Nintendo of America vice president of corporate affairs Denise Kaigler spoke with GameSpot yesterday following the publisher's announcement that it would be cutting the Wii's price tag to $199 as of September 27. As part of that interview, Kaigler noted that Nintendo, along with its third-party partners, is actively at work on "leveraging that technology into other games."
Today, Nintendo announced its latest effort to increase the installed base of the Wii MotionPlus accessory, announcing a new Wii Sports Resort bundle. Beginning October 12, Wii Sports Resort will include two Wii MotionPlus add-ons at the $59.99 price point--up from the standard $49.99 peripheral package. The Wii MotionPlus stand-alone offering carries a $19.99 price tag, translating to a $10 savings on the bundle, which will be available in limited quantities.
Through August, Wii Sports Resort has sold more than 1.25 million units in the US, according to Nintendo. The publisher also noted that Wii MotionPlus sales have reached nearly 2.9 million units. That figure encompasses units included with Wii Sports Resort, as well as the 257,000 that came packed in with EA's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and 1.36 million stand-alone units sold.
Support for Nintendo's precision-enhancing peripheral has thus far been spotty. In addition to the already-released Wii Sports Resort and EA's Tiger Woods and Grand Slam Tennis, notable Wii MotionPlus-compatible games on the horizon include Ubisoft's Red Steel 2, James Cameron's Avatar, and Academy of Champions. However, few other developers have announced support for the peripheral.