E3 2008: Star Wars: The Clone Wars First Impressions

Nintendo offers a quick glimpse of its upcoming Star Wars game, due for release this holiday.

"Skywalker is the republic's only hope." Thus speaks a thoughtful Yoda in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the upcoming action game coming to the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo didn't show much gameplay in its lightning-quick preview, but what we saw whetted our appetites for some saber-swinging fun.

The most fascinating element of this brief glimpse was the visual style. Clone Wars features a stylized and exaggerated look with a bit of a blocky feel to its geometry. We didn't see much of the game in action, but one of the small glimpses seemed to feature Obi-Wan Kenobi locked in conflict with a battle droid. The video that Nintendo featured focused as much on the player experience as on gameplay proper. Players will swing their Wii Remotes as lightsabers (with bright, glowing smiles on their faces, of course!), and will be able to participate in head-to-head lightsaber duels.

Prepare your swinging wrist and queue up John Williams' soundtrack because Star Wars: The Clone Wars is due for release this holiday season. GameSpot will bring you more information as it develops.

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25 comments
dtb14
dtb14

i think it looks preety good to be fair. i wonder how they will make the fights work but im sure they have sumthing up their sleves

sgt-hawkins
sgt-hawkins

well no sword fighting game can work on with the wii because if you fight with a sword and it gets blocked then your sword would stop but if your sword was controlled by a wii then your remote would not stop but your sword would this is a confusing thing

Macgyver40
Macgyver40

a huge star wars fan just wish they would stick to the ps 3 and 360

fireboltjjl
fireboltjjl

hm i think Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels is the for the younger people while Star Wars The Force Unleashed is for more mature folks

Tamer_kai
Tamer_kai

For some reason im hoping for this game to be pretty good.

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

This better come bundled with that new "extra sensor nubbin" thing they've been promoting. That's the only way lightsaber duels are going to be satisfying.

grambyte
grambyte

Looks crappy and will be worthless I assure u.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

i checked the trailer and it looks promising.but still could be a flop

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

I reeeally can't wait to see how they pulled this off.

NerdEmperor
NerdEmperor

Jimmy, you're wrong, because the movie comes out in August and the game won't be out until the Holiday. Game release will probably coincide with TV show premier.

JiminycricketX
JiminycricketX

I'm skeptical, it looks cool, but as Gamespot seems to have overlooked, it is a movie licensed game. And not movie licensed as in based on Episode 1, 2, and 3, licensed as in based on the upcoming CG star wars movie: the clone wars. Meaning it will probably be rushed so it can be released simultaneously with the new film, meaning it will probably feel buggy and incomplete. I mean, they might do a good job with it, but considering the crappy track record the gaming industry has with movie games, I doubt it.

carstairs
carstairs

If they get 1:1 with Wii Motion Plus in this, I will grab this in a heartbeat.

1005
1005

Force Unleashed or this? i'm guessing most will go for the Force Unleashed because the Clone Wars era has been done to death by now!

km1498
km1498

Might be good, I wait for a review though.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

That's good news. I would definately love some more Wii Lightsaber swinging.

axelviiii
axelviiii

Star wars games tend to lean towards the better side of licensed games, so i suspect that this'll probably be ok.

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Well, maybe I'll try it. I don't know, it didn't make me go "wow" or anything.

grambyte
grambyte

sigh... is all I got for this game...

Neosword
Neosword

Hard to get excited about this with Force Unleashed right around the corner.

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

I love how the Wii so realitically captures motion control only previously seen in arcades, yet at a whole new level. No more plastic light-up sabers for me! Though I don't own a Wii, I hope to play this some time in the near future!