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Celebrating the Wii pointer
Is the pointer the most revolutionary thing on Wii?
Published on 14/12/2011

The one thing that sticks in my mind over the past 5 years of Wii gaming is just how revolutionary the pointer is. It may seem like a simple thing, but by allowing the player to simply point at the screen and select things, the user interface is suddenly made a lot friendlier and a lot of accessible to everyone. It really is one of the key strengths of the system and an underappreciated one.

Looking back at the early days of the Wii, it is clear now that the pointer was probably the most innovative thing about it, and the biggest game changer. With MotionPlus now setting new standards, I take a look at just why the pointer changed gaming forever, and how it continues to do so today.

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Evolution of the Pointer

The first thing that everyone who owned a Wii did that was unique to the system wasn't swinging a racquet in Wii Sports and it wasn't swinging a sword in Twilight Princess. It was the simple, and then revolutionary, process of selecting a menu item by pointing at the screen. It is something we take for granted now, but over the past 5 years it has transformed games into what they are today, and with MotionPlus now hitting its stride, we're seeing a further evolution of the pointer.

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