Wii-like remote in development for Xbox 360?

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Nintendo ventured off the beaten path with its latest system by emphasizing on the gameplay rather than on impressive graphical capabilities ala PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. And indeed it has paid off so far, with the Wii’s biggest and most obvious appeal being the ability to use its motion-sensing controller to play games.

Now, in yet another drive towards capturing the growing ‘casual’ gaming market, Microsoft is reportedly working on a motion controller to match the “Wii-mote.” The controller, apparently slated for release before the end of the year, is part of an ambitious plan to get the usual assortment of games (Halo, Gears of War, Forza Motorsport, et cetera) playable in “waggle form” as well as making it easy for third parties to port their Wii games to the 360. There has been no official word on development from Microsoft as of yet, so it remains to be seen when the project will come to fruition, if at all.

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