The much-anticipated pair will debut at separate times during the summer.
Following months of speculation, Nintendo of Europe has finally revealed the launch dates for Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort across the region.
Wii MotionPlus, the gyroscope-based add-on to the Wii Remote that promises "1:1 control" on the platform for the first time, will launch on June 12—ready just in time for the launch of compatible software such as EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis.
Wii Sports Resort, which will be sold with a single Wii MotionPlus unit packed in, arrives six weeks later on July 24. The successor to the phenomenally successful Wii Sports, the beach-themed Wii Sports Resort is said to demonstrate the full range of control possibilities offered by Wii MotionPlus through a series of new games such as sword fighting, disc throwing, and several more yet to be revealed.
NINTENDO TO SET SUMMER ’09 ABLAZE WITH Wii MOTIONPLUS AND Wii SPORTS RESORT
Advanced Motion Controls Arrive June 12th Wii Sports Sequel to Follow
London, England: April 14, 2009 – Nintendo is set for a blockbuster summer with the announcement of two anticipated product releases. The new Wii MotionPlus™ accessory will hit European retailers on June 12th, taking the motion-sensing controls of the popular Wii™ system to new levels of precision and performance. What’s more, these control enhancements will be on vibrant display when the Wii Sports Resort™ game launches on July 24th, offering a beach-themed follow-up to the popular Wii Sports™ game. Wii Sports comes packed with the Wii console and continues to attract new players of all generations and ages to the world of video games. Each Wii Sports Resort game comes packed with a single Wii MotionPlus accessory.
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."
*Wii MotionPlus accessory is also compatible with Virtua Tennis 2009 (SEGA), Grand Slam Tennis (EA), Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (EA)