Completely unsurprising Wiimote with MotionPlus built in outed by GameStop

Wow! What a shock! GameStop, as they are wont to do with new products and kit, has inadvertently outed an all-in-one Wiimote/MotionPlus combo controller with their listing for the sure-fire sleeper hit of the holiday season, FlingSmash.

Looks like the new controller is going to be bundled in with this game (and probably many others) sometime in early November.

And, since it’s going to inevitably happen, I’ll cut it off right here: No, Nintendo shouldn’t have “had this packed in with the Wii back in 2006.” If you know anything about prices and technology and Nintendo’s low-cost, all inclusive, make-a-profit-from-day-one strategy, an all-inclusive Wiimote on day one back in 2006 would have priced the Wii out of the mainstream’s hands and cut into Nintendo’s profits. Lose-lose.

19 Responses to Completely unsurprising Wiimote with MotionPlus built in outed by GameStop

  1. shMerker says:

    But it’s still ok for us to claim any sales will come from having a controller in the box like with Wii Play right?

  2. Dave L says:

    And coming Q1 2011… Wii Remote Plus SUPER – featuring EVEN BETTER motion accuracy and at only 30cm long! Yawn. Motion control novelty has completely worn off, pass me that control pad.

  3. EdEN says:

    That’s nice. I own two Wiimotes and two WM+ but they’re all white so having one M+ enabled Wiimote in black will be great. Already wanted to buy Flingsmash but this makes it even better.

  4. Ac says:

    Now get working on a wireless nunchuk that works with this

  5. Ac says:

    Or even better a wireless nunchuk that works with this and has wm+ itself.

  6. Ac says:

    And while ur at make some damn games for it…..the lineup is a little thin.

  7. gamecollector44 says:

    I agree Ac, the lineup is rather thin. >-> And I don’t think it’s due to the lack of ideas…

  8. Gregory Weagle says:

    On that note; Gamestop has officially yanked the listing last night. You know what that means? It’s not only coming; but Nintendo of America is going to have a Media Summit after all to announce it. In your face IGN!

    As to “They should have released it from the start”: Here’s my counter: If motion controls didn’t win the hearts of people from the start; then how is 1:1 motion controls going to be any better if they REJECT the concept of motion controls?! I can see hardcore gamers rejecting it since it’s AGAINST THE FUTURE; whatever the heck that means; but if the Expanded Audience hates it; then it’s more like Lose-Lose-Lose for Nintendo in that case.

  9. go-getter says:

    “And coming Q1 2011… Wii Remote Plus SUPER – featuring EVEN BETTER motion accuracy and at only 30cm long! Yawn. Motion control novelty has completely worn off, pass me that control pad.”

    HUUUURRRRK

    I wonder if you’re still gaming on an Atari 2600 if you mock the release of new products as technologies get better.

  10. Dave L says:

    go-getter: I’m gaming on everything that plays games my friend, new and old. I’m all for new tech if it improves the experience. Motion control however, does not IMO. BTW a) the tuning fork gyroscope technology in MotionPlus was invented in 1942 and b) MotionPlus itself is 15 months old. Please advise how the technology is better in the Wii Remote Plus?

  11. sam says:

    That’s like saying. Tv technology was develope din the 1940s. please advise how the tech is better in today’s t.v.s.

    Ignorant statement

  12. No, they shouldn’t have been expected to have it in 2006, but having it available from mid-2009 on would’ve been pretty nice. Hell, they’ve introduced several new colors of wiimote since then; those would’ve been choice times to switch to the fuller model.

  13. go-getter says:

    “go-getter: I’m gaming on everything that plays games my friend, new and old. I’m all for new tech if it improves the experience.”

    Nobody asked for your life story.

    “Motion control however, does not IMO. ”

    That’s purely subjective, and you are entitled to your opinion. But it’s wrong as evidenced by the growing motion control adoption by all game companies, even if they mocked Nintendo at the outset. Motion control is here to stay.

    “BTW a) the tuning fork gyroscope technology in MotionPlus was invented in 1942”

    So? That’s like saying internal combustion was invented in the 1800’s and asking how could cars be more advanced today.

    “b) MotionPlus itself is 15 months old. Please advise how the technology is better in the Wii Remote Plus?”

    Well obviously because they are able to shrink the technology down into the form factor of the original Wiimote, lamebrain. Technological isn’t always gigantic movements forward movements. The integration technology and the microfabrication is also major technological leaps forward.

    Again, that’s like looking at the DS and the 3DS and wondering what’s the technological leap because 3-D photographs were invented in the late 1830’s.

  14. Dave L says:

    go-getter: No need to get personal – can’t you have a reasoned argument without resorting to insults? I used to be like you – defending everything and anything even mildly Nintendo related till I’m blue in the face. Then I grew out of it. Nintendo went motion control to get a wider audience and, fair play to them, have been successful, hence the others have followed suit. The families might have taken to motion control, the hardcore haven’t. Who prefers playing twilight princess wii over twilight princess gamecube? – not many. I’ll leave you to work out why.

    “Nobody asked for your life story.” – you asked if I was still gaming on an Atari 2600 (like there’s something wrong with that) and I replied that I’m gaming on everything. No life story there.

  15. david says:

    I would really like a wired Wii nunchuck plus also.

  16. El Hajjish says:

    Gold WiiMote Plus bundled with Skyward Sword please.

  17. GrumpyDavid says:

    Don’t say Nintendo shouldn’t have had this packed in with the Wii back in 2006… Yeah right that’s rediculous. Of course they should have had 1:1 motion control on day one. You’re a brainwashed fanboy dick. And your argument makes no sense. If nintendo had planned to add on wii motion + even before the wii was released (wouldn’t really surprise me but I doubt that was the plan) then they were purposely selling me an inferior product just to make more money off me in an especially dirty way. I mean c’mon really consider it. Do you think the wii was designed to have 1:1 motion control and then some ass in a meeting said, “hey wait how bout we purposely make the motion control a little inferior and then sell $20 add ons in a couple years to turn a buck?” Get it? So yeah you know what they should have included 1:1 on day one that way all of those launch titles would have controlled better, wii sports would have been way better with 1:1. The argument about the initial price point is pretty hollow too. A wii for $250 plus three more wiimotes and $40 another nunchuck at $20 and then four motion plus add ons at $20 a classic controller or two the cost of batteries bla bla bla…. Does that sound all inclusive to anybody in their right mind?!?!?!? No!!! It sounds damn expensive. So don’t praise nintendo for keeping their prices low. They are still making profit on consoles for crying out loud!!! If they had added 1:1 motion control on day one it would have added less than $20 to production cost, maybe half that and they could have still sold the wii for $250 or $260 (big diff who cares?) and still make a profit. All too often I read crap on these fanboy sites that makes no damn sense whatsoever. Use your brains people. My point is, don’t praise nintendo for using dirty old tricks to take my hard earned money. What if I sold you a pair of shoes with purposely inferior insoles for 50 bucks and a few weeks later I come out with these awesome insoles that you’re gonna need cause every other shoemaker is about to have em too so I sell you those for an extra $10 when I could have just sold you both in the begining for $54.99??? Nintendo does the same thing. It’s a good fiscal strategy, you see it everywhere (iphone anyone?) but it’s pretty dirty business imo.

  18. EdEN says:

    WM+ was about $35 for Nintendo ($40+ for consumers) at the release of Wii back in 2006 which was way high to be included in the original Wiimote. WM+ is great and adds something to the games that support it. I have 2 (one with WSR and another with Red Steel) and I’m happy with my purchase.

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