Spending some time with the Wii Motion Plus


So I’ve been spending some time playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, and of course that came with the Wii Motion Plus, so I thought I’d share some briefs thoughts or impressions of it all with you, and then do some ranting about it all…

Here’s the Motion plus from a few angles, there are two buttons on the sides that you push in to attach or remove the motion plus to/from the Wii Controller. On the back is also a lock button that slides up to lock and down to unlock. On the bottom is the pass through for the nunchuk, it’s a little door that is attached to a string so you don’t lose it.


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As we know the Motion Plus adds length to the Wii remote, which means a new jacket for it, thankfully Tiger Woods comes with it and if you buy it separately it comes with a jacket as well.


Here’s a couple pictures of the controller with and without the Motion Plus and in and out of the silicone jackets for comparison.

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So to get the full effect of the Motion Plus I played Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 in two player mode, me of course playing both players, and using one remote equipped with the Motion Plus and one without.

Using the Wii Motion plus is amazing, the difference is like night and day, it’s just startling and amazing, I can’t say enough good things about it honestly.

With the Motion Plus equipped controller swinging the golf club is virtually one to one response with the screen, without it I had a hard time even getting the club to swing at times, without the Motion Plus equipped controller the game was frustrating at best. Hint here, if you’re planning on getting Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, make sure you get the bundle, or at least have the Motion Plus already, if not you’d better have a nice screen protector on your HDTV because you’ll be very tempted to throw the remote through the screen  many times while playing.

Bottom line here is that the Motion Plus revolutionizes the Wii Remote, it’s how it should have been in the first place, near perfect one to one reactions with the screen.

The Motion Plus is an excellent addition to the Wii Controller, too bad all of your accessories now won’t work, like that cool steering wheel, or gun grip, you’ll have to remove the Motion Plus or have a few extra controllers lying around to use with those accessories.


Now on to the rant that was inevitable…

The first question that comes to mind is why wasn’t this a standard feature on the Wii to begin with? Seriously though, the Motion Plus totally changes the control scheme of the Wii , but as we know, it only works with one or two games right now, and more on the way soon, with who knows what else on the horizon.

I have to wonder how hard it would be for Nintendo to come up with a firmware upgrade that will allow the Motion Plus to work with all games?!  Would it have been that hard for them to make it backward compatible to begin with?

If you’ve paid attention then you know that the Wii Motion Plus is not and most likely never will be backward compatible? Why? Well I’ll tell you why, because Nintendo wants you to buy their new stuff, so they don’t care if the Motion Plus works with the old games you have. Now this sort of ticks me off as I still like the games and I still play the games on occasion, so why shouldn’t those games benefit from the new Motion Plus? As it is the controller is sloppy without the Motion Plus, using it is a completely new experience for gameplay and controls, everything just seems to work some much more smoothly and just better overall. Why does Nintendo want to do this to their fans? They’ve got a great library of games that can truly benefit form the Motion Plus. Did they ever think that people might buy even more of the older games if they were compatible with the Motion Plus? I’m sure people out there have skipped buying games because of their experience with the jiggly controls because they just knew it was going to be a pain to play the game.

For the accessories part of it, I’ve got two steering wheels and three guns actually that are now not compatible with the Wii Controller with the Motion Plus attached to it, kinda bums me out… Nintendo knew they were releasing the Motion Plus, why haven’t we seen accessories that are compatible with it being released before it came out like every other product out there?

Now you’ve got to remove the Motion Plus every time you want to play one of those games, depending on how much you play the Wii, that can amount to a lot of removing and reattaching the Motion Plus. I have to wonder if Nintendo thought about that kind of wear and tear when they were designing it? One other note about removing and replacing the Motion Plus is that the Wii Remote might have to be recalibrated each time you do this, that sounds like a hassle to me… Basically you’ll have to have, 1,2, 4, or whatever number of controllers you have with the Motion plus and the same number without to be able to use all of the accessories you have and not have to worry about recalibrating when you switch, sounds like that could get expensive…

Is the Wii Motion Plus worth the hassle of it all? Right now no, unless of course you love golf because you won’t see any difference with any existing games while using the Motion Plus, and unless a whole slew of games comes out that are Motion Plus compatible, I see no reason to even buy one right now…

Honestly I don’t see why more fans aren’t in an uproar of this whole no backwards compatible thing? The Wii motion Plus should have shipped with the core system and I hope Nintendo starts doing this, because as is it’s not worth the $25 you’ll be spending on an accessory that adds nothing new to the system right now…

Right now there are four games that can use the Motion Plus right? Two of them are Tennis, one is Golf and the other is Wii Sports Resort, two of which I believe you can buy right now, Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 from EA Sports, with the others set to be released soon. Why don’t I see some ‘real’ games in there, by real I man like shooters or action oriented titles, I think there is where the Motion Plus would shine, a lightsaber duel using the Motion Plus would be awesome…

Another gripe here is that if you think about it, the Wii controller now costs about $80, that is of course including the Remote, Nunchuck and Motion Plus all together, and I think that outrageous for a game controller, it costs more than the games do… why? That price for a controller is just obscene honestly….

Back to backwards compatibility, wonder if Comex, the BaNNeRBoMB guy, might be interested in creating a hack for it? Wonder how that would fly with Nintendo?  Or maybe Team Twiizers can get to work on it since their Twilight Hack is no longer effective… I’m sure it couldn’t be too hard to to change the core of the system, like you do with the firmware updates, it would just enable the Motion Plus in all games, then again it might not be that easy huh?! Oh well… it was a thought..



So do you have the Motion Plus yet? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments…

  21 comments for “Spending some time with the Wii Motion Plus

  1. your brother
    June 16, 2009 at 8:17 am

    red steel 2 is slated to release with compatibility however they haven’t really announced anything else. it would be nice with the conduit great game mediocre controls…

  2. Mike D
    June 16, 2009 at 10:15 am

    the Reason it wont work with existing games and that is also even if they could offer a Firm Wware upgrade is that the games themselves have to be designed for it Wii Motion plus is more or less a new Controller for the system so the game develops have to code it all in to the engine and that is Why games like the conduit will not work with it because it was to late in the Development for them to do anything with it and implement at that time in to the game engine . Now future HSV games will no doubt work with it due to the fact HSV already has many months newer version of there Engine out for newer games they are working on , also Red steel 2 was designed from the ground up for it thus from what i gather from Ubisoft showing it all off at E3 it will only work with the Wii motion Plus .

  3. Sam
    June 17, 2009 at 9:23 am

    The reason it wasn’t in the controller from day one is because when the Wii was released this kind of technology wasn’t available at an affordable price. Motion Plus is their way of adding to the Wii Remote now that the technology is there, rather than waiting years and doing a new system. I don’t know if you have to remove it to play non-Moiton Plus games, that would be kinda annoying (why not just have a bypass switch?) but it’d be nice if they made remotes with it built in in the future, or for the next system.

    As for making it ‘backwards compatible’, sadly the Wii isn’t like the Xbox 360 and PS3 where updates can change the way the games work, it’s more like a traditional console, once the games are on disk they’re finalized, no going back. The reason for that is that it doesn’t run an operating system in the background like Xbox 360, PS3 and PC does, it just runs pure gameplay. The menu thing you get when you press the home button is actually part of the software on the game disk; you’ll notice the menu looks a little different when playing some games. For this reason, the games can’t be ‘patched’.

  4. Didier
    June 18, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Why didn’t release a new controler (same size than the old one) with wii motion plus integrated and with a switch button.
    I have 2 controlers and I have alwas hesitated to by new one because of the prize. But if they release it at the same prize thant the old one, it could interest me.

  5. brandon
    June 20, 2009 at 1:57 am

    maybe nintendo wii designers were not forward-thinking enough to make a controller API general enough so that old games would be automatically improved with motion plus.

    My point: its might not be possible to make old games compatible, unless games rewritten

  6. Quinn
    June 21, 2009 at 8:55 am

    The author obviously has no idea how software is made. I agree that Nintendo was a little short sighted in not making the Wiimote have MotionPlus control from the get go, but to complain that they wont “update firmware” to allow older game use the MotionPlus, is a just a poor argument.

    MotionPlus is new hardware sir, thus current games today would have to have to somehow have it programed to use the hardware. Wanting yesterday’s games to magically take advantage fo the MotionPlus, is as absurd of a comment as saying I want Gamecube games to take advantage fo the Wiimote.

    Also in case your wondering, the MotionPlus adds in a inertia sensitive chip. The Wiimote uses Accelerometer which could only detect orientation and speed. Inertia sensors h ever read as very sensitive to movement, reporting back to console speed and direction. inertia sensors can not tell you anything about orientation, which is why we still need the accelerometers.

  7. Goze211
    June 22, 2009 at 2:33 am

    To clarify, do you need to remove the M+ part to play something like Super Mario Galaxy? Or is it only games that use a peripheral tha the wiimote fits into such as steering wheel or gun?

