Wed 2 Jun 2010
Despite the obvious potential for a great hockey game on the Wii, EA Sports has yet to test its footing on Nintendo's rink. Until now. The company has taken the wraps off of its first Wii hockey title, NHL Slapshot, which will feature none other than Wayne Gretzky on the cover. And it comes with a plastic hockey stick.
Not only will Gretzky grace the cover of NHL Slapshot, The Great One will also be available as a playable character in the game as well. Few details about the game have been revealed; aside from Gretzky's likeness, the other major selling point for the game appears to be the hockey stick peripheral, which is a plastic shell housing both the Wii remote and Nunchuk.
"Making our games as close to the real thing has always been our focus," David Littman, creative director of the game, explained. "Now we are giving them 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."
Many gamers, particularly Wii owners, are already overrun with plastic peripherals, which could make NHL Slapshot and its hockey stick a bit of a tough sell. Then again, if done right, slapping around a virtual puck could be great fun.
The game is currently in development at EA Canada and is slated for a September release.