Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 06/12/08 at 04:18 PM ET
A moderately-quiet day in hockey news but there was this note from the NHL today:
2K Sports [...] today announced that the next iteration of the popular hockey franchise, NHL 2K9, will be coming to the Wii™ console from Nintendo this fall. As the first and only officially licensed NHL and NHLPA video game for Wii, NHL 2K9 will offer fans the fun opportunity to play like the pros using the Wii Remote™ controller as a hockey stick, and enjoy playing hockey in a wholly unique and entertaining experience like never before.
“Nintendo is thrilled to have 2K Sports’ NHL 2K9 on the Wii platform this season,” said Steve Singer, VP of Licensing at Nintendo of America Inc. “This title has been highly anticipated by our Wii consumers who will now be able to use the Wii Remote to face-off, play hockey, and fire a slap shot in their living rooms.”
I’m not an avid gamer, but this news just made me a bit poorer—I swear I’m buying a Wii, just for this thing.
As Steve Tilley said in the Calgary Sun back when the Wii was first introduced: “How cool would it be to grip the Nintendo Wii’s motion-sensing controller like the handle of a hockey stick, miming wrist shots and one-timers and maybe the odd crippling cross-check…?”
Awesome. Although I fully expect people are gonna hurt themselves…
Update 12:20pm PT: Photo of the game cover, courtesy of the NHL…
*photoshop mockup of the stick was done by some other hopeful NHL Wii fan. Unfortunately the game will just be used with a standard remote, though.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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