Sega’s oddly named Wii shooter, The Conduit, is officially getting a Wii-exclusive sequel according to a press release that came out today. In addition, I got a chance to get my hands on Red Steel 2 at the Nintendo World Store.

The Conduit 2 promises, as most sequels do, more weapons, more explosions, and (most importantly) a better and more secure online multiplayer mode that will include new cooperative assault play. For a system that definitively lacks an array of solid shooters, The Conduit 2 could help to fill in a major gap in the system’s action repertoire. There’s no specific release date yet, but Sega is going with “Fall 2010” for now, so I would look for the game to hit shelves before Christmas.

UPDATE: The Conduit 2 is scheduled for April 19th, 2011.

If you’re looking for some mature-rated action gaming on the Wii right now, however, Red Steel 2 just recently hit stores and I had a chance to give it a shot and a slice at the Nintendo World Store in New York City last week. Being one of the first games to truly make use of the Wii Motion Plus, Nintendo’s 1:1 motion sensing attachment, I have to say that it does a decent job with it. The swordplay is essentially spot-on from what I experienced, with the game replicating your motions almost perfectly into on-screen action. However, this is both a blessing and a curse given that your sword hand is also your Aim Your Gun hand and the action is seamless (unlike the distinct sword/gun action of the original Red Steel). This means that you have to actually be really good with swinging your Wiimote judiciously in order to be able to make those critical shots at enemies that don’t feel like wielding melee weapons all up in your grill. It’s challenging, but it never feels like the computer is being obnoxiously hard on you, more that you just need to get better about not swinging like a madman and learning to aim quickly and accurately to take revolver potshots at your foes. If nothing else, it’s truly a very different gaming experience from anything else out there right now and it’s worth playing in at least rental form.

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