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Feature: Nintendo's Motion Revolution

Nintendo's Motion Revolution

Gaming for everyone

The release of the Famicom is often regarded as one of the biggest moments in gaming history, as it not only brought Nintendo into the home console arena, but it also introduced the world to a plumber named Mario. The console, as we know, proved to be an incredible success and has helped create the industry we have today, but...

News: Yuji Naka's Haunted Tower Never Made it to Wii

Yuji Naka's Haunted Tower Never Made it to Wii

Never will

Yuji Naka, the father of Sonic the Hedgehog, has released a few games on Wii since starting up Prope: Let's Tap and accompanying WiiWare condiment Let's Catch, as well as the cutesy Ivy the Kiwi?. As with all developers however he's not had a 100% release record, and one of the projects that never made it to release came to light in a recent Iwata Asks discussion for Wii Play Motion..

News: Nintendo Nearly Dropped MotionPlus from Skyward Sword

Nintendo Nearly Dropped MotionPlus from Skyward Sword

Tea table nearly toppled

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is one of a handful of Wii MotionPlus-exclusive games for Wii, but series leader Eiji Aonuma revealed in a recent interview that it nearly panned out very differently. Aonuma explained that after several years of development time with MotionPlus, he questioned whether the accessory was a good...

News: Wii Play Motion Screens Show Spooks, Stones and Lots of Smiles

Wii Play Motion Screens Show Spooks, Stones and Lots of Smiles

Just a touch whimsical

The MotionPlus-enhanced Wii Remote Plus has plenty of potential uses: as a sword in Red Steel 2 or Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, or any number of sporting implements in Wii Sports Resort, but it's about to get a real workout in Wii Play Motion. Nintendo has published the first screenshots, available below, that reveal a little more about how the controller will be used:..

News: Europe Has a Date with Wii Play: Motion on 24th June

Europe Has a Date with Wii Play: Motion on 24th June

Minigames detailed too

The announcement of new MotionPlus-toting minigame collection Wii Play: Motion came out of the blue for many, but it's very real and heading to Europe on 24th June, Nintendo has announced. The game will be packaged with a red Wii Remote Plus across Europe, marking the first opportunity for gamers to get their hands on the crimson controller since the red Nintendo Wii console..

News: Wii Remote Plus Launching in Europe Before Japan

Wii Remote Plus Launching in Europe Before Japan

Same colours though

It's usually a given that most Nintendo products will launch in the Motherland first before any other region, but European gamers might want to rejoice as the Wii Remote Plus will be launching in Europe on 5th November, about a week before it launches in Japan. The Wii Remote Plus has the MotionPlus built-in and has the same dimensions as the standard Wii Remote. In line with..

News: FlingSmash with Wii Remote Plus Bounding to Europe

FlingSmash with Wii Remote Plus Bounding to Europe

November 19th in fact

The leaked FlingSmash boxart led to a later confirmation of the existence of Wii Remote Plus, and now we know the date when European gamers can get their hands on the game and device: November 19th. The game will come with the black Wii Remote Plus, but there's no official word on how much the bundle will cost at retail. We'll do our best to find answers, but in the meantime..

News: Wii Remote With MotionPlus Built-In Launches in Japan Next Month

Wii Remote With MotionPlus Built-In Launches in Japan Next Month

Five colours to choose from, and a new Nunchuk too

Last week's Nintendo conference was undoubtedly all about the 3DS but with all the new standards the handheld is about to set, what about the other pieces of hardware that Nintendo's working on? Since the rather puzzling box-art of FlingSmash was added to Gamestop's product page, we've been waiting for official word from Nintendo and now it's come..

News: Wii Remote Plus is Real, Coming in Four Colours

Wii Remote Plus is Real, Coming in Four Colours

Technicolour gaming rainbow

The news that FlingSmash would be bundled with a MotionPlus-packing Remote landed the other day, but Gamestop swiftly removed the game page. Now Nintendo, in amongst all the 3DS news, has officially announced the new controller – a Remote with MotionPlus built-in – is on the way. Although no individual pricing or...

News: FlingSmash Shows off a New Wii Remote with MotionPlus Built-In

FlingSmash Shows off a New Wii Remote with MotionPlus Built-In

Could this account for its delay?

