Nintendo gets extra-sensitive with new Wiimote

17 Jul 2008

As good as it feels to whack a tennis ball in Wii Sports or to go for a high-octane spin in Mario Kart, the Wii video game has still not achieved the level of blow for blow sensitivity that lets onscreen activity exactly mimic your real life movements – until now with the WiiMotion Plus.

Unveiled at the E3 gaming expo in San Francisco, the latest development from Nintendo is a super-sensitive add-on for the Wii remote that claims to accurately render your swing of the remote in 3D space.

“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,” said the official press release.

The WiiMotion Plus works by plugging into the base of the original remote and has just been announced to both the industry and the games development community so no new games have been created to take advantage of this, apart from Nintendo’s own release: Wii Sports Resort.

Wii Sports Resort is the sequel to the highly popular Wii Sports, one of the first games to draw the casual gamer into the joys of competing against family and friends at baseball, tennis and other group-oriented activities.

However, the WiiMotion Plus is not scheduled for release until spring 2009, as is the case for Wii Sports Resort, which includes new activities like sword play, water skiing and frisbee.

By Marie Boran

Pictured: Jet skiing on the Wii with WiiMotion Plus and Wii Sports Resort