Another Awesome Wiimote Set to Hit the Market

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Oct 19, 2010 in Videogames |

Shinobii Wii Paddle Controller

Why is it that Wii’s accessories seem so much cooler than its actual games?  Last week, I mentioned a nifty Lego Wiimote that recently went on sale over at ToysRUs. This week, we’re taking a look at Shinobii Technologies TT Champion Bat — a Wiimote fashioned after a real ping pong paddle. Suddenly, I find myself wanting to give one of these a try — even if I know I’ll be disappointed by the Wii itself. of course, there are those of us who still manage to find the Wii enjoyable, so I wouldn’t blame you guys for being excited about the prospect. So what’s so unique about this paddle? Well, aside from being compatible with Wii Motion Plus, it’ll feature “Xtra Motion Technology” that supposedly translates the torque, spin control and more. Oh, and it has a built-in rechargeable battery for added convenience.  It sounds really promising, and for the $69.99 price tag, I really hope it delivers. While they’re not quite ready to ship, I imagine it’ll probably end up on Amazon at some point, so keep your eyes peeled.

Press Release

Even though the Wii Table Tennis game provides a nearly realistic experience, playing the game using the standard Wii RemoteTM controls leaves a lot to be desired. Anyone who has played any of the sports games knows that lightweight plastic replicas of table tennis bats, baseball bats, golf clubs, and tennis rackets aren’t much better. 

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.

Tim is a pro-blogger and freelance writer out of San Diego, California. In addition to Fanboy.com, he contributes to the ModernMethod Network of sites as the Features and Reviews Editor for the Japanese culture and entertainment blog, Japanator. He’s also an Assocaite Editor for their popular gaming blog, Destructoid, and the collectible toy culture blog, Tomopop. For more information, follow him on twitter, or check out TimSheehy.com.

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