Upgraded Remote Gives Wii New Spark

MotionPlus yields more accurate control, heralds things to come
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2009 11:12 AM CDT
Upgraded Remote Gives Wii New Spark
This image from Nintendo shows a scene from "Wii Sports Resort," which comes bundled with the MotionPlus accessory.   (AP Photo/Nintendo)

With sales slowing, the Wii needs a shot in the arm, and Nintendo thinks it’s found one with Wii MotionPlus, a little accessory that plugs into the bottom of the controller, giving it a gyroscope that can detect more subtle motions. The results are nice, writes Katherine Boehret for the Wall Street Journal: “You don’t feel like you accidentally made a good—or bad—shot.”

The added realism makes games more challenging, but more rewarding, with more natural movements. Still, Boehret warns, the update “is more of an evolutionary change than a revolutionary change,” and that Wii newcomers “wouldn’t know what you were missing if you used the remote without MotionPlus.” Microsoft’s Project Natal could be the real revolution: It uses cameras, not a controller, to sense movements. (More Wii stories.)

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