Link zapped by Crossbow Training

Hyrulian shooter to come packed in with Nintendo's upcoming Wii gun peripheral on November 19.

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Since launching last November, the Wii has easily bested all challengers in the console sales race. Oddly, Nintendo's success can arguably be attributed to Wii Sports, the proof of concept sports compilation that comes packed in with the console and plays heavily to the system's motion-sensing capabilities.

Link's new weapon of choice.

For its latest peripheral, Nintendo is looking to re-create that success in a similar fashion. Nintendo announced today that Link's Crossbow Training will accompany the Wii Zapper when it targets retail shelves on November 19. The game will graphically resemble Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and players will assume the role of Link as he progresses through a series of skill-based shooting tests.

Nintendo has already attracted several developers to the Wii Zapper. When the peripheral was initially announced during this year's E3 Media and Business Summit, Nintendo noted that Electronic Arts' Medal of Honor Heroes 2, Capcom's Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, and Sega's Ghost Squad would all be tailor-made for the Zapper.

Link's Crossbow Training will come packed in with the Wii Zapper, which retails for $19.99. It has not yet been rated.

Discussion

361 comments
thomas_bobbypin
thomas_bobbypin

i dont think its a waste of money! i got to use one! its awesome! it just takes a bit of getting used to

dj_b02us
dj_b02us

house of the dead 2! zombie sniping time baby!

athenian29
athenian29

It's out tomorrow!!! *squeals* Oooh, I can't wait for Heroes 2!

Smoolander
Smoolander

Ooooooo, what a Zelda cash in. Use a different character and people would probably not pay this too much attention.

mattg90520
mattg90520

wow, this is intriguing. a zelda "game" in a sense coming out in a month and i only heard about it today

Orryn
Orryn

I'll probably buy this just for the game. I don't like how the zapper is set up much. The brando 2 in 1 will be much better in my opinion.

bennae66
bennae66

i'll take the case! -err thats the zapper birdman-

GameBabe76
GameBabe76

Will this one release in Japan? Since I've got a JP WII and I'm a huge Zelda / Link fan it would be nice to have this game also for my WII.

darkknightdetec
darkknightdetec

$20 for the Zapper and software? Even though it's only a shell, that seems like a more than fair price.

TowerGuard64
TowerGuard64

it's not a rifle it's just like the guns from arcade game.

ukillwegrill
ukillwegrill

looks just like a shell to me dont see much point in it really i only plan on gettin paper mario until another first party title comes out medal of honour will be as bad as call of duty

Alaskan_Ninja
Alaskan_Ninja

it resembles an aug to me........but thats my opinion......though i might also say it looks like the super scope 6......which they should bring to vc

unwatchedeyes
unwatchedeyes

It's not meant to be like a rifle, it looks like it has the feel of a tommy gun. A stock for your shoulder would make any game stupidly easy (it's not like it's heavy or has recoil). I'm down for 20 bucks.

Zhoutai12
Zhoutai12

I love the Wii, with its motion sensing capabilities it really stands out. But I must say I'm really sorry. It just looks way too short, there's no aim, theres no stand for your shoulders, It doesnt even really look like a weapon. (try clicking on the Wii Weapon for the full view, you should understand..) I really love the Idea, having a Wii shooter, but its design is just....awful and disappointing. I'm sorry

aidsleen
aidsleen

oh and the game is just a fun little game to learn the controls and HOW TO HOLD the zapper dont bag out the control scheme when u don't even know what it is yet

aidsleen
aidsleen

just because there is a button up the front andthe nunchuck at the back why is that button automatically a trigger and why do people that hold the nunchuck with their left hand have to hold it with their left hand when it is in the zapper they said a new control scheme for zapper who says that z isn't the trigger

king_bobo
king_bobo

This looks pretty damn good - especially for games like MOH Heroes 2. Not only that, but it comes with a free game! Reason to buy in my opinion...

SURFERBOY313
SURFERBOY313

TAEnemy. It is. People are just retarded.

TAEnemy
TAEnemy

Isn't that "extra button" everyone is referring to just used to press the trigger on the Wiimote? The way I'm looking at it the button is just a lever used to engage the trigger in a more gun-like position.