  8. Hoongming
    June 23, 2009 at 3:01 am

    I own the M+ and can tell you that it does not interfere with your existing games, so you can keep it plugged in, even if you are playing Super Mario Galaxy. Naturally, the M+ extension will make your controller too long to fit inside your peripherals, so you’ll probably have to either detach it or just not use your peripherals. I dont own any of these peripherals and still play Mario Kart and House of the Dead just fine.

  9. beanz
    June 23, 2009 at 3:44 am

    I have 4 controls and 2 wm+ units.. you do NOT need to remove the wm+ to play games that do not ‘support’ it.

  10. Marin
    June 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    As a reaction on the backwards compatibility discussion:

    I agree that some things simply can’t be changed after a game has been developed, but if nintendo would’ve provided a good API that provided wiimote motion information to a game, i.e. the sensor information would be interpreted by nintendo, (which would be a good design decision imho) they could’ve simply changed their own code. It’s not like the transition from gamecube to wii: normal controls to motion controls, but it’s the transition from motion controls to more sensitive motion controls.

    Apparently game programmers had to interpret the wiimote sensor data themselves, so the old games can’t benefit from the M+. Too bad, would’ve definitely gotten one otherwise.

  11. Chris Cross
    July 7, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    This link should answer all your questions regarding Gyros and Wii Motion+

  12. Jeff
    July 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve worked with making some computer games using the wiimote’s via a bluetooth server. As far as backwards compatibility I don’t think it’s something they could do with a firmware update. With the original controller we got data, now there is just more data, combining this together is what makes it more accurate. One game I made was a drumming game, I could tell when someone snapped the remote, but determining if it snapped on a downstroke or an upstroke was impossible. Orientation could be determined when the remote was stationary or being slowly moved, but once quick movement occurred the accelerometers would top out orientation was impossible to determine. This put a huge amount of limitations on the device, and made for some very inaccurate responses. The idea that Nintendo would design the interface for reading the raw data is a bad idea, this would severely limit the possibilities that developers would have for interaction. The best solution would just be that game released patches for motion plus support, but that’s not going to happen for many financial reasons. For now we should just look at this as the second era of the wii, the one we all thought was going to start at launch.

  13. Hungry Horace
    July 31, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Does anybody na where i can get a canny bag of chips like?

  14. mark
    August 5, 2009 at 1:13 am

    In a perfect world it would have been like this on day one. But back then, the technology was too expensive and too bulky from what I hear. The same thing is being said about MS’s project Natal. How much will it cost? Look how much cheaper the Blu Ray is compared to when the PS3 launched. There was no way people would spend $150 on each wii mote so we got a half hearted version which seemed fairly capable till the WM+. I’m happy with that since I only have to spend $20 more to upgrade or get it bundled. Pretty stupid to say this is the way it should have been on day one – you could say that about everything (looks at 1GB hardrive PC from 1996).

  15. Tommy
    September 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I bougt 3 additional motion plus. But I can only play with two of them…. they telling me to initialize the ohter two in the home menu… But there isnt a setting to do so… Can anybody helb me to get the other two remotes workin’? Thanx in advance!

  16. Timmy
    December 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I saw that too, it is a typo, you do NOT have to go to the home menu to initialize the controllers. You do have to have all the controllers ‘linked’ to a “home wii” console. But this is only done once (the first time you ever ised that controller with that WII console) and involves the red reset button inside the WII mote’s battery compartment. After that you need to go to the pause menu, choose wii mote options, then press 1 and 2 button on each controller when prompted to do so.

    p.s. Didier, you all have terrible writing skills. i am an amateur author with basic education, therefore, i make mistakes as well. You must be lazy or stupid.

  17. anonymous
    October 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    you made this article a long tim ago didn’t you, wii sports resort is already out and red steal 2 wich uses the motion plus. red steel 2 is a revolutionary game the controls are so realistic and acurate (besides an ocasional miss read, or so ive heard) right now i have red steal 2 on usb loader gx working flawlessly but im just waiting on a motion plus in the mail from ebay, (i havent actually used it, this should be a blast playing red steal 2) and your all right it is what the wii remote should have been from the get go. but the motion pluses are only aroud $10 on ebay including the shipping, if your willing to wait a few weeks as far as i know there all from hongkong and take a while to mail.

  18. anonymous
    October 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    me anonymous again and i dont tink that there is a backwards compatibility option if the game doesnt support the motion plus, think about if the game wasnt made to recognize the motion plus then it probably won’t, the only hack i can think of is patching the game itself, but i could be wrong about this whole post, you should do some research of ur own.

  19. Boilerdoctor714
    June 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    its all part of the plan perpetrated by the man to keep a brother and a sister down

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