Trying to save a princess or defeat a gaggle of thugs is slightly more difficult when using the Nintendo DS' stylus and touch screen. If these challenges weren't enough, Namco thought it would be fun to get both hands in the action as they help you bat, shoot and kick your way through seven different sports. That's right, my ambidextrous friends: You'll need a stylus in both hands as each one attempts to accomplish its own task, resulting in high scores and world records.
"DualPenSports" creates a fun-spirited look at the world of athletics, placing you in the role of a customized jock competing in sports such as boxing, archery, baseball and soccer. The controls, although simplified compared to sports games on the home consoles, have your left hand and right hand working on different tasks in order to accomplish a similar goal. This can be seen through simple events such as home-run challenge, where you pitch the ball with your left while the right controls the bat, or more complex sports such as boxing, where each hand is blocking, punching and dodging.
The Nintendo DS is all about pick-up-and-play fun, and with its frantic action, dexterity-building controls and fan favorite events, "DualPenSports" seems to fit the mold well.
Media Link: Major League Baseball airs Sunday, July 3, on ESPN.
Wipeout in the ZoneX360/$49.99/Available Now
With all the wacky stunts and spine-twisting falls associated with ABC's hit show "Wipeout," it was only a matter of time until the high-adrenaline humor headed to the motion-capturing Kinect. Now, in order to claim top honors as either the most athletic or most insane person in America, you'll need to face the foam-covered horrors that stand between you and victory.
"Wipeout in the Zone" offers more than 30 obstacles that you will have to duck under, jump over or cling to for dear life. These tasks aren't accomplished by waggling a joystick and pressing buttons. You'll be controlling your avatar through your own movements. If this immersive experience doesn't make you feel as if you're actually on the show, than the voice talents of hosts John Anderson, and John Henson and co-host Jill Wagner will.
Watching each excruciating challenge unfold on TV, many viewers secretly wish they could give it a try. With all the details recaptured from the show coupled with the intuitive motion controls, now you can do the next best thing.
Media Link: An all-new "Wipeout" airs Thursday, July 7, on ABC.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun