Nintendo showed a Wii Zapper light-gun accessory back when the wonderful white box itself was first properly unveiled. Theyâ€™ve since decided to evolve it a bit and give it a dust off, the result being an elongated unit which the nunchuk can click into at the rear. It reminds me of the Dreamcast light-gun, which featured a little handy d-pad.
Three games were used to demo the new peripheral: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Segaâ€™s Ghost Squad and – surprise! – a Wii-exclusive Medal of Honor which will include 32-player online play. Youâ€™ll probably be able to use it with existing shooters too, as itâ€™s just a piece of plastic and as such the Wii wonâ€™t notice it attached.
A second peripheral was shown at the same conference: a white Wii steering wheel, similar to the one Ubisoft package with Monster 4×4 and GT Pro. Not too exciting, then. However, the game they used to demonstrate caused a stir: Mario Kart Wii.
After the back-seat driver frolics that Double Dash provided, weâ€™re now back to single drivers. Itâ€™s down for release early next year and will feature online play, but the number of players hasnâ€™t been announced so far. Reggie was keen to point out though that even learner drivers will be able to drive bumper to bumper with hardened Mario karters, suggesting that thereâ€™s some kind of catch-up or handicap system running behind the scenes. The kart designs appear to be the same as those seen in Mario Kart DS. Hooray for Warioâ€™s pimp mobile!