Nintendo sets price and date for Wii controller add-on

By on April 14, 2009, 12:18 PM
Nintendo looks set to take the motion-sensing controls of the Wii console to new levels of precision and performance, finally announcing a release date and price for its MotionPlus accessory. The device itself will be out on June 8 with a price tag of $19.99, though you could wait a few more weeks until July 26 to pick up Wii Sports Resort for $49.99, which comes bundled with the accessory.

The adapter will attach to the bottom of the Wii remote to increase the sensitivity and accuracy of its motion sensors to an almost 1:1 scale – jet skiing and fencing are among the mini-games included in Sports Resort to show off the enhanced precision. Several other third-party games have also announced support for MotionPlus, including Ubisoft’s Red Steel 2, EA’s Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Sega’s Virtua Tennis 2009.

Personally, I’ve found the Wii only mildly entertaining once the novelty factor wears off, mainly because its motion-sensing controls offer limited functionality in some games – Wii Tennis for example is nothing short of a joke compared to tennis games on rival consoles. Hopefully this adapter will come as a blessing for those games where accuracy have been off a step or two. Do you plan on getting one or feel the controls are just fine?

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sngx1275 said:
Wii Tennis is a joke because its 1 of 5 games (on one disk) that came bundled with the system, it was never meant to be a full fledged stand alone game.
mattfrompa said: a complete wiimote costs 80 bucks...and that 80 bucks gets you no rechargeable battery...would be better if there was a feasible way to update control precision on wii games which pre-date this device.
Badfinger said:
I'd heard the bowling on the Wii was awesome, not true?I assume they'd have to redo all the games to get it to work with NEW hardware.Ones that will benefit a lot and sell well, may get the overhaul?Perhaps this is the precursor to Wii 2 hardware.
tengeta said:
It sucks that this is how Nintendo makes money these days.
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