We played FlingSmash in February of this year and quite enjoyed it, as our First Impressions show, but its projected release date of Summer 2010 has been and gone without the game hitting shelves. Now retailer Gamestop has released boxart of the game showing the game is set to be bundled with a Remote, seemingly containing MotionPlus built-in. Titled "Wii..

News: Conduit 2 Powers Up with MotionPlus Support

Conduit 2 Powers Up with MotionPlus Support

Sega sequel getting extra precision

Most people's issues with The Conduit didn't focus on the controls which were, in general, pretty good, but High Voltage Software is clearly keen to tidy them up with the sequel, announcing that the follow-up will support the MotionPlus peripheral for even better accuracy. Rather than taking the Red Steel 2 route and making the accessory essential, it will be..

News: Swords Announced, Supports MotionPlus, Content Remains a Mystery

Swords Announced, Supports MotionPlus, Content Remains a Mystery

Early rumours suggest swordfighting contained

You have to hand it to Majesco and its knack for coming up with le mot juste when it comes to naming games. A Boy and His Blob hit the squishy nail on the head, and now comes Swords, a brand-new swordfighting game for Wii. With MotionPlus support included this is in admittedly well-worn territory, with Wii Sports Resort, GhostSlayer and, of course, Red..

News: Nintendo Brings Black Wii to North America on May 9th

Nintendo Brings Black Wii to North America on May 9th

All Wiis to include Wii Sports Resort too

We first brought you this news the other day, but now Nintendo has followed-up with the first official announcement that North American gamers will soon be able to enjoy their Wii consoles in a darker shade, with the machine heading to stores on May 9th. As we saw in Europe last year, the basic Wii package will also be revamped to include Wii Sports Resort..

News: GhostSlayer Jumps Out, Goes "Boo"

GhostSlayer Jumps Out, Goes "Boo"

MotionPlus at the ready!

It's typical, isn't it? You wait months for a first-person, MotionPlus-utilising WiiWare title and then two come along at once. Not long after our hands-on with Rage of the Gladiator, Gevo Entertainment just emailed to let us know about its future WiiWare release GhostSlayer. Like Rage, MotionPlus is optional for GhostSlayer, adding directional support to your attacks as..

News: MotionPlus Nabs A New Exclusive: Zelda Wii

MotionPlus Nabs A New Exclusive: Zelda Wii

Producer hopes to bring a playable build to E3

Wii Sports Resort is great and all, but if you've stopped playing it for whatever reason then odds are good you've tossed its accompanying MotionPlus dongle into a drawer, waiting for a good reason to pop it back in. Sure, there's Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 on the horizon, but it's not everyone's cup of Kool-Aid. Something that may be, though, is the..

First Impressions: Rage of the Gladiator

Rage of the Gladiator

Unleash Hell!

Rage of the Gladiator may not be ready to step into the WiiWare ring just yet, but when Ghostfire Games invited us to a little sparring session with their first-person fighter we accepted immediately. We came away battered and bruised, but still very impressed with how Rage is shaping up. Each of the game’s three control methods feels completely different. Holding the Wii Remote..

News: Nyko Bringing Wii MotionPlus to Wand+

Nyko Bringing Wii MotionPlus to Wand+

No more plug-ins for you

If you're fed up of clicking that MotionPlus accessory into the bottom of your Wii Remote, you might want to consider picking up Nyko's new Wand+, which features the accessory built inside the controller itself. Arcane magic indeed. Here's what Nyko has to say about its new creation. By building the technology into the controller, the Wand + provides all the functionality..

News: Shadows Come Out To Play Next Monday

Shadows Come Out To Play Next Monday

Deep Fried Entertainment gives MotionPlus its first WiiWare appearance

MotionPlus hasn't seen a whole lot of support since it launched last summer; we can count on one disfigured hand how many games out actually use it. Even though the peripheral is supported in a few big names coming down the pipeline, those don't help you now. But Deep Fried Entertainment's upcoming WiiWare release ShadowPlay..

News: Nintendo Still Dominating NPD Charts

Nintendo Still Dominating NPD Charts

MotionPlus off to a good start.

Another month, another Nintendo sales win for the U.S. Despite declining overall hardware sales by 38 percent year-over-year, Nintendo still managed to carve out over half of console and portable sales for the month of June, with Wii moving around 374,000 units and the DS family raking in a bazonga 766,500 handhelds. Observe: All three home consoles saw modest..