Be a Skateboard Hero
Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk has had his name attached to video games for some time, but his latest license Tony Hawk Ride is a little different. It bypasses the Wii balance board for a controller all its own – a skateboard-shaped one. In lieu of wheels, it has a curved bottom so you can rock and pivot it with your feet to simulate various tricks, and propel your screen self (or your Mii on a Wii) by kicking your foot past a sensor on the side of the board.
Nintendo Channel on the Wii has this short tutorial video showing off the Rideboard’s tricks:
It remains to be seen how well this controller works, or how many calories it burns. But since Tony Hawk Ride will be released on all three current consoles on Nov. 17, Xbox360 and PS3 owners will finally get a taste of the balance-board exergaming that has helped make the Wii such a sensation.