Nintendo recently announced that Wii Sports Resort has reached 500,000 units sold between July 26 and August 3rd in the U.S. and 600,000 in Europe since July 24th. Add in Japan’s 828,000 and you have one of the most successful titles in Wii history. The question will be whether Wii Sports Resort can continue a strong sales pace into the holiday season.
On July 23, Nintendo will be transforming a slice of New York City into an island getaway to celebrate the launch of the much anticipated Wii Sports Resort™. From 9AM to 3PM, anyone who visits this Military Island in Times Square will be treated to a mini “vacation” courtesy of Nintendo, complete with a sandy beach, swimming pool and tropical (nonalcoholic) lounge — all smack dab in the middle of the city — plus a chance to play Wii Sports Resort before its official U.S. July 26 release date.
Adding to the excitement, actor Chace Crawford will be making an appearance.
Adults, kids, seniors, families, tourists, New Yorkers and consumers of all kinds are welcome to attend.
Wii Sports Resort is a new collection of fun sports games that anyone can pick up and play. This sequel to the popular Wii Sports™ makes use of the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which is intended to give players a more responsive and realistic experience. The Wii MotionPlus accessory, which is included with Wii Sports Resort, plugs into the base of the Wii Remote™ controller and, combined with the accelerometer and sensor bar, provides an experience that gives players an even greater sense of immersion.
Nintendo’s new peripheral, known as the MotionPlus, is the company’s newest idea that is sure to sell millions. The device snaps onto the back of the remote and enables the controller to make nearly perfect, 1:1 movement. The MotionPlus would work so well with a number of different games, but those hoping that those games would come soon are out of luck.
When will we see third-party Motion Plus games?
Game Informer magazine, after talking to many developers, have reported that third-party developers also didn’t know about the MotionPlus until we did. Was it a good or bad move by Nintendo?
The good part, nothing was leaked. Occasionally, developers will let something slip, by accident or on purpose. But it does happen at times and Nintendo likely wanted people to be taken by surprise (which we were).
The bad part, developers have had no time to work with games using the motion plus. It may be a while before we get the first quality title that uses the MotionPlus. Which brings up the question, When will we be seeing the first third-party MotionPlus game? Hit the jump for more.