Nerf N-Strike Hands-On

The foam flies in this upcoming light gun game for the Wii.

Nerf fans, your wait is at an end: Now you can use a Nerf gun as both a real-life foam-slinging weapon and an accessory to your video game robot-killing skills. At Electronic Arts' Studio Showcase, we got our hands on such a product, and it's packaged with Nerf N-Strike, an upcoming rail shooter for the Nintendo Wii. The game isn't meant for everyone; it's specifically being targeted at boys between the ages of 8 and 12. However, that age group (and Nerf enthusiasts) may want to keep their eyes on this light gun title.

We can't discuss the game without first discussing the accompanying peripheral. Nerf N-Strike comes packaged with a surprisingly weighty light gun, into which you slide the Wii Remote. This gun is different from others, though: You fire Nerf darts from it as well. Considering the game supports local competitive play, you can imagine the possibilities. Lost to your buddy by a point or two? Just take aim and fire a foam projectile at him! The gun seems a little front-heavy but is quite sturdy and comfortable, which is a good thing, since you spend most of the game hammering on the B button with your index finger.

The story campaign is quite lengthy for a light gun shooter, and most players should expect to complete it in a dozen hours. The story's hero is a typical All-American boy whose video game-playing prowess is noticed by a mysterious robot. That night, the cylindrical automaton invades the boy's room and makes an offer no red-blooded preteen could refuse: Join the ranks of the Elite Strikers by showcasing your Nerfing skills. Of course, not all goes according to plan, and as the main character, you'll soon be shooting through hordes of raging bots. The comic-book-style cutscenes are bright and colorful, complete with stylized text bubbles and emphatic dialogue.

The game itself follows familiar light gun standards. There are six modes total, including cooperative modes you can play with a friend. Over the course of the game, you can unlock 25 blasters, which run the gamut from powerful shotguns to lighter fare. While not all of these Nerf guns are available on store shelves, EA tells us that real-life prototypes were created for each in-game weapon. All of the enemies we encountered while playing with other journalists were robotic, though some moved quickly enough to make targeting them quite a challenge. Onslaught and Revolt modes followed similar lines: Bots popped up on the screen, and we gunned for a high score.

In Sphere mode, we shot at mechanical spheres as they rolled about an arena. Each shot turned the targeted sphere blue, while our opponent tried to turn it red. This caused a furious shootout, as we each tried to paint the sphere entirely with our own colors, which destroys it. Blox mode also takes the puzzling route, and plays similarly to EA's own Bloom Blox. In this mode, two players compete for high scores by destroying stacks of blocks in the center of the screen.

We saw some nice destruction effects and moving environments as we played, so if you like rail shooters or are into Nerf guns, Nerf N-Strike may pique your interest. It's due out on November 4, 2008, and will come packaged with the Nerf peripheral (the game and peripheral will be sold separately, as well). Look for it on store shelves, in the game section--and in the toy section.

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17 comments
thwisteron
thwisteron

I am guessing all of you are over 12. I am also guessing EA could care less what teenagers think since that is not who is going to buy this game. I am also guessing young kids and moms are going to see Nerf and buy it up without caring what the reviews say. Just my .02 cents.

drewciferpike
drewciferpike

Sweet Jesus on a pogo stick: I really hope the pics and vid are from a super-pre-beta build, because this looks REALLY bad, visually. I wish Nintendo took a more active role in approving games for the Wii, because stuff like this is just pathetic... can't devs spend their time and money making something GOOD?

AAwiidog
AAwiidog

doesnt look half bad, if i got i wouldnt get the gun cuz the wii zapper is probably better

otanikun
otanikun

I cried a little bit just now

otanikun
otanikun

I cried a little bit just now

Wezker619
Wezker619

I think this word covers it, GHEY

ironscoug
ironscoug

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's just lame. If ur gonna make a game like this at least make it airsoft to make it just a little cooler. This is just a nother won of those weak atempts to make money off the WII that we all look at in shame.

nintendofan659
nintendofan659

killing metal robots with foam darts that makes sense this is just another crappy wii games that gamespot shouldnt waste there time on

Mr_Tweedy
Mr_Tweedy

That video was for the DS version, right? What? That was the Wii version? It looks like a PS1 game that plays like an NES game. Why are we being insulted with this?

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Why should a Nerf game be made? Thanks, but I prefer my T-M rated shooters. And it's based off a toyline that has kids pretending they're in an action movie. And the game dosen't look all that good.

IMaBIOHAZARD
IMaBIOHAZARD

unfortunately, it doesn't quite seem that u'll be able to "blow s#!t up" when all ur using is little foam darts...

eLeightist
eLeightist

I've been waiting for another on-rails shooter so I can get more use out of my Zapper and Perfect Shot. But Nerf?! Oh well, as long as I get to shoot/blow s#!t up and it's better than Target: Terror I'm down. I'll have to pass on the lightgun peripheral though. I've always found a good old fashioned fist to be far more effective than a foam dart.

mrhuntin
mrhuntin

NERF finally make there own video game ,its sounds crazy