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"Mike's Random Musings about hockey"
West Lafayette, IN • United States • 21 Years Old • Male
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Before I get to the fun part of this off-topic entry, I'd like to tell you about my thoughts about Patrick Marleau. Ek wrote on Sunday that the Jackets are interested in Marleau. Those of you who have read some of my entries know I have been really hoping that the Jackets could pick up a big scoring forward. So in that case, I'm pretty excited to see if the Jackets will get Marleau. The only problem I could see is that they may have to give up something big. With that being said, I'm not sure what it would take, and I'm going to look at this more in depth tomorrow, and hopefully things will develop.


<h3><i>Super Paper Mario</i></h3>
I'll admit, I'm kind of a nerd, and I love my video games. So on Saturday night I went down to Micro Center with my Dad, because what else is better than going to a tech-store on a boring Saturday night in Ohio. I needed to find a set of cheap speakers, and I found this set I like: Logitec's R-20 set is 2.1 sound for only $25. Plus I've never had any problems with Logitec hardware. So theyre out of stock. No need to panic, I'll just go look for them elsewhere, no problem. So I mention to my Dad, hey let's go look at games for the Wii. So we head over there, and they have Guitar Hero II set up on a PS2, so of course I have to go play "Hangar 18" and show off. So afterwards, we look at the Wii games, and we saw <i>Super Paper Mario</i>, and I mention that game is good from what I've heard from one of my friends. He tells me that he read a good review online as well. As bored as we were on this night, we decide to buy it.

So we get home and start playing. It starts out with a very long introduction that is warranted, but not a problem if the game is good. Well it turns out to be great. I like the throwback style to the old Mario games. However, what amazes me most is the uniqueness of this game. Early in the game you learn an ability to "flip dimensions". What that entails is changing the game from a 2-D game to a 3-D game. With the story, it fits hand-in-hand. Theres also an RPG element to the game, which adds another dimension (no pun intended) to it. This game has helped me realize why I went back to the Nintendo system (I bought a PS2 in the last console generation, which by no means is a bad system). Their games are so much fun, even if they are a bit cartoony at times.


<h3>What would Wii Hockey look like?</h3>
So with innovative games like this on the Wii, you almost have to stop to think how will hockey work? It's really tough for me to visualize it, without using a Gamecube or Playstation controller. It's the only concept I can think of where it is kind of difficult to come up with movement oriented ideas. Maybe fighting? Stick-checking on a back-check? What do you think?

P.S. Like usual, I am taking suggestions for Retro-buzz.
August 6, 2007 11:45 AM ET | Delete
What would hockey look like on the Wii? About half as good graphically as it does on the 360 or PS3.
August 6, 2007 12:10 PM ET | Delete
The whole point of the Wii is they gave up the "hard core" graphics realm and created fun, interactive games that everyone can play which makes the overall gaming experience broad and more fun, especially in the multi-player, home party environment. They don't care about the hard-core gfx gamers, because that's not the mainstream market. Anyways, Wii hockey would be fun, i hear that the soccer game is great and online play is also part of it now.
August 6, 2007 12:22 PM ET | Delete
they could make hockey sticks and u could do crazy moves lol i thought about that this mornin
August 6, 2007 12:56 PM ET | Delete
The way EA is utilizing the Wii-remote with Madden and NBA Live, I wouldn't at all be surprised if they could pull of NHL. The only real problem is the 1:1 implementation, because I don't want a gesture based system. I just don't see, "move the remote left" to do an inside-outside move, "move the remote up" to shoot being more fun then the 360 controls.
August 6, 2007 1:52 PM ET | Delete
thing will develope tomorrow thats for sure . and let me say this .. brad richards will NOT be a blue jacket that is for sure .. u will agree with me tomorrow .
August 6, 2007 2:45 PM ET | Delete
I don't' think it will be a traditional controller moves translated onto the movement controller thing. So no move remote left to do whatever move. No, they would make a wii hockey stick with a directional pad on top to move, and in order to shoot or stick handle, you move the stick. It opens up so much... cross checking, poke checking, sweep checks and makes everything much more instinctive.
August 6, 2007 3:27 PM ET | Delete
If they come out with a hockey stick for the wii remote I hope everyone has a warranty on their TV's. It would be fun and interesthing though
August 6, 2007 5:29 PM ET | Delete
cptjeff: The control scheme you're thinking of is 1:1, and it costs a lot in research in development to implement. As it stands, there is only one game that uses 1:1 controls on the Wii (Wii Sports) and it was from Nintendo themselves, who (on top of being better developers) are willing to shell that kind of money in research. And LAKingsfan, the only people who break their TV's with Wii-motes are retards who don't know how to work the wrist-strap.
August 6, 2007 6:01 PM ET | Delete
get a real system like the 360 #$#$ the Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
August 6, 2007 6:01 PM ET | Delete
get a real system like the 360 #$#$ the Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
August 6, 2007 6:15 PM ET | Delete
I have a 360. I have a Wii. I like them both a lot. They both have holiday line-ups that destroy the PS3.
August 7, 2007 5:04 PM ET | Delete
1:1 is really the only way to go though, at least for hockey. It's so obvious- and that's why we don't have it yet. people will be pissed if it's not 1:1, and they can't compensate with graphics.
August 7, 2007 7:22 PM ET | Delete
I am extremely interested in seeing an nhl game on the wii. I would say you would use the nunchuk for movement of the player with the wiimote being used for everything else.
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