Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ideas for the Wii MotionPlus

So, we've known of the Wii MotionPlus for over a month now. So far, the only revealed uses for it are Frisbee throwing, sword-fighting and steering a Jet Ski. Of course, we all know the MotionPlus is capable of so much more than this, and people have been endlessly thinking up more applications since day one. I've thought up a few of my own, and here they are.

First off, I think that handwriting recognition could take on a whole new meaning with Wii MotionPlus. Imagine holding the Wii remote in your hand like an over-sized pen, and then "writing" your name as if there were a piece of paper on a table in front of you. I'm sure some interesting uses for this could be thought up, but I'm stumped. Hey, I got the idea this far, I'll let the developers take care of the rest!

Next, I could see the Wii remote becoming a skipping rope in a future fitness title or mini-game compilation. With the added sensitivity of the MotionPlus, I'm sure the Wii could easily determine both the location and movement of a Wii remote held at one's waist and pointed outwards. Simple rotations just like that of a real skipping rope, with actual jumps at the right time. Why this would be used instead of a real, inexpensive skipping rope I'm not sure, but that didn't stop similar ideas from coming to fruition (See Jenga: World Tour).

How about using the Wii remote as a lasso? I could see this being a really interesting game mechanic if used the right way. Just hold the Wii remote pointing up and swing it around like you would a real lasso rope (Or "lariat", if you want to be fancy), and pitch it forward to try and catch something. The MotionPlus could pick up on every subtlety of the player's motion, making the lasso spin differently every time. Real rodeo stars would have no problem figuring this out, and it could even serve as a training of sorts for rookies. Of course, it could also just be part of a horseback videogame, but that's not quite as interesting, now, is it?

What if the Wii remote became a set of tools? Screwdriver, hammer, saw, ratchet, and more. Just hold the remote like the current tool, and twist, spin and whack away. Just imagine a whole virtual workshop at your fingertips, allowing you to build anything you want without the matter of money becoming an issue. I can picture the entire game being nothing but building a house any way you want, with stairs, walls and windows placed according to your will. The end result would be a house all your own design, whether it be a quaint little home or a sprawling mansion. Certainly an idea worth pursuing.

So then, that's a small sampling of ideas for utilizing the Wii MotionPlus. They'd all be a whole lot better if I could handle such high levels of awesome, but that is not the case. So! Good night.

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