Nintendo’s New Wii MotionPlus

Alison Young
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April 22, 2009
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Last week Nintendo announced the much-anticipated Wii MotionPlus accessory, to hit stores on June 8. This takes the motion-sensing controls of the Wii to the next level of precision and performance, especially when the sequel to Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, launches six weeks later on July 26.

“Wii MotionPlus represents a new evolution in video game control. The variety of fun games in Wii Sports Resort show off its incredible precision,” says Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Developers around the world are busy working on new ways to incorporate Wii MotionPlus controls into inventive experiences for consumers.”

When used with specific games such as Wii Sports Resort, the Wii MotionPlus tracks your movements in finer detail and with greater accuracy than before.

The MotionPlus builds upon the existing innovation of the wireless function of the motion-sensing Wii Remote controller. It’s sensitive to the slightest twist of your wrist or turn of your body, and your movements are replicated exactly on the TV, allowing you to become more immersed in your game.

Wii Sports Resort takes the inclusive, fun and intuitive controls of the original Wii Sports to the next level, introducing a new set of entertaining and physically immersive activities. The deep control enhancements of the MotionPlus allow veteran Wii users and newcomers alike to enjoy the precision, whether it’s cruising along on a water scooter, dueling with swords or throwing a Frisbee.

The Wii MotionPlus accessory will retail for $19.99, and Wii Sports Resort is bundled with the MotionPlus for $49.99. Visit www.nintendo.com for more information or any updates. So far, the only third-party games known to be compatible with the MotionPlus are Electronic Arts’ Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (both launching June 16). Since the release of the product is so close to this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2009, I anticipate there’ll be more compatible games announced at E3 in early June.

 

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I’m in no way promoting speeding, but it’s always good to have better awareness. Download Trapster for free at the iTunes App Store or visit www.trapster.com to see a flash demo along with more information. Please drive safely!

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