Pre-E3 06: Wii remote gives it up

During today's excessively attended press conference, Nintendo revealed that the Wii's nunchaku attachment does in fact have its own motion-sensitive device inside. This feature was showcased during a game of Red Steel, Ubisoft's exclusive first-person shooter that mixes guns with swordplay. Using one hand to swing and another to parry, gamers can initiate their own blade-on-blade action. This feature has been rumored for some time.

An unexpected reveal came during Nintendo's demo of launch title The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The Wii remote now contains a built-in speaker that provides depth of sound - as you pull a bowstring back and fire, you'll hear the wire bend and then the fading noise of the arrow flying from the remote to the television screen. This should, in theory, make the experience more immersive. This feature will not be part of the GameCube version of Twilight Princess.

Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing, also made it a point to say that there are still questions the company is deliberately not answering about Wii - those answers will be delivered later this year, likely close to the Tokyo Game Show.

May 9, 2006

Brett Elston

A fomer Executive Editor at GamesRadar, Brett also contributed content to many other Future gaming publications including Nintendo Power, PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazine. Brett has worked at Capcom in several senior roles, is an experienced podcaster, and now works as a Senior Manager of Content Communications at PlayStation SIE.