GameStop inadvertently reveals new Wii Remote with built-in Motion Plus

A box shot for an upcoming first-party Wii game was posted on, and revealed a pack-in accessory called Wii Remote Plus. Nintendo meekly confirmed that it is real but has nothing more to say at this time.

Before today, not many people had even heard of FlingSmash, a unique action game in which the main character is shaped like a pinball. But now it's lighting up discussion all over the Internets because of something that appears on what is supposedly the final box art.

GameStop's product listing for the game outed the box art, which displays a black Wii Remote and the text "BONUS Wii Remote Plus inside!" It wasn't long after this was spotted that people came to the rational conclusion that this was a Wii Remote with the Wii Motion Plus attachment built-in.

Above: Left - What Nintendo had been sending to most outlets as its FlingSmash box art. Right - What GameStop put on its website

That's interesting, though, since Nintendo hasn't said anything about such a controller. And, you guessed it, after people started talking about it GameStop swiftly removed the FlingSmash listing from its website altogether.

Of course, once you let the cat out of the bag it's really hard to stuff that feline back in there. Pictures of the leaked box art are floating up everywhere now. So Nintendo has come forward and said it "is real" but "we have nothing to announce on this at the moment."

Because Motion Plus is becoming a standard feature in a lot of Wii games, integrating it directly into the Remote makes a lot of sense. With the Motion Plus connected to the Wii Remote, connected to the nunchuck, connected to the wrist strap, it's just too much madness to handle!

Above: FlingSmash. Basically, you fling and smash stuff

I guess Nintendo just felt left out of things with the PlayStation Move and Xbox 360 Kinect launching this fall. Now it also has something new to add to the motion controller craze of 2010.

So anyway, FlingSmash has a current release date of November 7. It'll probably take advantage of the Wii Play effect - that is, packing in a controller to highly inflate sales of a mediocre game.

Source: Eurogamer

Sep 24, 2010

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  • Darkmessiah24 - September 27, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    They should have released this instead of the add-on. Btw, why black? Are they forgetting that people have white wiis as well?
  • Shagnasty - September 26, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    Only blacks would ever follow these links. These spammers need to go to blackplanet.
  • AWBrawler - September 25, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    Actually I'm down to 1 wiimote. Had 2, but one was stolen
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 25, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    Well, can't say I didn't see this coming. -_-
  • slimjim441 - September 25, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    @lmln96 @lincc294 @hnhm88 @saqa14 @bzbz10 I totally agree with and respect your completely relative opinion on the article. T_T Anyway, That seems pretty cool, but I'm pretty sure everyone's got four remotes already. It would be nice to have a remote without a Plus and an adaptor for a wireless nunchuk adding on an extra 4 inches to the end of the remote. But again, I won't be getting one because having 5 remotes is almost more pointless than having more than 2 Xbox 360 controllers (since 95% of multiplayer games can only be played with four people by linking up 2 systems and having 2 Live accounts. Geez, I hate Microsoft. I hate Louis).
  • Mexiflan - September 25, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    @awesomemaster Agreed,that would me awesome.
  • QWERTYCommander - September 25, 2010 3 a.m.

    Didn't Nyko JUST come out with a WM+ built-in remote?
  • awsomemaster - September 25, 2010 2:56 a.m.

    what do you bet they will pack this new wiimote plus in with skyword sword?
  • 510BrotherPanda - September 24, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    So... Will connecting Wii MotionPlus with this Wiimote Plus make it a Wii Motion Remote++??? I hope it does.
  • FNG - September 24, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    A 3rd party company is already making an integrated wii controller.

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