Nintendo Wants To Make Wii MotionPlus As Cheap As Possible

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Nintendo's President Iwata, the man who wants US customers to believe that there will be a Wii shortage this Christmas not caused by Nintendo themselves, has just said that they want the Wii MotionPlus to be as cheap as possible because it doesn't cost too much to manufacture. How cheap? They're not sure yet. We did the calculations, and if the MotionPlus is is $15, that'll bump the Wii up to in between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in terms of "total" pricing. Will you be forced to buy one?


Mr. Iwata: There will be games that will be enhanced by the Wii Motion Plus as well as games that can only be played with it. Users will need four if they have four controllers, but we're going to try to offer it for as little as possible. We haven't announced the price yet, but the cost of making the Wii Motion Plus is not that much, so I think we can make it very affordable.

Maybe yes, maybe no. It depends on what games you play, and if you only play Wii Sports and Wii Play, you won't need to pick up another add-on for your Wiimotes. [WSJ via Kotaku]


@LoganSix: FYI, I have a Wii and a PS3. Between the nunchucks and 1 extra controller and the balance board and SD card and recharger stand (a must if you atually use the Wii) the Wii has actually been just as expensive as the 60 GB PS3. And that's just the hardware.

I did not count controller #3 and #4 or the recharger for the balance board (also something I feel is necessary), which makes it more expensive.