EA Sports frontrunning WiiMotionPlus

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Not to be outdone by Nintendo and their minigame-filled Wii Sports Resort, EA Sports is stepping up their game with Wii MotionPlus-enabled titles starting this summer.  Our old buddy Peter Moore promises five MotionPlus-enhanced games before the end of the year, starting with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis, both of which launch on June 16th.  It's great to see a mainstream publisher being so gung-ho about MotionPlus; EA's enthusiasm will ensure plenty of momentum for the peripheral.  The boxy little Wii remote add-on essentially fixes the Wii's motion sensing capability, finally adding true 1:1 precision to games.  Hopefully Nintendo supports their own peripheral as much as EA does; if it can make a new Tiger Woods more realistic than any previous golf game, I can't begin to Imagine what it could do for Zelda or Metroid.






New Wii MotionPlus Compatible Products Launching In June



REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Feb. 26, 2009 Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 and EA SPORTS™ Grand Slam® Tennis will ship to retailers in North America on June 16, 2009, and will be the first two products from the EA SPORTS™ label that utilize the functionality of the Wii MotionPlus™.  EA SPORTS has at least five products, including EA SPORTS Active in May, in development that will launch before the end of 2009 designed specifically for the Wii™.


“On the Wii, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 and EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis bring the authentic motion and excitement of championship golf and tennis to life for fans of all ages and skill levels,” said Peter Moore, President, EA SPORTS.  “With the new Wii MotionPlus, slicing a winner on Centre Court at Wimbledon or dropping an 8 iron pin high on No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass have never felt better.  We couldn’t be more excited about the dynamic new EA SPORTS experiences coming this year to the Wii.”   


With the all-new Wii MotionPlus, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 will allow golf fans to experience a near-perfect 1:1 swing – and control to work the ball – from the tee box to the green. The game brings players inside the ropes to experience the drama of PGA TOUR tournament for the first time.  Feel the intensity and excitement on every swing as you compete against the leaderboard.  Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10, the all-time top-selling franchise from EA SPORTS on the Wii*, will also ship on additional platforms in June.


EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis, available first for the Wii, puts the racket in the palm of your hand and offers the deepest tennis experience ever for the Wii.  As the home to all four Grand Slams, and exclusive to Wimbledon, you can take your customized created player on a quest to win the four slams in Grand Slam career mode.  Giving gamers a chance to play at Wimbledon’s famed Centre Court adds a level of authenticity that isn’t available anywhere else.  EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis delivers an authentic tennis experience that makes you feel like you are playing with and against the sport’s greatest legends and today’s current stars. 


For more information, please visit www.easports.com.  

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