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First Wii lightsaber controls uncovered

It’s finally here! A Star Wars title for the Nintendo Wii with light saber motion controls! …Well, sort of. Rather than the first-person weapon-slinging action that so many Wii owners are pining for, a re-make of LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga with Wii Remote-enhanced controls has been discovered to operate with motion sensitive gestures. Sorry if we built your hopes up.

While many of the actions of the onscreen characters will still rely on button presses, others have been meddled with to make them a little more interactive. One such gesture is having players jolt the Wii Remote up and down to increase the speed at which your little LEGO man builds structures, powering his puny arms at an unhealthy speed, we imagine.

Force powers are executed with the Z button on the Nunchuck and similarly can be powered-up by directing them with the Wii Remote, while moving the remote from down to up with blaster-type characters activates their grapple hook.

As for attacking, Wii Remote waggling is the order of the day. “If you waggle the Wii Remote, a character armed with a lightsaber will swing it with the same abandon you swing…Swinging the lightsaber with the Wii Remote is a bit faster than just pressing the trigger, and the effects you generate more powerful, but the real payoff is simply swinging your “lightsaber” in real life,” writes GameSpy, who managed to take a sneak peek at an early build of the game at LucasArts’ headquarters.

Building on the success of both LEGO Star Wars “block-buster” videogames, each complete with LEGO action and minifigure humour, The Complete Saga enables gamers to play through the events of all six Star Wars movies in one videogame for the first time. Developer Traveller’s Tales hopes to take full advantage of the unique capabilities of all three next-generation consoles, while also adding new characters, levels and features.


It’s here, but is it what we all hoped for? Probably not.

“LucasArts was an amazing partner on LEGO Star Wars II, and working with them on The Complete Saga continues to be a great experience,” said Tom Stone, director at Travellers Tales Games. “We’re also thrilled to be focusing on next-generation consoles and creating content that plays to the strength of each system.”

As we mentioned, it’s perhaps not the Star Wars experience that the fans so desperately want on Wii, but the franchise’s first outing on the consoles seems to be shaping up solidly nonetheless (“It’s fundamentally more fun to play LEGO Star Wars swinging a lightsaber instead of clicking a trigger to make your character swing a lightsaber” explains GameSpy, and that can’t be a bad thing.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga will be released in North America in November.

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