Call of Duty: World at War Hands-On

Call of Duty shows Nintendo twice as much love as last year.

Wii users found themselves left out of the Call of Duty 4 festivities last year, but their DS compatriots were able to take part in the fun with a portable Call of Duty version to call their own. This year, both Nintendo systems will be shown the love with the forthcoming sequel World at War. Activision was on hand during last week's Nintendo Fall Media Summit to show off both the Wii and DS versions of World at War. We took a spin through each one to get a feel for how World War II will be fought this year with the Wii remote and DS stylus.

The Wii port manages to maintain a lot of the visual depth as more powerful versions of the game.

Skeptics will be saddened to hear that the Wii version isn't the stripped-down port some might have been expecting. The entire campaign is the same as what you'll find on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the game. Level layouts are maintained, you'll use the same weapons in combat, and the slick cutscenes that help progress the story between chapters are all there. The only key departure is a different take on co-op play; instead of four players playing together online, co-op on the Wii consists of a Squadmate mode where one player plays as normal while a second player is given a crosshair onscreen to chip in with his own gunfire (which feels quite a bit like a retro light gun arcade game).

World at War on the Wii will support online competitive multiplayer complete with the skill-building level and perk system the CoD name has become associated with, though there are a few areas where it's been scaled back. Whereas other versions of the game will see the return of Vehicles to the Call of Duty online experience, the Wii version will be lacking in this department.

Visually, World at War is easily one of the best-looking realistic games on the Wii. While a lot of developers seem to have abandoned realism in favor cartoonish visuals that don't force the Wii into an area that it doesn't necessarily excel in, Treyarch has done a commendable job porting the dense jungles and realistic fire effects that make up so much of the new Pacific theatre setting.

The DS version of World at War will rely heavily on the touch screen. With the stylus, you'll be using most of the screen to adjust your view, looking all around you as though you were using a mouse. You'll also have contextual buttons on the edge of the bottom screen that allow you to perform certain key actions, such as looking down the iron sights, jumping, and crouching. Movement is a simple matter of using either the D pad or the lettered face buttons depending on your handedness.

At this point, no release dates have been announced for the Nintendo-specific versions of Call of Duty: World at War. However, you can expect to see our reviews on both games before the year is out.

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59 comments
mikeonearth
mikeonearth

cool, but i'd only get it if it used wii speak

athenian29
athenian29

kda2011, why the heck would it use Wii Speak?

lonewolf1196
lonewolf1196

the campain is not the same theres no nazi zombies and multiplayer is lame! Get it for pc xbox360 or ps3 in that order not wii

megaking_34
megaking_34

I heard rumors that COD W@W for wii is getting a zombie mode feature. Is this true or not? If yes, that is the best thing I have heard and I am so lucky for getting this game :-D

badcompany1234
badcompany1234

warning! dont get this on DS the graphics are rubbish!!

david1233
david1233

I got this a couple of weeks ago and it's flippin incredible. Probably the best Wii game I've ever played. Right up there with Smash Bros and Mario Galaxy.

kda2011
kda2011

Does this use Wii Speak at all?

rrraaagggrrrhhh
rrraaagggrrrhhh

This looks really good if the online works this could be a sellout

jkd63
jkd63

can'y wait to snipe ya down to the dirt.

DJ_Quack_Quack
DJ_Quack_Quack

i just got this game. 8 players online is nothing to sneeze at but consider that the perks are implemented and the sniper controls are hell of a lot better than any other games for the wii, it is a winner. But need friend codes to play online, that is one thing they haven't learned from MOHH2

dareough
dareough

looks sick i am definately get this the wii is getting some good fps like this and the conduit (if you are a wii fan and dont know what it is go look it up now it will blow your mind)

ccgg100
ccgg100

looks awesome i want a lot although i want gauntlet way more

Ganon4Prez
Ganon4Prez

WANT IT SO BAD!!! (Not as bad as I wanted brawl though

DA17
DA17

This is cool. It even got a higher rating than th 360 version so far. But the DS is the highest.

coveycom
coveycom

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DJ_Quack_Quack
DJ_Quack_Quack

Sweet, as long as I can sho... 'zap' online, a possible winner is in the making.

shotgun_org
shotgun_org

Finally.. something worth it on the Wii

red-drybones
red-drybones

good thing now that Developers are giving the Wii its (small)share of good/great/awsome shooters. (better if there hard-core)

Leopard268
Leopard268

99% good.........if only they kept it in the modern times......

