A press released just issued by EA has confirmed what we've expected for a while - the Wii MotionPlus is getting bundled with third-party software.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis will both be packed with the new device, but the press release states that only the former will be getting the same treatment in the US.
EA SPORTS™, a label of Electronic Arts Inc., today announced that the Wii™ versions of both Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 and EA SPORTS Grand Slam® Tennis will be bundled with Nintendo’s new Wii MotionPlus™ accessory when the titles ship to stores this summer in Europe.
In North America, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 will be bundled with the Wii MotionPlus accessory at launch.
We'd previously assumed that the US would get the Grand Slam MotionPlus bundle - perhaps this is now not the case?
Yuss. Go Europe.
Don't we still get Motion-Plus with Resort?
Yes we do.
I'm really looking forward to some Tiger Woods 10 with Motionplus! I rented 09 last year and I thought it was hard to hit shorter shots.
Nice! If only this package was for Virtua Tennis 09, which sounds way better IMO.
That's great that they're bundling motion plus with more games. Hopefully more gamers will get it, so more games will use it! I wouldnt have expected Nintendo to actually put the necessary support behind it. Too bad I don't care about golf. Would prefer tennis.
Does anyone know of an explanation of how the wii motion plus technology works? How and why it's better than the current wiimote?
"The device incorporates a dual-axis "tuning fork" angular rate sensor, which can determine rotational motion. The information captured by the angular rate sensor can then be used to distinguish true linear motion from the accelerometer readings. This allows for the capture of more complex movements than possible with the Wii Remote alone."
Lame, US better get a bundle for GST - wouldn't make sense not too.
Does anyone know if Nintendo are going to lauch a wiimote with this thing built in, my suspicion is that they will wait untill everyone has bought the add-on then release the built in version so people end up buying it again.
IGN says both GST and TW will bundle MP, for only $10 more than the original price ($50).
europe are getting better deal if i lived in US id want tennis rather thang golf
I bet they do that. I would probably just keep the old ones and the attachment though.
Will we need to remove the attachment to play non motion plus games or can we just keep it attached all the time? That would be a pain if we had to take it on and off all the time. Though I guess I'll have to for VC NES games and for the mario kart wheel.
You'll probably have to remove the attachment for other games. The reason for this would be that most games that use only the Wii remote perform a check to see if you've got something plugged into that port, and then tell you to remove it. Since these older games were not aware of the M+, they won't know to ignore it.
Having read a fair amount from homebrew hackers about how the Wii's firmware works, it seems even less likely that any update could solve this problem for past games, but who knows.
The Motion Plus probably consumes more Wiimote battery faster so the player wil likely want to remove it when playing games that don't utilize it.
I can see golf being the only one in NA. It's more popular than Tennis generally. Not many Americans watch Tennis, okay maybe not Golf too... anyway...
If tennis allows for top spin and slice with motion controls, i would buy that in a heartbeat.
I will buy the golf game only if it has 5-10 complete courses.
@slambert: I read recently that it wasn't, and it was being sold alone, I think IGN reported it. But they've been far wrong in the past too.
@Stevie: Miyamoto has stated that in the future they're planning to package all Wii's with remotes that have M+ built in. I would imagine there'd be a button to switch it off perhaps for older games.
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