A sequel after all this time
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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...
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..
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...
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:..
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..
A sequel after all this time
2006's Wii Play was once the best-selling game in the US ever, so the only surprise is that it's taken Nintendo so long to announce a sequel. Wii Play: Motion is Nintendo's new pack-in title for the Wii Remote Plus, heading to North America on 13th June. Containing 12 minigames that all require the MotionPlus — or...
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..
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..
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..
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..
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...
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Faithful Japanese customers rewarded with exclusive sky-coloured controller collection.
Hot off the heels of Nintendo's announcement concerning the stylish new black Wii and red DSi designs, Japanese Wii owners will soon have another chance to snag some colourful new swag. Customers who register their Wii Sports Resort game through the Club Nintendo Japan website between June 25 and August 1 will..
MotionPlus, a full online mode AND curly wigs? It's too good to be true, surely...
Strawberries and cream, Robinson’s fruit squash and appalling curly hair were all out in force for Sega Europe’s Masters Monday event, an invitation-only tournament with some of the best Virtua Tennis players on the circuit – and me – in anticipation of VT2009. There were even two guests of honour - Sumo..
No longer just a rumour!
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata today announced during his address to The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan that Wii Sports Resort would be released in Japan in June, with an overseas release in July. The sequel to Nintendo's hugely successful pack-in title uses the enhanced motion-sensing capabilities of the Motion-Plus peripheral to accurately simulate activities such..
Wii Motion Plus tech is almost TOO accurate says Grand Slam Producer
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..
At last, a little love for Nintendo’s delayed add-on
The Wii’s motion-sensing gameplay has opened up the market to people who wouldn’t normally play videogames, and in this respect it’s nothing short of revolutionary. However, critics will be quick to point out that the technology used isn’t all that accurate; who here hasn’t noticed that Wii Sports tennis can’t tell the difference..
Nintendo's yet-to-be-released controller add-on is given yet another blow
Wii MotionPlus – that chunk of plastic that fits in the bottom of your Wii Remote and may (or may not) have the ability to bend the laws of space and time – isn’t out yet. It also looks like it might be delayed due to issues Nintendo is having with getting the damn thing to work properly. The device has been given..
IGN fan the flames
IGN’s Wii podcast has added to already escalating rumours that Nintendo is having problems with the much-hyped Wii MotionPlus peripheral, and that it may not see the light of day when originally anticipated. The device, which is said to make the Wii Remote even more responsive to movement, was due to be launched in June, presumably alongside the killer app that is Wii Sports 2,..
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