Product Type: Nintendo electronic gaming accessories
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Nintendo Wii Remote Jacket
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Nintendo Wii Remote Jacket
Advantages: its free. extra comfort, grip and protection
After all the stories of expensive TVs being broken over excited wii owners having their remote flying into there television screens. While there is already a strap attached to the Wii which should have prevented this problem, people still seemed to manage it, after reports that the strap would break. This shouldn't happen if you're playing relatively sensibly, but sometimes we all get a little bit excited. Nintendo released a new strap with had a lock clip, instead of a slide clip which was stronger and hopefully would stop the reports of broken electrical equipment.
Another solution to this problem was the Nintendo Wii Remote Jacket. The jacket is a removable silicon sleeve that is designed to provide extra grip and cushioning for the remote.
As for the extra grip, I think it is very good. The wii remote on its own feels very light and quite fragile, and without any soft edges could be uncomfortable to hold.
When the Jacket is attached you immediately notice the difference. The remote fits in the hand much better, and it thicker in certain areas to suit to shape of the hand better and is much more comfortable for it. The silicon material isn't slippery and as the silicon isn't flat, with markings in it that help reduce the likelihood of losing any grip.
It is also more comfortable the Jacket provides a soft layer of silicon with is more kinder to the hand to hold, and makes the corners of the edges of the control less sharp, with the thick material making it more curvy.
The top and bottom of the case are thicker than the middle which fits the shape of the hand better and a larger area on the remote can actually be felt in you hand, making it feel more stable.
The cushioning effect is softer than without the jacket but is still strong and feels sturdy in the hand, this is partly due to the added weight, which I don't think is a bad thing, as it makes it feel stronger and less easy to break.
Not only does the cushioning make the Wii Remote more comfortable but it also protects the remote itself and other people. The added thinkness at the 2 ends of the remote mean that if its dropped on a flat surface the centre of the remote won't make contact, as the thicker areas will hit the ground first. And since the jacket in thicker in these areas it is protected from any damage and less likely to break. The softness of the jacket means that when it hits something the initial impact is on the cushion and not the remote and the pressure is slowly reduced before the remote feels the impact, meaning it can take more of a beating without suffering any damage.
The cushion also protects individuals. With a lot of games on the Wii requiring swing the remote all around, there is an increased chance of eventually hitting someone on the head during your more erratic gaming periods. As the cushion makes a softer landing for the dropped remote, it is also softer for the person that may be at the end of the remote. Although it still isn't recommended that you stop taking care around other people as the jacket is designed to protect the remote not people heads, and it can still hurt someone it hit hard enough.
There are 3 holes in the jacket, one for the directional, trigger and A button, one for the the other buttons and one for the slot where the nunchuk is inserted. It is necessary to have to different holes for the buttons as some material needs to go across the remote to stop the remote from falling out. The Jacket is inserted through the larger hole and slid to the top until it is firmly inserted, and the bottom of the jacket is pushed under and over the bottom of the remote so that is it completely covered. It is very easy to set up and once done, can be left like that and doesn't need to be done again. However if you have other accessory's (such as the wii wheel), then the jacket has to be removed as the remote won't fit in otherwise, and will need to be put back on again after, but it is so easy it isn't a problem.
The best thing about the jacket is that is is completely free. The jacket is included with all consoles and remotes sold after the jacket was introduced. If however like me you brought the Wii and remote before the jacket was available, then you can ordered your free jackets from the Nintendo website, and free shipping as well. So you can't really go wrong with the price.
Other jackets have been released from third parties and is available in different colours, however from the ones I've seen they don't look as good, not having the extra thickness in certain areas, the the material looking pretty flat. If you want to customise your remote then by all means by one, but I would recommend the official Nintendo one.
Overall this is a great component for the wii remote, and gives extra comfort, grip and protection. Best of all it's completely free from the Nintendo website, so you might as well get one, even if you don't think you would use it as you might change you're mind (and I think you will) once you try it.
The website where you can get your free Nintendo Wii Remote Jacket:
Summary: definitely recommend getting one
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