k, just a brief summary of tidbits ive come across in the aftermath of E3 about wii sports from EA, ie Madden, Tiger Woods, etc.
first off, it will be online. secondly, there will be lobbies. thirdly, there will be no friend codes to speak of. this is all confirmed at a stage demo at E3 found here
sounds good to me. should be better than last year which was good.The Wii version will also offer a number of exciting exclusive features. One of those is our brand new Party Mode. We built this mode for those times when you have friends over and you want instant multiplayer action. We worked closely with our friends at Nintendo and have included full support to attach your own custom Mii to track your overall progress in the mode.
When first entering the Party Mode you have three distinct games areas: Play Now, Mini-Games and Trivia. All areas fully support four-player action. Once each player creates a profile with their Mii, it's off to gameplay where you can compete in 22 mini-games, a Trivia mode which will test your NFL knowledge or traditional Madden fans' favorite exhibition action. Each time you win or lose at party games it will raise or lower your Party Rating. The sheer number of multiplayer mini-games offered this year is staggering to say the least.
On the gameplay side you will see a number of those fun gestures return. We wanted to keep the controls fun and easy to remember so we remapped a lot of the difficult two handed gestures to simpler actions. The result has made the game a lot more responsive and fun to play.
TIGER WOODS 08
really haven't found too much about this yet, as to wheter its online or not, wheter you can choose your clubs, etc. here is a trailer, but this is probably designed for the 360 and PS3 rather than than wii.
NBA LIVE 08
excited about this. really excited. indept interview here which i will now quote:
seems natural, it is their first go at it. family play is here as well, and the miis are all over EA.In general, we'd compare this year's NBA Live offering to last year's Madden effort on Wii, as EA has a few solid ideas to work with, but it isn't necessarily as polished or in-depth as it could be. Don't get us wrong, NBA Live is a solid first basketball game on Wii, and if this early playthrough is any indication NBA should be more along the lines of Madden quality, and less along the lines of the lesser Tiger Woods effort, as it looks, plays, and acts like a true Wii conversion of an already booming franchise. Along with the other titles this year, NBA Live will include family play, full Mii integration, and a party mode for mini-game goodness.
gameplay almost sounds like NBA on NBC, if you remember that far back. i think they will add more stuff as time progresses, such as calling a play, for god's sake, wish i could play through a game without having do that. back on topic, it seems like most bugs will be fixed in time. and now to the really good news:As for the general controls, NBA Live is pretty straightforward. Players take to the court with any of the officially licensed NBA teams, selecting a Mii to act as your team indicator and motion icon tabs (just like Madden), and jump into a more arcade-like NBA experience. On the court, simple gestures take over for timed button presses, so when you shoot a jumpshot you'll actually flick the Wii-mote up, and then forward to release the ball. Do this with the right timing, and your accuracy will be increased. In addition to the jumpshot players can pass left or right with a flick of the Wii-mote, press A for a quick-pass to the nearest open player, perform a crossover dribble by flicking the nunchuk, or slam dunk with a twist of the Wii-mote. On defense, it's the classic control swap between shooting and blocking, passing and stealing, and the like. Flick up and down to jump and swat at balls, and move side to side with the Wii-mote to attempt a sweeping steal. The general pass button is replaced by a player switch function, and the rest of the controls are yet to be determined for the final version.
Since the game is still in its preliminary state there are some things missing right now. From what we could tell there was no way to call plays, set up picks, do alley-oops, or perform speed boosts or spin moves, but we're sure all this will factor in with time. As for what's there, it's extremely rewarding even in its most basic state. Yes, all the motions in the game act exactly like a button press (you won't be missing shots because you're not "shooting" properly with the Wii-mote, something we can only dream about for Wii's later years…), but it's still a great feeling to do the motion, sink a three-point shot, and leave your hands up in the air to rub it in a little while playing a human rival. We did it… we loved it… guilty as charged.
w00t!!Where NBA Live 08 really sold us, however, was in the online portion of the package. Details are still pretty sparse due to the game's level of completion, but EA did share an interesting note with us. NBA Live 08 supports console vs. console play, which means up to eight players can go online and face off against each other. Since there are only two Wii systems connecting, EA treats it as a "team vs. team" situation, so you can play online with either one, two, three, or four controllers supported on each console. There were also rumblings that once connected, consoles could actually change players on each team; so you could go online with a group and then trade players pre-game and do a little mixed online competition. We'll wait to see that one in practice, but according to EA it's entirely plausible. Regardless, four-on-four online is confirmed, so get your teams ready, organize tournaments on the message boards, and kick a little ass via eight player online.
as much as 4v4! its like wireless LAN! granted, you can't as of yet, use more than 2 consoles, but there will be a menu like you were going to start an offline game beforehand, where you can flip-flop who can be on both sides. this is awesome!
same as Madden, basically. online, Reggie confirms. long interview here and a quote about online:
that's about all i can devote my attention to FIFA, never been that big on it.We didn't get to try it out for ourselves, but FIFA 08 for Wii will make use of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for two-player head-to-head battles. Offline, this is a four-player compatible endeavor.
not on wii, nor is 2K8
MLB 08 The Show
Play Station exclsive, however rumors are that MLB 2K8 coming. it has not been officially announced yet. will continue to follow this.
well there you go. i didn't include Bowling, only 29.99 w00t! or Mario and Sonic or Mario Strikers: Charged which I'm all looking forward to, because they're not EA licensed. anyway, hope this helps somebody as it did me, and if you'd like to, leave a little rep.