Tony Hawk Motion tilts onto DS

Publisher's Nintendo-handheld exclusive will support accelerometer add-on this November; $40 bundle also includes Creat Studios' Hue Pixel Painter.

In May, Activision Publishing CEO and president Mike Griffiths commented that this year's installment of Tony Hawk on the Nintendo DS would "utilize new technology not yet seen on the DS." True to his word, Activision confirmed today that Tony Hawk Motion for the Nintendo DS will implement accelerometer technology by way of a motion-detecting add-on.

Trained professionals. DO NOT ATTEMPT.

The motion pack was developed by New York-based Kionix, and will let gamers control their digital skaters through twisting, turning, and tilting gestures. As for the game itself, Tony Hawk Motion is in development at Creat Studios (Coded Arms: Contagion), and will feature more than 20 minigame challenges in globe-spanning locales such as Tokyo, Dubai, Vermont, and the Alps. Activision also notes that, in a first for the franchise, Tony Hawk Motion will include snowboarding events, fronted by pro boarder Todd Richards.

When the $39.99 bundle launches this November, it will also include Creat's Hue Pixel Painter. In the action-puzzle game, players will be tasked with enlivening dreary environments by dowsing out underground paint deposits in a variety of landscapes.

Even skaters need to color sometimes.

Tony Hawk Motion will be the only installment in the publisher's skateboarding franchise to be released this year. In May, the publisher said it would be sitting the next console installment out a year "to deliver the kind of breakthrough [the Tony Hawk] franchise needs."

Indeed, Tony Hawk Motion may just be the beginning of the series' reinvention. In June, a spate of leaks from market-research firm Intellisponse revealed a number of products in the pipe from Microsoft and Activision, including the avatar-based Xbox Live dashboard overhaul, Lips for the Xbox 360, and Guitar Hero World Tour's neckslide. The leaks also referenced Tony Hawk's Adrenaline, an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC game that uses a Wii Fit balance-board-like peripheral.

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Discussion

33 comments
merc_nine
merc_nine

looks and sounds sweet to me. anyone who says skate it will be better hasnt really thought about the controls...drawing on the screen to do tricks..sounds lame to me. jumping and turning by tilting sounds much better, much like my little brother tried to do playing mario or racing games. Graphics look just as good as SkateIt. not the same but just as good. skate it on the ds isnt thats pretty. in fact i dont like realistic on the DS. it cant be done and any game that tries fails and just looks bad.

bobazz
bobazz

this game will tottaly own NOT!!!

guidedtruth
guidedtruth

this game looks like it's not going to sell

Sodney
Sodney

Is it just me or does this smell like a giant FAIL?

DoMiNiC147
DoMiNiC147

I keep thinking that there's going to be a problem with this game.

no_cultureicons
no_cultureicons

I'm fed up with 'mini-games', everything seems to have them now. The motion sensor could be good or it could just be gimmicky.

vestafiregoddes
vestafiregoddes

Hmmmm....I think the peripheral market might get out of hand. My gaming area is cluttered enough with rock band. It's sad that so many Activision franchises will go down with it.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Yay! More Tony Hawk DS! :D Now where's a full console version? I don't care if they reinvent it...just as long as it feels like Tony Hawk still. I've played EVERY HAWK game and I'm a big fan of the series. I just hope they really do a great job on the next console version. :)

mariofreak156
mariofreak156

ive been waiting for a game like this for the ds

5-0
5-0

Great, another half-arsed Tony Hawk game. What happened to the glory days of playing THPS3 online? Or even THUG?

DrKill09
DrKill09

SkateIt is gonna PWN this game. :roll:

david1233
david1233

oh gaaawwd...not another Hawk game? The first three were good but these guys need to give up on this franchise. Each year its getting worse and worse.(oh and the graphics on this look crap)IF THEY WANT TO REVIVE THE SEIES THEY NEED TO MAKE A TONY HAWK BALANCE BOARD GAME FOR THE WII!!!

Holdwick
Holdwick

Wow, that's interesting but why not wii!?

pitchblack3
pitchblack3

Good, cause the ds is slacking off lately

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I stick with mostly 2D/3D games on the DS. Motion sensing on a hand held strikes me as indefinably lame. Maybe because the DS could use so many other features 100X more than a tilt function.

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Twisting and tilting technologies to control games is nothing new. Remember Kirby's tilt n' tumble and Wario Ware twisted? But this sounds fun. Hopefully they'll make it so that it doesn't make you lose sight of the secreen when you are tilting the DS.

calvinx6
calvinx6

I see a lot of people critizing the game, it was the same they was critizing the DS its graphics, but luck at the DS now. Innovation over graphics.

Little_Socrates
Little_Socrates

I thought there was a reason they weren't making a Tony Hawk this year.

ctg867
ctg867

Kind of a cool idea. I'd like the next PSP to have an accelerometer similar to the one on the iPhone. It would just add for more gaming possibilities, and how awesome would LocoRoco be with that? Seems like this will be opening for similar possibilities.

WllDan7
WllDan7

May be interesting. But until more details are known I am getting skate it.

EricDaElf
EricDaElf

looks terrible, especially graphics

EricDaElf
EricDaElf

looks terrible especially graphics, they are worse than ps1's worst graphics

EricDaElf
EricDaElf

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XxCiNCYSK8eRxX
XxCiNCYSK8eRxX

there marketing to soccer moms and there kids now... uhhh...

DJ_5
DJ_5

Looks bad..

gnbfd
gnbfd

Cool. But it's not being made by VV? They did a good job with American Sk8land. But it was too short.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

It sort of makes sense, but as a child I use to laugh at the kids that would tilt their NES remotes when they made mario move... now it seems like it is an 'added feature' that no one realized they could tap until now.