Rockstar presents Wii Table Tennis

Publisher's ping-pong sim headed to Nintendo's motion-sensing console this fall.

With its wantonly violent and occasionally risqué Grand Theft Auto franchise and its "casually sadistic" Manhunt series, Rockstar Games has long been the gaming industry's bad boy. So when the publisher announced that its first next-gen game on Microsoft's Xbox 360 would be the utterly benign Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis, more than a few industry watchers were flummoxed.

However, given the success of Wii Sports, today's announcement that Table Tennis would be coming to Nintendo's next-gen console seems perfectly logical. Rockstar's Leeds studio will be developing Table Tennis for the Wii, in collaboration with the Xbox 360 version's creator, Rockstar San Diego. Leeds' prior work includes the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2 versions of GTA: Vice City Stories and Liberty City Stories, as well as PSP adaptations for The Warriors and Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition.

Table Tennis on the Wii will take advantage of the console's motion-sensing controls. As with the original, players will square off in a duel of power and finesse in a number of different arenas. The well-received 360 version of the game featured strikingly realistic ball physics, and used the same RAGE game engine that will be featured in Grand Theft Auto IV. Today's announcement did not mention whether or not Table Tennis on the Wii would also use the RAGE engine.

Available this fall, the Wii edition of Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis has not yet been rated or priced. In Australia, the game will be released in September and will cost A$69.95 ($61). The Xbox 360 version was rated E for Everyone and came in at a budget price of $39.99.

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226 comments
Unr3al39
Unr3al39

Looks fun. Not too much to say.

cookiejmonster
cookiejmonster

at this point you might as well play real ping pong... its much better

Courtawulf4
Courtawulf4

Why does anyone care about the graphics in a ping-pong game. Chances are you're just going to be looking at a small white sphere the entire time and I'm pretty sure any system can generate a moving sphere. If you want lifelike ping-pong graphics, then buy a ping pong table.

grafkhun
grafkhun

cool, i hope rockstar pulls it off well.

funky_muzic
funky_muzic

This game could be fun, if Rockstar does it right. Also who really cares if it looks as good as the 360 version?? I guess it's only being commented on because the other quality is a fact: the Wii verson will definitely play better than the 360 version. Motion control, baby!

Acyberexile
Acyberexile

If it's priced low I'll buy it, otherwise I don't think it would be worth it.

generalish
generalish

it would be fun to play a decent table tennis game on the wii.

fox3586
fox3586

hopefully, like on the 360 version, it is rockstars attempt to see how well RAGE works on the wii. I would love to see a modified version of GTA someday. It won't look as great but it will be way more fun to play (I am saying this months b4 GTA IV is out... I know, but almost everything is more fun on the wii!)

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

hopefully they shine up the graphics. i actually think that they can pull of something close to the 360 version on the wii.

aRE-you-AFraid
aRE-you-AFraid

I wanted to play the 360 one, but only got as far as the demo.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

It'd be nice if they took the time to fir the rage engine onto wii hardware and leave in as many graphic boosters as possible, like running at a lower res, which will help speed things up, but it just won't look the same.

interpolred
interpolred

Rockstar doesn't half-a$$ it when it comes to making games, so I'm sure this will be a successful title and I'm also sure the mechanics will be good.

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

I really enjoyed Table Tennis on the 360, I'm shaw the Wii verson will be just as good, and it's good to see RAGE will be powering it, the more platforms RAGE will work on the better.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I'll get it, I'll finally be able to table tennis with my cousin since we don't own a table or have the room to place one. Why not go to the YMCA or YWCA you ask, isn't it simple, we have jobs and the only time we meet up is during family outings. This will be awesome! Wii Sports, Table Tennis, Brain Age, yeah, they're not for the hardcore gamers, but for casual gamers, they're awesome because of the ease in picking it up and play. Seriously, if you never played with family members on the Wii, try it, once you put down the biases and try to enjoy yourself, it'll end up pretty fun.

abe200x
abe200x

Awesome 360 game, hopefully they'll add some new content and characters for the Wii release.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

sounds good. I need some new wii games. I agree with limitedvert, Mkeggs79 and dcameirinha. people play games so they do not have to do it in real life. Maybe I should grab a car and drive around deserts smashing into other cars and mimicking the drivers falling off there motercycles in moterstorm... wait that would kill me, maybe I should stick to the game. get the picture OluDara ?

guertt
guertt

People play it with a machine because they look professionnal! that's why. It's the same for all other games. IT's fun and easy compare to real life play.

BXSENTINEL
BXSENTINEL

here's a good question? since rockstar is now planning to put manhunt and table tennis on the nintendo wii; considering since table tenis uses the rage engine how many of you think that grand theft auto will see the light of day on wii in the future? I know the system is not as powerful but if they could pull off something that looks close?

LLsmooth
LLsmooth

The game will be good. The Wii is king right now. Motion sensing is the best thing to hit gaming in 10 years.

