Nintendo showed off some of the Wii MotionPlus capabilities in more detail at their press conference today, using Wii Sports Resort as their demo. The game begins with your Mii skydiving from an airplane, presumably onto the sports resort itself. In this phase, your Mii is the Wii Remote; tilt the remote, and you tilt the Mii. The motion was 1:1, with the Mii flipping around in midair as the remote moved.

Next came archery, which worked very well. You hold the Wii Remote vertically, as if it were the bow, and you pull back with the Nunchuk as if it were the bowstring and arrow. You press the A button to “grip” the bow, and the Z button on the Nunchuk to to draw back. You also have to compensate for wind, distance and moving targets, which makes this more than a simple point and shoot.

Bill Trinen and Reggie Fils-Aime next shot some hoops against each other; they both bent their knees, went to the tip of their toes and flicked their wrists, just like shooting an actual basketball. There’s a lot of potential in this peripheral, if they can accurately mimic a multi-part movement like shooting a basketball.

In addition to looking like a beefier game and less of a tech demo than the original Wii Sports was, this game is also more impressive graphically. Take a look at the environments in the screenshots provided, and make sure to be on the lookout for Wii Sports Resort when it hits shelves June 26.

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