New Wiimote Includes Motion Plus
Wii Motion Plus, the gyroscopic dongle that vastly increases the standard Wiimote's precision and accuracy, has been around for a while now... but with a surprising lack of compatible titles and Playstation Move snapping at their heels, Nintendo appear to be integrating the tech into their next generation of controllers.
If boxart for upcoming Wii game Flingsmash is to be believed, the new "Wiimote Plus" controller will contain the additional gyroscope within the traditional housing. Considering how capable we found Motion Plus to be (with Red Steel 2 as a fine example), we hope that this will entice more third party studios to develop for the peripheral. [Kotaku]
Capcom: Dead Rising Case 0 Works Better Than TV Ads
Case 0 gave Xbox 360 owners a taste of Dead Rising 2 via a downloadable prologue. And as you can tell from our review, we really liked it. The fact that it allows five character levels and a decent sum of money to be ported over to the main game is a great little extra for series fans... but apparently, it's also prompting many new gamers to preorder and buy the main game after trying it out. According to Capcom, it's a more effective marketing tool than a TV campaign and one of the best sales techniques they've ever employed.
"It's the most dynamic sales weapon we have ever had in our arsenal, giving us the equivalent exposure of a multi-million pound TV campaign," We foresee other publishers will follow suit." - Karl Reader, Capcom UK product manager
With sales nearly reaching an impressive half million (especially considering its platform exclusivity), Capcom might well be onto a winner. Crytek and EA have also expressed interest in releasing paid demos down the line... so it's likely that we'll be seeing a lot more downloadable teasers in the near future. [MCV]
Could premium paid demos be the way forward for the games industry? Would you like to see more publishers roll out more achievement-enabled standalone teasers... or is this a step down a very dark and dangerous road? Drop us a line in the comments!
PS3 Firmware 3.50 Blocks Unlicensed Controllers
Sony have declared war on unlicensed controllers on multiple fronts. Their Consumer Alerts website names and shames the cheap knockoff controllers and discourages users with dire threats of explosions and internally combusting fake peripherals. More importantly, however, they've also rolled out a new weapon to the front lines- and it's part of firmware update 3.50.
Consider this a warning if you own or are considering purchasing an unlicensed PS3 controller: Firmware Update 3.50 will permanently block unlicensed peripherals. Basically, if you own a hooky controller, it won't work. Sony has assured us that officially-licensed hardware should not be affected still work under the new firmware. [Consumer Alerts]
New Sonic 4 Trailer Takes Us To Casino Streets Zone
The latest Sonic 4 trailer takes us right back to the bright lights of the Casino Night Zone. Expect tricky playing card platforms, cannons, flippers and plenty of neon.
Sonic 4 is still slated for an Autumn release, but there's no firm date as yet. We'll keep you updated by the wire. [Cheers, Joystiq]