Nintendo Wii Remote Plus Europe Launch Details Announced

Nintendo’s new peripheral for the Wii; the Remote Plus had previously been confirmed by the company’s president, Satoru Iwata where he had noted that this new accessory will integrate the Wii Remote with the Wii MotionPlus. Now while the launch of this peripheral was announced as November 11 for Japan, the launch details for the rest of the world was hitherto unknown.

Nintendo has now taken the next step with the announcement that the new Nintendo Wii Remote Plus will make its first appearance in Europe earlier than it does in Japan. According to a media release, the peripheral will be available in Europe on November 5. There are four colors to pick from – black, pink, white and blue.

“Players of games such as Wii Sports Resort and FlingSmash will be able to take full advantage of the enhanced accuracy and realistic motion control which the Wii Remote Plus offers, as every swing of a golf club or fling of Zip is reflected in real-time on screen.”

There is no word on the pricing as yet.

Wii Remote Plus To Integrate Remote And MotionPlus

Rumors surrounding this have been flying around for quite sometime and has been confirmed now. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that these speculations are in fact true and has announced the imminent launch of a new Wii Remote Plus that will bring together the Wii Remote and the MotionPlus. Iwata is reported to have said,

“For the convenience of the users, Nintendo is developing Wii Remote Plus, which integrates Wii Remote and Wii MotionPlus. We will announce the details of this controller on our web sites and through other media at some later date.”

Wii MotionPlus is an expansion of the Wii Remote that enables users to capture complex motions more accurately. The device comes with a sensor that complements the accelerometer and sensor bar of the Remote to render the actions more accurately on the screen. The announcement of the new Remote Plus is definitely a good news for Wii lovers.

PlayStation Move Vs. Wii Remote – Controller Location Tracking

The Sony PlayStation Move was just recently launched and folks at iFixit – the DIY repair company have already published a teardown analysis of the new motion controller from Sony. While the teardown itself makes for an interesting study, one of the more standout revelations is in the way PlayStation Move differs from Wii Remote with respect to the controller location tracking technology.

According to iFixit, the method used on both these consoles is vastly different. The Wii Remote contains an IR sensor. This is used in conjunction with the IR emitters placed near the TV so that the console can detect the movement of the Wii Remote using triangulation methods. The tracking methodology is basically two dimensional.

On the other hand, PlayStation Move tracks three dimensional movement. The PlayStation Eye camera recognizes the X/Y position of the glowing orb on the Move controller to detect two dimensional movement. In addition to this, the relative size of the orb is also tracked in order to measure the third dimension of movement.

PlayStation Move Vs. Wii Remote

In case you are wondering, Microsoft’s motion controller – the upcoming Kinect makes use of a webcam to track movements. Check out a comprehensive study of its technology here.

Nintendo Wii GameCube Dual Shock Controller Offers Realistic Gaming

A gaming peripheral manufacturer claims to offer realistic gaming experience with the release of the Nintendo Wii & Gamecube Dual Shock controller. The controller comes with standard buttons and controls including the dual analog joystick, D-Pad, four fire action buttons and the three shoulder buttons.

In addition to this, the dual shock controller for Ninendo consoles will also come with a vibration mumble that will provide haptic vibration feedback on the controller that will provide a much higher real-time feel to the games.

Like already mentioned, the controller is compatible with both the Nintendo Wii as well as Nintendo Gamecube. Wii users will need to connect the controller pad to the connectors located on top of Wii (available beneath the flip open plate). At present, the controller is available only in white and retails at $8.65.

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Black Nintendo Wii Launch Date Announced

Rumors last week about a black colored Nintendo Wii launching in May were quite on the mark. It has now been confirmed that the gaming console shall launch in the American market on May 9th.

UberGizmo writes,

“The Black Wii will come with Wii Sports Resort and a Wii MotionPlus accessory (for games like archery) – This is like a 20% accessory + game bonus. Note that the bundles will also be available with the white Wii, starting on May 9th.”

The price of the console has been confirmed to be $199.99 by resellers and Nintendo.

[via UberGizmo]

Black Nintendo Wii Launch And Price In USA

Nintendo introduced a black colored Wii console in Japan last year. The popular color variant could be coming to American shores soon according to reports on Kotaku. According to sources from Target, GameStop and Future Shop, the black Nintendo Wii is being prepped for a pre-order soon. The gaming console could be available from May.

Gamers from Canada too can expect the black colored variant to be made available from next month. The black Nintendo Wii will also include Wii Sports Resort and a Wii MotionPlus add-on. The console is expected to be put on sale at $199.99

[via Kotaku]

EA Sports Active Coming Soon On XBox 360, PS3

EA Sports’ ‘fitnessware‘ on Wii, EA Sports Active could soon be coming to Xbox 360 and PS3. While speculations surrounding this have existed ever since Electronic Arts brought the productivity tool for Wii, a recent story on gaming blog Super Annuation seems to have strengthened it further.

Super Annuation has caught hold of the resume of one of the lead developers for the site, Sean Quinn, who had apparently listed this as a project he is currently working on. The resume, located at his personal website here (PDF link) has since then replaced the project title with ‘Unannounced Project’. As the blog reports, the project was originally titled ‘EA SPORTS Active (Xbox 360/PS3)’

The project appears to have started back in September of last year. We presume it to be in final stages of development presently.

[via Super Annuation]

New Nintendo Platform To Be Unveiled Next Month

The annual Game Developers Conference is scheduled to be held from 9-13 of March this year at San Francisco and there are already speculations that Nintendo could be announcing a new game platform during the event.

Quoting an employee from a major international publisher company, VideoGamer reports that a lot of game developers have already started working on the new platform. In the source’s words

“Just heard a rumour that you may be interested in: Nintendo are going to announce a new platform at GDC. Some devs have already started work on it.”

No information is presently available regarding the specifics of the new platform and whether it will be a handheld or home console. Regardless of this, speculations have been rife about the likelihood of a new platform announcement in the past few weeks, especially since Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata’s statements recently during an investor conference. Asked if Wii’s HD compatibility was going to be good enough to counter competition, he had replied

“Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new. If there were no rival makers in the world, I could give examples of the things that we are considering.  However, for competitive reasons, I cannot give specifics today on the what or when of the things we’re considering.”

[via Video Gamer]