PacoL250
PacoL250

So apparently, you can't pre-order/reserve this at any place I've been (GameStop, EB Games, Best Buy, CompUSA); pretty disappointing that Nintendo hasn't opened up the ability to pre-order this. Although maybe they'll have plenty made and ready to go at launch.

The_Consequence
The_Consequence

It's not just a shell, its got a button there on the handle! I don't know if it has it's own accelerometer, but it's definitely got some kind of internal system.

MegaKadeem
MegaKadeem

Link & everyone else is gonna be training that wat makes it coo. we are use to reguler controllers as link is use to using his sword. so it'll be coo to train with link who is a not a noob but not an expert at a crossbow either so yup thats awesome

Reaper1117
Reaper1117

Yes this is just a shell, but there is more going on with the Zapper then that, look at the controls for RE:UC, you have the basic point and shoot, and then you have the melee attack which is hitting with the butt of the gun. If you were playing this with the Nunchucku and Wiimote, you won't get the same kind of reaction. It just happens that the games is programed to have the Nunchucku placed behind the Wiimoteas shown in the zapper mold. I say we have a new age of FPS if this is done right

SARGE3D
SARGE3D

this zapper is awsome!!! works GREAT on New Wii Metroid game too, real prescice. GREAT JOB!!

CrushedGroove
CrushedGroove

Well, at least the game is free when you buy the zapper. Let's just hope that the zapper gets good third party support, unlike guns for the last few generations of consoles that were only used by a few games such as Time Crisis or Silent Scope.

psychic
psychic

Imo the actual thing you buy is the zapper which i bet its going to be usable in other games coming ahead and the zelda is like a tester game for it. sounds nice

beanie1124
beanie1124

O sweet, I thought the idea was weak at first but that's cool that it comes with a zapper and it's only going to be 20 might have to buy it now

KingSigy
KingSigy

The game sounds kind of fun. This is like the first true Zelda spin-off too.

emerald101
emerald101

Sounds good for a new COD or MOF.

dman_dustin
dman_dustin

personally I think it's cool, and so what if Link is the star, maybe they'll implement this "minigame" into a future Zelda game; like a twilight princess game

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

I think the Wii Zapper itself cost 19.99, not the whole package...

SURFERBOY313
SURFERBOY313

Sorry GunGriffin I dont think you know what ur talkin about. And u spelled does wrong

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

No The Wii Zapper dose more than act like a shell for the Wiimote, and the Nunchuk. It actuly changes how the game works. It uses those controls yes, but what it dose is it makes it so you have to aim and shoot like a real life foot solder might do. This means IMHO that the Nintendo Wii if EA would pick up on it! Could make a killer BF style game platform if done right. Also it has a brand new button on the bottom Thats not the Wiimotes trigger sticking out there thats part of the Wii Zapper. I will be getting MHO:H2 so I can have a finaly good online infantry game with realy good aiming system other than the crap tacular cone of fire crap that we gamers deal with most of the time.

SURFERBOY313
SURFERBOY313

If the zapper is just a shell, then why do they say games will be tailor made for the zapper? Also I heard Medal of Honor and RE:UC will have zapper control schemes as well as regular control schemes. If its just a shell why does it need its own control scheme? WTF!?

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

So I'm using a gun in place of a cross bow. People are only going to buy this product because it has Zelda, mainly because, after all, it's just a plastic shell. :|

Kanden626
Kanden626

Why's everyone whining about it killing the Zelda franchise or just being a cheap spinoff? Seriously, if it has Link in it, a game is automatically cooler, even if it's just a little minigame which was made to help people get used to the Zapper.

action_gamer13
action_gamer13

the controller looks so damn cool i cant wait to get one

Kajiuro
Kajiuro

@gonzalesrl Dude, they're not "killing" Zelda. They're treating it as they did Wii Sports. A way to learn and get used to using the Wii's new platform, in this case, it would be the zapper. To cause such a ruckus over a spin-off, no, hardly even a spin-off, a SPAWN child, is ridiculous. Zelda will still be an awesome series, and on going at that. Get over it, if you don't like the idea, don't buy it.

Twilight_King85
Twilight_King85

This game will be awsome caint wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :D