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Wii Remote with Integrated Wii MotionPlus Coming to Europe

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275w ago - The accessory specialists of Sunflex Europe have announced the XL+ series for Nintendo's Wii, due for release prior to the Christmas season of 2009.

A characteristic feature of the new series is the built-in MotionPlus feature, as follows:

The new Premium Remote XL+ includes the technology of the Wii MotionPlus add-on built right into the remote, so no more accessories are needed. In addition, the built-in battery of the Remote XL+ can be charged conveniently via USB cable and every Remote XL+ offers an external sync button.

The Remote XL+ will be available throughout Europe on November 15th 2009, with a Recommended Retail Price of € 49.99, and comes with a free second wrist strap, rechargeable batteries and a USB cable.

To quote: "We are pleased to offer innovative accessories that go beyond the usual offerings to our customers. The XL+ series was just the logical consequence of the market developments in recent months and the buyer will receive innovative and practical accessories from one source, without buying several gadgets", said Mike Steup, managing director of Sunflex Europe GmbH.

The Premium Wireless Motion XL provides fun for wireless gaming with the Nunchuk. The XL+ version is characterized by the fact that the receiver of the device has the...
 

Miyamoto Says Next Zelda Will Use Wii MotionPlus

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290w ago - Shigeru Miyamoto, the resident Nintendo genius, was not on stage for Nintendo's E3 presentation but he made sure to make his rounds with the gaming press in his annual E3 Developers Round Table.

To quote: We hear him talk about Super Mario Galaxy 2 having close to 99% new content; watch him diplomatically field questions about the Kind Code patent; listen to him promote the qualities of Wii Sports Resort, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Wii MotionPlus, and Wii Vitality Sensor; and apologize for the absence of an expected new Zelda for Wii at the presentation.

Oh, and about that Wii Zelda. The famed creative guru says that it will use Wii MotionPlus as he showed the press people the first bit of artwork for the upcoming title (no photographs allowed). Artwork showed a Twilight Princess-era Link standing back-to-back with a mysterious young girl surrounded in a field of sky blue.

Miyamoto said that it has not been decided if the new Zelda will use Wii MotionPlus exclusively (joking that it depended on the success of the peripheral's package, Wii Sports Resort) while also saying that the artwork revealed major themes of the new game (due in 2010 by Nintendo's "estimates").

Ah,...
 

Tiger Woods 10 & Grand Slam Tennis to Support Wii MotionPlus

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304w ago - Electronic Arts today announced that Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 and EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis will ship to retailers in North America on June 16, 2009, and will be the first two products from the EA SPORTS label that utilize the functionality of the Wii MotionPlus.

EA SPORTS has at least five products, including EA SPORTS Active in May, in development that will launch before the end of 2009 designed specifically for the Wii.

Press Release: REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS - News) today announced that Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 and EA SPORTS™ Grand Slam® Tennis will ship to retailers in North America on June 16, 2009, and will be the first two products from the EA SPORTS™ label that utilize the functionality of the Wii MotionPlus™.

EA SPORTS has at least five products, including EA SPORTS Active in May, in development that will launch before the end of 2009 designed specifically for the Wii™.

"On the Wii, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 and EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis bring the authentic motion and excitement of championship golf and tennis to life for fans of all ages and skill levels," said Peter Moore, President, EA SPORTS.

"With the new Wii MotionPlus, slicing a winner on Centre Court at Wimbledon or dropping...
 

Krome Already Knew About Wii MotionPlus

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325w ago - Krome, developers of the upcoming Star Wars The Clone Wars game for the Wii, have revealed that Nintendo warned them about Wii MotionPlus before E3.

Back in August, we heard rumblings that LucasArts weren't very happy with Nintendo's shock Wii MotionPlus announcement prior to their E3 conference in July.

It appeared that Nintendo had chosen not to inform anyone else about their new peripheral before the convention, with games such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels too late into their development cycles to implement MotionPlus functionality.

In the latest issue of NGamer, producer Ken Fox from Krome, who has been working on Lightsaber Duels for the Wii, had something a little different to say...

"Yes, Nintendo did give us a heads-up about MotionPlus. As far as I know, MotionPlus won't be available until 2009, so it won't be in our game since it launches in November 2008. We feel the original remote enables fans to live out the fantasy of wielding the Wii remote like a Lightsaber. We're very proud of the experience that Lightsaber Duels provides."

Issue #29 of NGamer features a very positive preview of Lightsaber Duels, and should be on sale over the next few days.
 

Pre-E3: Nintendo Unveils Wii MotionPlus

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337w ago - Just hours before Microsoft's E3 Press Conference, Nintendo has announced "Wii MotionPlus". Here's the extract from the original source linked above:

"Nintendo's upcoming Wii MotionPlus accessory for the revolutionary Wii Remote controller again redefines game control, by more quickly and accurately reflecting motions in a 3-D space. The Wii MotionPlus accessory attaches to the end of the Wii Remote and, combined with the accelerometer and the sensor bar, allows for more comprehensive tracking of a player's arm position and orientation, providing players with an unmatched level of precision and immersion.

Every slight movement players make with their wrist or arm is rendered identically in real time on the screen, providing a true 1:1 response in their game play. The Wii MotionPlus accessory reconfirms Nintendo's commitment to making games intuitive and accessible for everyone.

Nintendo will reveal more details about the Wii MotionPlus accessory and other topics Tuesday morning at its E3 media briefing."
 
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