Microsoft: 'We Want Wiimote'

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We've all said it before, and this time I'll say it again -- if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's the phrase of the day for Microsoft, which appears to be developing its own 'Wiimote' for the Xbox 360.

Thought it will undoubtedly raise the ire of Nintendo's ever-growing fanboy community, Microsoft's decision to launch a motion-sensitive controller with the likeness of the Wii's tiny remote makes perfect sense. Nintendo has long overtaken Microsoft in the console race, though the Xbox 360 still boasts an unmatched games library. Add some Wii to the equation -- ripped off or not -- and all of a sudden Halo gets a lot more interesting.

The rumors have seeped out of MTV, after an anonymous source allegedly reported that Microsoft had been working on such a project since summer, 2007. According to that same source, Rare -- a developer exclusively for the Xbox 360 -- has been working on "creating a unified interface and look for the controller". Unfortunately, the company is struggling to meet deadlines. (Source:

When asked directly about the rumor, Microsoft retorted with its typical "No comment."

There's little shuttup up the source, however. "They want the usual assortment of 'Halo'/ 'Gears'/ 'Forza'/ whatever, just in waggle form," they explained. And yet, the one behind the mask does not appear happy with such an idea. "The whole thing is a colossal clusterf--,", they say, adding "[Microsoft] marketing just want it so they can match the Wii point for point. The biggest parts of their marketing materials outline how easy it would be for third parties to port their Wii games to the 360." (Source:

Well, duh.

For those left wondering if this is just a late April Fools' joke, MTV maintains that the report is legit.

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