The Game: NERF N-Strike (EA Games)
The Systems: Wii (Also DS)

Good old NERF. In recent years, we've seen plenty of LEGO video games (LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Batman, etc.). What the Sports Gamer wants to know is this: Where are all the NERF-related games?

When this game arrived in the village, we had our answer.

Along came NERF N-Strike, the world's first video game and toy bundle (as far as we know, anyway). Two-parts Wii game, one-part NERF toy, N-Strike combines the best of both worlds.

Inside the package you'll find a custom NERF Switch Shot EX-3 blaster. This blaster allows you to fire soft-as-a-pillow "bullets" at targets. (Sports Gamer Pro Tip: Never aim at anything living. Not even the cat. And no, we don't care how much you dislike the cat.)

When you're ready for some virtual action, pop out the dart cartridge, and insert a Wii remote in its place. Voila: your real-world NERF blaster is transformed into a Wii weapon.

Like the Legend of Zelda: Link's Crossbow disc that came packaged with the Wii's first-party blaster, the N-Strike disc offers up a series of point-aim-shoot challenges. But things get more complicated -- and more interesting -- from there.

If you're playing on your own, youíll explore the inner workings of a top-secret NERF facility. Inside, you'll blast your way through various rooms, all in the name of unraveling a somewhat interesting mystery. It's not edge-of-your-seat stuff, but it is better than youíd expect.

Playing through the game unlocks more than 25 in-game blasters, which are digital replicas of the actual NERF blasters that you can buy in stores. That includes the Vulcan EBF-25 (a favorite around the Sports Gamer offices). But you can also unlock fantasy blasters like the awesome Crusher and the Semper Fire blaster, which have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. (As a general rule, the more powerful a blaster is, the longer it takes to reload.)

If you have friends over, then you're in for a real treat. The multiplayer aspect of the disc is very strong. Our favorite multiplayer game: Blox. Itís a Boom Blox-like challenge mode in which players pass around the N-Strike blaster and take shots at a pile of virtual bricks. The goal is to get a shot at a target brick buried at the heart of the pile.

If you're a fan of NERF, or a fan of the Wii, this game is definitely worth checking out. Recommended.

  • Finally: A NERF-centric video game. (Take that, LEGO!)
  • Awesome multiplayer.
  • Fictional blasters are awesome.

  • CONS:
  • Aiming can feel a little off at times.
  • Single-player experience doesnít have much staying power.
  • We wish the fake blasters in the game existed in real life.