Wii to get MotionPlus on June 8, Wii Sports sequel on July 26

Nintendo has announced release dates for Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort, June 8 and July 26, respectively.


Nintendo first hinted at a new motion accessory for the Wii remote last July. Just announced this morning, the Wii MotionPlus attachment will officially be released on June 8 for $20. MotionPlus promises a more precise and accurate experience while using the motion controls on the Wii remote. The device attaches into the nunchuk port at the base of the remote and will work with all existing games but most noticeably with the sequel to Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort.

Resort will allow for a platform that best displays these new "deep control enhancements" such as riding a Jet Ski, dueling with a sword, and throwing a Frisbee. Wii Sports Resort will go on sale July 26 for $50 and will include one MotionPlus attachment. We've got some screenshots of the game here.

Whether or not MotionPlus will improve the motion control experience in prior games is still up in the air, but you can be sure we'll address this concern and others in our full review in June. Although as Engadget has pointed out, it seems MotionPlus will not work with any game that hasn't been programmed accordingly. But for now, what are your first reactions to MotionPlus?

UPDATED: New information on the backwards compatibility on MotionPlus with older Wii games.