Shield Pose Demos How Wii U’s Controller Is A Window To Another World

By Spencer . June 10, 2011 . 4:33pm

shieldIs this Rhythm Heaven for Wii U? That was the first thought in my mind after playing Shield Pose, but I’m getting ahead of myself.


Shield Pose is a tech demo where you block plunger arrows shot from three pirate ships… but only one of them is on screen. The other pirate ships are to your left and right – in real world space. You need to physically turn left or right to see the two other ships. These only appear on the controller’s screen. Hold the controller up and you can see the moon, which also shoots arrows for some reason I can’t explain.


The neat thing about Shield Pose is you scan around with the Wii U pad and see an extension of game space on the controller’s screen. It was like a window into another world…. with skeleton pirates.


Once the game got underway, Shield Pose was all about rhythm. The demo played a tune and moving to the beat I raised the controller to shield yourself from sticky arrows. After catching the arrows, you literally shake them off the controller. Pirates on the left, right, and the moon above shoot arrows too so you have to move around while shaking the controller. (The Wii U controller is heavier than the Wii remote, but I wonder if there will be controller throwing accidents…)


While Shield Pose demoed how the Wii U controller can extend gamespace, it’s also an idea of what a game in a Wii U version of Rhythm Heaven could be like.

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  • /Arms drop off from being sore

    • Chow


      *pounds chest in a manly way, only to result in profuse coughing*

  • XypherCode

    a lot says the new controller is actually very light

  • The demos sound good enough to be part of a new WiiPlay.

    It’s articles like this that make me look forward to the next Wario Ware. (Rythm Heaven or Ouendan would also be appreciated)

  • I remember when PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube were all about gaming. New generation has all sorts of “innovative” and “casualized” games now. Ah well, what can you do. 

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