LimitedVert
LimitedVert

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Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

dcameirinha You totally missed his point, your in denial, or your just being a fanboy. It isn't hard to understand where he is coming from. I can see this game being enjoyable. Would I buy it? Probably not. I never was a fan of table tennis and wouldn't start to because of some game. I would try the real thing. It would be the more logical thing to do. Does this mean the game will be bad? No. The game could be a lot of fun. I just think you need to cool down and understand both sides before starting to flaming someone.

mpoulin
mpoulin

mattbasler, "Computer Solitaire", good call.

dcameirinha
dcameirinha

"OluDara Damn this is stupid. People should play some actual table tennis. The only reason to play this game is so it's like playing real table tennis. IN THAT CASE, WHY NOT PLAY REAL TABLE TENNIS?" Why are we still playing GTA? Let's all go outside, kill people, steal cars, make lots of money and then have sex with prostitutes. It's way more realistic than playing GTA! And we should also stop playing Gran Turismo and forza. Driving real-life sports cars is much more realistic. Oh wait, the first thing is illegal and the second one is too expensive....

mattfbasler
mattfbasler

How come the closer it is to the real thing, the more people make fun of it by saying 'Why don't you just go out and do the real thing?" I don't think I heard anyone say that when the 360 version was coming out. And besides, isn't closer better than not at all? Don't remember the persons name, but I think they put it best when they said "What's next, are people gonna start saying 'Computer Solitaire? Go get a deck of cards loser!'"

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

OludDara, I understand the point you're trying to make. But isn't that the point of video games? Some people don't have ping pong tables. Not only that but you already need a certain amount of physical skill and dexterity to really play and enjoy it. But with a game, almost anyone can play regardless of experience. I've heard people say, "Well why not go play REAL bowling!?" when you show em Wii Sports. Granted, I'll be saving myself from over-priced food and smelly worn bowling shoes; its not the same experience. But if I actually went out to a bowling alley for every time I played Wii Sports I'd be broke(r). But thats the beauty of games. Glad Rockstar decided to port this game. Its very enjoyable and surprisingly deep for a ping pong game.

mace8704
mace8704

Lol, I gotta agree with OluDara a little bit. Wii is a cool system, but some of these games crack me up. Table tennis, Wii sports, etc. all make me laugh because I think they seriously degrade society a lil' bit "just a lil". In the past if some of you saw someone playing a sport that you liked you may have gone out, joined a team, or at least consistently meet up with friends to play it. Now, you can just sit on your butt and swing a remote all by yourself. Cool...

curua02
curua02

Rockstar needs to nail the motion sensing spot-on; the closer you get to the real thing, the more likely people are to notice the tiny discrepancies in control. I'm looking forward to it, though.

Bread_or_Decide
Bread_or_Decide

Not looking forward to the downgraded character models.

The_AI
The_AI

OluDara, real Ping Pong doesn't have high score tables. I still love it, though.

gaa0c85
gaa0c85

may be the wii can make success of this table tennis game, i cant believe rockstar made this game.

OluDara
OluDara

Damn this is stupid. People should play some actual table tennis. The only reason to play this game is so it's like playing real table tennis. IN THAT CASE, WHY NOT PLAY REAL TABLE TENNIS? Seriously.

kenesu96
kenesu96

40 bucks is a budget title price now??

The_AI
The_AI

Just what the Wii needs. A full Table Tennis game. From the demo, Table Tennis 360 was awesome. With the Wii-mote, this could be even better.

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

just great, gamecube is way better then wii cause all the wii is sports blah BORING *get back on 360 and play r6v*

blackace
blackace

Rockstar Table Tennis was awesome on the XBox 360 and this game will be a perfect fit on the Wii. Even though the graphics probably won't look as good, the gameplay should be spot on. My only complaint about RTT was the limited amount of modes and the number of characters you could play again. Otherwise the game was great.

Sonovius
Sonovius

I finally got a wii last week and am starting to regret opening the package so I couldnt take it back...Mario Galaxies is the only thing keeping me in it. Paper Mario too of course.

bgres077
bgres077

Sweet, lets hope Mario Tennis is in development by Nintendo!

Sonovius
Sonovius

i'll stick with the crappy one that came with the extra controller.

wedgejaeger
wedgejaeger

knowing Rockstar, they probably embedded a code that allows you to hit the ball so hard it shoots through the opponent, creating a gushing bloody wound.

boobush
boobush

Wii Sports sucess was in part due that it came bundled.

Shootingpeanuts
Shootingpeanuts

Nice. Although with Wii Sport's Tennis' Sucess and Wii Play's Table Tennis doing well, I saw this coming a while ago.

zwenti
zwenti

Nice! Very nice!!!

Fraek
Fraek

Akillathenun: Rockstar's Table Tennis is about intense, fast-paced one-on-one showdowns, whereas Wii Play's Table Tennis mini-game is more of a light-hearted adaptation of air hockey. Now, don't get me wrong; I love light-hearted Wii games such as the ones presented in Wii Sports and Wii Play, but this game could serve as good variation, at least if they get the control scheme right.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

From Pong and paddles to Table Tennis and Wiimotes......Wow.......We've come a long way in video gaming........Now where is our Tron-like worlds?

xAngelxDustx
xAngelxDustx

this sounds interesting I guess...I mean, at least this game will give me some incentive to clean off the dust which has accumulated on my Wii for the past 6 months...lol

Akillathenun
Akillathenun

Interesting, but I fail to see how it will be better than the minigame in Wii play...

kbaily
kbaily

This one is a no-brainer. I'm kinda wondering what took them so long to bring the concept to the Wii.