NHL 2K9 the first NHL licensed hockey game on the Wii

Why you would ever want to play any hockey game in which it is not possible to make Gretzky’s head bleed in pixelated wonder is beyond me, but evidently people do enjoy these new fangled three dimensional NHL games, and now for the first time ever you can enjoy them one the Wii. 2K Sports has announced that NHL 2K9 will officially be headed for the Wii. The game, already announced for the PS3 and 360, will feature basically all the same features but with waggle included and will be hitting shelves this fall.

The press release states that you’ll be using the Wii remote like a hockey stick but I’m having trouble seeing how that is really going to work. I mean if you’re standing around swinging the remote, trying not to high stick, how are you going to control your man. More likely you’ll just have to flick your wrist to perform different types of shots. I’m hoping that checking is mapped to motion controls too, as knocking into people is always more fun when you move your hand. Glad to see even more sports support for the Wii out there? Hopefully it won’t go the way of Madden and be more fun to play the added mini-games than the actual game itself.