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Wii Sports Resort & MotionPlus: Prices and Dates Confirmed

Posted by Eric O

Nintendo of America's press site is updated with some information Wii gamers have been waiting for!

If you live in North America, you'll be pleased to know that Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort have finally been given release dates. Dates? Plural? Correct.

Wii MotionPlus has been dated for June 8, 2009 and will carry a MSRP of $19.99, and just a little over a month later on July 26, 2009, you'll be able to purchase a Wii Sports Resort bundle which includes the MotionPlus accessory for $49.99. Odds are that you will want more than one of these bad boys anyway, so it's nice to see that Nintendo is releasing MotionPlus separately as well.

Wii Sports Resort takes the inclusive, fun and intuitive controls of the original Wii Sports to the next level, introducing a whole new set of entertaining and physically immersive activities. With the deep control enhancements of Wii MotionPlus, veteran Wii users and newcomers alike can enjoy unprecedented gaming precision as they cruise on a water scooter, duel with swords, throw a Frisbee® and much more.

One might be curious as to why Wii MotionPlus is being released a month before the Wii Sports Resort bundle, but that answer is simple. On June 16, a little over a week after MotionPlus's release, EA will be releasing two games that take full advantage of MotionPlus - Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010, and Grand Slam Tennis.

"Wii MotionPlus represents a new evolution in video game control. The variety of fun games in Wii Sports Resort show off its incredible precision," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Developers around the world are busy working on new ways to incorporate Wii MotionPlus controls into inventive experiences for consumers."

[via press.nintendo.com, ]

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Adam

#1

Adam said:

Woohoo! I'm looking forward to Grand Slam and Resort. Boo for the prices though.

aaronsullivan

#2

aaronsullivan said:

Pretty astonishing that Nintendo is letting a third party launch the MotionPlus. Maybe an attempt to help it's reputation with the third parties? Maybe profit is profit is profit, as the MotionPlus seems priced for a good $5+ pure profit.

Either way, I say BRING IT ON. I hope it gets major saturation so we can expect most games that could benefit to build in support (and eventually REQUIRE it.)

My hopes are that the next Zelda is built around it.

Gizmo

#4

Gizmo said:

50$ for Wii Sports Resort and for WiiMotion+ alone 20$? Wow, that is pretty expensive. I mean, here in Europe you will get Grand Slam Tennis alone for 50€ and with WiiMotion+ for 60€...

Starwolf_UK

#5

Starwolf_UK said:

The image on Amazon while small makes it look like it comes with its Wii Remote Glove. It is unclear if you can detach it without taking the glove off (like shown in the image of this news story).

http://www.amazon.com/Wii-MotionPlus-Nintendo/dp/B001TOQ8NO/ref=sr_tr_1?ie=UTF8&s=aps&qid=1239714230&sr=8-1

I hope you can detach it since it being attached makes it too wide for NES-controls games and it doesn't fit onto the regular glove (I like using the glove, it gives the controller more grip).

Anyway, let's see $20=€20
€20/1.1=£18.18~£17.50 (maybe). We'll see how accurate I am :(

J_K

#6

J_K said:

Hmm tough call on this one. I was eyeing that Wii Sports Resort as the more I look at it I think the jet ski game in there is looking suspiciously familiar to old N64 Wave Race 64 and I'd love that as the GC game was awful. Then there is that whole sword (looks like lightsabers to me) game that looks like it could be a trip. I wonder what would be the best move really. I know darn well people will tire of the Sports Resort and it'll hit used shops for under $30 so perhaps you could pay less waiting?

vherub

#9

vherub said:

If nintendo wanted to hit motionplus out of the park, releasing it with resorts at $40 would have been the idea. I want as many wii owners as possible to have this so companies support it rather than fracturing the market.

greyelephant

#10

greyelephant said:

It's hard for me to want to come off of $20+ for a wii plus. Sorry Nintendo, I might just have to pass on this one.

Starwolf_UK

#11

Starwolf_UK said:

Hot off the press NOE confirms for Europe:
Motion Plus is 12th June
Wii Sports Resort is 24th July
No pricing as of yet :(

MarkyVigoroth

#14

MarkyVigoroth said:

Gizmo-san, that is $50 for the game AND the Wii Motion+. You do not have to spend $20 (unless you want another for your other Wii Remote if you have one).

However, I do not think that I will be willing to spend $20 or 50 for THAT.

Stuffgamer1

#15

Stuffgamer1 said:

I don't want a Zelda with WiiMotionPlus unless it fixes things and makes Link a LEFTY again! Wasn't very happy when they made him right-handed for Twilight Princess on the Wii, but it wasn't TOO big a deal due to the imprecise controls (shake the control a bit to attack? Sure, my right hand can handle that).

I'm just not sure they could make a game THAT big with lefty and righty modes, nor am I convinced that they'd leave the righties out in the cold to cater to us. First-party Nintendo has a great history of having lefty options, but I still don't see it for an entire Zelda game.

Which brings me to a large point for me. I'd appreciate it if reviews for games in which it may matter could mention whether or not lefty controls are available. I've NEVER seen a magazine that did, and as far as I know, this site doesn't either.

Sorry for the rant. As for the WiiMotionPlus overall, I'll still have to wait and see what I think of it once I can get my hands on one. If it somehow raises awareness and stamps out evil insensitivity from developers (scowls at makers of Zack & Wiki), I'm all for it! Otherwise, it could potentially spell the doom of my ability to play certain games on Wii.

Party_On_Dude

#17

Party_On_Dude said:

As anyone would expect it; I knew all along Wii Sports Resort would come out in July... but didn't expect the Motion Plus to come out WAY early in June! So it'll be nice to get one at least early; in time for the game to come out! :)

I myself... whenever I get the chance to earn more money for games, or the DSi for that matter; I'll save $20 for buying the Motion Plus by itself, & $50 for Wii Sports Resort bundled with Motion Plus! That way I can eventually get 2 Wii Motion Plus attachments; to be able to play multiplayer sword fights! :D

mjc0961

#18

mjc0961 said:

Yay, Wii Motion Plus. Do want. :)

I never thought about the righty/lefty thing, though. Once again, Stuffgamer makes me think about things I wouldn't have otherwise.

Gizmo

#19

Gizmo said:

@ MarkyVigoroth: I know, but I still find it a little bit pricey, unless Wii Sport Resort is a lot bigger than Wii Sports.

grenworthshero

#20

grenworthshero said:

That's way too steep a price to ask for something that does what many believe the Wii should be capable of doing in the first place. I am not one of these people, but I still think $20 is pretty high, and $50 for Wii Sports Resort is just crazy. Who would pay $50 for any game that's just a bunch of mini games? Well, nevermind, They've made 8 "Mario Party" games.

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