Nintendo: No plans to retrofit MotionPlus

Written by Joe Martin

April 16, 2009 | 11:43

Tags: #motionplus #retrofit #wii #wiimote #wii-remote

Companies: #nintendo

Nintendo has confirmed today that the Wii remote MotionPlus add-on for the Wii will not be made retroactively compatible with old games on the platform, even first-party ones. Instead, the Wii MotionPlus will only offer enhancements for games designed with it in mind.

Basically a new set of sensors that plug into the bottom of the Wii Remote, the MotionPlus should offer better sensitivity and performance from the Wii remote. The add-on has already drawn scorn from gamers and publishers though, the former insisting that the sensors should really have been in the remote to start with, the latter saying that they should have been told Nintendo was working on such an add-on. As it is, many games that could have made use of the extra sensory add-on have not been able to do so.

"Wii MotionPlus accessory is only for games that are designed to make use of its abilities. Wii MotionPlus is an optional accessory for developers and players who want to further refine their game experience," a spokesperson for Nintendo told Eurogamer. "There are currently no plans to make it compatible with existing non-Wii Motion Plus enabled titles."

"The Wii Remote pioneered a revolution in video games and made this pastime accessible to millions of new gamers. This technology is still relevant and compelling," said the spokesperson.

The Wii MotionPlus will be launched across Europe towards the start of June, but will also be bundled with a new Wii Sports game, Wii Sports Resort, that goes on sale June 24th.

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