Archive for April, 2009

“Crayon Physics”-like game: Magic Pen

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Here’s something that’ll make creating your own Wii worth-while. I really want to see this make it on the Wii but so far it has not.

You play with crayons and physics. The goal of the game is to move the red ball so that it collects the stars. You can cause the red ball to move by drawing physical objects.  Click to play

"Crayon physics"-like game

Several Online Wii Playable Game Sites

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

The simplest way to have fun with your new “Wii” system is through the freely available online flash games. What the gaming world has learned from the success of the Wii is that simple games when played with the Wii remote motion control, can be surprisingly fun.

Playable flash games

Playable flash games

To find these games, just simply google “flash online games” and you will come across literally thousands. Of course, finding quality ones, and through suited for the wii remote is a challenge. Here are a few sites that I found to be quite interesting:

  • http://www.kongregate.com/ (Best quality online flash games)
  • http://www.wiiplayable.com/ (Games choosen to be suitable for Wii-like systems)
  • http://www.ultimateflashgame.com/ (Lots of free flash games)
  • http://www.addictinggames.com/index.html

Check them out and share links to ones that you like. Cheers!

Air Hockey 2

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Use your paddle hit the puck along the board and shoot it into the goal. Surprisingly fun. Click to play.

Air Hockey 2

Game: Skylocopter

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Play Skylocopter Game and fly around in your helicopter collecting diamonds and keys to exit each level, watch out for adverseries and air mines, drop bombs using space and navigate using arrow keys. Click to play.

skylocopter

Game: Sniper Year One

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Sniper Year One

A nicely done sniper game that you can play with your new Wii-like system. Click to play.

Here’s a walk-through if you get into trouble.
Tutorial

Where to buy (the updated hardware list)

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Hi, many asked for the list of the components I mentioned in the video. I did make a post (check out the original hardware list). However, it recently dawned on me that there is actually a new way of doing this! A much easier way!

OK. So, now I offer two hardware lists if you wish to carry out this project:

The lazy guy’s list

  • A wireless Wii sensor bar (~$16) – Yes, a year after I created this site. You can now actually buy the wireless sensor bar on Amazon. It’s about $16, so this will bring the total cost above my original estimate of $50, but hey, not that much! Check out the amazon store list above.
  • A Wii-mote (~$35 on amazon) -  the wii-mote is plentiful in a local store near you (e.g. BestBuy, Walmart, Target, ToyRus etc..). Or if you wish to buy online, that’s fine too. Check out the amazon store list above.
  • A usb bluetooth dongle (optional $3~$17) – this allows the PC communicate with the wiimote. If you have a laptop, your laptop may already have built-in bluetooth capability, in that case, you will not need this.
  • A Wii nun-chuck (optional, $19) – you will need this if you intend to play games that uses the extra input. Since currently, most wii games do not require a nun-chuck, I anticipate there will also be a lot of games that do not need this and therefore not including the nun-chuck as a must into the list.

The “I want to learn something about electronics” list

  • A Wii-mote (~$35 on amazon) – although the Wii console is scarce, the wii-mote seems to be plentiful in a local store near you (e.g. BestBuy, Walmart, Target, ToyRus etc..) or you can also buy online (check out the amazon store above)
  • A usb bluetooth dongle (optional $3~$17) – this allows the PC communicate with the wiimote. If you have a laptop, your laptop may already have built-in bluetooth capability, in that case, you will not need this. Check out the amazon store above.
  • >=2 IR-LED ($4) – for building your own sensor bar. You can buy these in your local RadioShack. If you buy them $3 for 20, click here).
  • A Wii nun-chuck (optional, $19) – you will need this if you intend to play games that uses the extra input. Since currently, most wii games do not require a nun-chuck, I anticipate there will also be a lot of games that do not need this and therefore not including the nun-chuck as a must into the list.
  • Bread-board (~$9, optional). You will need this if you cannot find any soldering equipment in your school to put your electric circuit together. The cheaper alternative is to use electric tape to stick the components together, but that would be very sturdy. :)
  • Misc: some batteries, some wires, soldering equipment, some extra IR-LEDs if you intend to develop more advanced-applications. I also assume you already own a PC or a laptop