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July 14, 2008 10:16 AM

E3: Nintendo goes out of turn, announces enhanced Wii controller

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

LOS ANGELES -- With Microsoft's press conference about to begin, Nintendo is stealing some thunder with an announcement of its own.

Nintendo announced a "Wii MotionPlus" accessory for the simple, motion-sensing Wii Remote -- the feature that distinguishes Nintendo's console from the competition.

From a brief Nintendo statement:

The Wii MotionPlus accessory attaches to the end of the Wii Remote and, combined with the accelerometer and the sensor bar, allows for more comprehensive tracking of a player's arm position and orientation, providing players with an unmatched level of precision and immersion. Every slight movement players make with their wrist or arm is rendered identically in real time on the screen, providing a true 1:1 response in their game play. The Wii MotionPlus accessory reconfirms Nintendo's commitment to making games intuitive and accessible for everyone.

The company promised more details at its own press conference Tuesday morning. But its pre-announcement this morning suggests Nintendo thinks Microsoft is going to introduce some kind of motion-sensing controller. Nintendo likely wanted to get out ahead, and show the hundreds of game industry reporters here that it's now on its second iteration motion controller.

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