NHL Slapshot winding up on Wii

Electronic Arts' first hockey game for Nintendo's console will include a miniature stick peripheral; gloves drop September 7 along with NHL 11 on 360 and PS3.

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Take-Two Interactive's NHL 2K hockey series is in a rebuilding year, skipping the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions to focus on the Wii, where it has yet to face any competition. That's going to change this year, as Canoe.ca is reporting that Electronic Arts is putting on the foil for an old-fashioned donnybrook on the Wii.

Shooting, passing, and crosschecking opponents in the teeth are now more intuitive than ever.

According to the site's gaming blog, EA will be making its hockey debut on the Wii with NHL Slapshot. The game will launch September 7, alongside the Xbox 360 and PS3 debuts of NHL 11.

As might be expected, EA's first hockey game on Nintendo's system will use the motion-sensing functions of the Wii Remote controller. More surprising is the miniature hockey stick controller shell that the publisher will be including with each copy of the game. According to the report, the 21-inch stick will snap together from three separate pieces and let players shoot, pass, stick-handle, and poke-check much as they would in real life.

The publisher is also bringing out the big guns to promote the game, as it has lined up hockey legend Wayne Gretzky to be the game's cover athlete. "The Great One" will appear not only on the box art, but also in the game as a playable character and as a coach in the game's career mode, which follows a created character from the peewee leagues through the juniors, CHL, AHL, and, finally, the NHL itself.

Discussion

68 comments
CharlesSteak
CharlesSteak

Looks like the cartoony Madden 10 models are going to be ported over to this game and given hockey sticks and a bunch of kiddie game modes. If you're a Wii owner and a hockey fan who finally found hockey bliss with NHL 2k10, be sure to teach EA a little humility and let this year's 2k series blow this thing way out of the water. When EA is ready to give us the real thing, then I'll look into a possible switch.

StanLords
StanLords

This sounds like it could be the best hockey game ever! BUT I agree with @M212, I hope they put all they have into this game, it could be great, or it could be the worst thing ever if they dont do it right....Im sure 2k is sweating over this.

M212
M212

They better make this a full-fledged game and not a half-assed gimicky one.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I will distroy my living room with this game. :P

wahyudil
wahyudil

maybe EA is the only producer that always tries to be innovative with their wii games ... most of their wii games never had control failure like other company's games so far

FPS1337
FPS1337

@redlightstudios http://www.torontosun.com/blogs/steve_tilley/2010/05/30/14188516.html In this article it says: the stick peripheral holds both the Nunchuk (in the butt end of the stick, with the analog stick used for moving your player) and the Wiimote (further down the shaft, with the trigger used as a modifier to execute certain moves), it’s more accurate than the Wiimote alone, “Because you’re getting two signals sent to the Wii, it triangulates the signal. So it basically gives you more accuracy,” Nickolls says, adding that WiiMotion Plus won’t be supported by NHL Slapshot because it’s essentially not needed.

firesage
firesage

its funny, when motion plus was first announced, everyone said how it was going to fail because it was a add on and it should have came with the original controller, now everyone is saying that this is going to fail because it do not have motion plus functionality, so possible, this could be an amazing game that get alot of criticism before it comes out, usually thats how people work i have noticed so i am going to pass judgement until i play it, its my moto and it is how i am keeping it

FPS1337
FPS1337

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redlightstudios
redlightstudios

automatic fail because they're not even using Motion Plus. This game will be horrible, or at the best... 6.5-7.0. When will EA learn...

glimpus
glimpus

I wonder how much Gretz was paid for this? Surely he doesn't have enough money already..

youngblood97
youngblood97

GO Blackhawks!! :) Sorry couldn't resist.

