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Reggie on lack of Wii MotionPlus games: “We don’t force developers to stick to a particular control scheme”

Saturday, 20th March 2010 04:45 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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Huh? Wii MotionPlus is out already? Could’ve fooled us.

Yes, Wii MotionPlus – Nintendo’s second stab at total motion domination – has been available since last June. And yet, the number of games that support what was supposed to be the full realization of the Wii’s potential are shockingly few – especially in terms of first-party titles. MTV Multiplayer asked NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime about that gaping hole in the Wii’s lineup, to which he replied:

“There’s tremendous support for Wii MotionPlus. First, what it would highlight is that Wii Sports Resort continues to sell exceptionally well. In addition to that you’re seeing some fantastic third party support. Red Steel 2 …about to come out. And from a first party perspective we showed Fling Smash. There are more titles that are coming, it continues to be a core part of what we do.”

“Core part,” huh? Then how come only one of Nintendo’s “core” games (Legend of Zelda) has jumped onto the MotionPlus bangwagon?

“But I guess what’s unique with Nintendo is we don’t force our developers to stick to a particular type of control scheme, and you’ve seen that. Everything from the new Metroid title to be single remote driven to Fling Smash utilizing the Wii MotionPlus. So it’s all about what’s right for the game,” Reggie explained.

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6 Comments

  1. Dannybuoy

    Oh Reggie that’s just embarrassing

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Mike Honcho

    It’s probably passed saturation …. by this time, most people had realized that Wii offers nothing more than a passing fancy, given the heap of shovelware games.

    Sony & MS made great efforts thus always comes up up with great genre-defining games.

    Sadly, Nintendo falls way behind.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Bulk Slash

    There are about 70 million Wiis out there, but Wii Sports Resort has only sold around 14 million. Why make a game that at best only 14 million people can play?

    I would imagine similar arguments will prevent wide-spread support for Natal and Move (assuming you can even find a way to bolt motion controls onto your joypad-centric gameplay).

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Sini

    Stick to a particular control scheme? Yeah, because third parties are too busy exploiting the traditional ones on your console. More like everyone passing on this toy.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Anders

    Nintendo are probably waiting for the new Motion Plus-exclusive Zelda game to drive sales up. As am I…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Michael O’Connor

    “Nintendo are probably waiting for the new Motion Plus-exclusive Zelda game to drive sales up. As am I…”

    This right now is the only reason I would even so much as consider a Wii Motion Plus.

    The problem with peripherals is that if you don’t ship them with the system, people simply won’t care long, and you will never be able to penetrate the market long term.

    If Sony and Microsoft have any sense, they will eventually start shifting consoles with Move and Natal as part of the basic package. Otherwise, they’ll both simply fade out and end up as little more than foot-notes in gaming history.

    #6 4 years ago

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