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Written by Alex Terris   
Saturday, 15 April 2006

Q:: What's so special about the Wii's controller?

A:: Well, it's not like any console controller you've ever used before!

The controller is shaped like a TV remote, and has the unique ability to sense its position in 3D. Basically this means that any movement you make with the controller; whether it be up, down, forwards, backwards; can be translated into the game.

Q:: Is movement the only way you can interact with games?

A:: No. The Wii's controllerNintendo Revolution controller (as you can see in the image) also includes standard buttons that gamers are more used to. The buttons included on the standard Wii controller are:

  • Three menu specific buttons (i.e. "a", "b" etc)
  • D-pad
  • Z-button style trigger underneath

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Q:: Will there be add-ons for the controller?

A:: Yes! There will be addons, known as controller shells, that adapt and change the Wii's controller into different forms. There is two officially announced so far although there will almost certainly be more on the way. One is a "Console" shell, which simply changes the controller into something resembling a standard console controller.

At E3 2006 Nintendo also revealed a shell named "The Zapper" which is a gun, and is based on the original Zapper gun used for Duck Hunt.

Q:: What's the Nunchuck for?

A:: The Nunchuck part of the Wii's controller contains a tilt-sensor, but cannot sense it's place in 3D space like the Wii remote. It will be used for many things in games, for example in Metriod Prime 3: Corruption the Nunchuck is used to move while the Wii remote is used for aiming and shooting.

Q:: What's this I here about the Accelerometer?

A:: The Wii's Numchuck add-on has been reported to contain an accelerometer which can detect the acceleration of the controller. While it is not completely clear how this will be used, knowing the acceleration allows the console to work out the force exerted using the forumula F=ma.


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Cola-Cola Great Britain and Nintendo UK both have a big surprise to their respective consumers. Beginning May 14 until July 2007, there will be a total of 182 million specially marked packs of Fanta, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper all around the nation. Purchase these drinks and you give yourself a chance to win Ultimate Wii Games Rooms.

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