E3 2008: Wii Motion Plus 'precision' add-on intro'd

Nintendo unveils new accessory for Wii Remote which will provide "more comprehensive tracking of a player's arm position and orientation."

LOS ANGELES--As the latest NPD sales figures show, the Wii is far and away the most popular console in North America. However, that doesn't mean the platform is immune from criticism. One sore spot with many is the Wii Remote controller, which translates real-world motion into in-game action. Though revolutionary, the Remote has been accused of not being as precise as other systems' controllers or the venerable-but-surgical keyboard and mouse.

The Wii MotionPlus

Though it's never admitted any problems with the Wii Remote, today Nintendo announced a new peripheral designed to enhance its "precision." Called the Wii Motion Plus, the add-on (pictured) snaps into the base of the Wii Remote, much like Nyko's litigiously challenged wireless Nunchuck attachment.

According to Nintendo, the Wii Motion Plus "allows for more comprehensive tracking of a player's arm position and orientation" making "every slight movement players make with their wrist or arm...rendered identically in real time on the screen."

Nintendo gave no reason as to why the Wii Remote would need fine-tuning, nor did it offer any details about the Wii MotionPlus' price or launch date. The company did promise more details at tomorrow's E3 Media & Business Summit press event, which GameSpot will be streaming and live-blogging starting at 9 a.m. PT.

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159 comments
-HCMF-
-HCMF-

neato i guess, but this also means must buy for each additional controller. oh nintendo you clever money making machines....

nunchuckgun
nunchuckgun

so what exactly is that thing? a weight? i dont get how its supposed to better the remote?

mrsnowy
mrsnowy

soooo where does the nun chuck go? on the bottom of that??

surfxthexcrowdx
surfxthexcrowdx

I just hope it wont be that expensive, I dont want to pay more for my wii controllers

SPaM782
SPaM782

That wouldn't suprise me. They done it with the Nintendo 64 with the Expansion Pack needed to play Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Perfect Dark.

fpsgunguy
fpsgunguy

i wonder if they'll just make new games with wii motion plus compatible or if they make it so that games made before motion plus become more accurate 2

samir192
samir192

I dont really have problems with the Wiimote's precision.

someguy503
someguy503

Augh, they should've just had this thing built in the controller in the first place! All these Accesories are too expensive, I sense that most games will Require M+ and if you want your friends to play your gonna have to get 3 other ones... *shudder*

kriz786
kriz786

OnyxPhoenix12 There already is a slot on the bottom of the motion plus unit for the nunchuck

Doug-Thompson
Doug-Thompson

Too late for "The Force Unleashed," probably, but the dream of a lightsaber game someday just got closer.

LorenaLarue
LorenaLarue

The biggest dissapointment when the Wii was released had to be Red Steel and its gesture activated sword fighting. Hopefully this will help the Wii on the way to a true sword fighting game.

OnyxPhoenix12
OnyxPhoenix12

Hm. Regarding the nunchuck problem they might have an additional socket like one of those plug-in air fresheners... Wonder how much it'll cost..

LuiS-07
LuiS-07

Nintendo must be hiding something.. i've only had a problem with the precision when the battery is low.. but Xalenite is right.. more precision wont hurt.. :).. it'll be good for defend your castle for wiiware

Xalenite
Xalenite

Being a lot more precise never hurts but, like others have said before, I would've preferred a whole new controller. Like what Sony did for the DualShock 3. Why? Having that add-on will probably be ALOT better for those sword fighting games but with in installed, we can't plug in the nunchuk attachment :( I want to move around while I swing my precise swords :D Can't do that without a nunchuk.. unless you expect me to stop swinging and point at the screen to move :P

Stabby
Stabby

If this can make easy controls of Godzilla Unleashed then by all means wow! Lol, JK!

The_Dubage
The_Dubage

...I don't know...I have my doubts. I mean, sure, I can see the possibilities, but it seems as though the current possibilities were never really realized...now what?

