Nintendo has already announced that the Nintendo Wii will be shipping with only one standard Wii controller with a nunchuk attachment controller. Although some have commented that it may be an expensive proposition for gamers who will have to buy additional controllers to enable more players to play a game in their homes it still does not dampen the excitement for the consoleâ€™s launch on November 19 (the US release date).
Of course, much of that excitement revolves around the controller itself and its promise of a more revolutionary way of playing games. The Wii-mote â€“ as it has come to be known â€“ looks like a remote control (hence the name). The device possesses a built in accelerometer as well as other motion detection hardware in order to determine motion, pitch, tilt as well as depth inside a 3D space. Thus, the controller becomes an actual extension of the playerâ€™s hand. The gestures that a player makes is translated into actual movement inside the gaming space. For example, the control can effectively mimic your slashing movements as if you are wielding a sword, point around the screen to shoot just like a gun swing the controller to and fro just like in a tennis game. The Wii-mote opens the door to endless possibilities of game movements.
The Wii-mote will feature a power switch, a directional pad, A and B buttons, 1 and 2 buttons as well as a home, plus and minus buttons. As a bonus, the bottom of the controller has a port where certain other controller peripherals can be attached for enhanced or specialized gameplay, like the nunchuck controller that has an analog stick that can, for example, be used in a first person shooter.