Nintendo Quiet On Bundling Wii MotionPlus With New Zelda

By Shawn Collier on June 21, 2010, 8:16PM EDT

Those who have been following the recent developments behind The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which was recently unveiled during Nintendo's E3 2010 press conference, will know that the game requires Wii MotionPlus to control Link's actions. With many of Nintendo's recent Wii MotionPlus titles including the controller extensions for free inside the game's packaging, it would usually be a sure thing that Nintendo would be bundling the two together, but that might not be the case.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the next title in the long-running and treasured The Legend of Zelda franchise, this time fully utilizing the Wii's motion controls with 1-to-1 motion thanks to the Wii MotionPlus. The game's graphical style is a mix of Twilight Princess's realistic character models along with Wind Waker's cel-shading.

When Gaming Union asked a Nintendo PR representative about the possibility of bundling Wii MotionPlus alongside the game for those who haven't already picked up titles such as Wii Sports Resort or the new Wii bundles which include the accessory, the PR stated: "Nintendo has made no announcement about bundling Wii MotionPlus with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword."

Considering many gamers will likely pick up Skyward Sword, and thus Wii MotionPlus, it's odd that Nintendo hasn't come right out and stated if they will bundle the two together or not. Perhaps the company believes that enough owners already have or bought the accessory and they don't need to still keep bundling them. Whatever the case may be, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is set for an early 2011 release in North America with or without Wii MotionPlus bundled in.

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