The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Wii-mote Hands-On

We tried the latest build of the enormously anticipated Zelda sequel now that its controls have been revised further for the Wii remote.

NEW YORK--We'll admit it: We weren't too stoked initially when we heard that Twilight Princess, the long-awaited Zelda sequel, would be receiving a control overhaul to make it take greater advantage of the motion-sensing Wii controller. Swing the remote to swing your sword? Well, that just sounded like work. Sometimes you just want to mash on a button, right?

It turns out that the new controls aren't so bad after all. In fact, we found them to work quite well when we tried a new demo of the game at Nintendo's press event today. (The demo contained exactly the same levels we played back at E3, just with the new controls added). You don't have to make large, sweeping movements to make Link attack with his sword. To the contrary, the game will easily register a simple flick of the wrist and make Link swing accordingly, and if you've got your sword sheathed, moving the controller in this fashion will simply draw the sword, if no enemies are directly in front of you. So you'll be able to shake or wiggle the controller back and forth rapidly to attack, rather than having to swing your arm in a big arc. We could even pull off a couple of different sword combos by playing like this.

Even better was the fishing minigame, which was also available back at E3. But this time, the controls were even more like the actual sport, and we had perhaps too much fun casting our line in realistic fashion and lazily reeling it back in by making a reeling motion with the nunchaku. We were also able to flick our rod (read: remote) back and forth subtly or grossly to create the corresponding lure movement, and we had to flick the rod back sharply to hook the fish once we had a bite. Gee, just like real fishing!

The short version is, if you were planning on picking up Twilight Princess along with your shiny new Wii but were worried about the new controls, stop worrying. We think they'll be perfectly manageable based on what we played today, and frankly, we kind of want that fishing minigame broken out into a full-fledged Wii game in its own right. An afternoon in our boat (er, on our couch) with a six-pack and our trusty rod and reel sounds like good fun to us. How about it, Nintendo?

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510 comments
laguni
laguni

grrr.. stupid nov. 2 not being nov. 19

jay_keno
jay_keno

This game looks so cool I cant wait

saugh
saugh

I wonder HOW different they are, sure they use completly different buttons, but still playing in the same way with different buttons (and movements) hasn't actually changed much. Still, knowing Nintendo, it is only for the better.

stat30fbliss
stat30fbliss

I hope it pushes the franchise in a great direction. Cant wait to play.

jd130oo
jd130oo

Si tuviera dinero para comprarme el maldito Wii... If only I had enough money for the ***** Wii...

rikardo10
rikardo10

sweet, this game is goin to be the best zelda game ever, i wonder if it will be better than ocarina of time.

dillonhyrule842
dillonhyrule842

WOWWWW must buy must buy MUST BUY... I just hope the puzzles are as challenging as Ocarina of Time...Wind Waker was kinda easy compared to the older ones ^^'

linkerman229
linkerman229

i still think it would be better with just button mashing

Shad_Zero
Shad_Zero

i love zelda..it is the best rpg..I want to buy a wii and now the ZELDA

MasterGamer111
MasterGamer111

Im def. gonna get WII and Zelda!! I'm a BIG FAN OF ZELDA! CANT WAIT W00T!

bigcalkenobi
bigcalkenobi

ok this is the end of the 6 year wait on this game and I'm not wasting any time by not having it. I'm getting it hours after release along with my wii. Finally I've been waiting for 2 long

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

this could be the greatest zelda game of all times, i cant wait oh my god...lol

wannweed
wannweed

i know this is going out on a limb because of ocurina of time and windwaker but i think this will be thebest zelda game ever

Paskash
Paskash

I definatly cannot wait for Twilight Princess and the Wii. I'm stoked!!!

WisdomLink
WisdomLink

glad that I reserved one of the best LoZ games :D

SpiderWebb2244
SpiderWebb2244

This could be the best Zelda of all time. It's hard to wrap your head around this concept. It looks like they will top OOT with this landslide.

EZ08gundam
EZ08gundam

Zelda will be worth the waite...its why Im buying a Wii (that and the cool controller)

Rev06
Rev06

I definitely preordered this game with The Wii. I like the controls for it.

HellsKing
HellsKing

They piss me off now. **** Nintendo has been delaying for a while now...what a bunch of ****

Mathew_Brooklyn
Mathew_Brooklyn

I dont have a pre order aof a Wii and now they changed it back until November 19th i think and when Zelda come out i might get that and red steel

brian1213
brian1213

damn i didnt get a pre-order but im campin out at launch and buyin it but i duno wat game to get callofduty 3 or ZELDA

Furan-San
Furan-San

Sadly I preordered the GameCube version...I can't buy me the Wii yet (sadly)...So much for SmashBrawl. But this game looks so GODLY :D I want it NOW!!!!!!!

Tornel
Tornel

Just preordered this game today along with my Wii at EB and its going to rock! They were only giving out 8 preorders at EB and I was number 8 so I lucked out :P.

xxgamefreak09xx
xxgamefreak09xx

sounds good, now its a good contender with the choice of red steel and call of duty 3-idk which to choose 1st

fluyero
fluyero

Ok im saying it like it is nintendo has been a long time in the game industry. I only played the gamecube for link and smash bros, and i got a ds and its sitting there getting dusty ,i only hope that nintedo makes me interested again in there consoles.I only hope that it doesnt happen like the gamecube .

HellsKing
HellsKing

It has been too long since my hands have touched a Nintendo controler. It has been too long since a new Zelda has come out. I've waited for it on Gamecube, but still...news of the legend had long faded away. I find myself comtemplating for if I should even get this "Wii" just so I can play this game. This game that changed my life as well as many more lives over the course of time. I respect Nintendo...but times are changing...Nintendo's time has run out.

mASTER_e_1
mASTER_e_1

im gettin a`wii on launch and gettin zelda and metroid prime and red steel YA ME YA ME :) :) :) :)

rikuna
rikuna

This is awsome, its defenetly a game i want to get with my Wii. Im just wondering if ill get a wii on launch day, Inovation rules :P

Supertoast_GT
Supertoast_GT

I can't wait for the wii, It's kind of funny though, I have this game pre ordered, but The Wii can't be pre- ordered yet, so I suppose I have a pre order for a pre order list going on.....?..... It will be interesting to see how the game controls will work. it should be the most unusuall, and yet most interesting innovation gaming has seen since analog sticks. As a Zelda fan, This game should definetely be a must have.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Seriously though people. If you play video games regardless of which console camp you belong to, you must own this game. It is one of the franchises that helped shape this industry. It is your DUTY to own it. (chill dude)

Izmail2006
Izmail2006

Well im happy about that, and for those who are always commenting by saying "how did you order a wii?!" well, try amazon, you can start to pre-order it and the moment its out, you'll get it....well...depends on your package class... I was pretty confused as to if i should get the Wii or GC version, but i'll just have to wait :S

leon1391
leon1391

This game is awesome!!! I'm so getting along with the Wii!!!

runejedi
runejedi

This game is going to be the coolest zelda game ever by far and even if its not you will be having so much fun with the new controlls it wont matter ps this is going to be the first game I get when i get my wii!!

AFWorm
AFWorm

This game better trump every Zelda game ever made- or else!!!

Shelbs
Shelbs

I cant wait to play u i9 want to have babies with u. And whoever likes zelda owns

ShadowX360
ShadowX360

its like a zelda dream come true lol good thing i worked last month

ryanjtravis
ryanjtravis

I can't wait to play this game. I can't wait to play the Wii in general!

elozl
elozl

Well, thats sounds like good fishin to me!! lol, so when will it be released???