Created By: WanderFrost on February 22, 2012 Last Edited By: Westrim on February 3, 2013

Alternate Interface Version

A remake of a game whose primary change is the addition of a new control scheme, typically motion controls

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When a video game is remade with a tacked on new control scheme while its core content/graphics/gameplay remain largely unchanged. Often done to cash in on an easy remake or incentivize buyers to purchase a new or failing peripheral. Named after the proliferation of games remade for the Wii with little more than motion control schemes added. Not limited to motion control schemes on the Wii, DS, Kinect, and Move, but other features such as point-and-click interfaces added to remakes of old PC games, and games remade for use of specific peripherals.

To qualify for this trope, the controls must be one of the most significant changes made to the game. A Nintendo DS remake of a Game Boy/Color/Advance game, for instance, must primarily use the touch screen to qualify.

Needs a Better Title.

Examples:

Wii remakes of Nintendo GameCube games
  • The Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Wii features remakes of Metroid Prime 1 & 2 with motion control schemes.
  • Mario Power Tennis remade for the Wii with added motion controls.
  • changes in Resident Evil 4: Wii edition largely focused on implementation of motion controls in the gameplay and quicktime events
  • Pikmin and Pikmin 2 were remade for the Wii utilizing motion controls. Unfortunately for Americans, the remake of 2 wasn't released in North America.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, though the Wii version was actually released first, the game was developed for the gamecube. It was quickly ported over to capitalize on the Wii's launch, with only minor changes being made, the least minor being the entire game being mirrored to accommodate right-handed players.

Wii remakes of other games
  • Ōkami used the Wiimote's motion capabilities remarkably well for a port of a PlayStation 2 game.

Nintendo DS remakes
  • The remake of Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Rayman DS, remained largely unchanged utilizing the N64's graphics, but added the ability to control Rayman with the touchpad and stylus.

Other systems

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • February 22, 2012
    pawsplay
    How would you imagine games would normally be ported to the Wii?
  • February 22, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    1. Name is more narrow than what the trope is presenting.

    2. This needs to be done carefully, lest it attract those looking for an excuse to complain.
  • February 22, 2012
    Tropeless
    Seems to be covered by Video Game Remake.
  • February 23, 2012
    32_Footsteps
    I don't think this is sufficiently different from Video Game Remake to justify the new trope. Regardless, it definitely needs a new title so as to not be system-specific.
  • February 23, 2012
    bwburke94
    Needs A Better Title. This isn't Wii-specific, and "Wiimake" is a general term referring to any game remade for the Wii.
  • February 23, 2012
    NESBoy
    Averted with Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, which not only added motion control, but adds new gameplay mechanics (such as Barrel Cannons, extra lives, and a redone health system), hint-giving monkeys that also exposit the story (which was non-existant in the original game), retextured environments, and two new levels (a Boss Rush with five of the game's bosses, and a small level designed to test your skills in accumulating Beats).
  • February 23, 2012
    NateTheGreat
    Not Wii specific. Aren't there PS 3 and 360 games remade for the Move and Kinect? Motion controls are literally the only difference.
  • February 24, 2012
    Cider
    Why not call it New Play Control, that's what these games are actually billed as.
  • February 24, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    I think this is more Updated Rerelease.
  • February 24, 2012
    hotrods4ben
    Wagglemake. Haha no, that would infuriate people. New Play Control isn't bad
  • February 24, 2012
    pawsplay
    Seems like it might be Complaining About Controllers You Don't Like, Complaining About Re-releaes of Games You Already Have, -ish.
  • February 24, 2012
    Stratadrake
  • February 25, 2012
    Unknown Troper
    Anything revamped for the 3DS to show its 3d system.
  • February 26, 2012
    Rognik
    Tales Of The Abyss was remade from the PS 2 to be in 3D, but the controls aren't sufficiently different, I think. This trope is about changing a game solely to add motion controls into the game, not just to show off a new feature, and I don't think 3D is different enough. (The PS Vita's game functionality might, but I'll take that issue to the forums.)

    I personally don't have a problem with "Wiimake". I can see the issue with the name, but the Wii was definitely the first to make motion controls, and is probably the best known for having them. That said, I know at least one game that wasn't for the Wii that added motion controls later.
    • Play Station Move: Heavy Rain. While the game wasn't specifically remade, you can download motion controls from online after installing the game.
  • March 21, 2012
    Westrim
  • March 21, 2012
    Ryusui
    Alternate Interface Version? (I suggest version rather than remake, as some of these examples are ports or patches.)

    • No More Heroes: Heroes Paradise inverted this in the original Japanese release by being only playable with a standard controller, as opposed to the original Wii version, which used the Wii Remote exclusively. The US version (equivalent to the later Updated Rerelease, Red Zone Edition) adds PlayStation Move support.
    • Inverted in Lair, which originally only supported the SIXAXIS motion controls, but was eventually patched to support standard controls.
  • March 21, 2012
    Westrim
    Good point, Ryusui, that seems better.
  • February 1, 2013
    Westrim
    Bumping. Recap: this appears to be a trope about remakes, reboots, ports, and other games where the significant difference is that support for some sort of motion control was added. I guess I'll take custody, since I'm the one bumping after 10 months and I find it interesting. I'll rename it shortly to dissuade confusion with related tropes.
  • February 1, 2013
    NESBoy
    Pikmin 2's Wiimake was finally released in America in June 2012.
  • February 1, 2013
    NateTheGreat
    Does Arkham City's Armored Edition count?
  • February 1, 2013
    Wutaz
    There was a Call of Duty released for the Wii under a different name. They called it "Reflex" or something, but it was essentially a version of the original with weaker graphics and Wiimote aiming.
  • February 3, 2013
    Westrim
    ^^ Yes.

    There are a couple more examples to add in, but is the definition and trope sound?

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