Ninja-Hippo
Ninja-Hippo

Please just make it a decent game and not fill it full of waggle gimmicks. :(

_Sundin13
_Sundin13

@mikekabal im pretty sure BrianEk was being sarcastic.

mike468
mike468

BrianEk he's most recognizable in either an Oilers or La. Kings Jersey.

mechberg
mechberg

The hell is Gretzky doing in an Oilers jersey? Everyone knows he'll always be remembered as a St. Louis Blues.

guilhem_r
guilhem_r

Word is that you will have a special mode starring Gretzky where he can take the helms of an NHL franchise. Your goal as Gretzky is to hire a maximum number of friends on the team's staff, devise clueless coaching strategies, rake in an horribly overinflated salary and maximize the franchise's losses. Once the franchise has lost $250 million, you trigger a special animation showing the franchise moving to Kansas City, Hamilton or Houston.

johneese
johneese

Really? You think athletes on the cover sell sports games? I could care less who is on the cover. Unless its a bruin...

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

NHL 11 is gonna be sick nasty this year..and although i'm not a wii owner im happy that EA is expanding hockey to that console

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

and i seriously think having gretzky, an nhl legend, is their slap to the face of nba 2k11's rumored jordan as its cover athlete. gretzky is hockey's jordan, and they know that these guys will sell more units. so, good luck to both

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

is it going to be called nhl elite and play in a mediocre form too? HA!

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Hmmm... this is not a good year to wear an Oiler jersey in the United States...

austinu812
austinu812

Thats bad news for two-take and 2ksports i hope theirs is better.

Backlash24
Backlash24

That's good ... especially with Gretzky as the cover athlete .... the coach thing sounds especially awesome.

PublicNuisance
PublicNuisance

Good news for Wii users. More choice is rarely a bad thing.

jasper-ah-
jasper-ah-

confusing! natal is very better i think. because this controller is not like a real stick. man its not even close to a real one! but with natal, i think you can play the game with your real stick. wii version is good but for wii owner not for gammers like me with a ps 3 and 360. this game will work with ps 3 motions too. im sure, but natal version must be very better. wii controller always was boring after 2 hours. go for natal EA! wii motins have nothing agains natal.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Motion control support for PS3 in the future?

mammoth92
mammoth92

This has already been alluded to, but no game using motion controls should be coming out without motion plus support.

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

could be cool...mini sticks were the bomb back in the day when i was a kid

deadmanrockn678
deadmanrockn678

It will probably do ok on the Wii & then the 360 will make it better with Natal

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@Dan21278 EA is making slap shot, 2k's game is still called NHL 2K11 - they just aren't bothering to release versions on the systems that EA dominates for Hockey. Slapshot is EA telling 2K they have nowhere to run. 2K still makes better NBA games though

Dan21278
Dan21278

O-M-G 2k slap shot is skipping my system I'm SO disappointed I really wanted to play this. What am I gonna do now?!?! (sarcasm)

glimpus
glimpus

I'll be too busy playing a real hockey game, it will be called NHL 11 and it isn't for wii. Sorry kids.

leaf117
leaf117

hmmm, I will have to consider buying this...

Gmythe
Gmythe

looks kinda lame... but oilers = win

PoindeJ
PoindeJ

Seriously, EA? You couldn't make the controls good like 2K Games did by adding MotionPlus support? There's no way this game ends up good. I'm calling it now. Plus, do Wii owners really need more plastic?

rkane34
rkane34

kinda interested in seeing how this turns out. I hope I have enough room to play with that huge remote.

thetravman
thetravman

This has potential but new ideas can fail horribly. I'm referring to you TH Ride! I also wish they made another Gretzky Hockey game from the 64 era. Those games were hilariously fun.

bpc17
bpc17

starting from peewee hockey as Wayne Gretzky if FREAKIN AWESOME!

korn62586
korn62586

I'll rent it and go from there.

Lost_M
Lost_M

Looks interesting. Definitely something to track.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

This has potential. Please don't screw it up EA, please!!

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Gretzky huh? Well I dont think the Great One can make this game great by presence alone. But anyway it'll be neat to play as CHL teams.

mhder
mhder

If it works.. Oh gawd I hope it works...