“ Brand: Argos / Compatible: Nintendo Wii „
Ever since we've owned the game 'Wii Party', the Boy(6) has been agitating for extra Wii remotes so we can all play at the same time.
The official Wii remotes come in at around £30 each and that's without a nunchuk. When we saw these compatible controllers in the Argos catalogue, which come with nunchuk (and currently a free wheel thrown in) for £19.99, it seemed a no-brainer.
The compatible remote comes in black or white: we chose the white since our Wii is white and so are all the rest of our accessories. The white one has points picked out in grey, such as the grip on the nunchuk and a decorative circle around the directional keypad. The lights to indicate which number remote it is are in an arch rather than a line. Over all, the appearance of the thing is nice although it does look and feel cheaper than the official Wii remote: the plastic doesn't seem as good quality, and the buttons look like old-style white aspirin tablets to me. I do have a mild concern that the cover of the battery compartment of one of the two compatible remotes we bought appears a little loose, with a bit of movement during play.
The compatible remote provides the same controls in the same places as the official Wii remote and uses 2 AA batteries in the same way. You can use rechargeable ones or buy a charging system rather than constantly paying out for new AA batteries. The battery life in the compatible remotes seems no different.
The connector for the nunchuk into the remote is a bit stiffer than the official one, only really noticeable to the Boy, as he needs to ask me to take it off for him. For most people I doubt this would be an issue at all. It fits into either the compatible remote it came with or the official one without a problem. The nunchuk's joystick and buttons are more plasticky than official versions, but function perfectly.
Performance wise, I can't tell the difference. The sounds it makes are a bit tinnier than the original, while the rumble is pretty much the same. We are currently using one of the compatible controllers as 'player one', which means it gets most use, and it seems as responsive as the normal remote. It doesn't have motion-plus in-built, but then neither do our other controllers. I make no claims to being a serious gamer, but there's little to choose between the two as far as I'm concerned. The Boy is more than satisfied, and has had his wish of having the whole family hunting remotes for Wii Party and banging elbows as we jostle for position in Mario Kart! He now thinks we need a bigger telly...
I think this compatible remote with nunchuk from Argos is a good product, and would recommend it to anyone who needs more controllers but is shy of the hefty price tag of buying official accessories.