Official: Wii MotionPlus dated

New MotionPlus accessory will hit Europe on June 12

Nintendo has confirmed a launch date for Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort.

Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus aims to take "the motion-sensing controls of Wii to new levels of precision and performance", says the firm.


Nintendo's first game using the tech, Wii Sports Resort, will be out a month later on July 24. But if you're wondering what you'll be using it for if you buy MotionPlus on day one, look out for EA's games, Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 that also use the new accessory. Sega's Virtua Tennis 2009 also uses the add-on.

Here's the official line from Nintendo:

When used with specially designed games, Wii MotionPlus tracks players' movements in finer detail and with greater accuracy than ever before, building upon the innovative wireless function of the motion-sensing Wii Remote controller. Even the slightest twist of the wrist or turn of the body is replicated exactly on the TV screen, allowing users to become even more immersed in Wii game play. Wii MotionPlus is designed for easy attachment to the Wii Remote controller.

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, toss flying discs and much more.

"Everyone who has played the Wii can remember the moment they first discovered its intuitive controls and realised that this was an incredible new way of experiencing video games," said Laurent Fischer, Managing Director, Marketing & PR, Nintendo of Europe.

"Wii MotionPlus will create that feeling again, taking gameplay to a new level of realism. And with Wii Sports Resort, people will get the chance to immerse themselves in a hugely fun set of games that are designed to make the very best of this exciting new technology."