Mr. Bill George Presents

Do The Loco-Motion(Plus)

In Video Games on June 9, 2009 at 9:29 PM
Wii MotionPlus is finally available and I just happen to have my self the shiny new gadget and a copy of Tiger Woods 10. First of all, let me just say that I know many of you are crying foul and that big, bad Nintendo is nothing but a money grubbing company who “lied” to everyone about the capabilites that their new “Wii” machine had. The Wii has quickly gone from apple of the gaming world’s eye, to sell out, meaning they have gone outside the gaming worlds normal audience and tried and succeded to bring in new people to gaming. Ladies and gentlemen…MotionPlus.
In true Nintendo fashion the MotionPlus comes with two instruction manuals, both of which outline nearly the same thing. The nice folks at Nintendo also throw in a new Wiimote jacket that accomodates the added length of the MotionPlus. Once you spend the few seconds assembling the device, the Wiimote now feels like a little more serious piece of equipment. After all 1:1 response is a very serious matter is it not?
You may be thinking to yourself, “How can the_skeptic be qualified to review MotionPlus, Tiger Woods can’t possibly be that motion intensive?” Your right, in fact you have the option to completely bypass the whole thing altogether, but, the guys at EA Sports added a new game…within the game that is the perfect vehicle to examine the greatness of 1:1 control response. Disc Golf, or “Frolf” is a seperate game within Tiger Woods 10 that I’m quite sure was thrown in just to show off the accuracy of MotionPlus. I tell you, it IS just like throwing an actual Frisbee. There is no lag, no glitch, no nothing.
But here within lies the problem. It’s perfect, almost too perfect. Have you ever played Frisbee with someone who can’t throw it straight, meaning it curves and sails wildly and unexpectedly because they can’t grasp the concept of the “wrist flick”? These woes with be perfectly recreated when they play disc golf. I think the biggest problem that people will have with MotionPlus is that it still has a learning curve. 1:1 doesn’t mean that everything gets easier, it means that if you stink at golf, tennis, baseball, darts, or anything in real life, you stank will be perfectly captured in a digital environment. Ain’t that great.
I forsee MotionPlus getting many mixed reviews because it does require a fine touch, something not too many video games have. Gone are the days of button mashing and in are the days of maybe video game…practice?!?!?! I won’t go that far, but i will say this Nintendo gave us everything the Wii was promised to be and then some, at what I see as a reasonable price of 24.99. Once you use it for a minute or so the games will be infinitly more fun if you are willing to work at them a little longer.
The Bottom Line: (To steal a review tatic to Wii-abandoner MrBillGeorge)
MotionPlus absolutely is worth it, and will probably be necessary for most Wii games in the near future. So swallow you pride, and experience the Wii the way it was meant to be.
Grade: A+

Wii MotionPlus is finally available and I just happen to have my self the shiny new gadget and a copy of Tiger Woods 10.

First of all, let me just say that I know many of you are crying foul and that big, bad Nintendo is nothing but a money grubbing company who “lied” to everyone about the capabilites that their new “Wii” machine had. The Wii has quickly gone from apple of the gaming world’s eye, to sell out. Meaning that they have gone outside the gaming world’s normal audience and succeeded in bringing in new people to gaming.

Ladies and gentlemen… MotionPlus:

In true Nintendo fashion the MotionPlus comes with two instruction manuals, both of which outline nearly the same thing. The nice folks at Nintendo also throw in a new Wiimote jacket that accomodates the added length of the MotionPlus. Once you spend the few seconds assembling the device, the Wiimote now feels like a little more serious piece of equipment. After all, 1:1 response is a very serious matter is it not?

You may be thinking to yourself, “How can the_skeptic be qualified to review MotionPlus, Tiger Woods can’t possibly be that motion intensive?” You’re right. In fact, you have the option to bypass the whole thing altogether, but the guys at EA Sports added a new game within the game that is the perfect vehicle to examine the greatness of 1:1 control response. Disc Golf, or “Frolf,” is a seperate game within Tiger Woods 10 that I’m quite sure was thrown in just to show off the accuracy of MotionPlus. I tell you, it IS just like throwing an actual Frisbee. There is no lag, no glitch, no nothing.

But herein lies the problem: It’s perfect… almost too perfect. Have you ever played Frisbee with someone who can’t throw it straight? Meaning it curves and sails wildly and unexpectedly because they can’t grasp the concept of the “wrist flick?” These woes are perfectly recreated when they play disc golf. I think the biggest problem that people will have with MotionPlus is that it still has a learning curve. 1:1 doesn’t mean that everything gets easier, it means that if you stink at golf, tennis, baseball, darts, or anything in real life, your stank will be perfectly captured in a digital environment. Ain’t that great.

I forsee MotionPlus getting many mixed reviews because it does require a fine touch, something not too many video games have. Gone are the days of button mashing and in are the days of maybe video game… practice?!?!?! I won’t go that far, but I will say this Nintendo gave us everything the Wii was promised to be and then some, at what I see as the reasonable price of $24.99. Once you use it for a minute or so the games will be infinitly more fun if you are willing to work at them a little longer.

THE BOTTOM LINE (To steal a review tactic from the Wii-abandoning MrBillGeorge):

MotionPlus is absolutely worth it and will probably be necessary for most Wii games in the near future. So swallow your pride and experience the Wii the way it was meant to be.

Grade: A+

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  1. i feel once sony and microsoft release their own motion devices coupled with their more powerful systems the wii is going to be holding on by the skins of their franchises. Granted they are a year away and not playable, but if ps3’s tech demo is any indication as to how precise their controls are going to be, i would much rather prefer the graphics of the ps3 to the “graphics” of the wii.

    though i have to admit having full sword control (not just wrist waggling to slash) on the next zelda would be super awesome.

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