Rockstar Games’ Table Tennis for the Wii released

October 17th, 2007

Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis for the Wii
Rockstar has released Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis for the Wii. The game first released for the Xbox 360 seems such a perfect fit for the Wii it’s surprising it wasn’t released sooner. GamePro Magazine said:

“There is so much depth and skill involved in Table Tennis on the Wii that this version stands up to any tennis game out on any system, period.”

It’s times like these that Wii owners will thank Nintendo for their attention to the flying Wiimote problem. The game is in stores now for a low $39.99.

via Press Release

LCD Safety Shield protects your TV from flying Wiimotes

October 8th, 2007


While Nintendo has gone above and beyond the call of duty to address the issue of flying Wiimotes, owners of swanky HDTVs might still feel that you can never be too cautious. Lcdarm Technologies has gone one better, and developed an LCD Safety Shield that will fit 17 to 60 inch LCDs, though it is not certain if the product is in production yet.

via MaxConsole

Wiimote lightsaber in Lego Star Wars is “brilliantly cool”

October 5th, 2007

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be the first game to use the Wiimote as a lightsaber.

Traveller’s Tales, the team behind Lego Star Wars, has labeled their Wiimote implementation in the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga as “brilliantly cool.” The game will be the first to allow the Wiimote to be used as a lightsaber, beating LucasArts’ own The Force Unleashed to market.

Traveller’s Tales Games’ Richard Earl had this to say on the subject:

The Wii controller offers all sorts of new, fun and accessible ways for people to play with Lego characters - and swinging away with your lightsaber is a brilliantly cool part of the Lego Jedi experience.

When asked about the predicted success of the title, Earl responded with:

Of course we hope The Complete Saga can hit the Christmas number one spot, but there are many other strong titles on the horizon. We’ll have to wait and see.

via Develop

Wii Remote covers to cost Nintendo US $18 million

October 3rd, 2007


Nintendo’s move to offer free covers for the Wii Remote is predicted to cost the company US$18 million. Nintendo expects to ship 20 million of them worldwide, though it is not clear if this figure includes those bundled with consoles/remotes.

Nintendo representatives have stated that the spend is expected to have no effect on the company’s bottom line. Such is life when your company invented a dual-screen money-printing machine.

via Infendo

WiiConnect - a Wiimote driver for Nokia S60 series phones

October 3rd, 2007


A team at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg, Austria have developed software for Nokia S60 phones enabling them to be controlled with a Wiimote. The software is called WiiConnect, and it uses the phones Bluetooth capabilities to communicate with the Wiimote, including use of the accelerometer and rumble functionality.

To demonstrate WiiConnect’s functionality, the team have developed WiiRider, a game designed for use with the Wiimote, and released it for free.

WiiRider via Engadget

Wiimote skateboard deck grinds a fine legal line

August 30th, 2007


I’ve never understood the mindset involved with paying a premium for a nice graphic on the bottom of a skateboard, then proceeding to grind the hell out of it on any concrete surface or hand-rail that hasn’t been covered with metal protrusions designed to prevent skaters from grinding the hell out of.

Regardless, this is a limited edition deck “designed” by Kotaku reader Dribnifrus for Black Market Skateboards….in much the same way that a plagiartist in Thailand can “design” you up a nice Mona Lisa.

There’s only 125 of them out there, with Black Market presumably taking the same angle as the underground music labels who print small quantities of white label vinyl featuring remixes of hit songs that no small-fry electronic artist could even dream of acquiring the rights to.

Needless to say, you’ll want to act quickly if you fancy yourself riding one of these things (or hanging one on your wall and pretending you can actually skate outside of Tony Hawk games.)

Opera release Wiimote API for building Wii-friendly web applications

August 7th, 2007


Opera have released their Wiimote API, allowing web developers to make Wii-friendly sites, applications and games. Unlike previously available methods of polling the Wiimote with Javascript, Opera’s API enables interaction with up to four Wiimotes. You can view more information at the Opera Developers blog and see a very simple example game here.

via GoNintendo

Wiimote finds educational application

July 26th, 2007

Wiimote experiment

Professors at the Instituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata in Italy have used a Wiimote to illustrate principles of mechanics to students.

By transmitting information from the accelerometer to a portable computer, they were able to record data about the forces acting on the unit as it entered free fall. They were also able to measure the acceleration of a swinging pendulum by swinging it on a piece of string.

More educational experiments have been planned for the Wiimote, which has superseded the humble mouse in similar experiments.