Wii Sports Resort, Wii MotionPlus US Launch Dates Set

WiiSportsResortMotionPlusDated.jpg Feared to have been delayed into late this year, Nintendo’s Wii Sports Resort and accompanying Wii MotionPlus controller add-on are officially on track for summertime launches. Wii Sports Resort, the beach-themed successor to Wii Sports featuring mini-games like jet ski racing, Frisbee tossing and sword dueling, is scheduled to ship on July 26th with a Wii MotionPlus adapter packed in for $49.99.

For the impatient gaming gadget enthusiast, Nintendo will be launching the Wii MotionPlus motion-control-enhancing remote plug-in as a standalone product on June 8th at $19.99 apiece. Unfortunately, outside of a couple EA Sports titles and probably some tie-in shovelware third-parties will rush onto the market to sucker early adopters with, there aren’t many games lined up to actually take advantage of the accessory until Wii Sports Resort comes out, so the early launch seems a bit premature.

I certainly won’t think of buying one until Resort drops, and even then I may not invest because $50 for the accessory and a collection of simple sports games that so far don’t look nearly as fun as the original Wii Sports (which was a glorified tech demo itself) doesn’t seem like the greatest value. EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis could change that though. If it’s any good I’ll probably pick up a MotionPlus individually and skip the Resort bundle.

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