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Developers kept in the dark about Wii MotionPlus

Developers kept in the dark about Wii MotionPlus

According to many third party developers, Nintendo did not share the fact that they were making a new Wii controller.

A recent article in Game Informer magazine has confirmed our own information that many developers were kept in the dark by Nintendo when it came to the announcement of the new Wii peripheral, the WiiMotion Plus.

The WiiMotion Plus is a new add-on attachment for the Wii Remote which makes the controller more sensitive and was first announced at E3 2008 just over a week ago. The device contains a new accelerometer which will make Wii Remote movements translate in 1:1 form.

However, Game Informer has found that nearly all third-party developers were unprepared for the release of the peripheral, meaning they may struggle to support it effectively.

In our own experience this has certainly proved to be true too and, speaking to the Facebreaker: KO Party team yesterday at Electronic Arts, the designers confirmed that the first they heard about the controller was when it appeared on the internet.

What's more, the team seemed surprised that Sony and Microsoft hadn't announced a new motion controller of their own, saying that it was a shock to see that Sony isn't expanding on the SixAxis technology given the obvious popularity of motion controllers and "the fact that Nintendo is owning them in terms of sales."

Will you be picking up a WiiMotion Plus, or are you a fervent 360 or PS3 supporter? Let us know in the forums.

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Jordan Wise 23rd July 2008, 11:35 Quote
i liked the idea of a breakable ps3 controller tbh, as you get best of both worlds
xalek 23rd July 2008, 11:50 Quote
E3 2009?
SNIPERMikeUK 23rd July 2008, 15:45 Quote
I am thinking that it would have made a great addition to the force unleashed game for Wii, missed opportunity....
1ad7 23rd July 2008, 17:32 Quote
Im wondering why sony isnt developing some gay motion **** for the ps3 that I wont buy but might generate some buzz.... maybe because they are focused on the media center idea rather than a "console" sense they no longer have any real HD competition
wuyanxu 23rd July 2008, 18:06 Quote
could it be because Nintendo don't want developers to think twice about their montion accelerometer, they kept the MotionPlus in the dark, so that developers won't be too scared to use it.

Nintendo is worried that if not enough game make use of the Wiimote, their console won't stand out
pendragon 23rd July 2008, 19:09 Quote
if I had a Wii I would totally get this .. if they make 1:1 lightsaber combat, I may very well buy a Wii.
devdevil85 23rd July 2008, 19:42 Quote
Just another add-on that was put in the works before the Wii was debuted that would get everyone to buy it thus making Nintendo even more money in the accessory arena.....hats off to Nintendo if they can make the motion controls as good as they showed for all games from now on though....
hodgy100 23rd July 2008, 20:39 Quote
i thought the wii could do 1:1 motion sensing already????
Bladestorm 23rd July 2008, 23:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by hodgy100
i thought the wii could do 1:1 motion sensing already????

I believe it can, its just that it doesn't pick up small or complicated movements accurately enough to be worth using on its own, the second unit in the MotionPlus should increase that accuracy quite a lot (you get double the sensors, but having two also allows you to do more clever maths on the output, so the result is likely more than doubling the accuracy)
LordPyrinc 24th July 2008, 00:45 Quote
Sounds cool to me. Regardless of the perceived quality of games, they [Nintendo] sure are appealing to a large customer base. If my girlfriend had her way, we would've had a Wii a long time ago, but my current living configuration doesn't really give enough room to truly enjoy using the console as it's meant to be played.
DXR_13KE 24th July 2008, 01:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bladestorm
I believe it can, its just that it doesn't pick up small or complicated movements accurately enough to be worth using on its own, the second unit in the MontionPlus should increase that accuracy quite a lot (you get double the sensors, but having two also allows you to do more clever maths on the output, so the result is likely more than doubling the accuracy)

plus the ability to read certain axis twists better, like a twist in the Z axis with it horizontal.
MrMonroe 24th July 2008, 16:07 Quote
The... what.... they....

idiots

Imagine designing an all-new transmission that could improve gas mileage and deliver more power, and then not telling any car manufacturers how to build around it until the day you start selling it at Midas. idiots
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