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Nintendo Announces Wii MotionPlus

Wii MotionPlus is a new accessory for the Wii Remote that Nintendo says will “more quickly and accurately reflect motions in a 3D space” and provide “a true 1:1 response” of controller movements during gameplay. The Wii MotionPlus plugs into the accessory port of the Wii Remote and uses the accelerometer and the sensor bar to make the tracking possible.

The Wii Remote normally uses its internal accelerometer sensors and Wii sensor bar to locate itself in space, so what the Wii MotionPlus will do any differently or how it will work better than the existing Wii Remote technology is a mystery.

Nintendo will provide more details of the Wii MotionPlus, as well as the rest of their E3 announcements, during the Nintendo Press Conference tomorrow morning in Hollywood. Nintendo World Report will be there to provide you with the latest updates.

Veeeeeeery interesting. This is basically Nintendo openly admitting what I've been saying for awhile - their flavor of motion sensing isn't GOOD enough for the type of gameplay experience they've been trying to sell to Wii customers.

If this actually improves the performance of the Wiimote, I am all for it - but I really just wish they had released a new version of the Wiimote that is backwards compatible for older Wii games, but includes the new technology.

So how will they market this device if games start using it? Will it always be 100% optional, or will certain games require it? Will it come with games?

If it can provide a true 1:1 response, then I am down with this.
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