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Nintendo Wii will now ship with next-gen Wii remote, Wii Sports Resort

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(Read caption) Beginning on May 9, the Nintendo Wii system will ship with the MotionPlus Wii remote and Wii Sports Resort. In addition, the Nintendo Wii will now come in two colors.

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Under fire from Microsoft's forthcoming Project Natal and the Sony PlayStation Move – and facing sinking sales of its once unbeatable console – Nintendo today announced it would revamp the Wii system package to include the Wii Sports Resort game and the next-gen Wii MotionPlus controller. The Nintendo Wii will still sell for $199.99, but will now be available in two colors – plain, old Nintendo white or a sleek, reflective black gloss.

The color thing, obviously, is a cosmetic flourish; it's relatively meaningless as these things go. But Wii Sports Resort is a great game, and a good incentive for first-time gamers. More important is the inclusion of the top-notch Wii MotionPlus, which picks up a range of motion – including rotation – undetected by the first iteration of the Wii Remote. (For fans of golfing games, the MotionPlus is a must-have.)

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