First up I managed to spend some time playing Wii Sports Tennis, which can only be described as great fun. Waving the controller around to play your shots may sound a little odd to anyone who hasn’t tried it, but once you start playing, you just can’t stop. It even gives you a pretty good workout, so all those parents complaining about video games making kids fat, better makes sure that Santa brings their children one of these for Christmas. It’s actually surprising how well this control method works, and the harder you swing the controller, the harder you hit the ball. Of course this type of control is nothing new, but this is the first time that an entire gaming system has been built around it.
Wil plays a forehand ground stroke...
...and misses :)
What worries me though is in a nation as litigious as America, how long will it be before the law suits start rolling in because little Johnny hit little Freddie in the eye with a Wii controller – maybe Nintendo will make every buyer sign a disclaimer at the point of purchase.
The controller adds new life to old game genres as well. Also on show was Excite Truck, a kind of off road, 4WD truck racing game – it looked pretty good, but the graphics weren’t awe inspiring and it’s not like you would have stopped in your tracks and stared if you were walking by a demo. But when I played Excite Truck, when I had the controller in my hand and started controlling the steering by tilting it either way things were suddenly very different. Tilting the controller to steer may feel a little strange at first, but you get used to it in a matter of seconds and then it just feels like the controller is an extension of you, just like the steering wheel of a real car.