Now I don’t know all the games available for the Wii, but this Wii Sports got me thinking about all the cool things they could do with the Wii’s two-handed remote and nunchuck system.
Along the lines of boxing, I was thinking a sword and sorcery game, something like Conan or Elric, would be fun. Each controller would be a weapon or a weapon and a shield. You could have actual sword fights using these techniques. Or have an ax and chop the guy to little bits. Or a ball and chain, now that would be fun. As a sorcerer you could cast spells, throw fireballs, and other sinister magics. They could have a gladiator fighting game with the trident and a net! Yeah! Maybe they already have this. If they don’t, I hope they’re planning it.
As Pete said in response to yesterday’s blog about the Wii, what we need is a really cool baseball game that plays like the one in Wii Sports, but lasts a full 9 innings. C’mon. We aren’t wimps. We can play a real game for 9 innings! I’d actually like to run the bases. Maybe they could coordinate the hand movements into running, the faster you pump your arms, the faster the character runs. Maybe if you throw your hands forward and down you could SLIDE. Granted, it would be a headfirst slide, but those are cool!
Do they have an American Football version? Instead of joysticking passes, you’d really throw the ball. Like the dodge ball game in Wii Sports, you’d have to dodge potential sackers. You could reach up and catch the pass as the Wide Receiver. Again, you could pump your arms to simulate running and dodge tacklers. And to make things really fun, you could go up into the booth and punch John Madden in the nose. Yeah! Take that, big mouth.
And as I was thinking along these lines, along the lines of virtual reality games, which the Wii is as close as we’ve come now, I came up with a game system where you’d put on this mesh-type long sleeve shirt full of sensors. Then your arm and torso movements are the character’s exact arm and torso movements. Then you really could have sword fights. Parry! Thrust! Slash! And the shirt could have little electric shock devices throughout it, so when the character you are fighting strikes a blow at you, say a slash across the chest, you FEEL it. You feel a slight tingle from the electric shock devices.
Boxing would interact the same way, with little thumps of electric shocks each time you get hit.
Baseball, you can take one for the team. “Oh, he’s going to have sore ribs in the morning folks, but he’s on base.”
An all-important accessory would be the electronic ankle straps for your legs, so you could have karate or kung fu fighting games and in addition to punching, you’d get to do kicks, too. Roundhouse to the head!
Think of all the cool games you could play with this outfit on. You’re in a dark jungle, machete in hand as you cut down the thick undergrowth to make your way to the secret temple. You’re looking forward, but suddenly there’s pain in your shoulder! You look, and a giant anaconda has bitten you and is trying to wrap itself around you. The suit gives you the little shocks for realism as you stab and slash at it with the machete. You’ve come so far not to be thwarted now!
See, now this kind of gaming I could get into. Sitting on a couch, fumbling with a joystick to me is boring no matter how interesting the screen game might be. But give me something to do, let me interact and get some good old-fashioned exercise, now you’ve got something!
So now I’m going to be disappointed when the Wii2 comes out if it’s anything less than this.
You hear me Nintendo? Don’t let me down!