Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort releases dated, oddly far apart

You know, the more accessories that Nintendo unveils for this machine, the less it seems like that $250 entry price tag is the real price. Tack on at least another $60 for your second Wii remote and nunchuk, another $40 if you want each one to have a classic control scheme as well, and now another $40 if you want the Wiimote to have incredibly precise controls. So for two basic control setups with classic controls with added motion sensitivity that arguably should have been there all along, you got yourself a $390 machine. Still a good $70 shy of a Pro Xbox 360 with an extra controller and headset, but a shy $20 behind an Arcade. Oh yeah, Wii Speak…

Anyway, the MotionPlus accessory will finally be upon us this coming June 8th. Expect the incredibly sensitive controls we have been hearing about, where “even the slightest twist of the wrist or turn of the body is replicated exactly on the TV screen.” In addition expect Wii Sports Resort to grace us with its presence as well in Jun- er… July 26th. What? “Veteran Wii users and newcomers alike can enjoy unprecedented gaming precision as they cruise on a water scooter, duel with swords, throw a Frisbee and much more.” Sounds like fun. Really, it does! But what do I do between June 8th and July 26th with this thing? Does that mean we can expect some other titles to show off the MotionPlus’s abilities before Sports Resort, or does this mean the worst case scenario where people will literally be sitting on these things for the better part of two months? One can only hope for the former.

As stated, the Wii MotionPlus accessory will cost $19.99 a piece. Wii Sports Resort will be released bundled with one for $49.99. There is no mention of a standalone version of the game in case you buy up as many MotionPlusses as you need in the 56-day gap. Maybe Nintendo’s expecting insane demand and this is their way of offsetting it a bit? Oh well, still looking forward to it.