dmbdissr27
dmbdissr27

im getting it for the ds, hope it has single card multiplayer that would be sweet

Matthew_B
Matthew_B

Woop woop this game looks really gr8. cant wait, so does bond game (quantum of solace) wii is growing up yay!!! more gd games for older gamers hopefully

Gam3rKidd
Gam3rKidd

This game actually looks pretty good :D

dylanmcc
dylanmcc

This could be good, but it could be bad. I'm going to borrow it first, test it out, and make my final judgement accordingly. I hope online is good.

indianboy76
indianboy76

0_0...i think i should change my pants now...

david1233
david1233

Im really happy to see that developers are taking the Wii seriously but I think Im gonna get this on Xbox and get the new Bond game on Wii

ganga_
ganga_

Well i'm happy to see high quality games on the wii but the scenario still sucks. Good that there are no vehicler, because i didn't like them in COD3 on the Wii. I'm not convinced and i may only pick this up for a budget price.

real-guitarhero
real-guitarhero

woah graphics are amazingly good in that screenshot for that crap wii (i love the wii tho, but tbh graphics do suck)

JoeyJoe91
JoeyJoe91

It's sounds good but its not like the other two consoles

centuryslayer
centuryslayer

nice, it sounds all good apart from the raped coop play and the exclusion of vehicles. at least it's getting closer to the same standard as the other two consoles get ~~

chrizmol
chrizmol

Finaly Nintendo gets respect from other developers!!!

wiifan001
wiifan001

I think High Voltage has something to worry about

dstv
dstv

actually the pc is the best for shooters but the 360 and ps3 also has many awesome shooters

mastiffchild
mastiffchild

Dartadion: Why the bitterness towards PS3? M$ ripped me off far more with a string(seven) of faulty 360's than Sony ever have and the console gams of the year are easily gonna be MGS4 and LBP with only Gears2 on Xbox offering similar quality. I'm still not bitter with Microsoft like you seem to be with Sony, mind. Mate life's too short.

Unholy_Terror
Unholy_Terror

I like the idea of Wii shooters, but I haven't had that much fun with them in the past. But I think they'll be great when the next nintendo system comes out, assuming the motion sensing is improved. And Dartadion, how does the ps3 suck? I don't have one, but I really want to get one, it has some strong exclusive games

Stevewins1
Stevewins1

"Actually, the Wii is by far the best for shooters. The 360 doesn't have IR or a Wii Zapper, so it fails. " That's what I think, but for some reason many people just don't like the Wii for shooters. O_O

Dartadion
Dartadion

Frankly I could not give a rats bottom. COD to me is gay and the Conduit looks good. Far Cry 2 will be good but too bad it won't be for Wii. They really need to update the graphics card big time. Oh and just to put it out there, Sony PS3 sucks and I hope they make no more PS ever again. Xbox and Wii.

santiagochile
santiagochile

Actually, the Wii is by far the best for shooters. The 360 doesn't have IR or a Wii Zapper, so it fails.

Toomsuba2
Toomsuba2

lol. like all shooting games on the 360 ( i hate nintendo and microsoft, but hate ps3 and wii) leave it on the 360. wii sucks. so does ps3. i h8 microsoft, but they have the best console. this looks awesome on pc and 360 ( i h8 microsft) maybe good on the ps3, but on the wii? come on. thats just pathetic.

stAmbrosius
stAmbrosius

i hope it supports the classic controller

Luigifanatic
Luigifanatic

yeah i hear ya xblane, i was looking forward to that game then found out there was no online...

oldschoolplayer
oldschoolplayer

modern warfare was not that bad on the DS. Alot better than I expected. I thought I would laugh at it after playing it on the 360 but it was actually a good little game on the go

emanmax
emanmax

please dear lord may it not use friend codes and will i be able to hack people to death with a katana

6321
6321

Finally a wii online game that is good! other then mario and moh 2

da_chub
da_chub

Maybe now they might port COD-4 to the Wii...

gronk-bonk
gronk-bonk

yeah, yeah, yeah at least its not significantly dumbed down.

xblane
xblane

I'm still jaded over Heros 2 which had the multiplayer left out of it completely in the Autralian build :s

WAIW
WAIW

"Well i can see it turning out to be a must buy for the Wii but for the DS aswell i mean?? It doesnt make any sense... i cant see a FPS on the Ds! How??!" Stylus controls have proved to work well for FPSes. Check out Metroid Prime: Hunters if you're skeptical.