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Wielding the wiimote as a katana

When the PS2 was just out in the Netherlands, our friend P. was the first to have one. One evening, he brought the machine over to demonstrate what it was capable of doing (we 'only' had a PS1 at that time). One of the games he took with him was the Dynasty Warriors game -- it was a sort-of launch title. We sat through a few levels of P walking up a mountain and killing endless waves of enemies, but it didn't really make much sense then to me.

Fast forward to 2003. In Kyoto, we went into an arcade -- mostly out of curiosity. We got a few 100-yen coins to play, and we did a few games together, such as Taiko Master and the Star Wars podrace game.
Off into one corner was a machine that only had a screen -- no joystick. It had a large metal gate in front of the 'play area', and a stick was held in a holder next to the machine. Curious, I put in my 100 yen, and took the stick. It turned out to be a first-person sword game. On the screen, I could see two hands holding a sword -- just like I held the stick. Countless zombies came towards me, and I had to stab, slash and block, using the stick as my sword. Very cool, and I drew a bit of a crowd while playing it. Needless to say, I didn't last very long, but after I was finished, other people wanted a go too.

My experience with that game was the prime motivator to get a Wii: motion-based controls would make it possible to recreate that 'virtual katana'-experience in your own living room!
When we got the Wii, we also bought Red Steel, but that was more of a shooter than a sword simulation. A bit of a let-down, though still lots of fun.

Yesterday (one day early), klik gifted me with Samurai Warriors: Katana. It's a sword-fighting simulation, and you get to swing the Wiimote just like a sword!

If you read the reviews, you will find that most people find it too easy, or a bit repetitive. And maybe it is. But this marriage of sword-swinging and the mindless slaughter of countless enemies is really, really fun!
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