By >Akihabara News Team
New Table Tennis Wiimote To Go on Sale
The Nintendo Wii has spawned a variety of Wiimotes like the Zapper and Wheel, as well as a plethora of third-party controllers, fit for the specific video game users want to play on the console. If you want to play table tennis, UK gaming peripherals manufacturer Shinobii has you covered: it announced the new TT Champion Bat, a stand-alone Wiimote with built-in hardware in the shape of an actual ping pong racket, compatible with all Motion Plus games for the Wii, for players for whom the stock remote isn’t realistic enough. These rackets have a MSRP of $70 and will be available in Europe and North America soon.
That’s why the Wii Table Tennis enthusiasts at Shinobii Technologies, a major UK-based video game peripherals manufacturer and designer, set their sights on building a better table tennis paddle.
“Part of the strategy of beating your opponent in this high-speed action game is learning precise bat control,” according to Andy Mitchell, Sales Manager at Shinobii Technologies. “And the feeling of grabbing a handful of air every time you swing the remote is counter-productive to developing that strategy,” Mr. Mitchell added.
When players wrap their hands around the company’s new TT Champion Bat they think they’re holding an actual paddle. Not only is the look, feel and weight as close to the real thing as it gets, all of the electronics required to interact with the Wii™ console are built right in. This means players don’t have to slip the standard Wii Remote into the handle like they do with other sports equipment for Wii.
The TT Champion Bat has a built-in remote that eliminates the need to use the traditional Wii Remote and is compatible with all Wii Motion Plus™ games. It contains XtraMotion Technology that translates paddle movement, torque, and spin control from the paddle directly to the software. All of this technology is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery.
When users pick up the TT Champion Bat for the first time, it feels like they are holding a real table tennis paddle. And when they return the first serve, they realize it’s a whole new game.
The TT Champion Bat has a suggested retail price of $69.99 and will soon be available online and at traditional video game retailers throughout the EU and North America. For more information about the TT Champion Bat, visit www.shinobii.com.
About Shinobii Technologies
Shinobii manufactures, designs, and markets peripherals for all major video game platforms. The company’s passion for video games is at the core of its business. That passion permeates its actions and drives the achievement of outstanding results. Shinobii’s mission is to deliver innovative products tailored to enhance the overall enjoyment of the gaming experience. Shinobii strives to continually evolve its product line with a focus on quality, design and innovation.
Shinobii distributes its products worldwide through retailer partners offering interactive gaming and entertainment products.
All marks or trademarks mentioned here are the property of their respective owners. Shinobii Technologies Ltd. is not affiliated with Nintendo of America, Inc., or any other Nintendo business entity.