After first being announced for “multiple platforms,” it was in December last year that the first official confirmation of Major League Baseball’s development for the Nintendo Wii appeared. Today brings us details on how the title will work with the Wii’s motion controls, as well as a number of other details.
The last of 2K Sports’ Major League Baseball titles was released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2006, (Take Two ignoring the console the following year due to a poor install base, we assume), but with the popularity of the Nintendo Wii, the series is back with a bang.
The Wii’s motion controls, of course, are what differentiate the title from its counterparts, and the first details of these have been uncovered.
Unlike in Wii Sports, the Wii Remote is held vertically to swing, with a full ‘real-life’ swinging gesture not necessary to play properly. As you’d expect, the faster you move the Wii Remote, the harder your player will hit the ball. Aiming your hit is controlled via the Nunchuck’s analog stick, while a bunt is performed by pressing the A button and pointing the Wii Remote in the desired direction.
Some of the new features and added content in Major League Baseball 2K8 include:
- Total Pitch Control — A new, innovative pitching interface that allows players to emulate the realistic motion of pitching a live baseball.
- Swing Stick 2.0 — Improved batting controls that offer players unparalleled ball-to-bat contact that will be determined by timing, direction and pitch location for a greater variety of realistic hits, including grounders, blooper singles, dribblers, gappers, long home runs and more using the right analog stick.
- All-New Baserunning — Simplified controls that allow fans to easily select players and guide them toward specified bases with ease.
- Full Minor Leagues — Fans will be treated to 90 authentic minor league teams, along with 18 minor league stadiums in franchise and exhibition modes.
- Two of the best Commentators in the Business — 2K Sports proudly brings back to the broadcast booth the popular duo of Jon Miller and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, delivering the most entertaining and deepest commentary available in any baseball franchise.
“With Major League Baseball 2K8, our goal was to bring fans of the Major League Baseball 2K series closer to the exciting baseball action than ever before,” said Ben Brinkman, Executive Producer of the Major League Baseball 2K franchise. “We read the message boards and forums, and spoke to MLB® players in an effort to deliver realism and tap into what the fans want in a baseball video game. From the new pitching system, and fielding and baserunning controls, to a completely overhauled batting interface, and addition of a robust Minor League™ system, Major League Baseball 2K8 will deliver players a fun experience they will want to play year round.”
Currently scheduled for release on March 03 in North America, are you looking forward to MLB’s return to Nintendo’s home console? Let us know in the comments section below.