Ninty Defends Lack of MotionPlus Games
Wii MotionPlus, the £15 Wiimote expansion that promised to deliver the precision we arguably should've been enjoying in the first place, has been around for over ten months now... but is only supported by a handful of titles. Naturally, outspoken Ninty Boss Reggie Fils-Aime has sprung to the aid of the poorly-supported device in an MTV interview:
"There's tremendous support for Wii MotionPlus. First, what it would highlight is that 'Wii Sports Resort' continues to sell exceptionally well. In addition to that you're seeing some fantastic third party support. 'Red Steel 2'...about to come out. And from a first party perspective we showed 'Fling Smash.' There are more titles that are coming, it continues to be a core part of what we do."
Oh, well that's alright then... wait a minute. "Tremendous" support? With all due, Reggie, Sports Resort is bundled with the MotionPlus and new Wii consoles; and whilst Red Steel 2 is shaping up nicely there's no way that a single game represents "fantastic third party support". We appreciate that Nintendo aren't forcing Wii owners to buy the extra add-on by including it into their upcoming core titles (e.g. New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M), but the lack of compatible titles is a real kick in the teeth for early adopters.
However, we feel that Pikmin 3 would be a perfect fit for MotionPlus' increased precision- as would the next Zelda.
Do you have Wii Motionplus? Feel that you've been betrayed by its lack of support- or want to defend it? Have your say in the comments! [MTV]
Game Room could become "iTunes for Games"
Game Room, Microsoft's upcoming XBLA distribution centre and social hub, will be released this week- and developers are already seeing the potential. The service promises to include an expansive range of classic arcade games (many of which can no longer be played without the use of shady emulators), and Krome Studios CEO Steve sees real potential if it's handled correctly.
"[Game Room is] a way of getting arcade games legally and authentically - that's a big plus. It's like having iTunes - you've got music that you can't find albums for, but you can now go and buy it."
"They're looking at lots of different classic games. It's going to be a big library when it's finished that's for sure. I know they're saying over a thousand, but I'm sure that's conservative."
We're looking forward to Game Room's release on Wednesday. Stay tuned for our impressions of the Arcade platform! [Gamesindustry.biz]
ModNation Racers includes 4 Player Splitscreen
Local multiplayer has been increasingly shafted by many racing games- and even ModNation Racers' producers were unsure about whether or not to include the feature at GDC. Thankfully, the huge public demand for splitscreen racing has forced United Front Games to add four player splitscreen to their highly anticipated racer.
Frankly, I can't imagine why the inclusion of local multiplayer wasn't a key part of ModNation's development in the first place. A kart racing game without a splitscreen mode is completely pointless. [Kotaku]