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Reggie! more honest than your lying eyes

Your lying eyes!
My di–, err, chutzpah is this big.

Ya know, I was kinda getting tired of practicing the speed bag on Jack Tretton’s raisins, so it’s nice that Reggie!1 has stepped up to the plate for some kickball(s):

First he says this:

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.

Except that…there isn’t. Period. Even using scientific notation. (And if there were, well, he wouldn’t really need to state it because it’d be self-evident.)

There are eleven games available, worldwide, that support the device (three more if you count the titles on WiiWare that nobody buys), even though there are well over 15 million units in the wild. This is laughably bad and this weak tea that Reggie! is trying to pass off as spin is particularly brackish and devoid of flavor. (Tip: let your PR people pilot the carousel–you stick to being everyone’s favorite, bombastic, nerd.)

Then he goes into damage control a.k.a. justifying why it is Nintendo doesn’t actually have much support:

But I guess what’s unique with Nintendo is we don’t force our developers to stick to a particular type of control scheme, and you’ve seen that. Everything from the new ‘Metroid’ title to be single remote driven to ‘Fling Smash’ utilizing the Wii MotionPlus. So it’s all about what’s right for the game.

Uh-huh: so what’s “unique” about Nintendo is they don’t think it’s important to support their peripherals in a full-throated manner.

What Reggie should be doing (or is and isn’t getting any traction) is beating 3rd parties over the head with a truncheon (a Wiimote w/ Plus attached might work), pointing and shouting: “look, here’s something we at Nintendo are not capitalizing on, but you can! You can actually make some serious cash by leading the charge on this!” They could even dip into the gajillion dollar bank account and help some devs out, so that we get something more than just Red Steel 2 out of the deal. (Or you could push the autistic savants working for you to actually implement the biz plan rather than letting them set arbitrary limits on how something should control.)

Also, here’s a tip to Reggie (and is probably something he knows implicitly even if he’s sorta pretending otherwise in the preceding quote): EVERY GAME WITH MOTION CONTROLS AND POINTER CONTROLS BENEFITS FROM THIS PERIPHERAL. It should be supported de facto just like classic controller support is near-de facto, and devs should be leaned on to support it at every opportunity.

The net result is that by choking off Motion Plus support, they’ve actually failed to capture some of the hardcore gamers that have been down on the Wii since day one. By now they could have had, in development, a clutch of titles for the device that really show what it can do and how it is, painfully obviously, far, far superior to the much-maligned ‘waggle’ of the base Wiimote and maybe, as a public service to the rest of us, helping cure the plague of craniorectal impaction that afflicts so many ‘hardcore’ gamers and ‘journalists’.

Of course it’s too late at this point: even if they do introduce a stack of games supporting it at E3 (unlikely since Reggie probably would have at least alluded to this and not fallen back on the ‘interesting but who cares in the greater scheme of things’ Fling Smash), Sony and MS2 are going to flood the crease with games built from the ground up to take advantage of their motion controllers, thus compelling the ass-as-ball-cap crowd to just sit tight and wait for the curb-stomping fun coming soon.

On the plus side, Russ Frushtick3 (how unfortunate is that name?) at MTV actually points out that Reggie is kinda, well, full of it:

While I hear him say “tremendous support,” I’m not convinced. It seems like there was a big priority in 2009 with “Resort” and “Wii Fit 2,” but since then it’s been extremely quiet.

Granted, this is the Wii4 (and this is MTV) so it’s not quite as good as a game journo putting a chokehold on Sony or, especially5, Microsoft, but I’ll take what I can get in these benighted times.



1 No, the ! is not a typo–he’s Reggie!
2 But mostly Sony since Natal just looks…terrible.
3 And let’s just pretend he doesn’t say that WiiFit Plus supports Motion Plus because, uh, it doesn’t. (He also calls it WiiFit 2, which means he’s clueless or he thinks his readers are too dumb to know what WiiFit Plus is…probably a little from column A and a little from column B.)
4 Game ‘journalists’, by and large, don’t have too much trouble pointing out the Wii’s foibles because, well, they generally hate it like a teenage male trying to prove his, err, manhood by getting all the Achievements on Gears of War 2. (Cause the Wii is for “grandma; my sister; ‘your Mom!'”.) And if you’re from Australia, you also get to write it off completely even though you haven’t played a single game on it since Sonic and the Secret Rings. Cough.
5 Self-styled ‘hardcore’ gamers love MS like ‘your Mom!’ loves chocolate.

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