But why argue about who was first to the gimmick? Considering price, Wii Sports and High Velocity are categorically different. Wii Sports is free, but as a PSN title, High Velocity will likely cost in the $5-to-10 range (and planned expansion packs could balloon the total price). If Rohde's statements are accurate, then High Velocity will end up more akin to Rockstar's Table Tennis or maybe the Outlaw sports series, as it will apparently feature a more robust physics engine than Wii Sports and pre-built unlockable characters. Wii's Bowling will ultimately be matched up against PlayStation Home's built-in bowling game, which is being developed separately from High Velocity, but, like the others, will probably incorporate motion controls.
Accusations that Sony has fallen back on a "Mii-too" strategy are partly fueled by fears that Sony's Home products are gonna trump what Nintendo has already laid down. By screaming "Copy cat!", Nintendo faithful are downplaying Sony's efforts -- even crediting Nintendo for Sony's possible future success. But if Nintendo was so convinced that its latest 'innovations' would inspire the future direction of the industry, then the company must have possessed the foresight to predict near-identical products arriving from its competitors. And if so, then maybe Nintendo needed to try a little harder. Are we not already bored with parading our Miis? Are fanboys so insecure about Nintendo's stability that they fear competition? Get stuck on who invented motion-controlled bowling games first and you miss the point: which virtual bowling experience is the best.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 250 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Accelerometer, Gyroscopic
- Video outputs HDMI (v1.3), RCA / composite
- Released 2012-09-25
Nintendo Wii console