Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Wii Impressions

The original Modern Warfare is coming to the Wii, and as we found out in Cologne, it's an impressively faithful reproduction.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was a huge hit for Infinity Ward in 2007, and even though it's been nearly two years since its release, the game continues to dominate the online gameplay charts. Its appeal is so enduring, in fact, that developer Treyarch is bringing the game to the Wii this November. As we found out in Cologne, there have been relatively few compromises necessary to bring the game to Nintendo's console and there are even a few new features exclusive to the platform.

First up, it's worth mentioning that the single-player game is exactly the same on the Wii as it was on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Sadly, it's so faithful to the original that there's not even a new Wii-specific level in the game--it's exactly the same as it was before. Thankfully, though, this faithful reproduction also extends to the multiplayer side of the game, with all the same game modes, such as Search & Destroy, Domination, and Freefall all included. They're also all playable online. The only difference is that the player count has been reduced to 10 players, although this is still up from the eight players that Treyarch managed in Call of Duty: World at War on the Wii.

Thankfully, there are also some features specific to the Wii version. Obviously, the control system is quite different, but like another recent Wii first-person shooter The Conduit, the controls are completely customisable. There are plenty of preset control schemes that are set up for different levels of skill, but you can also tweak these as much as you want and save them as your own. Then there's the squadmate mode, which allows a second player to drop into the game for co-op play. The second player uses the Wii Zapper peripheral or the Wii Remote and plays the game like an on-rails shooter, taking out enemies that the main player may have missed.

Finally, the game also uses an upgraded version of the engine that has powered previous Call of Duty games on the Wii. Most notably, the textures are of a higher resolution than ever before, while the particle effects, such as explosions, have also been improved. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will arrive on the Wii in November 2009, and we hope to bring you a first hands-on soon.

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adrianost
adrianost

does the game have custimizable kill streak

filthyn1nj4
filthyn1nj4

This game is awesome with the Wii Zapper, hard to get the hang of it at first, tho

CapedCod
CapedCod

It's nice to see someone taking the time to port a game right. I mean, fanboys complain that the Wii has no good games, when really, it's a matter of poorly made ports. Hopefully this trend will continue and the Wii gets better ports of games.

Redvil
Redvil

iTLL BE GOOD AS ALWAYS!!!!

kmoore296
kmoore296

the real question is will it have split screen?

Segafan1111
Segafan1111

Its beast treyarch did an amazing job

dakidukno
dakidukno

I dont think ill ever touch my WAW again after getting this...

eldin4444
eldin4444

Yes it is a port, and yes it dosnt have the graphics of a 360/ps3, AND YES is not modern warfare 2. But it's my CODMW for wii and I'll enjoy as it is CODMW2

gooman13
gooman13

@ darkknight360: This is for the poor souls who only have a Wii, without a 360 or PS3. Like me. And no one should go off raving that the Wii sucks and the 360/ PS3 is better, that's your opinion and you don't need to inflict it upon others.

Naruchu
Naruchu

hope this beats the conduit.

Bog101
Bog101

Why can't they make wii shooters just as good as the xbox versions?

jetstopia
jetstopia

Iv learnt not to get my hopes up with hyped games they never live up to expectations. Proove me wrong Call of Duty

Bog101
Bog101

I still hate that there is no splitscreen but it is impossible with the wii

dracosummoner
dracosummoner

-> Dizzzyness: "As Treyarch stated up front at a Gamescom 2009 hands-off demo session, the Wii version of Modern Warfare will include all the features of the online features of the other versions. That means the entire leveling system, all the perks and unlocks, and everything else that helps make Modern Warfare such an addictive online experience." -- quote from an IGN preview of the same game In other words, I don't think you'll need to worry if perks, levels, and unlockables are what you're looking for.

WiiJunkii
WiiJunkii

Should I trade in WAW for this?

Dizzzyness
Dizzzyness

It had better have kept all the awesome parts from the 360 version's multiplayer

darkknight360
darkknight360

So on the release of the second Modern Warfare, Nintendo are giving you a port of the first one with superficial new features....... i wouldn't be excited i would be wondering why the hell can't you play the second one. This is why i got rid of my wii, full of remakes and ports. Nintendo has lost it's sole !!!

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

Cool, I already have this for 360, but its sweet to see that Treyarch's going to get this on the Wii finally! P.S. Paragraph 2, the game mode name is Free-for-all, not Freefall :P Lol

Jayhawkfan15
Jayhawkfan15

Jack1717 I totally agree with you they should have map packs.

Jhraxlin
Jhraxlin

I'm selling my Wii, and not regretting it!

Darth-Samus
Darth-Samus

Man this is gonna be excellent. I can't wait! Finally something will tear me off of The Conduit lol.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

Lame amount of players Why not tone down the graphics a little and give us 32 person :)

amit_93
amit_93

Counting down the seconds!!!

Mrdashy
Mrdashy

wow I never would have seen this coming. I'm lookng forward to it. It's MW so it's automatically gonna outdo WaW.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Wow! I'm impressed. I didn't expect it that ugly! This woudl run on PSP.

Jack1717
Jack1717

It better have the map pack levels, I'd be mad if it didn't

wheres_my_zebra
wheres_my_zebra

it would be awesome if it had split screen multiplayer lets hope it does!

megaking_34
megaking_34

hope its not gonna be dissapointing like WaW when their was no zombie mode for wii but were for Ps3 and Xbox360. They should not leave out awesome stuff like that

JordanizPro
JordanizPro

okay didnt see this coming.....but okay

FoxHound14
FoxHound14

Modern warfare for Wii? * sits in stunned scilence* WHOO HOO!!!! Modern Warfare 2 NEXT year Please Treyarch!! ( or even by infinity Ward would be much better)

CaptianPeachfuz
CaptianPeachfuz

WOW, why would i'd want to buy this? I already own the 360 version :/ ...

jetstopia
jetstopia

looks like a good shooting game is on the way hope im not disapointed

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

Deathbycontrol: Yah, probably in two years, lol.

dakidukno
dakidukno

I also hope they have local(splitscreen) multiplayer. I have 2 wiimotes that are just begging to be used in a shooter...

dakidukno
dakidukno

Well it sounds good. Hope Treyarch doesnt find a way to screw it up. And I hope they get wiispeak for it...so itll feel that much more like the PS3/360 versions.

wurmie
wurmie

Hope this is as fun as World at War was :)

joalmchotmail
joalmchotmail

This game was awesome on 360 and ps3 and it is going to be as good if not better on wii!!

HipYoungster42
HipYoungster42

Gosh, I'm so hyped for this game.:P I'm gonna' try to pre-order it and see if it lives up to the Modern Warfare name.:D

DeathByControl
DeathByControl

So does this mean that we can expect MW2 somewhere down the line?

WaffleHunter
WaffleHunter

Wait, will it have improved multiplayer? Something like more than 8 players like in World At War cause if it does than im buying it for sure!

cowboysrock981
cowboysrock981

all i'm saying is that with the next generation of systems, i'm NOT buying nintendo. getting all the leftover good games is ridiculous and i would've been much happier with an xbox WHICH ACTUALLY HAS ONLINE TALK! i got the wiispeak anticipating it's use in future shooting games which was dumb because nintendo obviously prefers making "family game night" over good games that anybody would actually want

griffonmaster14
griffonmaster14

LOOKS COMPLETELY AWESOME. i have it for the PC and it's great but no prestige? come on. i also have W@W for the Wii and it's absolutely amazing, i hope they just don't screw it up screw this up like they did the conduit. LOOKS COMPLETELY AWESOME!!