Unquestionably, setting up Nintendo’s Wii MotionPlus peripheral is the easiest part of owning a Wii. It’s a very small dongle with a very obvious output that fits quite nicely onto the bottom of the Wii Remote, home to a very obvious input. If you’ve made it up to this point -- connecting your composite/component cables to your television, threading the Sensor Bar’s wire behind your entertainment center, and syncing the Wii Remote to your console -- this is the least of your worries.
But Nintendo wants to make sure you don’t run into any problems, and has created one of the most mind-numbing, almost-insulting hardware setup tutorials you’re likely ever to see. Found on the disc for Electronic Arts’ Grand Slam Tennis (and presumably, other Wii MotionPlus-compatible games to follow), the three-minute video will walk you through the setup step-by-step. It’ll then show you how to take it off, and will even instruct you to use your fingers to pull back a small tab to insert the Nunchuk. You know, in case you were reaching for a pocket knife, flathead screwdriver, or phone to call Nintendo customer support.
What’s worse, when you watch this atrocity for the first time, there’s no way to exit out of it -- none of the Wii Remote’s buttons (including the “home” button) will function. You simply must view it through to the end. When I made the mistake of watching it in the hopes that it would show me how the peripheral works with Grand Slam Tennis, I was forced to sit through all three excruciating minutes.
So consider this a warning: Don’t click on the “Wii MotionPlus Instructional Video” unless you find everything about life confusing. If that’s the case, check out the video I captured of the tutorial after the jump; you might want to take notes.
Get more destructoid: We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out
Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.