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Is Nintendo readying a new Wii Remote?

Box art for a new Wii game displays the words "Wii Remote Plus." Could this be an updated version of Nintendo's control device?

FlingSmash features Wii Remote Plus.
This promo for the game FlingSmash features what it calls the Wii Remote Plus.
Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Rumors are swirling that Nintendo could soon announce a new Wii Remote that combines the functionality of the current controller with the Wii MotionPlus add-on.

Speculation about a new Wii Remote started when game retailer GameStop displayed box art for a soon-to-be-released game, FlingSmash. The title, which combines aspects of tennis and pinball to help gamers "save the day" on Suthon Island, is being developed and published by Nintendo of America. It's expected to hit store shelves in November.

According to a description of the game, the title uses the "Wii Remote controller with the Wii MotionPlus accessory." But its box art shows a black Wii Remote, and a banner towards the bottom saying, "Wii Remote Plus inside!" as a bonus offering with the game.

Exactly what the Wii Remote Plus could be is anyone's guess. It's possible that the controller integrates the functionality of the Wii MotionPlus into the Wii Remote. However, it's also possible that GameStop's box art is a misprint.

A controller that would integrate the Wii MotionPlus' accuracy does make sense. And it would likely appeal to consumers who would prefer to have a single unit, rather than be forced to attach an accessory to their Wii Remote.

At this point, only Nintendo knows what may actually be coming. And the company isn't talking--it did not immediately respond to request for comment.

(Via NintendoLife)