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

they might as well just make a new controller too.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Sounds good to me, especially if it allows for more accurate movement for stuff like Sword Fighting. Personally though, I'd like to see more stuff come out for the Wii Zapper. I'm more of a gun guy than a sword guy, although I really love having both most of all.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

Well, for anybody who hasn't seen it yet, sword fighting, TRUE SWORD FIGHTING is now possible. This allows true 1:1 motion, and the controller will perfectly mimic your movements. There's video from the E3, if you haven't seen the fencing demo, or Wii Sports Island.

grigjd3
grigjd3

I've enjoyed my Wii and I never expected it to be that percise, but this makes me question. Is this attachment going to be required for certain games? Is it going to be a real effect or psychological? I like my Wii and I like the games for it (SMGalaxy, Brawl, Kart, etc) but what does this attachment really suggest?

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

sirdudeness: How? It's already the most popular platform in North America, and most of the world.

Kbs64
Kbs64

You know the reason why Nintendo wanted to do an ADD-ON instead of a whole new controller with the "MotionPlus" technology was because they didn't want to alienate the people that already bought their controllers. Its smart!! Sony had to release an all new controller in order to have rumble. After all, do you see any ports in their original controller? Its kind of like how Nintendo simply added a rumble pack to the Nintendo 64 instead of releasing a all new controller back in their hay day.

jsrock_on54
jsrock_on54

compete? is ahead of everyone in sales thats all they worry about

sirdudeness
sirdudeness

The wii is gonna need better graphics if it's going to compete! :)

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

@ Jebril maybe the tech wasn't capable at the time so instead of release a console with a really expensive controller they figured they will add to it when it was capable and less expensive. Because Tech keeps getting better so maybe they weren't capable of it when it was originally released or else it was too exspensive to implement when the Wii was originally released in 2006.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Strange that they would release an add-on instead of a new controller all-together. Sony did it with the DualShock 3, why can't Nintendo? I think it would be a good idea for them to add this tech to the existing controllers and put them out. I guess we'll hear the details here in a little bit when the conference starts.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Does it work with the nunchuck?

jab692
jab692

This should be compatible with the Nunchuk. There's a port at the bottom of the MotionPlus. The IGN photos show it better.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

It's probably going to be a pack in with some game Nintendo's developing. My guess is that they had an idea for controlling a game but the Wiimote was working well enough and rather than changing or dumbing down the controls, they just make an add on. Here's hoping this finally means realistic sword-controlling awesomeness.

Mauller
Mauller

It looks like it's compatable to me X-Remnant. If you look at the photo you can see the port at the bottom for the plug.

X-Remnant
X-Remnant

So wait, It's not compatable with the nunchuck? That's pretty worthless, in my opinion.

Gencoil
Gencoil

I think it would be better if they integrated this improved technology into a new line of Wii remotes instead of releasing it in the form of an add-on. Think of how many accessories this is going to be incompatable with, simply because the Wii remote won't fit inside them anymore!

Smallville123
Smallville123

With all the flack the dualshock got for taking out and putting rumble back in its funny to see nintendo fans welcome something that should have been in the controller since day 1.

Jebril
Jebril

They shouldve just designed the controllers better originally

WiiMan21
WiiMan21

I'm down with this, I can see them using this with the new Zelda game thats in creation, I hope they announce something good tomorow morning! =D

cspark809
cspark809

is this really going to help? nunchuck have more problem than wiimote. What about the nunchuck? I really didn't expect much from the start when wii was first anounce, come on people. Its only 250 dollar machine. I thought it was good enough for this price... I jus hope it work wel for us and for nintendo.l...

so_hai
so_hai

Try and jam that into your Wii wheel.

dsplayer1010
dsplayer1010

My guess is that it will come with Wii Music

phatsy
phatsy

cant they just get things right the first time

ciphfer
ciphfer

It better be cheap...I mean REALLY cheap!

Mii_Wii_and_RPG
Mii_Wii_and_RPG

This is going to lead to some great, fun and innovative games! (hopefully) :D

teknicz
teknicz

What problem? Everything worked just fine for me already. Are you people doing flips and somersaults while playing?

bobsmith915
bobsmith915

If they make a Star Wars game with first person lightsaber combat, I'd definitely buy one

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

Well im glad that they are fixing this problem. I cant wait to see what they say at E3

lewser5
lewser5

I don't see that many people would want to buy this if it comes separately. If this going to be a must buy, it got be included with a game that can show it off.

Zeus-Guy
Zeus-Guy

Not bad, but I rather they focus on more important features, like SD cards we can save and play games off of (like the Game Cube Memory Cards). Like smcaudata said, games with motion sensing issues are a software problem, not a hardware problem.