Most of us are eagerly awaiting solid release dates for Wii Motion Plus and games that will use it, many of them sports games but are we really ready? Ok, think back now. When was the last time you went out and played a real tennis match and hit the ball where you wanted it to go after a few minutes of play? That’s what I thought.
The upcoming add-on promises 1:1 accuracy will be added to the current Wii remotes, and some lament that it wasn’t included in the original remote design but Nintendo claimed it was too expensive and simply not ready in time for launch. But could anyone guess that maybe we needed this introduction before diving in?
In a recent interview with techradar Thomas Singleton, producer of EA’s Grand Slam Tennis said they had to scale back its accuracy to keep the game playable due to the incredibly accurate “fidelity” of Motion Plus.
"It truly is giving you that one-to-one control movement of your arm motion and then mapping it directly to that one-to-one movement of your character on screen… At times it's overly responsive. It had so much fidelity that at times we have limited that fidelity to make it a compelling experience"
After a hands on with the game, Tech Radars’ Adam Hartley said “Playing a tennis game with Wii MotionPlus after playing the same game without the new, improved controller is the equivalent of taking the stabilizers off of your first bike… It's like going from VHS straight to Blu-ray."
This sounds like it could be a mixed blessing. Be careful what you ask for because this may finally separate the gamers from the sports fans… or maybe leave it up to a good old fashioned sword battle to decide.