Tony Hawk Ride will come with a new wireless skateboard peripheral on its release June 2, 2009 (thride.com) . Despite having Wii games that use the Balance Board (like Shaun White's Snowboarding) Tony Hawk's game will require just the new controller to play. Built into the board is are two accelerometers and four other "motion sensors". According to reposts, the motion sensors are infra-red to detect board pick-ups and when you're foot hits the ground/carpet next to the board. Now to dig out my closet and dust off my my Van's and find my Christian Hosoi and Mark Fawcett signed boards to re-live some glory days, wipeouts and old scars.
Turns out the motion controls are quite detailed, and in advanced modes even allow for in-place 180s, but nothing seems to involve lifting the board actually off the ground. Grabs can be performed by actually grabbing the edge of the board, with infrared sensors picking up your hand position, and pushing is performed by running your foot along the side of the board. Ollies and flip tricks are obviously going to be a bit different than the real deal, while manuals and steering are pretty much spot on, and apparently there's a lot of choice as to how much "realism" you'd like in controlling the thing. Tony Hawk also sees the controller as a "standard," which could work with snowboarding games, surfing games, exercise games and other assorted cash cows for Activision.