A Look Into Nintendo’s Newest Project – The Wii MotionPlus

15 04 2009


The people have been waiting quite a while, but Nintendo will be giving their faithful what they want this summer in the form of a new add-on and game.  The Wii MotionPlus add-on will be available on June 8th and will retail for $20.00.  Wii Sports Resort, the sequel to Wii Sports, will be be hitting store shelves the following month on July 26th.  The game looks to be impressive and will take advantage of the tighter control scheme, compliments to the Wii MotionPlus; it will retail as a bundle for around $50.00.

The Wii MotionPlus has been in development for several years now and will help take the Wii to the next level.  A lot of people have been complaining that the motion controls are too simple, with many of the motions being mere button replacements rather than full-range mimickry.  The Wii MotionPlus, however, will work with the motion bar to produce more fluidity between the player and the controller.  Nintendo’s Cammie Dunaway had this to say, “Wii MotionPlus represents a new evolution in video game control. The variety of fun games in Wii Sports Resort show off its incredible precision. Developers around the world are busy working on new ways to incorporate Wii MotionPlus controls into inventive experiences for consumers.”

Speaking of Wii Sports Resort, the much anticipated sequel will feature all the things everyone loved about the original and more.  Along with better controls, the title will showcase slightly improved visuals, a new environment, and a plethora of unique gaming events.  These include: Frisbee, Jet Skiing, Sword Play, and many more, with up to ten games to choose from in all.


“Reminds me of Wave Race 64 — good times, good times.”

The only problem this add-on creates is that to complete the “full” controller you will have to shell out around $80.00 in all ($39 for the Wiimote, $19 for the Nunchuk, and $19 for the WiiMotion Plus).  This combination makes it the most expensive gaming controller in recent history, but hopefully it will be worth it.  On another quick note, Virtua Tennis 2009, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010, and Grand Slam Tennis will all have Wii MotionPlus functionality as well.  So if you are a fan of these two sports, and I know I am, be sure to pick them up as well early this summer.

Source: Kotaku.com, Nintendo.com




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