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Nintendo confirms Wii Remote Plus

Controller with integrated Motion Plus briefly sighted for pre-order

Nintendo has confirmed the planned release of a revised version of its Wii Remote, following a now-pulled listing on retailer GameStop.

GameStop posted an entry and accompanying image for upcoming game FlingSmash which boasts of a bundled 'Wii Remote Plus', costing $49.99 and due on November 7.

The Wii Remote Plus is widely speculated to be a controller with an integrated Motion Plus add-on, as FlingSmash requires the latter to play.

Nintendo has confirmed the existence of the new controller, the first official revision of the base remote, to GamesIndustry.biz sister site Eurogamer.net, but would not provide further details.

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Latest comments (10)

Junior Enwright Writer - novelist, comic book scripts, game narrative, article writer 9 years ago
that would be a great idea, because the motionplus can seem a bit large, so having it bulit into the remote can eliminate this/
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University9 years ago
i think this came too late in the wii life...
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Private Industry 9 years ago
Too late and too limited support.
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Jack Loftus Contributing Editor, Gizmodo9 years ago
"Too late and too limited support."

Ha! I read this comment too quickly and thought it was about Kinect and PlayStation Move.

My bad!
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Luca Mogini Editor @ insidethegame.it, Content & Community Manager, Translator 9 years ago
@ Jack: I lol'd
But seriously, is there any need for this?
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 9 years ago
Nice but could have beend one earlier. :P
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 9 years ago
Nice but could have beend one earlier. :P
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Andrea Guerriero Editor @ insidethegame.it 9 years ago
Sounds like "We have to do something 'cause Sony and MS are botherin'us!" :)
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James Woodall QA/Graphics Director, Blind Mind Studios9 years ago
Unfortunate for Nintendo that this couldn't get rolled out earlier. Hopefully it'll be worth the time they invested to integrate it because this is a pretty late-life development. Granted, this cycle is turning out to be a pretty long one, all things considered.

A chief concern of theirs should also be: There aren't that many games that derive great benefits from having motion+, nor are there that many that I've seen that fully utilize it.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by James Woodall on 27th September 2010 5:28pm

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Damien Robson Studying Games Software Development, University of Sunderland9 years ago
I will point out, James, that Skyward Sword, the upcoming Zelda title, will be entirely dependent upon Motion Plus. Having it integrated into the controller already makes life that little bit easier - as Junior said, it will reduce the bulkiness of the current design.

However, I do agress that this should have been done earlier. It should have worked so that when it was originally released, you could either buy the little wiimote extension OR a fully-integrated new controller. More people would have bought them, and as such could have led to more games making use of the technology, especially those created for WiiWare.
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