Has Nintendo Delivered On Promises Made In 2005 Wii Controller Trailer? (Shot-By-Shot Analysis)

Remember when you first saw the trailer above? It premiered online in September 2005 when Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed the Wii remote (then called the “Revolution” remote, of course) at the Tokyo Game Show.

Think about the possibilities it presented — the kinds of things that you would be able to do with the Wii controller!

There were twelve Wiimote movements shown in the trailer. So how many of them have actually been used in Wii games?

We decided to go through the dozen techniques, with a shot-by-shot analysis. Has Nintendo delivered on the hype?

Here are our findings:

Action #1: “Swinging A Tennis Racket”

Games That Delivered: “Wii Sports,” “Sega Superstars Tennis”

Action #2: “Chopping Food”

Games That Delivered: “Cooking Mama: Cook Off”

Action #3: “Orchestral Direction”

Games That Delivered: “WarioWare: Smooth Moves,” “Wii Music” (demoed at E3; not released)

Action #4: “Drumming”

Games That Delivered: None

Action #5: “Swinging A Baseball Bat”

Games That Delivered: “MLB 2K8,” “The Bigs,” “Wii Sports”

Action #6: “Fishing”

Games That Delivered: “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess,” “Sega Bass Fishing,” “Rapela Tournament Fishing,” “Wii Play,” “WarioWare: Smooth Moves”

Action #7: “Dentist Drilling”

Games That Delivered: None (“WarioWare: Smooth Moves” lets you apply fillings; not sure if this counts!)

Action #8: “Making Mario Jump With A Flick”

Games That Delivered: “WarioWare: Smooth Moves”

Action #9: “Clown-Party Gaming”

Games That Delivered: “Mario Party 8,” “Carnival Games”

Action #10: “Shooting”

Games That Delivered: “Metroid Prime 3,” “Link’s Crossbow Training,” “Medal of Honor: Vanguard,” “Ghost Squad,” “Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles,” “Call of Duty 3,” “Elebits,” etc.

Action #11: “Fly-Swatting”

Games That Delivered: “WarioWare: Smooth Moves” (“Ninja Reflex” has fly-catching — with chopsticks)

Action #12: “Sword Fighting”

Games That Delivered: “Red Steel,” “Dragon Quest Swords,” “WarioWare: Smooth Moves” (It looks like 1:1 controls in the video, of course — but not in these games)


Did we miss anything?

More importantly, has Nintendo missed anything?

Will you demand more remote-based dentist drilling and less remote-based shooting? Are there any more motions that just haven’t been utilized yet?