when I came across an interesting find. The Nyko Wii Quad Charger, as the name suggests, comes with dock that will charge up to four Wii-motes simultaneously and comes with 4 charge packs, each with a rubber pad on the back to allow for a better grip. At £19.99 that seems like a damn good deal, and online reviews appear to be favourable, so for those of you looking for a charging solution for your Wii this might be ideal.
For those of you looking to get some early Christmas shopping done this deal from Tesco Direct could be what you’re looking for. Included in the bundle is the Nintendo Wii Console, Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board, Wii Sports, and Wii Sports Resort with Motion Plus. That’s pretty much all the Nintendo-made sports games and hardware you’ll ever need. For the price it’s a good deal as you’ll be getting plenty of party games and fitness exercises. Thanks to fabulous tigger @ HUKD!
UPDATE: Well that didn't take long. This one is already out of stock! If any more become available we'll be sure to post it here.
So, it's drawing to the end of Mario's 25th year on this planet, and if you've not celebrated the courageous plumber's birth already, then why not pick up this neat little package, which includes the original Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3, and Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels. You'll also receive a booklet detailing the history behind the Mario franchise, and an audio CD providing you with classic tracks spanning from the original Super Mario Bros right up until Super Mario Galaxy 2. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD.
Links Crossbow Training lets you jump into the Legend of Zelda universe, as you strive to earn medals by building up your score during the course of the various levels. Link's crossbow skills are put to the test by the three different game modes, which include shooting targets, remaining stationary whilst defending an area against enemy troops, and gaining full control over Link in ranger mode. Also, the game comes with the added bonus of the Wii Zapper peripheral, which is a great piece of kit for any on rails shooter. Thanks to Norse @ HUKD.
Here's another good one to throw into the mix if you've got people coming round and you're stuck for things to do. This title gives you a choice of over 80 mini games split across a couple of different modes. If you want to go all out and jump into the action with four players you can, but if you've only got one other person with you there are plenty of two player games that you can play cooperatively or competitively. Also, you'll get another Wiimote when you pick up the game if you need any more convincing. Thanks to Jack Bauer @ HUKD.
New Carnival Funfair provides you with yet another reason to huddle around the TV if you're short of things to do when you've got a couple of friends round and you just want to kick back on the sofa. You've got a choice of over 30 new games and attractions that you'd typically find at a funfair, including Tic Tac Toss and Fish Bowl Bounce. Sadly, you'll have to buy in your own candy floss and cuddly toy prizes for an authentic carnival experience, but this'll tick the attractions box. Thanks to Mr Furious @ HUKD.
As console bundles come, this should definitely grab your attention. To celebrate 25 years of Italian plumbers jumping on the heads of their enemies Nintendo have created a Wii bundle filled with enough games to keep you busy. As well as the console you get New Super Mario Bros Wii with all its classic-style action and new multiplayer joy, and you get Will Sports Resort with the Wii Motion Plus Accessory for more sporting antics. On top of all that, the original Donkey Kong is pre-installed. Oh, and the console is a shiny red. So in conclusion, if you don’t have a Wii, need an awesome present for a loved one, or just like red things this bundle is by far the best you can get your hands on for the price. Thanks to Campo for the tip!