Coming Soon: Wii Resort, Wii Music and Clone Wars

E3 2008

Showing off what the new advanced Wii MotionPlus attachment can do: Wii Sports Resort. The first activity Nintendo demonstrated: Disc Dog, chuck a Frisbee at the beach and watch your digital mutt run after it. Next was basically a tribute to the old Nintendo game, Wave Runner.

P7151086

After that, it's time for a little fencing. Whether goofing around in single-player or going toe-to-toe with a buddy, it looks like fun. And it looks like original titles from the Wii lineup, like the sword-swinging Red Steel might benefit from this plug-in. Well, I can hope.

P7151095

Now here's a thought. You know how Rock Band sells that illusion of being a real drummer? Yeah, well, Nintendo is getting into the action with the release of Wii Music which is slated to hit this fall. And it uses all the peripherals that you might already have. Want to play the drums? Whip out the balance board as your kick drum and start hitting the skins with your WiiMote. Feel like getting a little bluesy with a saxophone?

Hold the WiiMote by itself like you're about to blow into it and hit the buttons. Most music games have you hitting buttons to a rhythm and following buttons on-screen to recreate music. You get maybe 4 different instruments. Actually, there are about 50 different instruments : Piano, Violin, taiko drums, a rock drum kit, and of course a guitar.

P7151104

I always joke about how Rock Band is teaching me how to play drums, but WiiMusic actually will do that. One mode in the game will actually serve as a trainer for using a virtual kit on WiiMusic. Will it pay off after the lessons? I dunno, but that is probably the one part of the game I'm looking forward to the most is the drum section the rest....eh, I'm not looking forward to the cowbell (and no, I'm not joking about that).

P7151122

On the Wii, we know of a couple other games that Nintendo wanted to show off from third party developers: Instead of having a number of new games, Nintendo is only showing off three that take unique advantage of the Wii. For starters, Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- tied with the upcoming movie (and TV series), you use the WiiMote like a light saber while doing battle. Dur! That has got to be the most obvious application since the Wii came out. Thankfully, It looks promising. Danny and I plan to take turns as Sith Lords later.

P7151127

Another head-slapper is Shaun White's Snowboarding game. It works with the balance board feature - not a huge shock. In fact, Danny and I had a running bet expecting more games that'll take full advantage of the balance board.

P7151021

I guess that'll come soon enough. Also shown off during the presser....a new Rayman Raving Rabbids game (Not much a huge shock since this series has been great for the Wii since its launch) and Call of Duty: World at War (Not much of a shock because that game shows up on every platform known to man).

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Darren Gladstone

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?