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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.

What do you guys think? Is this game something you’re looking forward to? Do you think a hockey stick controller will actually work? Let us know by leaving a comment below.


  1. While I have no real opinion on the game itself, I can’t be the only person who’s reminded of the first days of the Wii and the controller straps …

  2. In theory, it sounds pretty cool. Although, I’ll probably be the guy who ignores everything and tries to just body check everyone.

  3. This reminds me of all the crappy plastic periphals churned out for the Wii. I’m expecting to be underwhelmed.

  4. The bummer is that even if the peripheral is good, no one is going to care cos it just doesn’t have a lot of utility outside of hocket games.

    On the other hand, how do you make a ‘good’ peripheral for the Wii anyways? It’s just a fuggin piece of plastic to append to your Wiimote.

  5. Those kids look so excited!

  6. At a glance it looks like they’re playing guitar hero.

    Forget NHL, I want them invisible cables!

  7. avatar Ayad

    I will give you the rule straight from the book. Don’t want to read? Here’s a smmrauy.Guys are allowed to fight, and will receive a 5 minute penalty (no suspension). One-on-one only, if a third guy comes into the fight, he is ejected from the game. If one guy started the fight, then he gets a 2 minute instigator penalty. If one guy keeps fighting when the other guy is obviously down and out, he gets an aggressor’ penalty, which is a game misconduct.Rule 47 Fighting47.1 Fighting – A fight shall be deemed to have occurred when at leastone player (or goalkeeper) punches or attempts to punch an opponentrepeatedly or when two players wrestle in such a manner as to makeit difficult for the Linesmen to intervene and separate the combatants.The Referees are provided very wide latitude in the penalties withwhich they may impose under this rule. This is done intentionally toenable them to differentiate between the obvious degrees ofresponsibility of the participants either for starting the fighting orpersisting in continuing the fighting. The discretion provided should beexercised realistically.47.2 Aggressor – The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player (orgoalkeeper) who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflictpunishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or whois an unwilling combatant.A player (or goalkeeper) must be deemed the aggressor when hehas clearly won the fight but he continues throwing and landingpunches in a further attempt to inflict punishment and/or injury on hisopponent who is no longer in a position to defend himself.A player or goalkeeper who is deemed to be the aggressor of analtercation shall be assessed a major penalty for fighting and a gamemisconduct.A player or goalkeeper who is deemed to be the aggressor of analtercation will have this recorded as an aggressor of an altercation forstatistical and suspension purposes.A player or goalkeeper who is deemed to be both the instigatorand aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating minorpenalty, a major penalty for fighting, a ten-minute misconduct(instigator) and a game misconduct penalty (aggressor).47.3 Altercation An altercation is a situation involving two players(including goalkeepers), with at least one to be penalized.47.4 Clearing the Area of a Fight When a fight occurs, all players notengaged shall go immediately to the area of their players’ bench andin the event the altercation takes place at a players’ bench, theplayers on the ice from that team shall go to their defending zone.Goalkeepers shall remain in their goal crease, except in the event thealtercation takes place in the vicinity of the goal crease, and thereforeshall obey the directions of the Referee. Failure to comply can resultin penalties incurred for their involvement in and around the area andfines as outlined in Continuing or Attempting to Continue a Fight Any player orgoalkeeper who persists in continuing or attempting to continue a fightor altercation after he has been ordered by the Referee to stop, orwho resists a Linesman in the discharge of his duties shall, at thediscretion of the Referee, incur a misconduct or game misconductpenalty in addition to any penalties imposed.47.6 Face Protection If a player penalized as an instigator of analtercation is wearing a face shield (including a goalkeeper), he shallbe assessed an additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.Should the player (including a goalkeeper) who instigates the fightbe wearing a face shield, but removes it before instigating thealtercation, the additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty shall notapply.That’s not even the whole rule, see rule 47 in the link

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