GameStop Jacks Up Wii Accessory Price By 25 Percent

Last week Nintendo released the Wii Motion Plus, a box you stick on to the bottom of a Wii remote to make the cute little video game system’s motion controls spaz out less and start obeying to your precise motion commands. Motion Plus only works with new games specifically made for the add-on, including Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis.

The fact that Nintendo is charging $19.99 for something that in a perfect world would be provided for free is bad enough — after all, the accessory only fulfills the original promise of the console — but it’s even worse for gamers who buy the accessory at GameStop, which has marked up the accessory to $24.99. Every other major retailer I found, including Best Buy and Toys ‘R Us, is sticking to Nintendo’s $19.99 MSRP.

I cruised by a local GameStop to confirm the inflated price wasn’t online only, and when I quizzed the clerk about the price gouging he just shrugged and shook his head.

Suffice it to say if you want the accessory get it anywhere but GameStop. Your best bet is to buy the new Tiger Woods bundle, which comes with the accessory for $60, as opposed to the $50 the game costs on its own. If you want to go sports/Motion Plus crazy, Target will give you a $20 gift card if you buy the Tiger Woods bundle and Grand Slam Tennis together.