Today Electronic Arts announced a new hockey title for the Wii. Dubbed NHL Slapshot, the title marks EA’s “first ever NHL hockey title for the Wii.”
As you would expect, NHL Slapshot will utilize a “revolutionary” hockey stick controller. According to EA, the new controller “allows players to shoot, pass and body check just like the pros.”
While details on the actual gameplay of NHL Slapshot are a bit scares, we do know that gamers will be able to “play from the Pee Wee’s to the Pros.” We also know that Wayne Gretzky will be a playable character, as well as adorning the box art.
David Littman, EA Sports creative director, said: “Making our games as close to the real thing has always been our focus. Now we are giving players an actual plastic hockey stick that the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers plug into. Players can then use the new NHL Slapshot Hockey Stick to do all the moves in the game.”
As someone who has always had a passion for hockey, this news excites me. Sure a Wii game will never be able capture the feeling of ice seeping though your pads or sweat running down your face, but it is a step in the right direction. Hopefully this hockey stick controller will be the real deal.
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