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Grand Slam Tennis MotionPlus Presentation

As if I wasn’t already excited about Wii Remote MotionPlus already, this demonstration shows off what it’s capable of in Grand Slam Tennis. I must say I come away impressed, now if I could only get my own hands on it.

EA Sports To Offer Wii MotionPlus Bundles At Launch

Well, EA just turned up the heat in the world of Wii MotionPlus. According to the press release I’m about to unleash upon you, EA Sports will offer two different bundles when the Wii MotionPlus goes retail.

Tiger Woods 10 and Grand Slam Tennis. Both bundles will retail for $49.99 which is quite a steal. Check for details below…

GUILDFORD, UK. – April 21, 2009 – EA SPORTS™, a label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that the Wii™ versions of both Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 and EA SPORTS Grand Slam® Tennis will be bundled with Nintendo’s new Wii MotionPlus™ accessory when the titles ship to stores this summer in Europe. In North America, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 will be bundled with the Wii MotionPlus accessory at launch.

“This exclusive and limited-time offer is exciting news for sports fans who want to enhance their Wii experience for a great value with the new Wii MotionPlus right at launch with both Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 and EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis,” said Peter Moore, President, EA SPORTS. “The functionality of the Wii MotionPlus will help us deliver the authentic, true-to-life sports motion that will redefine the sports experience on the Wii.”

Both Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 and EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis have been rated 3+ by PEGI and will have an RRP of £49.99 when bundled with the Wii MotionPlus.

EA SPORTS has at least five products in development that will launch before the end of 2009 designed specifically for the Wii, including:

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 coupled with the Wii MotionPlus accessory gives players an unprecedented authentic golf swing experience and the ability to control and work their golf ball around the course. The Wii MotionPlus accessory also adds to the gameplay experience with an all-new disc golf mode in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10. With Wii MotionPlus, gamers have increased fidelity and complete free motion of their disc and can throw it in any manner they choose. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 is developed by EA Tiburon in Orlando, Florida.

EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis
EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis, launching first on the Wii, makes users feel like they are playing championship tennis in the comfort of their living rooms. Wii MotionPlus elevates the authentic tennis experience to a higher level with precise ball placement and added shot depth. With the accessory, tennis fans will appreciate the freedom to control the backswing of champions like John McEnroe, Serena Williams, Roger Federer or any one of their in-game players, as well as have the ability to run around a forehand or backhand. EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis is developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C. The product will ship on additional platforms later in the year.

First Wii MotionPlus Battle: Virtua Tennis 2009 vs. Grand Slam Tennis

With the Wii MotionPlus release rising in the distance, Wii owners are anxiously anticipating the chosen device to bring 1:1 controls for the system. Images of lightsaber duels, realistic sword fights between Link and Ganondorf have lined many gamer’s dreams since the MotionPlus announcement.

We might have to wait a bit for some of the dreams to come true, because the first demonstration of the Wii MotionPlus technology will come by way of….tennis. That’s not to put down tennis based games, because I’ve enjoyed many of them in the past (Pong, Mario Tennis, Virtua Tennis). It’s just kind of funny that two of the first demonstrations of Wii MotionPlus are tennis games. Then soon after those releases we’ll have Wii Sports Resort.

So, if we’re going to have two options for MotionPlus based tennis action, which is the more worthy? It’s hard to say with certainty at this point, because neither are out yet. It’s fun to speculate though, so let’s take a look at what we know about them currently…

EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis

EA Grand Slam Tennis

Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Canada
Release Date: June 16, 2009

Previews:

Wii MotionPlus Hands-on – IGN: “Playing Grand Slam Tennis with the device, movements are interpreted more accurately – for instance, delivery of serves can be controlled more by the speed of your swing. A gentle arc produces a gentle shot, while a strong, decisive push sends the ball spinning toward your opponent much faster.”

EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis Preview – Gamezone:“EA Sports showed off Grand Slam Tennis at its Season Opener event in San Francisco Thursday, and while the game plays intuitively enough using the motion controls of the Wii remote, it is when the motion-plus attachment is hooked in that the game becomes not only more challenging, but much more interactive.”

Sick of Wii Sports tennis? EA Sports to serve up its own flavor of the Wii sport – Gamedaily: “EA Sports finally heads back to Wimbledon with an officially licensed tennis game, due for release on the Wii this summer. EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis hopes to capture the authenticity of the sport, while still offering fun gameplay for all. We recently got a chance to go hands-on with it at an EA event and came away impressed.”

Dark Horse Factor: John McEnroe – Even after 17 years of retirement, you could still call John McEnroe the face of Tennis. He basically took this reserved sport which was adorned with golf clapping and silence, made it loud and approachable. With his antics on court to his savvy with the media; McEnroe was not only a tennis star, but a celebrity.

Celebrities sell.

Virtua Tennis 2009

Virtua Tennis 2009

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Sumo
Release Date: May 19, 2009

Previews:

Virtua Tennis 2009 Hands-on – IGN (Pre-MotionPlus Announcement): “Sumo’s lent an attentive ear to the rabble of forums and addressed several key complaints with Virtua Tennis 3, while some of the improvements elsewhere in the game also feed into the on-court action. Player’s propensity to dive for every shot has been toned down, meaning some of the exaggerated acrobatics that marred Virtua Tennis 3 are a thing of the past, and the often broken lob mechanics have been given a thorough once over.”

Virtua Tennis 2009 Preview – Gamedaily: “In addition, developer Sumo Digital tweaked the lob mechanics to make them feel natural and toned down the excessive diving that plagues Virtua Tennis 3. Now, instead of falling over, your selected player stumbles.”

Dark Horse Factor: Depth of Gameplay Modes – SEGA based sports games have always been heralded as being some of the deepest simulations around. Virtua Tennis 2009 is no different, as it looks to bring the goods. World Tour mode sounds like an entire game in and of itself. You’ll take a tennis player and bring him up through the ranks. Then you’ll be able to take them online. Being the deepest tennis game around will be what sells Virtua Tennis 2009.

Wii MotionPlus Compatibility : Since the topic of this post is these two games being the first Wii MotionPlus compatible titles, should atleast make a mention. It’s hard to judge one over the other because very few people have had hands-on experience. EA seems to be bursting with confidence as they’ve let many people preview Grand Slam Tennis sans MotionPlus announcement. Not so with Virtua Tennis 2009. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Grand Slam Tennis’ MotionPlus will be better, just that EA is bragging a bit more than SEGA.