Will Wii U support original Wiimote?

MotionPlus/Remote Plus-only likely

Nintendo's Wii U console will not support original models of the Wii controller without a MotionPlus attachment, according to comments made by Shigeru Miyamoto.

Chatter in the latest edition of Iwata Asks, suggests either the 2009-released add-on or the 2010 Remote Plus all-in-one model will be required for Wii U play.

It's likely the extra precision is needed because the new console outputs in HD. And, while the new tablet-like device is the main controller, the Wiimote still has a major role to play.

Miyamoto explained: "The other thing was we wanted to make the switch to HD. Right now I'm planning that people can still be able to use their Wii Remote controllers that they already have, which means this time you now have five controllers to play with [including the Wii U controller]".

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata clarified these remarks, adding: "You mean this new controller, and four Wii Remote Plus controllers for a total of five."

"Right," replied Shigsy. "Five controllers. And we have people play in many combinations. I feel like the Wii Remote has pretty much become its ideal form with the Wii Remote Plus".

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