Use the Wiimote, Luke!

The worst kept "secret" in the history of -- well, in the History of the Wii So Far, has finally been confirmed by LucasArts

The worst kept "secret" in the history of -- well, in the History of the Wii So Far, has finally been confirmed by LucasArts. Sort of. You've been waiting impatiently to use your Wiimote as a lightsaber? According to LucasArts that happy day will finally arrive Spring 2008. Sort of.

The "sort of" is because the game in question isn't new, but rather a port of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, long scheduled for the Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable. You know, the one with the trailer showing a Star Destroyer crashing into an unknown city, brought down (somewhat ridiculously, says me) by Darth Vader's "secret apprentice"?

I don't think even George suspected the Force could do this.

Staged between Episodes III and IV, you're tasked by a half-mangled Darth Vader with taking out the remaining Jedi, which basically means an excuse to visit old haunts and faces and maybe sneak in a few new ones. (What's that Luke? You've never heard of prototype holodroids?)

Otherwise it looks like a big "get your force on" fest for Star Wars fans of the Neo-generation, including the option to wield force powers courtesy the Wii's Nunchuk. While the Wii version should follow the same story as its console brethren, it'll also include an exclusive "duel mode," allowing hot-seat saber-swingers to go wrist-to-wrist and -- who knows -- maybe even one-up everyone's favorite poor, misused Star Wars kid.

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