Wii Zapper video shows off how the game works with upcoming Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

Nintendo Wii ZapperOne of the biggest new announcements at Nintendo’s E3 2007 Press Conference was the Wii Zapper (name isn’t final btw), which we had seen previously at E3 when the Wii was first unvieled, but we never got to see it in action and it was looking like Nintendo would not actually publish the Zapper.

Thankfully for everyone, they are going to publish the Zapper (which was the name of the original NES light gun if you don’t recall) and it will be coming this year, bundled with an as-of-yet unknown Nintendo game (I’d be willing to bet it’s another mini-game, Wii Play-style title. Maybe a full blown “Duck Hunt”? Let’s hope!). The coolest part of this Zapper peripheral, which holds the Wii Remote and Nunchuck in a gun-shape, is the fact that you can reload in shooting games by literally making a “cocking back” motion with the gun. Which is smooth and easy, anyone can do it! Unlike what I played in the arcades. Time Crisis 4 featured a gun peripheral like most arcade light gun games, and to reload you could shoot off-screen or shake the gun (which was required as well for certain RE4-style events). The shaking was horrible. You had to violent do it for the gun to register, and it literlally tired you out. And I’m glad to see we won’t be having that problem with the Wii Zapper.

Nintendo announced the games that will be supporting the Zapper so far, and they included Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (which you can see in the trailer below), Ghost Squad from Sega and EA’s Wii Medal of Honor.
Also check out this walkthrough of the game as a developer plays a section of Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles using the Wii Zapper!
Keep in mind that this guy is mistaken in his speech. He meant to say “Ghost Squad” for Wii, NOT Ghost Recon. And for those who think this may look boring, I imagine that this is an early and easy section of the game, and it’ll only get harder and more hectic as you play through the title. And as it’s a Resident Evil game, I imagine you not only get rated but you also unlock stuff depending on how good you play.