The Wii was widely derided prior to its launch. Whether it was schoolboy-like sniggering at its name or open mockery of its motion-sensing controllers that looked like TV remotes. Gamers and analysts wrote it off as a failure.
Nintendo then promptly sold tens of millions of the consoles, easily trouncing the opposition from Microsoft and Sony. How much of that success was solely down to Wii Sport Bowling we’ll never know but now all the consoles (360, PS3, 3DS and Vita) sport optional or in-built motion control of some sort.
The Wiimote has been such a game changer, by more than one definition, that even though the PS3 launched with the waggle-sensing sixaxis controller Sony felt the need to chase the market Nintendo had created with the Move, but more on that in a moment.
While the Wiimote has clearly been a success there’s always room for a tweak or two. Nintendo tweaked it themselves when they added Motion Plus and last week we asked you for your own tweaks. The two most popular were:
- Make it more tactile and grip-able without having to resort to a silicone sleeve. ~ TheShepanator, Jumping Monks
- Give us an official Nintendo wireless Nunchuck. ~ G_The_Enemy14, TheDeathAvenger, Lymmusic
So coincidental you’d think it was planned (it wasn’t) this week’s Tweak It dovetails nicely with our other posts reflecting on Move’s first year. While some games have made better use of the Move hardware itself than others it’s the hardware we’d like you to tweak now.
Personally, while I understand some of the ergonomic reasons why the four symbol buttons are arranged in a square as they are on the PS Move, I’d still like to see them back in the much more familiar and now muscle-memory retained diamond formation.
I’d also like the Start and Select button to be easier to access and press. It almost seems as though the only consideration in their placement was to make it easy for clip-on or -around accessories to have easy use of them not us mere humans.
What about you? How would you tweak the PS Move, Navigator and the PS Eye?