With the holidays quickly approaching, here’s a very unique gift idea from Paul Pape Designs - your very own poseable Mii figure, complete with accessories. The figures have been engineered with rare earth magnets so the head rotates from side to side and the arms can be rotated into any pose and even be removed. Also available are Accessorii Packs where you can add new arms that show off the games and activities that best represent your interests, including a light saber, baseball bat, and guitar. You can even customize the stand it comes with. Definitely not cheap, but still a very cool gift idea for the Wii fanatic in your life. All are custom made, so you need to allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
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I finally got Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for my Wii. Iâ€™ve played Guitar Hero 3 to death, and I love it. For those of you that are still connected to a wire, let me fill you in on a little secret…wireless guitar totally rocks! If you havenâ€™t played this game, then youâ€™re missing out on a lot of fun.
The wireless guitar is great. Its very responsive to every strum and finger press. Its size is just right with the right weight. The only complain I have is that the Strum Bar is a little noisy when you strum it during gameplay, and the fret buttons have a bit too much “click” to them, although they do seem to be spaced apart just perfectly. It would be better if they had some kind of rubber mechanism to soften the impacts. The Whammy Bar is perfect - no complaints here. Not sure about the wired guitar, but the wireless one comes with Tilt Sensor. You tilt your guitar upwards to activate Star Power and Battle Attacks.
Developers of the highly anticipated Wii game, The Conduit, are one of the few developers who are actually trying to make a quality game on the Wii. The Conduit is easily one of the best-looking games on the Wii thanks to its ground up engine made just for the system called the Quantum 3. And while High Voltage is hard at work with The Conduit, other developers are not-so hard at work making shovelware and just throwing it at the Wii by the dozens. A quote from Matt Corso adds,
“The Wii is a really cool game system. It’s worth better games than it’s getting right now. There are some great games out there for the system, but it just seems like there’s such an opportunity to do so much more with it. Considering it’s such a popular system right now, it just doesn’t make sense to not focus on making really quality games.”
Every Wii owner should be in love with High Voltage team right now. They are our only hope to stop this barrage of casual games that have plagued the Wii. So I’m telling everyone right now, please buy The Conduit, or this mini-game bonanza were stuck in may never end.
If you haven’t heard yet, Nintendo has just announced a new add-on for the Wii. Called the Wii MotionPlus, and don’t just shrug this one off because this is the add-on which will literally change the way we play games. The new peripheral, according to Nintendo, will allow 1:1 like movements on screen. Allowing us all to play that star wars game, or golf like game we’ve been dreaming of since, well… forever! With this being said, we could think of hundreds of different game franchises that could use this controller, and use it well. But lets narrow it down to the top 5 game franchises that we would like for them to use this brilliant new add-on to the already wonderful Wii-mote.
Number 5: Tiger Woods PGA tour
We’ve all wanted that perfect golf game with the Wii-mote, but frankly, we were never going to get it. Until now! While we haven’t seen what this new peripheral can do until E3 tomorrow (which we will be covering extensively) what Nintendo has said is surely promising and we’ll take their word for it. Imagine, being in front of your TV screen, you slowly move you arm back getting ready to take the shot, and the character on-screen does exactly what your doing. Then you quickly strike forward with a powerful blow and at the same time your character mimics you. You get a feeling of control over a game you’ve never felt before and for a second there you actually felt like Tiger playing at the PGA tour. The possibilities are endless and with 1:1 gameplay, this could definitely be a hit if used alongside the Wii MotionPlus.
The Wii has seen its fair share of shovelware.Â And frankly, the lackluster titles will never stop coming. Nintendo has really hit the casual crowd right over the head with the Wii and developers are taking advantage of that. The new All-Play brand that was recently announced by EA takes sports games and aims them at “players of all skill levels.” You know who they mean by that.
Now, this isn’t bad news. A casual game isn’t always going to be bad. Look at games like Wario Ware, a game that mixes the likes of both the hardcore and casual crowd. But more often, hardcore games are what, logically, hardcore gamers want.
Enough of this, let’s get to the real news, shall we?
Recently Activision announced they will be coming out with a new Wii exclusive brand much like EA’s All-Play brand. The brand, named ‘Wee 1st’ will be attempting to cater to the casual market with Wii-specific game designs. Dave Oxford of Activision Publishing notes:
“The Wii is introducing new audiences to gaming. Clearly, the Wii’s accessible controls are changing how the audience plays games and how we look at game design. This initiative is designed to showcase games that take full advantage of the Wii’s capabilities.”
To me, it sounds like Activision is just trying to get a slice of that delicious, Nintendo money-pie that Nintendo has cleverly baked. But who knows, maybe they’re trying to go above and beyond with the Wii and its games. Let’s just hope that these games are good. Below is a list of the upcoming games that will feature the ‘Wee 1st’ branding.
-Little League World Series 2008
-Rapala Fishing Frenzy
-Dancing with the Stars: Get Your Dance On
More games are set to be announced which will arrive in-time for the Holiday season.
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