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Nintendo announces WiiMotion Plus

Spilling out of the empty halls of the once vibrant and now completely abandoned video game industry showcase of E3, Nintendo has announced a new Wii peripheral, the Wii MotionPlus.

What’s it do? Nintendo’s PR department spends a couple hundred words clumsily illuminating:

Nintendo’s upcoming Wii MotionPlus accessory for the revolutionary Wii Remote controller again redefines game control, by more quickly and accurately reflecting motions in a 3-D space. The Wii MotionPlus accessory attaches to the end of the Wii Remote and, combined with the accelerometer and the sensor bar, allows for more comprehensive tracking of a player’s arm position and orientation, providing players with an unmatched level of precision and immersion. Every slight movement players make with their wrist or arm is rendered identically in real time on the screen, providing a true 1:1 response in their game play.

So, basically, another accelerometer, which will make Wiimote control more precise. I’m skeptical this is anything that makes much sense to buy: Wii games will need to continue being able to smartly translate imprecise, hip-level aiming, since this is a peripheral, and the only games I can think of that would benefit from this are FPSes and RTSes… both of which are largely absent from the Wii’s line-up. But we’ll see what demo apps Nintendo rolls out: if there’s anything Nintendo’s taught me over the last few years, it’s that products that look stupid at first blush often have some methodology mixed in the madness.

WiiMotion Plus

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July 15, 2008 - Posted by | Design, electronics, Geeks, News, raw art gallery, Technology, Uncategorized | ,

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