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3.0 out of 5 stars Designed for 'Specific' games; NOT older ones!, 18 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Nintendo Wii Motion Plus Accessory - White (Wii) (Accessory)
I'd just like to point out that the Wii Motion plus accessory is designed specifically for brand new games that make use of the 1:1 motion seeking technology in the unit.

It is NOT designed to improve the motion seeking of older games that have been released. This is because the technology is different; the Wii Remote on it's own is merely a giro that 'guesses' where you are pointing. It will therefore not improve gameplay of older games.

Given that a few reviewers have already missed this point so far, I thought i'd make it known what it's really intended for. EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis is one of the first games to make use of the technology, while Wii Sports Resorts will offer full connectivity too. It has to be said though that Grand Slam is a spectacularly average game and does no justice to the technology.

Games that make use of the Wii Motion Plus accessory have a small circular logo in the top-left corner of their packaging, so you know whether it's compatible.

With such being the case, theirs little need to buy the accessory now until games start coming out thick and fast that utilise it. The packaging contains the accessory, a new silocone sleeve that accommodates the accessory, and information leaflets that contain more languages than C-3PO.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2009 20:55:52 BDT
S. Xisto says:
nice info, that might clear things up for people that are a bit confused about what the motion plus does. I liked the c3-po bit at the end :)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2009 19:05:35 BDT
Picard says:
Thank you!

Posted on 22 Jun 2009 15:25:21 BDT
L. Richards says:
But of course it doesn't work with older games. How would it? You have to program games to use specific controllers, especially when the technology radically changes, as it has here.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2009 17:21:41 BDT
Picard says:
I was referring to the reviews that pointed out disappointment that it was not compatible with older games. Many people will (or seems already have) been deceived into thinking this device will enhance all gameplay.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2009 22:36:02 BDT
I think it's more a case of wishful thinking!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2009 22:52:10 BDT
Well, that's not necessarily true. The way this device was first announced, it sounded like it was just scanning inputs at a much faster rate, but ultimately sending out the same kind of positional information back to the console (just better quality). If that had been the case, then it would be perfectly reasonable to assume it would enhance older games. To be honest, I was under that impression myself, not having followed news on the Wii Motion Plus in the press since that first announcement.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2009 19:11:40 BDT
Picard says:
It's quite understandable :) Therefore, I think it's important to make people aware of the truth.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2009 15:22:29 BDT
L. Richards says:
No, it wouldn't. Every game, since the dawn of analogue control, is designed not only for a specific type of input, but a specific intensity. The earliest analogue sticks were designed with axes, latitudinal and longitudinal figures in mind. For sake of argument, let's say it was from -100 to +100. Games were programmed in accordance. Improving sensitivity to -/+ 1000 would make no difference, because the game would just register every ten units. Decreasing sensitivity would make the game unplayable.

But that's all redundant, since Wii Motion Plus is an alteration of the technology, not just an improvement. I.E. it isn't another step down the same road. It's different. Perhaps I just expected people to understand a little more about computers. I think comments screaming that "it doesn't work with older games!" detract from the discussion, and are misleading. You make the product look bad, even dysfunctional, when the only truly dysfunctional things here are the brains of people who think this product might actually work with older games. That's like thinking an N64 controller might work in a SNES if the input plugs were shaped the same. It's stupid.

When this product was first announced, all that was stated was that it would improve the control and thus the level of immersion in the Wii games of the future.

Posted on 26 Jul 2009 22:49:42 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2009 15:01:30 BDT
Picard says:
.. But people are presuming that this will work with older games, which is the problem, because Nintendo has cleverly not cleared this mistake up. The only way a buyer knows what game this device works with is a small blue label on a game case.
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